Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Water Walking


I'm not sure why, but walking next to water always seems to be so much more satisfying than anywhere else.  I think it must be something to do with the way the light reflects off the water to make the space seem larger, wildlife possibilities are greater and walking along a river or canal seems to promise a journey and hope more than just a path through a wood or field.


This weekend my brother, Andrew, suggested we visit a part of London we had never explored before - Bromley by Bow, where there is an old mill The House Mill .  He warned us that it would not be a beautiful walk but what it lacked in beauty it definitely made up for in interest.

Personally I loved the mix of shabby, run-down and unused light industrial warehouses with their 70s lettering and un-gentrified, mixed-use housing next to the canals and river intersections. The grassy reeds and wild-life of herons and seagulls seemed to have a dogged determination to exist in this very urban environment, giving them an interest and dignity you wouldn't normally associate with them.



London is such a huge place and yet it is so easy to get stuck in a rut and just keep visiting the same old places you know and love.  Visiting somewhere new feels like you have found another layer of meaning to the place you belong and revitalises your view of it, as well as offering up new things to talk about with those you share the visit with.

So the next time you invite someone to stay encourage them to chose where to go and follow their lead - it may take you on a little, much needed, journey.  Thank you Andrew.


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