(oops- a bit late. Trying to catch up with myself. Gradually….)
Another ‘adventure’ that isn’t so very adventurous. But we enjoyed it a lot, confirming my view that ‘adventurous’ isn’t a pre-requisite for an adventure.
Oldest son and daughter-out-law were away on an adventure of their own over Christmas and New Year, so we borrowed their flat in South London for a few days.
Oh how I love you, South East London! (words my mother-in-law would have been thrilled to hear from me, but it’s taken so long for it to grow on me that to my regret she never did hear me say it).
They live less than two miles from where Malcolm grew up and his parents lived for years after he left home. We spent one of our days revisiting old haunts – the home where he grew up, his primary school, favourite pub, favourite walks. We also took the opportunity to visit some places new to both of us, and some further afield we haven’t been to together for a while. Needless to say, most of the time we were walking, and you do see so much more that way.
We were only away for three nights, and we spent longer than intended travelling in both directions (by car, as trains severely depleted over the holiday period), due to traffic and difficult weather (fog, ice). Even so, we managed to pack a lot in:
- Nunhead Cemetery – one of the famous Victorian London cemeteries – includes great views over London (at least, so we were told – too foggy to see when we were there).
- Exploring Crofton Park, Brockley, and Nunhead (including poking our noses into the Brockley Brewery – brewers of excellent IPA)
- The Ivy House , Nunhead – London’s first co-operatively owned pub – well worth a visit
- Walk along Thames Path – Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf (N Bank)
- Walk from Forest Hill to Tate Britain, Millbank via Peckham, East Dulwich, Camberwell, Vauxhall
- Visit with friends to Tate Britain (Henry Moore; William Blake; )
- Dulwich Picture Gallery
Below is a flavour of what we saw.