New Job

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It’s been all quiet on the blogging front for the last few weeks and that’s because I’ve got a new job. Apart from the fact that working is eating into my sewing time, I’m loving it! The work is interesting and the people are very friendly and best of I can cycle there.

It is about 10 miles from Beckenham to Canary Wharf my route follows the Ravensbourne river and is mainly though parkland.

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This is my latest addition to our fleet of bicycles. It’s second hand and cost me only £70 but I’m fairly sure it has almost never been ridden. When I picked it up it was in perfect condition, not a scratch on it, and with very clean tyres. Halfords are still selling the same model new for more than twice the price. It’s a heavy bike, the gears and brakes aren’t as crisp as they might be and it’s very noisy (I couldn’t use it for stealth operations) but it gets me around, carries all my bits and pieces and for £70 I won’t mind too much if it gets stolen.

IMG_0557The first part of my route takes me through various parks and in the morning tends to be fairly quiet with only other commuters and a few dog walkers to disturb the peace.

IMG_0552When I first cycled the route I was surprised by how wild some of the parks are. This is South East London after all.

As I hit Ladywell Fields I come across several trees that at this time of year look like they are covered in cotton wool. I have no idea what these trees are but I’d love to find out. There are a lot of parakeets here as well, I can hear them in the evening but I think they are slugabeds as they are often quiet in the morning.

IMG_0549At Catford there is this amazing bridge across the railway line. It is designed to take cyclists and pedestrians. Keener cyclists than me cycle over it, I tend to push my bike. In the evenings it is often covered in kids playing on the roller skates (they breed them tough in Catford)

Next to the river, a short way off the route, there is a statue of Peter the Great who studied ship building in Deptford. It’s a bit of a strange statue but emphasises how enormously tall he was, he has his dwarf companion next to him.IMG_0496

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I cross the river under the Greenwich tunnel, this was built in 1902 to enable dockers to get to work. These days it’s like the Northern line for cyclists with queues developing by the lifts (which can just about squeeze in 12 bikes and their riders). The notices say no cycling but us cool kids ignore that, actually the really cool way to travel is to stand on one pedal letting the bike freewheel you down the hill, that way you can leap off it someone comes to complain.

IMG_0512Once across the river you can look back to Greenwich which is one of the best views in London.

IMG_0510From there it is a short journey to Canary Wharf where the bike gets left in the car park, a quick shower and I am at my desk. Yes, this really is the view from my desk – I feel so priviledged to be able to see it every day it’s a wonder I ever get any work done.

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12 thoughts on “New Job

  1. Wow! I am not a cyclist, even though I live in a city very conducive to cycle commuting. I love all your pictures. I’ve read a lot about so many of these places that I really am hoping I can see them in person sooner rather than later. As for your cotton trees: if they are really full of cotton-like fluff, they may be poplar trees. I don’t know if they grow across the pond, but in Canada, the poplar fluff can look like snow when it starts to fly off the trees.

  2. Wow, I’m actually jealous of your cycle route! How long does it take? You must be superfit and how lucky you are to enjoy the peace and sunshine of an early morning.

    I think Tia Dia is right about the tree being poplar. Gives me terrible hay fever!

    South and South East London are great. I think this is one of London’s best kept secrets which is why it’s relatively less crowded here. I’m too scared to get on the bike and explore but I do go on long distance runs sometimes.

    • I’m not really very fit, well not compared to my partner who regularly cycles 100 miles at a time. It takes me about an hour (I’m told I should get that down to 45 minutes but I kinda like going at my own pace) so roughly the same as the train. Showering and so on takes me a while so I don’t get to work quite as early as I do if I take the train.

      I’m jealous that you can run, I’ve always wanted to be a comfortable runner but I don’t think my body is built that way!

  3. Your route to work is so beautiful; even though it’s hard work cycling it must be relaxing too! I just cycle 15 minutes each way to work every day but I love it and have the time to see something new each time.

  4. Oh! I want to ride to work every day with you! I do love cycling so much, and yours looks such a lovely route. A great way to start the day. We have some beautiful, hilly countryside around here in The Chilterns, but I think it must be so interesting to cycle in the city.

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