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rainy morning thames path

I just complained on Twitter that I couldn't have got more wet on this morning's cycle ride if I'd jumped right into the river. The heavy drizzle set in as soon as I got out of the Greenwich foot tunnel onto the north bank. But my head's been very foggy this week and it still felt good to get out.

I snapped a quick photo of one of my all-time favourite buildings, at Phoenix Wharf, near Limehouse. There's something about the texture of the paint on the doors and fittings, combined with the brick, that makes it look smashing. I wish I had a better camera to capture the colour, it has the most lovely glow.

This is near St Katherine's Dock, where you can see how The Shard construction is coming along. Actually, you can see The Shard from almost anywhere in London.

I'd been hoping to make a morning sketch along the way; there's a cool-looking rusty old crane and a collapsed piling in Surrey Quays that I really want to draw. But I was so wet that I had to keep moving to stay warm. I'll have to try another time. Here are a few photos from studio lunch break yesterday. Lauren and Ellen at our fave Deptford cafe, Panda Panda:

We walk through Deptford Market to get to the cafe, and these signs made us laugh: Awful! Yay! Triffic! I Can't Believe It!
Awful seems to have sold out.

You can find anything at this market. Here's a rather snazzy-looking Weston single-phase watt meter. We were tempted but couldn't quite decide what we'd do with it.

Okay, and a few more shots where I geek out over Phoenix Wharf:


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Jun. 16th, 2011 09:38 am (UTC)
Lovely pics. The last one made me think of a film I think I saw, where John Cleese(?)was being dangled from that derrick-thing. Or did I dream that?
Jun. 16th, 2011 10:06 am (UTC)
Ha ha! Let me know if it comes to you! :D
Jun. 16th, 2011 10:06 am (UTC)
Could you be thinking of A Fish Called Wanda?
Jun. 16th, 2011 10:09 am (UTC)
That must be the one! I really need to watch that film again, I think the last time I saw it was at a slumber party when I was about 14.
Jun. 16th, 2011 10:16 am (UTC)
Oh, that must be it. Maybe it actually isn't the same building, though.
Jun. 16th, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
I'm going back for that watt meter! It shall be mine!
Jun. 16th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
Alright, now, be honest: are you a good girl who gets off and walks through the foot tunnel, or do you zoom through on your bike shouting WHEEEEEE?

(And are the lifts working yet?)
Jun. 16th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
Ha ha... would I DO THAT??! ;D Well, actually, I sort of half-way obey the rules, in that I swing my leg over so both are on one side of the bike, then if no-one's around, I go WHEEEEEEE.

And no, the lifts aren't working yet and the twisty scaffolding-lined stairwell is so, so tight when another bike comes the other way!
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