Southside | Start: 13:07 | End: 13:50 | Duration: 43mins
See how the walker begins with a detailed study of the map. Noting the postcode boundaries, places of interest, dotted line footpaths, she can only set off when the A-Z has been considered in depth. Afterwards, she is ready to Look Up and Walk Purposefully.
The stroller is dressed for a party, walks the muddy path in little shoes and a short dress. On this day, the speed of the river is faster than her footsteps; the wind huffs and throws loose twigs into the water. A cyclist falls off a bike, says it was fun, is unconvincing, keeps moving. Blossom swells in the air, cow parsley nods a dance.
By the railway tunnel, the walker halts. It would seem old fears have risen quickly, hands at her throat momentarily, until they settle and fade. The walk can continue. A distraction: Thames Door Snails are being saved here, have their own reserved patch right here. A solitary swan swims.