walk 25: southwark bridge to london bridge, with stephen nash

8 Sep

Northside | Start: 08:40 | End: 09:17 | Duration: 47 mins

Before

8:30am “You’ve done your hair especially”, as he secures his bike. He is pleased, most people don’t notice.

8:30am She notes the marked cycle route with enthusiasm.

Start

8:40am “If you wave at someone they’ll wave at you back”, as he waves at a someone on a passing boat, and they wave back. He never tires of testing this hypothesis.

8:40am  A sandwich crust is lodged between an external wall and a series of small railings. We’re not hungry, happily.

8:43am City of London asset tag #946 / 003: a lamppost. A nearby lifebuoy is not considered an asset.

8:43am Yes, a lamppost. And then a taut orange and white rope, next to a loose, long blue one in a twisted spiral.

9:03am We follow the haphazard blue dotted lights through the tunnel, as a jogger runs past.

9:03am Wind turbines speedily dash through air in the distance. She thinks of fields, enchanted beauty and still summer days.

9:14am A sign warns: “LESS NOISE PLEASE Consider Offices Above”, as we continue, conscious of our chatter amongst the other single, silent, walkers.

9:14am An old livery is filled with men in blue shirts, working for the law of the land.

After

9:28am Returning to collect his bicycle, he sees a man with binoculars looking out across the river.

9:28am The sharp shot of swimming pool chlorine still hangs in the air.

Southwark Bridge

This walk and piece of writing was completed collaboratively with the fabulous Stephen Nash.

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