My weekends in London mostly seem to involve running errands and enjoying the sunshine these days. This weekend I started the process of getting a bank account, bought a pair of house shoes (which was surprisingly urgent), celebrated my roommate’s birthday, discovered a park and a charity run, and hung out on a houseboat. Phew! It’s too bad there isn’t another day in there just to recover!
I am so happy to have a giant park so close to my house. It has a little pond and some fantastic walking paths. I went by specifically as I had heard that there would be a 10k Where’s Wally* race on Sunday morning. The race benefited a literacy charity in England, so the theme worked pretty well. Almost everyone had a costume on while they ran; a striped shirt, hat and glasses. Not surprisingly I had the hardest time trying to find someone that I knew was there after the race. Everyone just blended together in their matching outfits. In the end I had to give up and head out to my next stop.
The next stop was to visit my friends Joanna and Tom, who live on a houseboat in Regents Canal. It was delightful! We sat on the roof and drank wine for the whole afternoon. I knit away on the button band of my Pomme de Pin cardigan, which is almost done. We had a roast dinner with some friends of theirs who lived further up on another boat. In the evening we had homemade damson berry vodka with fizzy water. Delicious!
I think I have fallen in love with living on a houseboat for at least a week while I live here. I’m not sure that I would want to do it full time, even if it is cheaper than renting a regular flat. The winters sound awful, and there is a lot to manage with a boat that you don’t have to think as much about with a house. Septic tanks and water tanks, coal heating etc. It all sounds just right for a holiday though! I think that this summer will involve quite a few visits down by the water with friends.
* Wally is British for Waldo. As far as I can tell they are exactly the same. Perhaps the name change helps in his quest to stay hidden from the world?