Drinks on the Beach
Sunday 22nd November 2020
Went to the "beach" (i.e. the Thames foreshore) to have a drink with Andrew this afternoon.
The view from Blackfriars Bridge.
Although normally I find litter abhorrent, in this instance I found it strangely uplifting. With the pubs being closed the young people of London have found their own way of recreating a pub experience based on what they have available to them.
To be honest, given that the only good thing about this "pub" is its riverside outdoor seating, and given the fact it is rather steeply priced accordingly, these gifted improvisers were probably having a better time than they would here under normal circumstances. Of course, still not really an excuse to leave your litter all over the place, but it has indirectly made a statement.
The Thames foreshore immediately beneath the aforementioned pub. I had actually checked the tide times before coming (yes they publish tide times even for central London!) and knew I'd be arriving a bit before low tide.
Lovely skies today.
Across to St. Paul's.
Some remnant of some ancient structure presumably.
A less ancient artefact on the beach.
The Tate Modern. It felt fitting to be in its shadow today, given the recent sad news. Gerald used to work here.
Breaky Bottom's Cuvee Oliver Minkley which seemed an appropriately reflective wine for today.
Also testing out my new "unbreakable" stemware.
Upside down St. Paul's captured in the wine glass.
Andrew on the beach. Andrew lives alone and has barely had any human contact the past few weeks. So I thought it important to get him out of the house and catch up.
We decided as our side of the river was in the shade it might be a good idea to cross to the other side.
Attempt to ake a picture of Tower Bridge in the distance from the Millenium Bridge. Those cable things get in the way a bit.
On the other side of the river now, which also had a small (albeit shrinking as we were sitting on it) beach, and more importantly was in the sun.
Even had a shelf on which to rest my beer.
Other people enjoying the "beach".
View along the beach.
The beach population thinning out a bit now.
The moon sailing past the shard.
Starting to think we should perhaps go back up the stairs!
Notice the moon is now on the other side of the shard.
Bit of a sunset.