Autumn Spring Tides


Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Jack. Jack is still wearing his swimming goggles after visiting the Arches, and with good reason. This, of course is the Five-Foot Walk* which in this picture at least should be the Five-Foot Paddle. Jack’s mum Sarah has sent me some pictures which has reminded me to dig out a couple of snaps I took a few weeks ago.


I’ve slooshed my way along the Thames Path a few times in the past month or so. Is it just me, or has it been unusually often that the river’s been so high it bursts over the path? I’ve got to say that it makes the Thames look magnificent. Even the Power Station seems majestic, somehow, looming out of the water…

…though the waters are stronger than they look. I narrowly escaped a drenching when they bashed against the rowing club’s wooden gates in Crane Street. The ‘sand bags’ were rubbish…

Whatever else, at least it won’t get as bad as in what has to be the world’s worst disaster movie. I’m referring, of course, to the execrable Flood, which I was conned into seeing as a ‘real film’ before it became the TV two-parter because I wanted to see the bits set in Greenwich. Quite apart from Robert Carlyle being uncharacteristically uncharismatic, it just made no sense, even within its own fictional world.
I know that disaster movies aren’t supposed to represent real life – but would you go to shelter from a major flood in the London Underground? It’s a basic physics-thing, folks.

If you’re worried about what would happen to your house in case of a flood, check this ‘fun’ flood map (not 100% accurate – I wouldn’t base a house-purchase on it – but it’s very intriguing) – double click on your area to zoom in.

In the meanwhile, Jack’s keeping well out of the way…

*Five Foot Walk – an early Section 106 – Christopher Wren had to allow the public to continue to walk along the Thames when he designed the Royal Naval Hospital, and, in 1731, this measly five feet was the best they were going to get. I have read that the council are going to be forcing cyclists to walk their bikes along this bit of the path. Seems sensible to me, given its width, though I’d like to see them try to enforce it…


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