Misty Moisty Morning

I am no early riser. I’ll just about stir myself to get to Billingsgate occasionally, and I’ve been known to get up early to take one of those ridiculous cheap flights that only seem to leave at horrid hours of the day. But there are some things that really are worth the effort – and if you can suffer the pain at the moment there are some incredible morning views from the Thames.

And no – I don’t have a new camera – this one’s borrowed. But being posh, it takes better shots than I do…

This majestic sight is actually the ballast works at Charlton. I tell you – early morning mist, with the sun doing its best to burn through it does wonders for even the dullest place. To be honest I’m rather fond of this wharf – I love the fact that it still has a working railway on the secret Angerstein line that many people don’t even realise exists.

Moving on, we next see Millennium Village, in muted shades that make it look like some kind of fairy city:

I nearly didn’t put the next pic in – there are so many photos of the Dome – but it is an incredible structure, I’m in a mellow, indulgent mood – and it’s my blog…

Here’s the defunct Syrol – not long for this world. I understand the grand explosion of the silos is scheduled for February.
The power station looks quite majestic in any light, IMHO. It probably wasn’t the best place to site it, next to the delicate, ancient Trinity Hospital – but it has an industrial magnificence that earns it respect now…

If you peer very closely at the next pic, you’ll see the aforesaid delicate Trinity Almshouses nestled in the shadow of its neighbour.
Coming to the end of the Greenwich part of my trip now – the foot tunnel, just as the sun is just about to peep through:
And finally – the most splendid, regal sight in Greenwich – The Old Royal Naval College at Too-Bloomin’ Early o’clock in the morning…

Inspired? Thames Clippers website is here. It doesn’t mention (that I can find) anything about the promised acceptance of Pay As You Go Oyster cards from November that there had all the fuss and publicity about a few months ago, but when I emailed them to find out what was happening I was assured it will happen later this month. They’ve promised to let me know when Oystercards will be accepted – I’ll keep you posted.

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