Furry Green Velvet Steps
Something I love about Greenwich Beach is that although virtually no one does go down onto it (it’s ridiculously under-used…) everybody can go down onto it. The steps are open and available (as they are at various places along the Thames in the city. Many public-spirited people have discovered them over the past week on the big spring tide cleaning project, but they are open all the time.)
I just love these steps – at low tide they’re great for sitting on and enjoying of a Summer’s day; at high tide, they’re gently lapped by the river.
But I was walking past yesterday and noticed that the winter weather’s had quite an impact on them – they’re suddenly almost furry with seaweed. A bright green velvet pile, they’re beautiful to look at – but mighty slippery.
The worst thing that could happen would be for the Health and Safety police to close it off rather than just give them a clean, so I’m almost hesitant to suggest that, pretty as they are at the moment, they’re a mite slippery too. I’m not really sure who’s responsible for the upkeep of the steps but they could do with a good scrub. In the meanwhile, take care if you’re fancying a spot of beach combing.
Folks – don’t you think we should start thinking about interesting things to do with Greenwich Beach this summer? Deckchairs and 99s, anyone?