On the way back from my allotment the other week, I had a bit of time to kill so I took a few photos. This is the marina where many boats are moored and quite a lot of people seem to live on their boats.
I took my bike over a little bridge onto the other side of the canal to cycle alongside the Nature Reserve.
We are very lucky where we live, to have such wonderful open spaces and facilities only a short walking distance from our house. Although we live just a few miles from central London, you would never think so when you are out here along the canal. Part of this marsh was used for training facilities for the Olympics, with temporary buildings put up here, but it has now been restored to its original state thankfully.
These spaces are so precious to local residents and are of course fantastic for walking the dog. Our puppy loves nothing better than gamboling around in the grassy marshland chasing after her ball and checking out the other dogs.
More narrowboats moored along the canalside as you approach the footbridge back over the canal. I love the way their owners make little gardens on their roofs. I admire their resourcefulness and the simplicity of their existence.
There were some swans gliding around in the canal and one preening itself in the background as I came past.
There were another half a dozen swans just out of frame. Two of them, believe it or not, were making a heart shape with their necks as they canoodled. Several people were trying to get a snap of them doing it. It was amazing.
Who says life in London is grim and overcrowded?