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First day walking to work from my new place

My walk into work today was SO gorgeous. There's a park across the river that I strolled through for about a third of the route (Bishop's Park, it's called, fireworks show scheduled for November 3rd) that has all sorts of lovely trees and some Victorian statues and a rose garden in it. There were just enough people for it not to feel spooky (and a black lab puppy!) but not so many it was crowded.

It was a little misty this morning, and walking next to the river bank was really lovely. I was accompanied much of the way by two crew boats (from either Thames Rowing Club or Rowing Club of London, both of which I saw across the river), and I got to listen to the rowers getting coached by the guy on the support boat. It was really relaxing to listen to his patter, "James, in at the catch ... Neil, hold your oars close in ..." It made me miss rowing in Seattle. Maybe I can sign up there.

The last half of my walk was very quiet, with the wetlands center across the river. Suddenly there was a pier covered with cormorants, seagulls, and a heron, while in the water below I saw three swans. It was so nice. Total time: about half an hour.

Moving in yesterday went fairly smoothly once the road had been negotiated (I'm not sure why it would take an hour to drive from Brixton to Putney, but it did). I unpacked three of my four bags in short order and got the bed made, realizing I'd managed to only bring one pillowcase. Almost all of the kitchen stuff I'd brought was unnecessary, as the flat's kitchen really had the works, even some garbage bags and paper towels. But as I sat there getting hungrier and hungrier (I made a cracker and bacon sandwich for lunch as I was ravenous but didn't want to leave the apartment quite yet), I found my grocery list practically composing itself. I finally made it to Sainsbury's just a an hour before closing, but was limited by only having two arms to carry my loot back to the apartment. Unfortunately I wasn't smart enough to remember to get an alarm clock (thank God for the alarm function on cell phones), but I'll remedy that today as well as get my phone and utilities set up (they're all working - except for the phone - and all I need to do is call in the meter readings).

wechsler rode over on his bike (faster than driving!) and we sat in front of the windows and drank some tea and ate some cherry scones and watched the people going over the bridge, the train crossing the other bridge, and finally the twinkling of the lights as the sun went down and the electrics were turned on. Then it was time for some fettucine "carb"onara and a round of Carcasonne (which I lost!), and I felt like the apartment was finally being lived in, even though with so little stuff in it, it basically feels like I've just checked into a nice hotel room.

Needless to say, my mood has greatly improved now that I'm in, even though my cold is still lingering. And for those who asked, here are a few pictures of the flat. (I didn't sort them so you'll want to just click which ones you're interested in off of the index page.)


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Oct. 16th, 2006 11:26 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. That flat is gorgeous. And that bookshelf is completely silly as well as gorgeous.

I still use Arkady's phone as my alarm when I'm in her bed ...
Oct. 16th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
The place looks lovely. Nice table. Nice view. Does the fireplace work?
Oct. 17th, 2006 08:28 am (UTC)
I don't think so. I think I was told I couldn't use it.
Oct. 16th, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's much bigger than I realized from the one picture you'd posted before! Lovely. :)
Oct. 16th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
It looks wonderful, and your walk to work sounds fantastic :)
Oct. 16th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
It's incredible.
I am so beyond impressed with what you've managed to achieve.
Oct. 17th, 2006 08:29 am (UTC)
Uh, I don't know, just doing stuff. Getting the work permit was the thing that was most exciting to me. Now Jason's stuck doing all of the hard work and I get to skate!
Oct. 17th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
Hey it's a lot of work for both of you -- and you are in the final rounds. Maybe one day I'll get some courage (liquid or otherwise) and follow suit. Oh, met up with Shadowpop last night at the Comet.

Thanks for the books (especially lovin' the seashore critter ID) and the really cute cookware. Now that you are settling in, I'll have to see about sending you some real mail. I got a partial addy from Shadowpop, but if you'd like to supply me with the postal code (last four digits) that might be helpful.
Oct. 16th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
I love that bookshelf! So are you just going to get rid of most the furniture when you get your own there? It's great that the place came with enough to start with.
Oct. 16th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
not helpless
Other than the bookshelf and the table, everything is crap. The couch is like a pile of putty with a blue cloth on it - no support and slumped over - it looks like something someone threw out of a college dorm. The two chairs in the living room are also nearly wrecked, though usable. ONe of the lamps is leaning over. The bed in the bedroom is just a thin mattress on slats, pretty cheap and no support! The guest bed is (not shown) also a thin mattress on slats, but we'll just make do with that for now. So I want nice comfy armchairs, our comfy couch, and a bed I can get a good night's sleep in to start! (We also need more bookshelves and I want to get a folding wood table for the living room.) But it's great I'm not stuck there with absolutely nothing. I was really worried I'd be sleeping on the floor before the boat showed up.
Oct. 16th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
nice flat! i'm glad to see that you have something to sleep on until your furniture arrives.
Oct. 16th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
Your walk to work sounds idyllic. And the view from the flat — wow! No wonder your mood has improved.
Oct. 17th, 2006 08:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, plus the porter gave me a nice compliment when he was giving me the extra set of keys this morning. And the ease of getting all of the utilities set up helped, too.
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Oct. 17th, 2006 08:29 am (UTC)
That furniture all came with it but the living room stuff is pretty junky and I'd much rather have my nice "married lady" furniture.

You're welcome to come visit ...
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