Yep, feeling slightly better today after a pretty low feeling day on Sunday. The weather is hot, hot, hot, and so I decided to escape the delights of London and venture to the Far East….
Not Singapore, Tokyo or Beijing, but
The Far East of Essex! This is a place I’ve never been to before, and so, as the name implies, it’s on the River Crouch. Out of the station and a longish walk to the water’s edge.
And what a pretty place. Bungalows, cottages, riverside homes and a couple of moored boats with letterboxes. All in all, a very nautical place, though I’m not of that inclination after an experience travelling between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.
The day just got hotter and hotter. The sun beat down though there was a gentle breeze off the river to temper the searing heat. Plenty of pubs and restaurants, though it was difficult at 4 pm in the afternoon to find one serving food. After much searching, I found one.
Dining alfresco, though I’ve never worked out who Al Fresco is? Sitting on a nice street, drinking an ice cold cider to wash down a decent bit of grub. And this did wonders for my state of mind after a few quite difficult days. It’s funny what fresh air and escaping from the humdrum way of life can do for someone.
Though I was brought back down to earth when waiting for my train back. A local teenage lad plonked himself two seats from me on the platform, couldn’t keep himself still for longer than 30 seconds and proceeded to jabber in a language that I don’t think resembled English at all. I was relieved when the Southminster train arrived so he could impress everyone on it with his tenuous grasp of the national lingo.
The journey back was pleasant enough and I feel fairly tired, a combination of the heat and a bit of exercise to blame I think. But I needed that today. I couldn’t face sitting indoors on a lovely day like this. I went and discovered a decent part of the world and got away from London for the afternoon/evening. Hopefully it has pressed the reset button in my brain and I can move on from a low spell over the last few days.
This heat is only getting more severe so be careful!