So my dad and I have this thing we’re doing, to travel through every station on the London Underground May 2014 tube map.
I’m not quite sure how it started – possibly with a day trip doing the Overground Loop – but we settled on May 2014 as that was the map I had in my pocket at the time.
Last week it was time for the Big Red.
We met at Mile End, which must sit directly above a nest of Dementors, as it’s freezing cold and windy, despite being underground and protected from the elements.
Then we headed East. As a diehard SOTR-er, I’d not been further east than Stratford before, and had imagined the lands beyond as a grey wasteland, filled with derelict tower blocks, burnt out Vauxhall Astras and misshapen NOTR types, ready to fend off property developers with tetanus-infected pointed sticks, and frankly who can blame them.
When the temperature drops and the sun is shining, so it’s just the right weather for exploring London.
Time to head back to Goldhawk Road in search of fabric and trimmings. I’d been with Bryony earlier in the year, when we found treasures including the fabric and trim for this shawl, and had to return with Lettice before long.
You might not have heard of Gozo. I hadn’t, until we went last year. It’s the second-largest island in Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean. It’s a very quiet island, greener than Malta, and because it’s off the beaten track, it’s got a very chilled out, laid back vibe.
But people don’t really come for what’s on land. They come for the water.