I escaped my domestic duties to have a day out with my Mum in London which was great fun! Mum had suggested we take one of those river cruises down the Thames from Westminster to Greenwich. We would have lunch and then get the boat back in time for the train home.
I met her under the clock at Waterloo Station, and then we walked over the footbridge to Embankment Station (I would recommend keeping large stones in your pockets, it's VERY windy) and caught the 'Kathleen Sarah' – Mum's name! – to Tower Bridge.
It was a relatively small boat but the river was pretty choppy so when Mum started to turn a pale shade of pistachio, I tried to be a comfort by reminding her that the Thames wasn't all that deep in the middle… forgetting momentarily that she can't swim. I tried to backpedal by reminding her that I did get my lifesaving badge when I was a Girl Guide, but I don't think that helped!
This was brilliant. We got a running commentary all the way there and found out all kinds of things about life on the riverbank. From apartments that cost four million pounds, to pirates who used to roam the river!
When these scoundrels were caught, if found guilty by 'Hanging Judge Jefferies', who held court at Execution Dock in Wapping, they were tied to two wooden posts on the riverbed when the tide was out. They were then left there until the tide came in. If they didn't drown they were innocent… or incredibly tall!
We arrived in Greenwich bang on lunchtime, had some very nice pasta and then roamed around the covered market until it was time to come back. By then it was blowing a gale and we were glad to be, once again, safely inside what felt like a liner rather than a riverboat.
We crossed back over Waterloo Bridge and I took this great shot of Mum (left) during a short burst of sunlight with the Millenium Wheel in the background.
She's never been on it, 'cos she doesn't like heights… I'll have to see if I can talk her round… unless there's anything else you think she might prefer?
All suggestions please do post below, and I'll let her know
Love Ali x