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Another write-up about our neighbourhood (although mainly focused on the more established Queens Park area), this time from the FT. NW6 is not our post code. We’re in the less desirable (although faster improving) area of NW10. I remember when we moved to Kensal Rise it felt like a big step down from the posh Primrose Hill we’d been renting in – it was a big step down — but I love the diversity of an up-and-coming area combined with the sense of momentum which translates to a noticeably improving environment for eating and shopping (although less so). Keep the good words coming folks, we love to hear about our neighbourhood.
The weather has been unseasonably cold in Europe since the end of Jan. The UK has been no exception although probably not nearly as bad as other continental locations. While I suspect no one is a fan of cold weather, one of the side effects is the possibility of snow which tends to get a warmer reception. With that intro, I’m pleased to announce we have some of the white stuff. Not only do we have it but it’s actually stuck around for several days; typically it melts almost as quickly as it falls.
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I was shocked to hear that Vogue magazine said our little neighbourhood of Kensal Rise was “one of the coolest spots in Europe” (or something like that). Really? I mean we like it but that’s a little higher praise that I would expect. Now the NY Times Travel Blog has an article too:
Just found another article, even more ridiculous. I mean, I do agree the place has a good community feel to it and that it’s heading in the right direction but the name dropping and the price range seems a bit out of whack not to mention the seeming ease with which they’re willing to include Queens Park as a part of Kensal Rise (Queens Park being the neighbouring neighbourhood which is about 10 years ahead of us in gentrification).
The volcano debacle continues and while there are some nice upsides (read: skiing in Banff) I am getting more and more concerned on how long this situation will remain in effect. Currently I have a seat on a BA flight to London but it isn’t until Saturday the 24th (9 days after my originally scheduled flight) and no one sounds very sure whether “that dog will hunt.” I also have an unconfirmed flight on Lufthansa a few days earlier but that is indirect and sounds even less likely. Those conventional methods aside, I will soon have to start looking at flying to somewhere in Europe outside the dust cloud and driving back to England. It will be a LONG drive but it’s seeming more and more attractive.
Kabuki, Biscuit, and I took a walk this weekend along the canal near our house. I love the canals they make you feel like you aren’t in middle of London and yet are everywhere throughout the city. As it’s been the coldest winter in 30 years the canal was completely frozen over with the rare exception where ice had been broken to move some of the boats around.
I had meant to bring my general purpose zoom lens for the walk but accidentally brought my EF135L F/2 prime. A fantastic lens (potentially my favourite) but it makes you work a little harder to get the shot framed up right.
We’ve had a lot of “typical London weather” recently which means its been shit. Not today. Gorgeous outside. I finally took the cover off the bike and took it for a spin. The picture above is entering into Camden Locks via the canal. As you can see I wasn’t the only one who thought it was a nice day. I soon decided to get off the canal and explore the streets which was fun, a little less crowded, and educational too. I am always amazed how much you start to understand about how the city connects when you walk or ride. Also how much more city there is in the city outside of the normal hotspots and subway exits.
Snow in London is not that common and by relative measures we had a lot of it last week. On Sunday night (Superbowl Sunday) we had 6 inches of snow which is more than London’s had in 18 years!
It’s –8 degrees Celsius today in London. Jesus, where’s global warming when you need it? Makes you want to burn a little extra carbon today just to get back to the dream. On a related note, someone told me recently that people were buying vineyards in England expecting global warming to turn good old England into the next France. Good luck with that idea genius. Maybe English wine can be marketed as being “pre-chilled”.