Shad Thames, London

When Paul and I were in Los Angeles in November 2012, we got chatting with one of the other delegates at the music conference we were attending.

I was telling him how amazed we were that we could get a bus from our hotel, near LA airport, all the way to Santa Monica – an hour’s drive – for one dollar. Whereas, from where we live in the UK, it costs nearly $12 for a 20 minute train journey into the centre of London.

“That may be so,” he said. “But then, you DO live only 20 minutes away from one of the greatest cities in the world.”

What a great re-frame!

It’s so true, isn’t it, that we often tend to overlook the treasures that are right in front of us…

Today is New Year’s Day 2013 – Day 7 of my challenge to take a photograph every day for a year – and the sun shone all day. So Paul and I ventured into London, to an area we haven’t been to for a long time.

Shad Thames (above), a cobbled street near Tower Bridge, is flanked by Victorian warehouses. Before it was “gentrified”, it used to appear regularly in Dickensian-style films. Years ago, when it was still run-down, we wanted to use it as the backdrop for a band photograph – but never did…

Nowadays the buildings house luxury apartments and fancy restaurants – but the original wooden walkways between the buildings are still in place, and I just love the contrast against the clear blue Winter sky.

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