A day off for holiday in London, and I woke earlier than usual thanks to the squeaky door of a neighbour. It was 6 and the sun was up, and I lay awake feeling well-rested, so quietly got ready to go for a run before James awoke. After finishing my usual route through Hampstead Heath, where many more men than usual were having a swim in the Men's Bathing Pond, two separate people were trying out little drones, and lots of happy dogs chased about, I popped into the cafe for nice coffees to go and then popped into the nice bakery for some fresh hot cross buns. We toasted the buns and enjoyed them with our coffees, sitting in our cozy living room as sunlight spilled through the branches of the trees outside, casting shadows on the walls.
Later that morning, we walked down to Finchley Road, about 15 - 20 minutes, and caught the overground train out to Richmond. I've never been there before, but always wanted to see the park there, which is populated with free-roaming deer. It's about a half hour walk from the station to the park, through a typical quaint little London village centre with a green and cute shops.
Arriving in the park, we split off from the other crowds of people wandering the green space on this holiday so that we could find quiet trails. There were no deer at first, and I wondered if they'd be acres away in this huge park.