Sunday, 13 September 2009

Industrial chic

10 years in Thailand seemed to fly by. A couple of jobs and a few rounds of golf. Two children born, but it all seems like yesterday. Meanwhile in England things moved at the speed of light. I remember Leeds as a run-down, frayed at the edges kind of city. I visited last month, a school trip to the Royal Armouries and was stunned. The canal basin area, which I remember as industrially depressing and bleak, is full of life. Where there were rusty supermarket trolleys and decaying lock gates there are flowers and restored industrial heritage; lovingly cared for, cast-iron makers plates painted black with white lettering fixed to green lock gates. The warehouses of broken windows now airy balconied student accomodation. The cycles are no longer discarded in the canals but being ridden along the towpaths; all carefully signposted for a whole new generation of cycle commuters. I feared for England when the oil runs out, but windmills and bicycles are not dead yet. And they're so much more pretty to look at than petrol stations.

2 comments:

Hirondelle said...

I am really enjoying the glimpses of your world you are sharing with us. I have added you to my blog roll and I would love it if you did the same for me. :D

Can I also recommend another lovely blog by a friend of mine, I think you will like it - like you she has recently rediscovered cycling and is sharing her Cotswold adventures. She also has another blog about her craft (she is an artist & toy maker) but I think you will like her cycling blog best. http://cotswoldpeeps.blogspot.com/

Bangkok.Ian said...

I've had a peep at some Cotswolds peeps and I love it. I've added myself to the list of followers. I was already on yours, I know you have so many followers it's easy to overlook one. You sound very happy and settled in Chiang Mai. Don't come back until Thailand is really starting to annoy you more than charm you. Or maybe you will go to America...