I can hardly believe that just down the road (5 min) there is an idyllic retreat from the noise and congestion of the city - Hampstead Heath. Eight hundred acres of meadows and ponds and forest and hills not far from central London.
We took a walk today and saw the blackberries (I am bringing a bag tomorrow!) and the trees and the meadows. I know I go on a bit but after a year and a half in the desert and 13 years in Florida - I have not seen vegetation like this since I grew up in the Northeast of the United States. And the smells! You can smell summer and the sunshine and the berries and it is gorgeous .... definitely a daily walk - besides, I still have to climb Parliament Hill!