Follow the life of a retired teacher working her way through the bucket list. How much can be achieved in the next 10 years - from the mundane (baking an edible cake) to the ridiculous (kayaking through the rain forest).
This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!
Monday, 18 September 2017
Canary Wharf Crossrail station
This is Crossrail Place, a five storey development above the new Canary Wharf Crossrail station in Docklands. The station will open in December 2018 terminating at Paddington in the West and Abbey Wood in the East. The route will be fully open the following year taking passengers as far West as Reading stopping at Heathrow en route.
The 250m long station is surrounded by water from the West India Quay Dock and has been built 18m below water level whilst still allowing a navigable channel for boats within the dock.
The top level of the building has a roof garden open to the public.
The geographic location of Canary Wharf Crossrail station places the West India docks virtually on the Prime Meridian dividing the Eastern and Western hemispheres. The designers divided the garden into two with plants from the Eastern hemisphere on one side and plants from the Western hemisphere on the other.
The roof gar.den is designed to evoke a ship laden with unusual and exotic specimens from around the world.
Through the window you can see another system of transport, the Docklands Light Railway.
Lots of wonderful reflections as well as places to sit.
There were pianos in a couple of places which welcomed you to play. Fortunately this young man was an excellent pianist and I didn't have to listen to repeat versions of 'chopsticks'.
This piano was designed to incorprate as many different forms of London transport.
A number of shops and cafes have opened on the ground floor of the complex.
I couldn't resist popping in here for tea and cake.