Day In Docklands

I am never sure whether I admire Canary Wharf or despise it.  Arriving there is as pleasant as tube trains go but then I get the feeling I am just a machine.  One of thousands, being cranked up the escalator and despatched to work for the day.

escalators out of Canary Wharf Dragged out from the underground and spat out blinking in to the daylight.Coming out of Canary Wharf undergroud You emerge in to Reuters Plaza where you are surrounded by tall shiny buildings and thousands of people, scurrying off to work.Reuters plaza I was early today and popped in to Birleys for breakfast.  I made a bad choice.  I was hoping to have something substantial so I could resist the pastries but the salt beef hash was served on a small white muffin.  There was not enough beef and way too many white carbs so a bad start to the day.Hash brown I had to hop on the DLR next to get to where I was working for the day.Canary Wharf DLR station Canary wharf underground This is the view of Reuters Plaza and Canary Wharf tube from the DLR.  It never looks real to me.  It looks like an architect’s model, ready to be submitted to the planning department.  Even the trees look fake.Canary Wharf underground from DLR The huge glass walls spread for miles these days.  Inside are workers in the financial sector and all the support industries such as software companies.tall office blocks Here is a remnant of the Dockland’s original main industry; a crane to winch the goods off the ships that travelled in to London from all over the world, with their cargoes of commodities. old docks crane This was my destination for the day.  I am just a number.Large office block I had some of these.fruit platter I failed and had pastries again.  And sandwiches at lunch time and crisps :-(.  Situations like these are tricky.  I was working with people I had not met before.  I was the representative from my Department and it was quite sociable, sharing food from the platters and chatting while we ate.  If I was very dedicated to dieting I would have taken my own lunch in I suppose.  Tricky.Fruit platter close up We finished earlier then expected and I decided to walk back to Canary Wharf rather than take the DLR so I could get some exercise at least.walking to South Quay DLR I quite like the green glass building which looks as if it is floating on the water.Under South Quay DLR Nearly back at Canary Wharf.  I find it hard to believe I used to work in the tower every day.bridge over to Canary wharf To make up for the poor quality food I had today I cooked up a load of veggies.  Look how cute these baby mushrooms are in their little punnett.  They are really tiny.small mushrooms in punnett One large bowl of vegetables (onions, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms and kale) with soy sauce, sesame oil and a smokey chipotle sauce.  It was going to have brown rice with it but I didn’t cook it for long enough so that will be ready tomorrow.Stir fried veg 17-5-13

Canary Wharf.  Admire it or despise it?  Love it or hate it?  Probably a mixture of all those.

G&T 17-5-13

Cheers – have a good weekend!

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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