Trying to hold it all together...
We walked every day too, mind you, the primary school was only 1/2 mile from our house! For secondary school R got the bus for a couple of years and then I got a job at the same place and so she got a lift with me, but J's secondary was only a mile walk.You certainly live in a part of London which still has a lovely amount of greenery!
Had someone yesterday telling me how lovely your bit of London was (as part of a discussion about where Wookie and I are going to look to rent) tis green! Mine were chased to the table or couch here but my favourite way to commute was the airplane ride to Athens :)
We lived three miles outside the village so my children caught a minibus at 8am. This then wandered around the lanes to the next village where they all transferred to different buses. The large one went ten miles to the secondary school the small one went the, by now, four miles to our village. They would arrive there at ten minutes to nine. Of course if there was snow the bus didn't come. On one occasion the snow started when they were in school and the minibus dropped them at the end of the lane that was five miles from home. I don't need to explain how I felt about that.
I like this series of photos Ruth. You live in a beautiful area. I can't really remember going to school because for most of it I boarded! We had a lovely walk down the valley to breakfast most mornings though!
I was thinking about this subject the other day - about how you can chart the ages of the kids by the different ways I collected them from school. At the start you wait right outside the door, then they stay later for clubs and tell you to wait in the car, then they go to big school and want to try walking. Now I only collect on orchestra day, and soon even that will have disappeared! That's a lovely walk you have. I think he'll always remember the times spent together before going in for the day
To my rural eyes, it looks more like a city than a suburb, but my frame of reference is wide open spaces so anything with buildings close together is 'city' to me. :) My kids ride the bus to & from school. The school is 20 miles in the opposite direction of the 20 miles DH & I drive to work, so the bus it is!
We didn't have a car, so it was walking with an old fashioned carriage built pram and half the children in our row in tow. Happy days!
We walked whenever we could but more often than not I took Gracia in the car, waited with her to go in and then drove off to work.
Your DN walks the 5 minutes up the road but if the council have their way, in the next few years all the village kids will have to get a bus to the High School or the Academy!!
Love your photographs of. London :) I will be visiting your fair city in a a couple months and I cannot wait to see all the touristy things... Of course ;)
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