Greenwich in Winter

We are fifteen minutes drive from Blackheath and so often go there at the weekend, then walk to Greenwich. Blackheath is a lovely village with a big ‘common’ at the top.

It is a nice spot to go for a coffee and is a little less busy and cheaper than Greenwich itself. There is a new spot opened called avocado something or other (forgotten the real name), they do seriously good avocados though, even if seriously expensive!

Otherwise, Montpelliers is nice during the summer to sit outside with coffee, read the news and watch the world go by. There are a few other nice places also, cafe rouge if would like a petit French experience for lunch and there is an argintinean restaurant which does good pizza and lots more.

Once done with coffee there is a lovely walk through the common, past a nice old church. The common is very open with very few trees, a lot of kids with kites and people playing football.

The walk leads you to Greenwich park which probably needs no introduction.

I grew up in the countryside but had to come to London to see a fox!

There is an observatory in the centre and walking to the end of the park brings the maritime museum. After that you can continue into Greenwhich village, some photos of that…

Premature Abstraction

In an ideal world every abstraction is pure. We don’t live in an ideal world (yet) though. Abstractions can be hard. They can cause frustration and people to give up on them or wait for the perfect solution.

In my experience, often the right thing to do is wait for the perfect abstraction but I think in a lot of cases it is right to go ahead and do the abstraction. You can always replace it or refactor it if need be but I think the key is not over doing it if not sure – keep it simple.

You want a good return on your investment and you dont want to make a brittle abstraction which limits peoples options down the line or causes tears and frustration.

Also, as with everything you should talk to people and get advice before creating your monster.