A-Z Challenge: X is for Xylophone

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X is for Xylophone…

Sheer luck brought me past a local children’s playground where I found an outdoor xylophone that actually works – what fun! And it gave me the perfect letter ‘X’ post for my A-Z Challenge… 🙂

This year for my Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’ve decided to keep it super-simple, and stick close to home with a straightforward agenda. I tend to post lots of local London images anyway, so my aim is to post at least one new (as in taken recently, and not posted before) photograph each day, taking us on a whistle-stop A-Z tour of Local Leytonstone Life; simple snapshot images of ordinary everyday things around me that capture my attention, yet don’t take me out of my daily routine too much…

Songs from the Past: Neil Diamond – Girl You’ll be a Woman Soon

This week’s Song from the Past from me is Neil Diamond’s ‘Girl You’ll be a Woman Soon’ from 1967 just because I absolutely love it ❤

However Urge Overkill recorded a cover version that was used in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 movie ‘Pulp Fiction’, and I think maybe I like this version even more – but perhaps because that’s because I really loved the movie, and the association is so strong

Either way, it’s a great song… 🙂

A-Z Challenge: W is for War Memorial

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W is for War Memorial…

Like most towns and cities in the UK, Leytonstone has its own War Memorial naming fallen servicemen from both World Wars, and on every Remembrance Day each November, numerous poppy wreaths are placed respectfully around the base… these are still in place from last November

This year for my Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’ve decided to keep it super-simple, and stick close to home with a straightforward agenda. I tend to post lots of local London images anyway, so my aim is to post at least one new (as in taken recently, and not posted before) photograph each day, taking us on a whistle-stop A-Z tour of Local Leytonstone Life; simple snapshot images of ordinary everyday things around me that capture my attention, yet don’t take me out of my daily routine too much…

A-Z Challenge: V is for Victorian Pillar Box

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V is for Victorian Pillar Box…

Most of the oldest traditional red pillar-shaped post boxes I’ve found around Leytonstone are clearly marked from the reign of George V (1910-1936), but I finally found a Victorian one still in use! As Queen Victoria died in 1901, this lovely old pillar box has to be well over a hundred years old, and from the more ‘modern’ design probably dates from 1887 onwards. Each reigning monarch has used a different cipher, and Victoria’s is a delicate ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina) intertwined.

Post Script…

Ironically, since looking into the history of our red post boxes here in the UK as part of my quest, I’ve discovered that just before the Victorian pillar boxes with the swirly VR cipher, there were a large number of unmarked boxes cast (between 1879-1887) with no royal cipher  – so-called ‘anonymous’ boxes – and so it seems that the unmarked post box closest to our flat is potentially even older than the one above… 🙂

This year for my Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’ve decided to keep it super-simple, and stick close to home with a straightforward agenda. I tend to post lots of local London images anyway, so my aim is to post at least one new (as in taken recently, and not posted before) photograph each day, taking us on a whistle-stop A-Z tour of Local Leytonstone Life; simple snapshot images of ordinary everyday things around me that capture my attention, yet don’t take me out of my daily routine too much…

Daily Prompt: Grey

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Grey birds painted on the side of a white building, Leytonstone High Road, East London…

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And linked to the reason behind the painted birds above, here is a beautifully-toned multiple-shades-of-grey street art/ grafitti image of local boy Alfred Hitchcock painted onto a rendered wall on a side street just off Leytonstone High Road, East London.

Both images give the impression of being taken in black and white, although both are actually full-colour images, so seemed just perfect for today’s prompt 🙂

Daily Prompt: Grey

 

A-Z Challenge: U is for Underground

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U is for Underground…

Confusingly the platforms of Leytonstone Underground Station (and the railway line itself at this point – see T is for Tube Line from yesterday) are actually above ground! When you enter the station from street level, you have to walk down a curved slope into the below-the-surface ticket office, before going through the automated ticket barriers and climbing the central stairs back up to reach the ground level platforms between the tracks.

This year for my Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’ve decided to keep it super-simple, and stick close to home with a straightforward agenda. I tend to post lots of local London images anyway, so my aim is to post at least one new (as in taken recently, and not posted before) photograph each day, taking us on a whistle-stop A-Z tour of Local Leytonstone Life; simple snapshot images of ordinary everyday things around me that capture my attention, yet don’t take me out of my daily routine too much…

Share Your World: 24 April 2017

Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink?

A nice cup of tea usually does the trick… OMG I’m such a Brit at heart! 🙂

Complete this sentence: Never in my life have I…

Never in my life have I seen the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, but I would very much like not only to see them but also photograph them, too. Hopefully once we move back up to the North East coast of Scotland (Inverness) I’ll get my chance ❤

If you could be given any gift, what would it be?

Um, I suppose ‘world peace’ sounds a bit like the kind of stock answer a traditional beauty pageant contestant might give, so failing that, a new house and a new car might be nice 🙂

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something productive?

I’m a chronic insomniac, have been for years, so rather than fretting about not being asleep I’ve learned simply to try to lie still and rest my body and mind as much as possible. If I do get overly restless I’ll get up and make myself a cup of tea – it’s one of those everyday things I do on autopilot, so just going through the motions immediately calms and relaxes me, and I usually manage to go back to bed to rest afterwards.

Cee’s Share Your World