A Train’s Eye View

Coming home on the overnight train from Inverness to London last night, I found myself in the very last carriage of the train, which unusually had a glass panel in what would otherwise have been the connecting door between two carriages, had a further carriage actually been in place.

The glass was a bit grubby, but easily clean enough for my camera-phone to see through. I’ve taken so many views from a train before, but never looking directly behind at the tracks travelled along – giving me a proper train’s eye view, I suppose?

Train tracks are perhaps not the prettiest of things to look at, creating an ugly scar on the landscape whether urban or rural, but after a while I found their raw metallic harshness surprisingly appealing…

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Good Morning Scotland

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One of the nicest things about taking the overnight train from London to Inverness at this time of year is that I get to cross the Scottish mountains in the early morning light, and somehow the colours and textures always manage to look subtly different every time – I doubt if I’ll ever tire of the beautiful scenery, which never ceases to inspire me whatever the weather 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration

Z is for Zany

I think Camden has to be the zaniest place I know in London – where else do you see giant shoes and other crazy things sticking out of a building wall? Camden can become very crowded at times, but it’s still fun to wander around and see what you can see…

My theme for this year’s April A-Z Challenge is ‘My London A-Z’. I’ve found living in London to be very different from just visiting; in general I live a very ordinary life far removed from the craziness of the city itself, so I thought it might be fun to share my everyday experience with you all in images and words…

Y is for Yellow Stocks

Many of the old Victorian houses in East London (including the one we live in) are built of pale-coloured bricks known as London Stock or Yellow Stock. Most of the buildings are now a grimy grey colour, but once they’re cleaned up it’s possible to see the original light sandy-yellow colour of the bricks. They must have looked really beautiful when they were new, especially glowing in the sunshine…

My theme for this year’s April A-Z Challenge is ‘My London A-Z’. I’ve found living in London to be very different from just visiting; in general I live a very ordinary life far removed from the craziness of the city itself, so I thought it might be fun to share my everyday experience with you all in images and words…

X is for Whipps Cross

After posting a pic of King’s Cross Station for ‘K’, I was kicking myself for not keeping it for ‘X’ as I remembered X is often a common shorthand for Cross, which is otherwise a really difficult letter to fit in to any A-Z challenge.

But following the same premise our local hospital is Whipps Cross University Hospital, and over recent years my husband and I have both (on occasion) visited variously the Accident & Emergency department, the Outpatients department, the Day-Case Unit (me) and the Inpatient wards (my husband).

The original red-brick buildings pictured here are sadly looking a bit worse for wear these days in the throes of extensive renovation, and the entire sprawling hospital site appears in much need to some TLC itself, but personally I’m glad it’s still there, still serving the local community as it has done over the last 100 years.

My theme for this year’s April A-Z Challenge is ‘My London A-Z’. I’ve found living in London to be very different from just visiting; in general I live a very ordinary life far removed from the craziness of the city itself, so I thought it might be fun to share my everyday experience with you all in images and words…

W is for Wanstead Park

I love spending time in Wanstead Park, close to where we live. Originally this was a well-to-do country estate visited in its heyday by Queen Elizabeth I, but as its fortunes deteriorated (apparently gambled away by a dissolute drunk) the big house was deconstructed brick by brick and auctioned off, and the parklands too were sold off.

The footprint of the house is now buried deep under a golf course, and the only building remaining is known as the temple, which was once the little summer house. The park today consists of the remaining original ornamental ponds (although far less formally kept these days), a couple of small wooded areas, and rough grassland.

My theme for this year’s April A-Z Challenge is ‘My London A-Z’. I’ve found living in London to be very different from just visiting; in general I live a very ordinary life far removed from the craziness of the city itself, so I thought it might be fun to share my everyday experience with you all in images and words…

V is for Victorian Streets

Around where I live in East London, most of the streets are late Victorian terraces, so here is a small selection as an example…

My theme for this year’s April A-Z Challenge is ‘My London A-Z’. I’ve found living in London to be very different from just visiting; in general I live a very ordinary life far removed from the craziness of the city itself, so I thought it might be fun to share my everyday experience with you all in images and words…

U is for Underground

London’s Underground system is huge and complex, and is wonderful when it works but can be an absolute nightmare when things go wrong. Thankfully these pics were all taken in different stations on the same day, when everything was running surprisingly smoothly…

My theme for this year’s April A-Z Challenge is ‘My London A-Z’. I’ve found living in London to be very different from just visiting; in general I live a very ordinary life far removed from the craziness of the city itself, so I thought it might be fun to share my everyday experience with you all in images and words…

T is for Trees

I’ve always loved trees – especially old trees – and I never tire of them. There are some wonderful old trees here in London, some going back centuries. I love their longevity, their dignity, their peaceful silence. I love the way they stand the test of time, sentinels to the past, whispering their secrets to the passing wind as it rustles conspiratorially through their leaves. I love the gnarled yet flowing patterns created by old bark, like warts and wrinkles on old skin, and I love the textured fluidity of twisted roots writhing across the ground…

My theme for this year’s April A-Z Challenge is ‘My London A-Z’. I’ve found living in London to be very different from just visiting; in general I live a very ordinary life far removed from the craziness of the city itself, so I thought it might be fun to share my everyday experience with you all in images and words…

Pre-scheduled posts… I hope!

Just thought I’d let you all know I’m going away for a week from tonight, to visit my family, so have attempted to pre-schedule my last few A-Z posts through my WordPress dashboard thingy. I’ve not actually done this before on such a grand scale, so I’m not 100% sure of what I’m doing – but I’ll live and learn.

Hopefully, if I’ve done it right, my posts for T-Z should appear one a day at around the mid-morning mark here in the UK. And if they don’t, well, I’ve obviously messed it up somehow and will just have to have a mass catch-up posting session next weekend when I get back.

Oh, and as I probably won’t even be online much at all (and even then only on my smartphone if anything), many apologies in advance to anyone who comments on or likes anything posted in my absence – I’ll have a massive blog-fest on my return and will update everything then.

Hope you all have a great week, see you again next Saturday! 🙂