Leafy Leytonstone

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We enjoyed a lovely relaxing walk this afternoon, wandering through the lush green woods in Leytonstone, East London – Bush Wood is a tiny triangle oasis of ancient Epping Forest standing proud amongst the hustle and bustle of everyday busy London life… 🙂

A-Z Challenge: Z is for Zebra Crossing

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Z is for Zebra Crossing…

The traditional British pedestrian crossing is a zebra crossing, so called because of the alternating black and white stripes. The orange ball light on top of the striped pole next to it is called a ‘Belisha Beacon’.

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: Y is for Yellow

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Y is for Yellow…

The Sunflower Cafe on Leytonstone High Road is our current favourite local coffee stop – they make a lovely latte, and the bright yellow décor makes it instantly recognisable… 🙂

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: 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…

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.

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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