Cee’s B&W Challenge: Indoor Walkways

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London’s ubiquitous indoor walkways – the many platforms and escalators of the underground system 🙂

Cee’s B&W Challenge: Indoor Walkways

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7 Day B&W Challenge: Epilogue – Picturing My Life

So, having posted 7 black & white individual images of my life in 7 days (with no explanation and no people), I thought I’d go through my choices retrospectively, and show them all together as a set. The biggest challenge for me definitely was the ‘no people’ bit – I live in London with around 8.7 million other people – but I’m pleased to have managed it nonetheless.

A lot of the time I really don’t lead a very exciting life here, and nor do I want to, so I tried to show the simple everyday ordinariness of it all, far removed from the recognisable tourist views of London life. But I also wanted to find interesting enough images that had enough light-to-dark demarcation to look good in monochrome (because not everything does!).

Day 1 – This is the view outside our flat, taken from our living room window – just an ordinary quiet Victorian terraced street, built around the late 1880s…

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Day 2 – Our favourite Leytonstone cafe on the High Road, where we often enjoy a good cup of coffee and an indulgent slice of cake even though it’s only a few minutes walk from home…

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Day 3 – Leytonstone Underground Station on the Central Line is our main transport link to pretty much everywhere other than our immediate environs here in East London…

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Day 4 – This old sweet chestnut tree in Bush Wood is well over 200 years old, and is one of my favourite landmarks to visit when out for a walk. If only trees could talk, the stories she would have to tell…

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Day 5 – This is the route 257 double-decker bus I regularly take to and from from Stratford, which is our nearest decent-sized shopping centre…

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Day 6 – I love the way the light caught the leaves in this image of Bush Wood from my archives – I really appreciate walking in nature so close to home, it calms and soothes me when the hustle and bustle of city living gets too much to bear…

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Day 7 – Late afternoon light silhouetting Wanstead Flats seemed a fitting image on which to end – we live in a part of London that has a lot of green space to enjoy, so I make the most of it all year round…

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So there we are, a week long, decidedly non-peopley perspective of my everyday London life. Many thanks to Marilyn of Serendipity for giving me the chance of volunteering to participate in this challenge – I’ve really enjoyed it! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian

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A selection of pedestrian crossings here in London – on quieter streets black and white striped Zebra Crossings (with their accompanying Belisha Beacons) give pedestrians right of way over oncoming traffic, while on busier roadways Pelican Crossings (Pedestrian Light Controlled Crossings) use a system of traffic lights and a loud continuous ‘beep, beep, beep’ to stop traffic and alert pedestrians of when it is safe to cross the road 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian

Thursday Doors: Ede & Ravenscroft

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The beautifully understated open door of Ede & Ravenscroft Ltd in London’s Chancery Lane.

Ede & Ravenscroft is London’s Oldest tailor and robe maker (in business since 1689), and is your go-to store for all your traditional formalwear like academic dress (gown, hood and hat), legal wigs and gowns, and pretty much all forms of ceremonial dress (Royal robes, Peers robes, Parliamentary robes, chivalric regalia, livery robes etc.)

Ede & Ravenscroft currently holds three Royal Warrants, as appointed robe makers and tailors to the Queen, Prince Philip, and Prince Charles (one of only a small number of  companies with such an honour) and historically over the last 300-plus years Ede & Ravenscroft has provided robes for twelve Royal Coronations.

As Norm is having a well-deserved break at the moment, today’s Thursday Doors extravaganza is brought to us all by Dan at No Facilities 🙂

 

Daily Prompt: Magnetic

Ambivalent…

Sharp city teeth-marks soothed by nature’s balm

Serrated skyline dulled by leafy shade

Erratic heartbeat slows to rhythmic calm

With healing touch of foliage arrayed

Through dappled light in tree-lined avenues

Strong branches curve in comforting embrace

Distract me from voracious high-rise views

Help soften geometric urban face

But life has taught me not to tint with rose

Bucolic rural idyll, country bliss

A childhood in the midst of nature’s throes

Reminds of many things I do not miss

Ambivalent, I yearn for peace and space

Yet this magnetic city pulls apace…

 

Daily Prompt: Magnetic

Thursday Doors: Champion Pub

Ages ago I posted a pic taken from outside the Champion Pub in Wells Street, just off London’s Oxford Street. Sitting on its corner plot, it has some lovely stained glass windows on two sides depicting famous British champions, and I promised to go back sometime to take some pics from inside…

Here’s my original door pic taken from the outside…

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And now here’s the same door (open this time) as seen from inside the pub, and also the windows all the way round from right to left…

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I realise this has turned into more of a Thursday doors-and-windows post, but I’m sure in the circumstances I’ll be forgiven 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!

This week’s photo challenge prompt from the guys at the Daily Post is ‘Ooh, Shiny!‘ and relates to those diversions, distractions and delightful detours that capture our attention and never fail to sidetrack us from whatever we’re doing…

For me, there’s no rhyme nor reason to what catches my eye when I’m out and about. Take today, for example. My husband and I had an appointment in central London this afternoon, so decided to make a day of it and spend the whole day out together.

Diversion No 1 stopped me in my tracks before I even got out of Oxford Circus Underground station – as we stepped off the train I found this lovely rainbow roundel on the platform, celebrating London Pride this summer, so of course had to wait for the busy platform to clear of passengers before I could take my shot…

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Distraction No 2 arrived on Eastcastle Street in the form of a line of different coloured but otherwise identical bicycles for sale displayed on the pavement. I don’t really know why they caught my eye, but I just had to stop and capture them for posterity…

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Delightful detour No 3 appeared in the form of a blue curved sofa in the orange-walled rest-room of the pub where we had lunch. I was expecting the usual cramped space with a few functional cubicles, basic handwashing sinks and a wall mirror or two. What I found was a huge room with spacious cubicles, a large central sink, a statue and a couple of communal sofas – of course I had to take a few pics before returning to our table…

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So although most of my ‘Ooh, shiny’ moments are made up of a series of ordinary everyday things that most people walk straight past without seeing, I always really enjoy them when they find me and seem to silently shout out my name 🙂

 

Daily Prompt: Grainy

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I took this shot late this afternoon in Chancery Lane Underground Station, here in London – we were right at the end of the busy East-bound Central Line platform waiting for our train to arrive, and I realised I could see quite far in to the usually dark tunnel.

So I grabbed my camera and took a couple of quick shots of our train coming in along the tracks, and was pleasantly surprised to find that this image is reasonably in focus and not actually too grainy, considering the ISO was set at 1600!

Daily Prompt: Grainy

Thursday Doors: Westminster Cathedral

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I took these external pics of Westminster Cathedral in London’s Victoria on my way to and from this year’s Annual Blogger’s Bash in June, and meant to post them earlier but seem to have missed the boat somewhat with my timings. Still, better late than never! To be honest I didn’t even know this cathedral existed until it turned up as a landmark on Geoff’s directions to the Bash venue nearby, and from what I could see in passing the heavy rectangular wooden doors are probably the plainest part of the building.

I looked it up once I got home and discovered that the foundation stone was laid in 1895 and the fabric of the building was completed eight years later, and although according to the website the interior is incomplete the cathedral still contains some fine marble work and mosaics. Apparently there’s also a public viewing gallery from the top of the 210ft (64m) tower, so I think overall Westminster Cathedral is certainly somewhere I’ll be visiting properly sometime in the future…

For more door-oriented posts please see Norm’s Thursday Doors post for this week and click on the blue frog 🙂