7 Day B&W Challenge: Day 5


β€˜Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day’


Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows


This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is for a view framed by a window – and sitting on the top deck of a London double-decker bus may be an everyday normal experience for me, but not for everyone, so I took some pics through the windows of the bus as I was coming home from Stratford to Leytonstone tonight, on a number 257 bus. I usually like to sit right behind the stairs rather than right at the front, so have decided to share my regular view with you πŸ™‚

London Stadium, Stratford, East London


Looks pretty in the distance, doesn’t it? The London Stadium, previously known as the Olympic Stadium, looking deceptively calm and quiet. This was as close as I came to it earlier today, but I’d planned to come back from my walk along the River Lea from Stratford to Bow right past the foot of the stadium, a shortcut I take regularly.

However, I seriously miscalculated, because on my way back a few hours later I found the tow-path blocked off – in fact, the entire stadium was cordoned off due to a Robbie Wiiliams concert being held there tonight. So not only did I have to take a thoroughly inconvenient detour the long way round, but also I found myself in a contraflow of one, walking in the opposite direction of 70000 excited Robbie fans looking forward to the show.

Oh well, c’est la vie! To be honest it was really good to see security so tight around such a major venue, with no traffic allowed within a surprisingly wide cordon. And from the heavy bass beat thudding in the distance as I write, it sounds like it’s all going really well… πŸ™‚

River Lea Rust


Today’s wander and ponder took me along the Lea River from Stratford to Bow, and I took loads of photographs of anything and everything along the way.

It’s only about a mile and a half in distance, and yet there are remnants and relics of old London, multiple layers of new London, with masses of construction and regeneration along both river banks.

No doubt there’ll be a lot more images to be shared later, inevitably in a lot more than one post, but for now here’s my first batch…

Wherever there’s an urban waterway, there’s rust close by, and I just love the patina of rust-spotted old iron… ❀