A-Z Challenge: S is for Streets

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S is for Streets…

Here are a few images of local-to-me residential streets in Leytonstone. The bulk of the original house-building around here took place from the 1880s onwards, although every now and again you see a more modern building looking almost out-of-place sitting between the traditional Victorian edifices. The most usual reason for this is because there would have been bomb damage during WWII which left empty spaces within the rows (once the rubble had been cleared and the craters filled) that were eventually replaced with a variety of new-builds in the years and decades afterwards 🙂

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: H is for High Road

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H is for High Road Leytonstone…

Leytonstone High Road leads from Stratford to Leytonstone and for the full length is flanked on either side mainly by Victorian terraced houses, many with the ground-floor street-facing rooms converted to shop fronts still in use today, and with accommodation (living above the shop) on the floors above. At the Leytonstone Town Centre end of the High Road there are a few more modern buildings housing slightly bigger stores. This road was originally part of the main highway between Epping and London.

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…

 

Between the Showers

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It’s been a day of heavy showers, on and off all day, so while on a quick dash to the supermarket this afternoon I took a couple of pics of the lovely light that only appears momentarily, a fleeting ray of shining hope hovering uncertainly between one miserably bleak rain-shower and the next 🙂

Storm Doris Aftermath

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It’s certainly been a stormy, blustery day here in the UK today as Storm Doris hit our shores – even here in Leytonstone, East London we had enough of a strong gust of wind at the height of the storm to blow over one of the trees along our residential street, blocking the road for a while.

But within an hour or so, a party of workmen in a couple of tooled-up vehicles arrived and promptly cleared it all away in no time at all, leaving only an orange traffic cone on the pavement to mark the spot where the tree fell.

Daily Prompt: Sound

 

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I love the quirky character of old cobbled streets – as a child in the 1960s many older city streets were still cobbled, and the sound of our family car tyres thrumming gently over the rounded level-set stones is firmly fixed in my memory, along with the distinctive warm smell of the worn leather car seats on which I sat.

This particular cobbled street was taken in London’s Soho a couple of weeks ago – I got several funny looks from people passing by who must have wondered just what the hell I was photographing! 🙂

Daily Prompt: Sound

Daily Prompt: Filthy

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A team of local Council workmen busy outside our flat this morning clearing the leaves from the street. Apologies for the dull smoky filmy look covering the entire image – frustratingly this was caused not only by the low morning sunlight directly ahead creating a bit of glare on the glass, but also by the fine layer of filthy city grime deposited on the outside of my windows, enhanced overnight by the miserable autumn rain…  😦

Daily Prompt: Filthy

After the Rain

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Nice though it is to capture beautifully clear blue skies when visiting traditionally photogenic places, it’s also surprising how amazing the light can look in that short space of time between the rain stopping and the sun coming out again.

Even when simply looking out onto a very ordinary residential city street (as seen from our first floor flat here in Leytonstone, East London) the moody contrast between light and dark after the rain never fails to capture my attention 🙂