Friday, 9 December 2016

A crack in everything is how the light gets in

The new allotment. Apart from falling over on the icy ground I did manage to get some chores done. There's a lot of weeds out there so I've opted to cover the majority of the plot up which will hopefully keep it weed free,we hope.  I planted some elephant garlic which like to be planted at this time of year, so come spring time we'll be ready to take on the vampires. 

Battle of the weeds on an icy morning 

Elephant garlic resting under a blanket of leaf mulch

sleeping weeds, tucked up under a winter blanket 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Orford Road and beyond

A quick reccy through Walthamstow's Orford road, then on to the Nags Head guided by electric candle light. Are we all feeling festive yet.

Cafe on Orford road

Guided by the light: The Nags Head in Walthamstow

Electric Larry land, the Nags Head beer garden 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

All Hallows by the Tower

Air pockets to a life gone by and easily overlooked are the churches that sit in the City of London.
Here's a closer look at  All Hallows by the Tower  which features a crypt museum that has some interesting and macabre stories to tell...

It's behind you. All Hallows by the Tower 
Cherub rock
Hey ho, let's go. The crypt museum awaits...  
 Life before Instagram with an original Roman floor
I live by the river. Londonium calling
Great Fire and loathing with William Penn. A good friend of Samuel Pepys who noted that they watched the Great Fire from All Hallows bell tower. Penn, also founded Philadelphia and pretty much planned out the idea of the European Union, all this back in the 17th century
Young gun William Penn who was baptised here back in his indie days


Proof that Hipsters date back to Medieval times with these stylish tiles  

The crows nest from Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship, Quest.  This was on the ship for Ernest's last Polar voyage and an unexpected highlight to the crypt's museum
Third battle of Ypress1st Battalion Welsh Guards 1917 

All Hallows by the Tower crypt. Back in the day the crypt would have been used to store the recently beheaded from the tower of London 
My given name is Dickie, I come from Billericay
Gilbert and George inspired Stained glass 
All Hallow's holds lunch time recitals and I'll be looking forward to hearing these being given a good airing 

More macabre adventures to follow and an update once I've listened in to a recital...

Recital update
I dropped by on Thursday with organist Jonathan Melling on keyboard duty. I got to hear
Bach, Nicholas Lebegue and Alexis Chauvet and If you're a fan of Arcade Fire and the Horrors then do give Chauvet a listen. As lunchtime gigs go this is a sublime way to spend it and you can find out more about their recitals here






Saturday, 26 November 2016

Slender Man

There's still time to catch the last rays of autumn and a good place to see this is Epping forest, which sits near the end of the Central Line. Whether or not I caught a glimpse of Slender Man, who can tell. 

An autumnal day in Epping Forest 


Friday, 25 November 2016

Allotment

Another shed selfie, this time with a pair of Homebase shears. There's not too many of these winter-warmer days left so I'll be popping down here when I can to keep it ticking over for 2017 

Shed selfie, down on the allotment 

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Danke schoen

Well you wont be seeing much of this chap for a while as Mitch is heading home (New Zealand) for a while. To celebrate the bearded man drinks were held at the King Stores, E1. 
Adios amigo: Mitch has left the building 


Saturday, 19 November 2016

Walthamstow Pictorial project

Fired up an old hard drive as I need to find some hi-res images for part of my Walthamstow Pictorial project. Here's a shot of Walthamstow Dogs stadium, circa 2008. It's now a load of swanky flats. Original blog post is here DOGS.  Not too sure if these will make the project as I don't want to fall into the then and now world. 

Walthamstow Dogs Stadium