A Walk and Two Libraries

The rain is being thrown against the windows tonight, but this morning was glorious, and a windy day meant even the heaviest washing on the line dried thoroughly.

Celia and I set off from the Elysian fields of sunny Walworth to visit the not so deep south where Denmark Hill meets Herne Hill. There are roads leading off the main road that we only ever seem to see from the bus. Time for some initial explorations. En route we passed the site of a newly demolished house. It reminded us of bombsites. This fireplace was presumably blocked up and the grate left undisturbed for decades until the house was pulled down. It looks like the sticks that had been placed in it for a fire that was never lit were also immured. My guess is it will end up in an antique shop somewhere and fetch a tidy sum.

Fireplace

Fireplace

It would be ironic if the purchaser were one of those incomers who have just realised that south east London’s grittiness suddenly flavour of the month.

Gentrification

Gentrification

I needed the loo, so we diverted to the newest local library. My preoccupation with my bladder may explain why I didn’t photograph the exterior. There are some historic items in the foyer, including this one celebrating the number of local men who signed up to fight in the First world war. It was hours later before I thought to wonder if my great uncles were among them.

 Recruitment


Recruitment

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Two Bikes

Seeing this bike outside a shop in Bloomsbury today reminded me that I saw a man riding one of the same type a couple of weeks ago near the South Bank. He serenely rode up a side road towards Stamford Street. It was a slightly surreal moment. A bit like a scene from Buñuel’s Un Chien Andalou. Seeing a second one I am starting to wonder if they are coming back into fashion. I was disappointed on my recent visit to Guildford Museum that the one that used to be on display throughout my childhood has been consigned to the storeroom for the moment.

Penny Farthing

Penny Farthing


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