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


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 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Yes, yes, yes it's my autumn almanac

Welcome to the new allotment. If you're familiar to Walthamstow, then you might just recognise the location. And inbetween sticking photos on the internet,  hopefully I'll be growing some vegetables. 

Here we go again with a new allotment 

Couch grass roots. You can make tea from this stuff. I'll try this one day.  

The shadows. Me with my grandparants spade. Spade is circa 1940s. The shed is from another plot

If in doubt, cover it with cardboard 

Hopefully this should supress the weeds 

Compost bin in the making