Wednesday, 30 April 2014


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I came across this door a couple of weeks ago and it just struck me as really charming. What a welcoming house to come home to with an adornment like that on the door.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014


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I do like finding a bit of old 'industrial landscape' on my wanderings. This is at the back of the garage on Church Path, it was the colour of the bricks bathed in sunlight that caught my eye. I always want to know what these buildings look like inside, I expect being inquisitive is part of being a photographer.

Monday, 28 April 2014


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I have photographed dandelions many times before but always with a ball of soft downy tufts, they are always so appealing especially when back lit. I found this bald specimen in the garden this morning and just couldn't resist taking a picture. I don't think it has lost any of its appeal.

Saturday, 26 April 2014


    World © Geoff Wilkinson - All rights reserved year. I popped over to Wanstead Park last evening to have a look at the bluebell wood, I just hadn't had a chance before. Although past their best I am certainly glad that I went and was able to take these photographs to show you. Going in the evening worked out quite well I was practically alone apart from the odd dog walker and jogger, being in a wood as it starts to get dark certainly makes for a different atmosphere.

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Friday, 25 April 2014


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I spoke with Wanstead's guerrilla gardner, Marian Temple the other day, she was telling me about her recent planting in The Corner House garden. It's a little unusual as it's in the form of a toilet cistern, it might look a little unusual now but in the coming months when it's weathered in and some of the greenery has taken hold it will be a great addition. Marian has also been busy at Wanstead station, if that turns out half as good as the garden of the 'little house' on the corner of Sylvan Road that will be great. Anyway here's a couple more shots of The Corner House garden, it is going to look fab all summer.
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Thursday, 24 April 2014


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I know the headline is usually applied to a certain very famous footballer but when I saw these new railings in Camden Road it just sprang to mind. 

Wednesday, 23 April 2014


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What came first the chicken or the egg? What's that got to do with anything I hear you ask. Well as I passed this sign in Lorne Gardens the other day a similar question sprang to mind, what was planted first the sign or the hedge? Anyway I really like the way someone has cut the hedge to reveal the street sign.It looked like a comfy sofa hedge to me although I'm not sure it would have taken my weight!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014


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I grabbed this shot very quickly in South Woodford the other week. There is a building site with a lot of scaffolding with polythene wrapped around it and as you can see the sun was setting behind it. It all just seemed to glow.

Monday, 21 April 2014


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Caught this on camera at 6.15 this morning.  A ball of orange fire and a fabulous sky.  A wonderful start to the day.  Have a great Bank Holiday.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

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I had a wander up to the the Antique, Vintage and Craft Fair yesterday in the hall behind Christ Church. Lots going on there, it looked like a good turnout of both stallholders and customers.

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As I left I saw Christ Church was open so I popped in for a look around, lots going on in there as well. Flowers were being arranged and it was great to see so much activity inside the beautiful interior. The preparations of course were for today, Easter Sunday. There are services today at 5.30am, 9.30am and 6.30pm and in-between at 11am at St Mary's. Happy Easter.  

Saturday, 19 April 2014


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I always think Tarzey Wood is the poor relation of our other open spaces, It's the small wood behind the war memorial on the High Street. A small area compared to Christchurch Green or George Green but it has its own character and is well worth taking a few minutes to explore. I came across these flowers growing near the trees, in the sun their colour looked great standing out from the grass.

Friday, 18 April 2014


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Had to take this, the The Duke of Edinburgh in Nightingale Lane is now open with its smart new refurbishment. Just in time for the Holidays.
See earlier pictures here

Thursday, 17 April 2014


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Now here's a thing that always intrigues me when I pass through Voluntary Place.  I know that the pair of doors on the left lead to someone's garden but what about this pair of black doors on the right?  There appears to be a factory type building behind them but I have never seen them open or any activity there.  Is it a factory, converted into something else, who knows?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


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Spotted this on my travels parked in South Woodford a week or so ago and just had to photograph it. I thought it would grab the interest of the biking enthusiasts.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


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There is a path that runs from the end of Lorne Gardens toward the Rugby Club and onward to Nutter Lane.  Walking along it I discovered this new fence and I really liked the shape that it made and also the afternoon light reflecting off of it.

Monday, 14 April 2014


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I caught up with James Creed outside the Nightingale pub yesterday, he had just completed the Marathon in a respectable 3 hours and 41 minutes. Wanstead resident James lives in Blake Hall Road and is a member of East London Runners, his Marathon efforts raised £3,500 for SportsAid. A well earned pint I think.

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Sunday, 13 April 2014


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After all the rain and floods of winter, I bet these cacti are really pleased to have the sun shining on them.

Saturday, 12 April 2014


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Bright, sunny and a walk by the River Roding produced several good pictures. This one shows the A406 crossing over the river not far from the Redbridge roundabout. It was the rippled reflection in the river that did it for me.

Friday, 11 April 2014


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The Ilford Recorder did the Wanstead Daily Photo proud this week. They have given a double page spread to some of my favourite Wanstead pictures, a big thank you to them. I'm so glad we live in such a photogenic 'village'. 

Thursday, 10 April 2014


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Finished I presume Nightingale Green and I personally think it is much better than a sea of black tarmac.  The new path is so much better on the eye, the main advantage being that the stones, or very few of them anyway are loose. The rest are firmly imbedded in a "glue" so they won't be going anywhere.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014


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I'm sure most people in Wanstead  know of our local garage,  I & K Brown on Church Path,  it's been in business for more than thirty years. The building that it's in however is considerably older. In times gone by it was the establishment of a 'jobmaster' see Wanstead Daily Photo here. Anyway there are two 'plaques' on the front of the building one either side of the main door, they are covered in black paint but if you look very carefully they are really interesting. I managed to decipher the one on the right hand side and under the paint it reads -

'Private Omnibuses

Wedding Carriages
Telephone Address
561 Wanstead

Isn't that just a great telephone number, so personal and local compared to all of todays numbers.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014


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I really like this idea, it's a bath with a view, you can lie back covered in bubbles and just relax, it sounds like heaven to me. Of course this is not a real bath it's just a photograph against an upstairs window at the The Radiator and Bathroom Gallery on Hermon Hill.  Oh well never mind, I can dream.

Monday, 7 April 2014


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I have for a long time wanted to stand beneath a pylon and take a photograph looking straight up.  I found this one on a walk at the back of Eton Manor Rugby Club. You may or may not know that there is a Pylon Appreciation Society which was set up and run by Flash Wilson Bristow who I believe lives in Leytonstone. Click here to check out her website.  

Saturday, 5 April 2014


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It never ceases to amaze me how plants such as this golden looking ivy can grow in the smallest amount of soil. This example I found on the footbridge that crosses the A12, and thought it made for a different kind of picture.

Friday, 4 April 2014


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Remember those old black and white cowboy films where the sheriff and the gunslinger meet, checking each other out with low hooded eyes? Well that happened to me yesterday, I spied this fox though the garden gate of a house in Nightingale Lane, our eyes met and he was off but I was a bit quicker on the draw and grabbed this picture. No smoking guns though thank goodness.

Thursday, 3 April 2014


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Spied this concrete notice on the top of a bank along the River Roding.  Nice to know that the flood defences are in place and ready for action should the need arise.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014


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Remember the famous Alfred Hitchcock film " Rear Window" about the photographer with the broken leg who spends all day looking out of the window at his neighbours.  This is a slightly different take viewed through the rear view mirror of my car with all these motorcycle policemen behind me. Not that I was being a bad boy they were just on their way to help at Bob Crow's funeral last week at the City of London Crematorium.  Just so you know I wasn't driving when I took this picture.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014


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Passing through Wanstead Place a few days ago I spied this cat keeping an eye on me.  Was he on watch or just intrigued at my antics with the camera, not sure but very cute.