Thursday, February 21, 2008


Here i am on my way to work - see, we have had some sunshine lately

But on the whole its been pretty cold - bright, sharp sunshine with knife-edge shadows. The sort of weather I love on a good day, but weather that somehow requires energy.

This is my road, mid-late Victorian terrace houses

like most of the streets around my part of south london.
Nice details.

Our front door isn't half so lovely as this one and I have no idea who lives here at No. 135.

or here at No. 89, but I like the curly bits.

These houses - below - are just at the end of our road. They are much bigger (basements and attic rooms) and also older, I think.

I think these buildings below might also be older than our Victorian terraces but I have no evidence to support that assertion, nor any idea where it comes from. Its just an uninformed instinct on my part.

Anyway, I like them. The ground-floor level is a row of shops including an optician called "Ray Small Optometrist", which always makes me smile. I wonder if he is?

I pass all of these buildings frequently, on my journey to work - and i'm thinking of posting pictures of other aspects of my route before long in a "look - this is my neighbourhood" sort of way.

More often, recently, the buildings have been shrouded in fog, which sometimes lasts pretty much all day. Less demanding weather and better for concentrating just one or two footsteps ahead.


tut-tut said...

Yes, it would be nice to see some more aspects of your journey. Hope you are feeling better!

Squirrel said...

FAB photos, Lettuce! Love the detail a nd the light--and the wee shadow of Ms. Lettuce.

hope to see you when you visit NYC.

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

Brilliant pictures, Lettuce, love the architectural details. I remember the first time I went to the UK thinking gosh, all the houses look so the same - but they evoke such a sense of homeliness and stories.

Yes, yes, do post more! :-)

Molly Bloom said...

I like those curly bits too. It's strange how some things survive and other things fall off (I'm meaning architecture - hee hee!) and how there are little signs of the past everywhere if we look for them. Sometimes if you look above rows of shops, you see really interesting little details. Lovely door too. I wonder if that is original. Everyone is extending upwards into their lofts. I already have my head in the clouds, so I don't need to do that. :) Cloudbustingxx Yes, let's have more journey to work pics.

Lynne said...

Lovely, Letty! Do you live in one of those Victorian terrace houses?

The shadow shot is absolutely wonderful!

My country neighborhood is so boring in comparison, just a few ordinary houses.

kate said...

The stained-glass door is really beautiful - I love the last photograph with the shadows of the tree cast on the front of the building. The carving above the three windows stands out.

You live in a wonderful neighbourhood - I hope you share more of it here.

Your comment about Ray Small made me snicker...

Queenie said...

I wonder if he is, let me know if by chance you see him on your travels. I adore Victorian building. We have a lot here in Nottingham, I love Fothersgill's, they are so Gothic.

Lee's River/Zlatovyek said...

how neat. I've started taking pics around my place too. Great discoveries both for one's self and for others, too.
The light in these is gorgeous. Love the chimneys and the details.
Good to have you back, lettuce.

Akelamalu said...

Beautiful houses Lettie. What a great idea to post picture of what you see on your way to work. Mine wouldn't be interesting at all apart from the one when I crash the car trying to take the pictures! :(

Dumdad said...

Substantial south London properties - and madly expensive to boot!

Sophia said...

Sitting here, tonight, reading your blog for the first time and looking at your photos from across the pond, makes me feel a renewed sense of awe at the fact that I can see someone else's little world all the way across the big ocean to my little computer screen at home. Makes me feel nice and cozy and glad that the Internet makes the world smaller while connecting us people together.

Ms. Wollstonecraft said...

I hope to see you in NYC too!

Anonymous said...

Your comment about not knowing who lived in No 89 or 135 was what the documentary The Street was about last night, did you watch it I wonder, most people don't know their street neighbours nowadays and I am also guilty. We have a too busy lifestyle to stop and get to know them.

Greewich is a lovely area, walked through to the observatory.

Gary said...

Great pics. I wonder if any of the folks who live in these places will come across them in their cyber travels some day and suddenly call someone over to the computer to have a look. Wouldn't that be neat?

It is interesting to take photos of the things we see everyday and perhaps take for granted. Did you notice new things from looking at the photos?

kimy said...

wonderful pictures! I enjoy seeing where friends live.

yesterday, I thought of you when I was at the national museum of women and the arts - while touring both the paula rego exhibition and louise nevelson's "dawn's wedding feast" I thought to myself "wish lettuce was here, she'd enjoy this"

please email me your travel itinerary again - in moving from one computer to another (and having a broken printer) I seem to have lost the dates of "lettuce's north american tour"!! so far my plan is to see you in dc....but I am also needing to do a nyc run this spring, and sounds like if there's a gathering of the blogging hood to be had there, it might be something too good to not try and attend!

Ex-Shammickite said...

I like the detail bricks under the windows. Can you imagine a builder going to that much trouble to adorn a new house today? That would probably cost an extra thousand pounds.
BTW I have become "Nana" to a gorgeous new baby boy since I last visited. He was born Tuesday 19th, and he's BEAUTIFUL! Well of course he is.... he's MY grandson! Pics on my blog, you may have to scroll down a couple of posts.

Donna said...

I love the look of your neighbourhood Letty, so different from mine. I have fields, sheep, hedgerows! I have always liked victorian terraces and would love to find one to be my next home.

Professor Montblanc said...

beautiful shadows up top photo. I am hoping you will meet with some of the staff from Ched U when you visit the states.

Ms. Wollstonecraft said...

really a lovely tour of your neighborhood. Enjoyed every photo--all the little details--the chimneys & one little satellite dish... the Victorian bits... very very nice place.

lettuce said...

well i will then Tut-Tut! (thanks, i'm ok)

hello squirrel, ta. That would be cool. :o)

Ab Van - to a local, there are lots of minor architectural variations but i can see how they all look the same... They always look homely to me as i grew up in a similar victorian house

hello molly. fnar fnar. i hope you've had a good half term. can we make a date? xx

yes lynne, one of them is ours. These are ordinary to me - i'm sure yours wouldn't be ordinary to other people (like me)

thanks Kate (and hello) (glad its not just me, with the snickering)

queenie, i've just googled Fothergill - they look amazing.

lee i look forward to seeing more pics of your neighbourhood

but Lamalu, they might be interesting to other people?

D-D, well, increasingly expensive. Tho much less so in our deprived part of london than elsewhere! (thankfully) Its all about the postcode don't you know.

Sophia, hello! and yes, its amazing isn't it? it makes the world both smaller and larger i think.

Ms W - it would be great to meet all the University staff in NYC. :o)

lettuce said...

hi lusks. No i didn't see it - actually these 2 aren't in our street but just up the road. We don't have a No. 135, but i admit i don't know who lives at No. 89.... it is quite a neighbourly road though, for London

wouldn't that be cool, Gary? good question - not from looking at my photos, but from taking them, yes - especially the little architectural details. and the different colours of the brickwork.

Kimy i wish i could have come with you. There was a paula rego exhib. in london last year, i was cross with myself for missing it.

Congrats ex. Shammie!

donna i do sometimes envy you your fields and sheep! maybe now you can get somewhere that combines the two.

I hope so too Professor.

d. chedwick bryant said...

One of the most talked about pieces of dietary news to arise in recent years is that red wine is good for your health. Dr. Oz says part of the reason is the alcohol and part is resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that comes from the skins of grapes. Vintners add the grape skins back to make red wine, but they don't do the same process for white wine—so white wine has no resveratrol benefit.

"Resveratrol does one other thing," Dr. Oz says. "It turns on an anti aging system in your body.

If you don't want the alcohol, Dr. Oz says you can get some resveratrol from Concord grape juice or other dark grape juices, but you won't get as much benefit as you would from red wine. "Eighty percent of the benefit of the wine is actually the alcohol, and 20 percent is the resveratrol," Dr. Oz says. "So it's the combination that makes red wine so valuable."

Of course, moderation is the key when drinking to your health. Dr. Oz says most people should drink about one glass of red wine a day, though some men can drink slightly more because males metabolize alcohol more effectively than females.

Dr. Oz says when you need a sweet treat, reach for a little bit of chocolate—and a brownie doesn't count! Don't go for the milk chocolate either, Dr. Oz says. You need a piece of dark chocolate with 70 percent or more pure cocoa to reap the benefits of flavonoids.

"Flavonoids are these really powerful, vitamin-like substances that when you eat them, guess what they do? They dilate the arteries of the body," Dr. Oz says. "We actually have data they are beneficial to the heart. So a little bit of dark chocolate is a wonderful dessert."

so white wine and milk choc do not cut it--sorry to the lovers of those!

Shelly Lowenkopf said...

It is so nice to be on the street where you live.