Thursday, June 12, 2008

theme thursday

Bridges



This is a road under a Victorian railway bridge - they often have these little doorways between one arch and the next and i don't know why...


often the little doorways are bricked up...

and i don't know why...




Under the arches - especially in London - you will often see workshops, storage spaces, lock-ups.

Such as these:








and see all the orange? do I get extra points for echoing last Thursday's theme?


These pictures were all taken in Deptford, South East London - far more run down, urban and altogether skanky than its historic and rather lovely neighbour Greenwich and therefore just as appealing photographically.

Deptford also has the Laban Dance centre, seen here again under the railway bridge:




Under the arches of London Bridge is Borough Market - a wholesalers fruit and veg. market during the week and retail foodie heaven on Fridays and at the weekend.









Right on the south bank of the Thames, not far from the Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern, this is somewhere I would take any bloggers who might happen to visit me in London ..... one day ..... maybe ....



Oh, and P.S. sorry i'm not visiting blogs v. much at the mo, lots of (nasty) work busy-ness - and i'm away for a few days tomorrow (lovely) friend visiting...

24 comments:

tut-tut said...

I like seeing what goes on underneath . . . I hope you'd take me to see those lovely cheeses, were I there!

Dumdad said...

Lovely photos. You're making me homesick...

Akelamalu said...

Underneath the arches......

Reminds me of Flanagan and Allen - not that I remember them, just my Dad singing the song!

Have a great weekend Lettie. :)

d. chedwick said...

sad little blocked up door--that photo nearly made me cry.

smart to use the space under there!

Lily and Agathe said...

Washing on the line in my home means the tumble dryer broke down..hehehe... oh Letty I've been a bad bad friend, won't you come and see me though??

essex wag trac said...

Cool!
(Makes me homesick too and I live here!?)

I am wondering how seriously I should take my new Essex girl status though?

Boobjob and a footballer husband perhaps?

Soon....
Let me know when you're about. :O)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I love the blocked up arches and bits of street art....not to mention the delightful market banners.

e and I were just talking this evening about the need for a wander over to the other side of the pond ...not 08, but 09 would be great....

sail through the busyness...and have a lovely time on your wandr. xxx

mouse (aka kimy) said...

p.s. definitely extra points for the orange!!!!

lusks said...

Wonderful photos as always, great that the spaces under the bridge are being used. I love watching Market Kitchen which is based in this market. look at the size of the Parmesan!!!! OOOOOHHHHH all those calories and the fat content aaaarrrggghh.

IntangibleArts said...

I happen to know a couple of bloggers from DC who will happily take up that invite.

And after hearing for years about those classic Hawkwind gigs in the early '70s "under the arches" of the Westway, now I can visualize a bit...

oh, for a time-machine and a plane-ticket...

kate smudges said...

I love the photograph of the Laban Dance Centre ... the colours are amazing.

Deptford sounds far more interesting. Now I'm curious about the arched doorways between the arches.

Mr Farty said...

I though that said Lesbian Dance Centre, Freudian slip.

I ♥ old railway bridges, thanks for the pics. And the Tori Amos vid.

Squirrel said...

I wish we had nice things under our bridges... all we have are trolls--and they're fierce!

la bellina mammina said...

I love these bridges and their arches and to have flea markets in the area. I'm looking forward to being in London some time in the near future......:-)

Reya Mellicker said...

Very cool bridge tour, Lettuce. Thank you!

The bricked up doorways are a little creepy aren't they? Like someone or something had to be kept in - or out!

Wow.

Malc said...

Those arches reminded me of old Minder episodes. And don't worry about not visiting - I don't think it's compulsory. . . yet.

Steve said...

The bridges in New York sometimes yield usable space, too -- I'm thinking of the Queensboro, which has a gourmet grocery store beneath its arches.

I think it's time for me to come to London and have a bridge tour! Ah, well, one of these days...

lettuce said...

tut-tut, i'd have SO MUCH to see with you...

time for a visit to London, dumdad?

haha - lamalu i was singing that in my head as i uploaded the pictures

ched! i don't want to make you cry! look at the little yellow heart, that might make you smile

hehe L&A. 'course you're not a bad friend. 'course i'll come and see you. hmmmm not sure when. But i will.

trac, i couldn't advise it. Not either of them.

kimy!! eeeeeking with excitement!! come and stay as long as you can!!

lusks, that parmesan pic. is just the tinsiest hint of it

int'arts t'will be funfun

its great isn't it Kate? looks fab. at night

Mr. F. how nice to have you farting about freudianesquely in my comments box

squirrel i didn't know nyack was a scarey place!

yay bella! i might get to meet you too! :o)

reya i just don't understand why it was worth anyone's time. weird.

phew, malc. they have a special place in TV history, don't they? Minder, Del boy, Prime Suspect i think...

Its certainly about time Steve. Bridge tour, graffiti tour, docklands tour, foodie tour, beer tour....

Barbara said...

I would love to visit you some day. But as it is I am still getting over jetlag from my recent trip. I made good use of my lovely string bag!

Gary said...

skanky? I honestly thought this was a Long Island word. How happy I am to see it out and about, traveling to far off countries such as yours. :)

My love affair with bridges has a long history. I am in love with them and the amazing views of and from them. When I drive to Long Island from New Jersey I hit two bridges and have tried to get photos while I drive - which I don't recommend (take along a friend for this purpose).

When/if I visit I would love to hit the Globe Theatre!

Bob Dylan said...

looking here, underneath, the sealed off passage, the cheese monger looks at you, cozy, underneath, a great use of space.

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lettuce said...

some day barbara...

gary thats funny, i really thought skanky was an english word. When, i hope, rather than if

bob - better than trolls under the bridge.

natural attrill said...

Hi! thought I'd pop by and say hello again.
This is near where my good friend lives, we often visit her on our trips 'down south'. Toby and i sometimes go to the Tate Modern, and walk along the south bank of the Thames, (boo hiss - I am a really a North Londoner, hehe!!)last visit Toby was down on the shore by the Globe collecting bits and pieces.
Wishing you well.
Penny.
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