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Aw man, isn't this the cutest little snail you ever saw?

Stuart's finished hiking the Capital Ring around London, so he took me along on the first leg of the London LOOP (which stands for London Outer Orbital Path). Walking through Crayford Marshes, we hit every kind of weather you can imagine, short of hurricanes. The cloud display was impressive, it was a proper English-style bank holiday kind of outing.

A lot of the landscape was fairly industrial, but I'm rather partial to dockland rubble. Here a tractor and a Hillman Imp pose dramatically in front of the Dartford Crossing (a huge bridge over the Thames, east of central London).

I never really get away from children's books. Here's an odd sign I saw in a particularly scrappy bit of the docklands.

The Narnia sign sat just over these hoardings:

I love the textures you get on old containers when they get a bit weather-beaten.

Here's the sky over the River Darent, just before the heavens opened.

Thank goodness for ponchos.


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Aug. 27th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
Now I really wonder what is/was going on at the Wardrobe Private Members Club ?...

Did they dress up and re-enact scenes from the Narnia Books ?
Aug. 28th, 2011 07:45 am (UTC)
I know, it struck me as a little bit odd, too... I hate to think! :D
Aug. 28th, 2011 07:56 am (UTC)
It's all in the contrast between the kid-friendly illustration and Narnia reference and the not-so-kid-friendly idea of a "private members club"

Tried to google it, to no avail. It must be the most secret private circle ever (or the most unsuccessful and short-lived club ?)
Aug. 27th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
That snail is definitely a squee! And the Wardrobe sign...? I am both intrigued and confused.
Aug. 28th, 2011 07:46 am (UTC)
Ha ha! Especially the location of the Wardrobe sign, it's the sort of place you'd expect to find a shabby truckers cafe, not a members club.
Aug. 28th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
oh man we live in Crayford, you shoulda come and said hello! that said, it's not the nicest town, i'd have hotfooted it through there if i were you :p
Aug. 28th, 2011 07:48 am (UTC)
Oh, I didn't realise! We definitely would've dropped in for a cuppa if we'd known. Whether you'd invited us or not! XD It's kind of an interesting area, though, and the marshes are beautiful, in a slightly scrubby sort of way. I'd like to draw that old concrete river barrier sometime.
Aug. 31st, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
What happens in the Wardrobe stays in the Wardrobe
Great photos!
And I love the Wardrobe sign (whatever the heck it is)!
I was such a huge fan of that book in the 4th grade...
Sep. 1st, 2011 10:58 am (UTC)
Re: What happens in the Wardrobe stays in the Wardrobe
Ha ha, it sounds SO dodgy if you put it that way! XD I think it must've been a private bar, with a members-only rule so they can operate under different licensing laws. But I am not sure about this, it might be something far more dark or otherworldly.
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