Month: April 2014

Furlong Road Part 2

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Continuing down Furlong Road in my Streets Project. Crossing the road is Tunstall Greenway, this is a footpath created from the former railway line which spurred off the Loop Line (a railway line which formerly joined most of the ‘towns’ of Stoke-on-Trent). This line ran up to a couple of factories and a marl hole, today it makes a pleasant walk through trees and overlooks back yards. Nature has taken over but human intervention is there in the built up embankments, and some bridges. There is also a newish pub with a very old name, The Talisman, I wonder if there was a much older pub on this site?

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Elegance

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Walking through the backs today, Easter Day, so people have been busy dumping stuff. There are some rather ‘elegant’ chairs and round table in that strange orangy coloured varnish, made of wood with dark pink covers. The table top is about 20 yards up the alley its base broken up near the chairs, once someone’s pride and joy. Just behind me as I photographed the chairs I saw the rather humanoid discarded ironing board, its cover flapping in the cool breeze like long bleached hair, perhaps the ghost of the chair’s owner…

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Strawberry 2014

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Through 2013 I put on this blog photographs of a strawberry plant which had attached itself to the wall of my ‘garden’. I quite expected it to die off over the winter, but far from it and this photograph from yesterday shows it flourishing! What it lives off I haven’t a clue. The wall is not in a great state of repair so water is probably seeping through the brickwork. If I tried to grow this on the dust that makes up my ‘garden’ it would die in a few days. We had one of the mildest winters I can remember, probably only 5-6 days of frost if that, almost no snow, plenty of rain. So like last year I will follow this plants’ progress and hopefully later in the year eat a few super sweet wild strawberries.

Furlong Road – part 1

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Furlong Road is a long hill in Tunstall which at the top meets High Street at an undistinguished but very busy mini roundabout, down to Victoria Park Road. It’s a mix of terraced houses, ‘classic’ council houses, and much newer houses some on the site of a large factory. There is a recently built surgery and a few shops and businesses. At the top stands Christ Church built in the 1820’s, its stone blackened from years of polution. The road is marked on the 1832 map and some of the new houses stand on the site of a colliery, there were once lots all over the Potteries. The road was one of the first in Tunstall to have speed humps, though it’s less busy now that the by-pass has been built. It’s the sort of hotchpotch which makes this project of interest when looking for compositions.

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