Sunday Afternoon: Mid November

Sunday afternoon - 1Out walking with my camera on an ordinary Sunday in the middle of November 2015. Except there are no ordinary Sundays.

All quiet on Smithdown Road.

All quiet on Smithdown Road.

Road works still going at the junction of Ullet and Smithdown.

Road works still going at the junction of Ullet and Smithdown.

Yes, I'm taking pictures of roadworks.

Yes, I’m taking pictures of roadworks.

And why not? I quite like a bit of disruption, changes the look of the place for a while.

Oomoo sadly gone, but welcome to its replacement, Café Oro.

Oomoo sadly gone, but welcome to its replacement, Caffee Oro.

Next stop, something Sarah had told me about earlier.

Here at Aldi.

Here at Aldi.

Security tags on the lamb chops.

Security tags on the lamb chops.

People are obviously getting desperately hungry for something costing so little, around £4, to be so protected.

And Christmas coming up won't help that.

And Christmas coming up won’t help the hunger.

Even the buses are telling us to get out and buy things.

Even the buses are telling us to get out and buy things.

The Royal, a closed pub turned into the inevitable student housing.

The Royal, a closed pub turned into the inevitable student housing.

Every time I pass the wonkiness of the sign mildly annoys me.

Every time I pass the wonkiness of the sign mildly annoys me.

Into the graveyard.

Into the graveyard.

Where most of the people lived the natural spqn of their lives.

Where most of the people lived the natural span of their lives.

Unlike all those people in Paris two nights ago, who died on an ordinary Friday. Except there are no ordinary Fridays.

Empty homes at Webster Triangle, tastefully covered up for some reason.

Empty homes at Webster Triangle, tastefully covered up for some reason.

Just some of the

Just some of the 72, 628 empty buildings in England.

Thanks for that useful fact whoever you are.

Empty this afternoon but generally a well used community garden.

Empty this afternoon but generally a well used community garden.

In the distant past this used to be a Tesco.

In the distant past this used to be a Tesco.

And in the early 1980s one of the local Labour Councillors found it was charging the people of Lodge Lane and Smithdown significantly more than they were charging the people of Allerton, 2 miles down the road. Never forgotten, never forgiven and not missed around here now they’ve gone.

Mind you, this is one of very few Tesco-free areas in Liverpool.

Steve Biko Housing, very good friends of Granby 4 Streets.

Steve Biko Housing, very good friends of Granby 4 Streets.

Granby's just along there.

Granby’s just along there.

Not a library any more.

Not a library any more.

And not a pub any more.

And not a pub any more.

The library’s now home to the Liverpool Carnival Company. And the pub is Marley’s Restaurant.

Lodge Lane Bakery.

Lodge Lane Bakery. Splendid Naan and other breads.

Loads of good shops along here now.

Loads of good shops along here now.

Over the last few years people arriving from North Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe have combined with the previous locals to really bring Lodge Lane back to abundant life for the first time in decades.

And now one of the shops is the BBC Food Retailer of the year.Sunday afternoon - 26

A completely renewed and revived former Kwick Save.

A completely renewed and revived former Kwick Save.

But what are these doing on the roof.

But what are these doing on the roof.

Fans of Granby 4 Streets will recognise these as some of the Biennial Pigeons that Joe Farrag of our group puts on buildings in the area where we’re trying to raise funding. Mystical bollocks of course but you’d be surprised how often it works.

Well now some of the pigeons have turned up on the Foodstore.

And on Chaplin's pub just along the road.

And on Chaplin’s pub just along the road.

Is our Joe operating in Lodge Lane now? Questions will be asked.

Could do with some pigeons here Joe.

Could do with some pigeons here Joe.

Maybe here too?

Maybe here too?

Along Sefton Park Road.

Along Sefton Park Road.

More roadworks hindering access to Ullet Road.

More roadworks hindering access to Ullet Road.

Positively the last roadworks picture of the day.

Building works on the way into the part.

Building works on the way into the park.

A new 6th Form building for Bellerive school and a former City Coucil tower block being turned into private flats.

The arrival of the winter trees, most of the leaves on the ground now.

The arrival of the winter trees, most of the leaves on the ground now.

A few still hanging on.

A few still hanging on.

A look along Lark Lane to make sure the glory that is the Lark Lane Christmas lights has not yet joined us.

A look along Lark Lane to make sure the glory that is the Lark Lane Christmas lights has not yet joined us.

Time now for a sit and a read at my usual place on the wall.

Time now for a sit and a read at my usual place on the wall.

Then my current book, good even by her standards.

My current book, good even by her standards.

A dystopian tale of a world where no human babies have been born for twenty five years and society is breaking down. Engrossed, I get to forty pages from the end before I realise it’s getting dark.

Time to walk on.

Time to walk on.

Only berries remain here.

Only berries remain here.

Evening gathers round the Bandstand.

Evening gathers round the Bandstand.

Past the field where this year's Lanterns Festival didn't happen.

Past the field where this year’s Lanterns Festival didn’t happen.

It’s very important, you see, that the poor bankers and global capitalists get all the money while us ordinary people are deprived of even our bread and circuses. Except there are no ordinary people.

An ordinary man stands and looks at the sky.

An ordinary man stands and looks at the sky.

And the beauty of the evening lake.

And the beauty of the evening lake.

The last leaves of autumn.

The last leaves of autumn.

As the night and the winter gathers.

As the night and the winter gathers.

And the path home darkens.

And the path home darkens.

Along Greenbank Road.

Along Greenbank Road.

And Penny Lane.

And Penny Lane.

Past the old Liverpool Schoolboys football field.

Past the old Liverpool Schoolboys’ football field.

Disused by them since 1992, but maybe the place where the new non-league City of Liverpool FC might play?

Past the warm and welcoming Penny Lane Wine Bar.

Past the warm and welcoming Penny Lane Wine Bar.

Footlights with its dancing sign.

Footlights with its dancing sign.

To home, where 'streaks of day still glimmer in the west.'

To home, where ‘streaks of day still glimmer in the west.’

Not ordinary, of course, not ordinary at all. But a great and simple pleasure to be able to walk round my neighbourhood, take my pictures and make my observations in peace.

Two days after the people of Paris, like the people of many places in these days of intolerance, had their peace stolen from them and their lives taken from them, on an ordinary day. Except there are no ordinary days.

5 thoughts on “Sunday Afternoon: Mid November

  1. Zetametallic

    You captured your Sunday walk very nicely indeed. Those roadworks at Smithdown Road/Ulley Road have been going on a long time like they are almost a permanent feature! Looking forward to seeing the xmas lights in Lark Lane. Good stuff.

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  2. Joe

    Great photo’s as usual Ronnie…Although Granby is the historical centre of the L8 community and the pigions flew in to assist ‘our’ regeneration programme, we will never of course, forget about the rest of our community! Hence the pigions uprooting and flying off to the nether regions circa Lodge Lane, to further help their development.

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