Spring in Leyton

Lots of trees are out in blossom and of course the daffs are going mad springing up everywhere. Tomorrow at 2.30 there’s a fabulous walk with Walking Free in Waltham Forest, the third part of David Boote’s  ‘pilgrimage’ along the mediaeval landscape of Waltham Forest. Always informal and relaxed and stuffed with historical and social facts are David’s walks and this walk of many starts at the junction of Leyton High Road and Church Road opposite the site of The Lion and The Key. After two hours you’ll finish at Blackhorse Road Station but you can leave anywhere en route. No chains on this one.

Just in is news of a free Easter Festival concert at St John of Jerusalem,  Lauriston Road Hackney where the rarely performed Dvorak’s “Stabat Mater” is being presented. Tickets must be booked in advance at rosemary.sales@zen.co.uk. That’s on 6th April.

streetlife.com is an online service bringing neighbourhoods together through conversations, events and appreciation of their areas. I always remember as a teenager sitting in a car with others. We were in the then Finsbury Park where people spat on the streets, belched in your face, and vagabonds hung around the unsmart tube station. A beautiful Afro-coiffured girl emerged from a dingy terraced house in Blackstock Road in the days before those dumps became artists’ studios and yes I have been inside them. My friend just remarked quietly how a swan came out of the mud. Leyton has a reputation as a mire, I guess. Everyday I brush away fag-ends from my front. The flowers I stuck in oases at my free floristry class I arranged on my window-sill. Well then coincidentally or not, the new neighbours put vases of flowers in their windows. How lovely! Keep at it despite the Council allowing two late night drinking dens opposite. Business tax speaks. That’s why there are so many betting shops. The cobbled area outside the architecture and heritage  prize-winning Bakers’ Arms pub which is now a gamblers’ paradise is always full of aimlessly gathered cigarette-smoking guys. Harmless but so doesn’t coordinate with the fresh new facades of the junction courtesy of a council obviously not strapped for cash so whoopee our Freedom passes are safe!

Just won two tickets to The Ideal Home Show in Earls Court and booked my ticket for The Haymarket matinee free rehearsed reading of a play 4th April. Diary getting full. It’s the David Boote Chaucer effect.


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