22nd January 2012
I had been keeping my eyes open for ages for one the old-fashioned red Tardis style telephone boxes but in many urban locations they had slowly been replaced with horrible modern alternatives that lacked the iconic style of the red phone bow and then with the rise of the mobile phone many had been removed altogether. Quite a few of the old style ones have been maintained in and around central London where their look has been deemed to be more in keeping with the surrounding architecture. However when you are looking for one of these to take photographs for the Scavenger Hunt in central London is not really the place. Of course the other place that you frequently find them is in more rural settings, places where they have not succumbed to vandalism or road traffic accidents or again where the look of them fits in with the villages more traditional looks.
It was a fine autumn day and we were driving back from a meeting in the town just south of where we live and I saw the signpost for this little village. I had been there many times as it housed a local museum in the old water-mill there. It is a pretty place, with a stream (the runs the mill) and building dating back to Tudor times and so I suggested a quick detour to show Sir another bit of local history.
As we rounded the bend into the village there it was. Standing majestically on the corner and looking like it had always been there it gave the whole place a real feel of bygone times. As I pulled open the door I had to wonder when the last time was that anyone had stepped inside this structure as the whole place was filled with a maze of cobwebs.
I guess it had been a while since someone had stood here and actually called someone and so I decided that it was time this beautiful structure was put to use again
I guess most people would have popped a few coins into the slot
And made a phone call to someone for old times sake
But that was not exactly what I had in mind for this place
I wanted my visit to be a bit more orgasmic than that
And so when it was finally time to leave not only would I have a new set of photographs for the Scavenger Hunt
But also a happy smile upon my face.
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