Friday, January 11, 2013
Yesterday I took a train up to far northeast London, to a place called -- appropriately -- Freezy Water. Isn't that a great name?
Some time ago I was poking around on Google Maps when I came across Freezy Water. When I went to StreetView, I found this image of what looked like a great little cafe:
I decided I had to find and photograph that cafe for my burgeoning collection of storefront photos.
The web site Hidden London calls Freezy Water "a lacklustre residential locality," and indeed people seem to have trouble deciding even how to spell it -- sometimes it's one word, sometimes two. It was apparently named for a local pond that froze quickly in the winter, perhaps due to its depth or exposure.
Here's a map of my entire 6.5-mile walk.
I took the train up from Liverpool Street, disembarked at Turkey Street and walked north. I realized with sadness that the cafe in the Google Maps photo is now gone. (Apparently the photo is from 2008.) In its place is another restaurant more appropriate to a lacklustre residential locality. I looked around for other businesses bearing the Freezy Water name, but didn't find anything quite as interesting. Sigh.
I decided to head south along Hertford Road, which had lots of other shops and a few interesting sights. For example, there was this mural:
Jesus! With musical instruments! In the ocean!
I have no idea what it means, either.
I turned west and walked through Enfield Town, where I got a few interesting shots.
This man went to the store for milk and a giant, stuffed leopard. Makes perfect sense.
Anyway, I continued westward along the road to Cockfosters, which you may remember I visited last year at about this time. The road west of Enfield gets hilly and traverses empty farmland -- that's where I took the bus stop photo at the top. Something about that bus stop out in the middle of nowhere was amusing to me. But just before I took the picture, which makes it look so empty and deserted, a bus stopped and let off three people. Go figure.
My feet were killing me by the time I got on the tube. But overall, and despite the cafe photo bust, it was a good day of exploring!