Phone Box Thursday: South Road, Bressay

Here’s the second of the phone boxes along the Bressay parkrun route, and the final phone box from last August’s Shetland trip.

Red phone box
Red phone box, South Road, Bressay, 10th August 2019.

(Coordinates 60°13’73.9″N, 1°11’39.0″W.)

Since the Google Street View car visited the area (which was probably around 2009 judging by their usual dates for rural Scotland), the phone box has had its ‘Telephone’ signs redone in a nice gold and black scheme. I’m not usually a fan of meddling with the classic phone box design, but it does look quite nice.

Back to the UK mainland next week!

Phone Box Thursday: Gunnista Road, Bressay

Bressay parkrun, which Geth and I did while in Shetland last summer, is the only parkrun course I’ve run so far that has red phone boxes along the route (Highbury Fields parkrun has a couple very close by, but not quite en route). Bressay has two of them – it’s not quite beating the London Marathon’s phone box haul, but it’s still fairly impressive! Here’s the first one we photographed, which is on Gunnista Road close to the parkrun finish line.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Gunnista Road, Bressay, 10th August 2019.

(Coordinates 60°15’01.8″N, 1°11’18.2″W.)

It’s a bit weather-worn, but I actually quite like the effect on the red paint!

I’ll post the other Bressay parkrun phone box next week.

Phone Box Thursday: A971, Bixter

(Or perhaps ‘Phone Boxing Day’? Yes? Yes? No?)

This is another phone box from Shetland that Mum and Dad found while they were out for a drive this summer.

Red phone box
Red phone box, A971, Bixter, 7th August 2019.

(Coordinates 60°25’32.3″N, 1°40’24.3″W.)

It’s interesting to compare the Google Street View image (which is probably about a decade old – the Google cars don’t visit rural Scotland very often!) with the photo from this summer. The paint on the phone box needs a touch-up, and the nearby bench has been painted red and moved to sit next to the phone box.

What’s even more interesting, however, is comparing both images with this photo from the family archives, taken in July 1991:

Bixter Post Office, 1991
Here’s Mum dragging a four-year-old Malcolm into Bixter Post Office. That bench was around back then too!

The phone box was a lot more well-kept twenty-eight years ago. I suppose it was probably seeing a lot more use!

To round off this Phone Boxing Day post, Anne recently sent me a link to a nice Christmas update about the Rainford phone box she’d photographed for me earlier this year:

And this is what it is all about!

Posted by Rainford in Bloom on Saturday, 30 November 2019

I have so many more phone boxes to share with you all in 2020. Thanks for following along so far!

Phone Box Thursday: A971, Tresta

Another Shetland phone box for you today. This one was found by Mum and Dad while out exploring the mainland.

Red phone box
Red phone box, A971, Tresta, 7th August 2019.

(Coordinates 60°24’26.2″N, 1°34’62.3″W.)

This is another one where the ‘Telephone’ sign has been strangely blurred out by Google Street View – I’m guessing their software is misidentifying it as a car licence plate.

The box is surviving well, if a little patchy and overgrown!

Phone Box Thursday: Commercial Street, Lerwick

This is a phone box I walked past a lot of times while in Shetland this summer. It sits nicely at the south end of Commercial Street in Lerwick, just before you get to the shops.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Commercial Street, Lerwick, 6th August 2019.

(Coordinates 60°15’31.2″N, 1°14’15.7″W.)

The paint could do with a bit of a touch-up but it still appears to have a phone inside!

I’ve got a few more phone boxes from Shetland to share over the next few weeks.

Phone Box Thursday: Church Road, Rainford

This is another phone box from Lancashire that Anne sent me. She tells me she used to use this one in the 1950s, so I think it’s nice that it’s still standing!

Red phone box
Red phone box, Church Road, Rainford, 18th July 2019.

(Coordinates 53°49’90.3″N, 2°78’52.4″W.)

This one seems to be quite well maintained. (This article mentions a phone box in Rainford that’s been turned into a defibrillator box, but I’m not sure if it’s the same one or not!)

Vintage fair haul: Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair

For various reasons I haven’t been able to get to a vintage fair for a couple of months, but today I finally had the opportunity again! Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair was on at the Boiler Room in Newcastle, so I headed down to see if I could find a few things on my list.

Vintage fair haul
L-R: jumper, jacket, jumper. Nicely set up for the winter!

I found the denim jacket I’d been looking for – I’m looking forward to customising it with my badge collection when I have some time (so 2021 maybe? 2022?) – plus a couple more cosy ’80s jumpers for the winter (only £10 each!). My work-from-home uniform at the moment tends to be leggings plus oversized vintage jumper, so I wanted to grab a few more. I’ve also been having a think about selling some of the clothes I never wear (both to make some space in my wardrobe and to make a bit of extra cash), so I’m going to be investigating sites like Etsy to see if setting up a small online shop would be worthwhile.

There’s a lot more vintage fairs on over the next couple of months, so maybe I’ll be able to squeeze in one or two more before the end of 2019!