Phone Box Thursday: Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine

It’s another of Mum and Dad’s phone box spots!

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Red phone box, Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, 12th April 2018.

(Coordinates 56°23’36.5″N, 4°42’86.4″W.)

Interestingly, there are several photos of this phone box online that indicate it was only turned into a defibrillator box at some point between 2016 and 2018. Trossachs Pier is in the middle of nowhere and there seems to be a lot of cycling and other activity going on, so this could be a very useful development.

Another one from Loch Katrine next week.

Phone Box Thursday: Harbour Street, Kincardine

This is another phone box that Mum and Dad spotted while on holiday – this time in Canada.

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Red phone box, Harbour Street, Kincardine, 1st August 2017.

(Coordinates 44°17’69.8″N, 81°63’67.4″W.)

When UK councils first started getting rid of red phone boxes, a lot of them got sold abroad as tourist attractions, which is why you sometimes find them outside the UK. Better that someone appreciates them this way than they get thrown into the creepy red phone box graveyard (although I have to confess I would like to visit that graveyard one day).

Something closer to home next week!

Phone Box Thursday: School Road, Rhonehouse

Today’s phone box is one that Mum and Dad found in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Red phone box, School Road, Rhonehouse, 19th September 2016.

(Coordinates 54°91’64.5″N, 3°96’43.5″W.)

Interesting to see that only one of the ‘Telephone’ panels at the top has been replaced with a ’90s-era replacement panel – usually you find that all four get replaced so that it matches more neatly. The phone box is generally in okay condition, but the paint on the door has got very worn.

Incidentally, Google Street View’s image is from April 2009 – that’s nearly a decade ago, so I suppose the Google cars don’t get out into the Scottish countryside very often! – and it’s nice to see that between 2009 and 2016, the phone box’s door was put back on. Well done, Dumfries and Galloway council – nice to see an attempt at phone box upkeep! Maybe you could give it a new coat of paint as well, though?

Vintage fair haul: Newcastle Vintage & Street Food Market

First vintage fair of the year! I’m restricting myself to no more than two items per fair in 2019, as I bought lots of clothes last year. This meant that today I only bought the things that really caught my eye.

Vintage fair haul
L-R: black and gold jumper, black top.

I bought another jumper, ’cause I’m wearing my ’80s jumpers a lot at the moment and I feel like I’m cycling through the same three or four all the time. I also bought this pretty black top with flower embellishments on the shoulders and chain detailing on the neck. It’ll be lovely to wear with a black skirt for a special occasion! Or just round the house if I get bored of jumpers.

The Street Food Market is a fairly regular event put on by Judy’s Vintage Fairs. I didn’t have any of the food, because (a) all the food vans were outside in the cold and rain, and (b) they were all selling savoury stuff like pizza, and while I could have done with a cupcake or something similar, I’d already had my lunch so couldn’t justify pizza. I’ll maybe venture out next time they do one in the summer.

Phone Box Thursday: Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal, North Shields

This is another phone box that Dad spotted while travelling!

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Red phone box, Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal, North Shields, 19th August 2016.

(Coordinates 54°99’32.9″N, 1°45’08.2″W.)

You can’t quite get into the ferry terminal on Google Street View, but you can just about see the phone box from the parallel road.

Despite the fact that it’s a local phone box to me, I’ve not seen this one in person, due to the fact that I don’t travel by ferry very often. If I ever do, I’ll look out for it!

Phone Box Thursday: Abbey Park, Dundrennan

I’m moving onto a series of pictures of phone boxes that Dad has sent me in the course of his and Mum’s travels. This first one is from Dundrennan in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Red phone box, Abbey Park, Dundrennan, 24th June 2016. Photo by John Cooke.

(Coordinates 54°80’89.1″N, 3°94’74.3″W.)

This phone box goes beautifully with the pretty church behind it. Rural boxes in the middle of nowhere, like this one, tend to be less at risk from councils attempting to ‘modernise’ things, so you still see lots of them about.

Phone Box Thursday: Upper Street, London

It’s our last phone box post of 2018, and the last in the series of phone boxes from Islington for now!

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Red phone boxes, Upper Street, London, 18th November 2017.

(Coordinates 51°53’60.4″N, 0°10’36.5″W.)

You can see from the background that these ones are part of a ‘red phone box/red postbox’ double feature, which is always nice.

We’ll move somewhere else for our first phone box of 2019!