Walking Around While Looking At Things . . . It’s What I Do!

What you’re now reading is another of my walking around while looking at things stories, this time an examination of my escapades last week on the day after Valentine’s Day. I’ve written scads of such stories since inaugurating this website in 2015. Hell, they probably account for one-third of my output. And why is that? Well, because walking around while looking at things is one of the activities I most like to do. It’s part of my fabric. Has been for decades. But I didn’t consciously realize that until the recaps of my mini-adventures started flowing naturally and happily from my keyboard four years ago. Yeah, writing sometimes teaches you about yourself. Learning is good!

Butler Avenue, Ambler, Pennsylvania

The 15th of February began in a cloud-covered, uncertain fashion in the Philadelphia suburbs where I reside. However, all signs, as indicated on the all-knowing weather.com, pointed towards bright skies and warm temps in a handful of hours. Itching to stretch my legs and to feel the Sun upon my wrinkled, age-spotted visage, I gathered my iPhone, a water bottle and a packet of trail mix, and jumped into my car when it became apparent that the weather prediction was correct. Eight miles later, at a few minutes past noon, I parked across from the public library in Ambler, Pennsylvania. The game was on! Another edition of walking around while looking at things was about to start.

For sure, in my neck of the woods there aren’t a whole lot of towns worth walking around in, including my own. That’s because most are uninviting, not looking like towns at all. What they do look like are hodgepodge collections of strip malls, large shopping centers, office buildings and residential sections. Eh!

Butler Avenue

Ambler, however, is a different story. It boasts a long, traditional main drag, Butler Avenue, that is filled with old and not-so-old structures containing eateries, non-food-related businesses of all manner, an art house cinema (Ambler Theater) and a stage theater (Act II Playhouse). And there are streets of interest that run perpendicular to Butler Avenue, including the misnamed Main Street, which decidedly is secondary to Butler. Whatever, much of Ambler, whose history dates back to the early 1700s, looks like a true village. The town, by the way, is named after Mary Johnson Ambler, a civic leader during the mid-1800s.

Bar on Main Street
Tattoo parlor on Butler Avenue

Now, my walk around Ambler wasn’t a walk for the ages. It was on the mild side, on the casual side. But a good walk it was, about three miles in length and nicely invigorating. Meandering from here to there as instinct and whimsy called, I enjoyed the hell out of the unseasonably warm temperature (58°F/14°C) and soft blue heavens, as I kept my eyes open for interesting sights, including good-looking women. Hey, it’s every girl’s dream to have a wrinkled, age-spotted geezer looking her over, right? Don’t answer that!

Houses on Main Street
Church door on Lindenwold Avenue

And, of course, I took photos of that which seemed worth documenting, such as street scenes, sharp buildings and signs, and the most interesting door that I could find in town. It belongs to Calvary United Methodist Church.

Ambler Boiler House, on Maple Street

Did I stumble upon anything I hadn’t expected to run across? Indeed I did. Near the town’s railroad tracks I saw a huge, smokestacked old building, now known as Ambler Boiler House. It’s an office building, but once was a power plant for the asbestos products factories that, for about 100 years, had been Ambler’s industrial core. Due to health concerns and governmental regulations though, asbestos, a carcinogen, eventually went out of favor, as well it should have. As a result, almost needless to say, Ambler’s fortunes fell swiftly, reaching a low point in the late 1980s when the remaining segment of its asbestos industry went kaput. That low point didn’t budge for many years.

Act II Playhouse, on Butler Avenue
Ambler Theater, on Butler Avenue

These days, though, Ambler is a lively place. Its revival can be pegged to the birth of the Act II Playhouse in 1998 and to the rebirth of the Ambler Theater in 2003, and to the restaurants that opened in their wake. My wife and I have been to Ambler probably about 150 times during the 21st century. And that’s mostly because of the cinema and the eateries. Many a night we’ve caught a movie and stuck around for dinner.

Ours is a world full of problems. Humans are skilled at creating problems, whether intentionally or not. In Ambler the main problem is the mountains of asbestos waste materials that were dumped in the southern end of town over many decades. The federal government has dealt with, and is still dealing with the situation. The asbestos is contained, supposedly, and poses no immediate threat, supposedly. But who really knows? (You can read a very good article about the situation by clicking here).

The Pizza Box, on Butler Avenue

Me, I become trembly and irritable when thinking about or confronted with problems too much. That’s one of the reasons why I favor walking around while looking at things. And it’s also one of the reasons why I enjoy sitting in pizzerias, where I can ingest my favorite food while letting my mind wander. Speaking of which, two-thirds of the way into my stroll through Ambler, I noticed The Pizza Box, a cute-as-a-pin establishment that I’d never paid attention to before. Inside I went, and was glad that I did, because the two slices of traditional pizza that I ate were very good. They helped ease my worried mind over the next half hour, as I further poked around Ambler before walking back to my car.

The above paragraph would have been a good one with which to end this essay. However, during the day that followed my mighty stroll it dawned on me that I, an ambler, had ambled in Ambler. And that many amblers amble in Ambler every day. It would have been oh so wrong of me not to point this out. Thanks for reading. Goodbye till next time!

(As I always say, please don’t be shy about adding your comments or about sharing this article. Thanks.)

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121 thoughts on “Walking Around While Looking At Things . . . It’s What I Do!

  1. Lynette d'Arty-Cross February 20, 2019 / 12:24 am

    Haha! 🙂 I love your closing.

    Aren’t downtowns wonderful? So much better than malls!

    So sorry to hear about the asbestos problem though – rather worrisome.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 20, 2019 / 10:32 am

      I never knew anything about Ambler’s former asbestos industry until I went on the walk last week.

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  2. Cindy February 20, 2019 / 12:47 am

    Neil, you were born an amblin’ man!
    I agree with you–Ambler is one of the best Philly suburbs. What is that beautiful building with the turret?

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 20, 2019 / 10:36 am

      I don’t know its history, but currently it’s a restaurant called Gypsy Blu.


  3. andrewcferguson February 20, 2019 / 2:18 am

    Very enjoyable, Neil. Like you, I enjoy taking pictures of doors: they’re the doorway to… well, the inside of the building, generally, but they often make a statement of their own. Ambler sure is picturesque.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 20, 2019 / 10:37 am

      Hi. I’ve discovered that Thursday Doors is a theme for many essays on WordPress sites. One of these days maybe I’ll do a story on doors.

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  4. cindy knoke February 20, 2019 / 2:21 am

    “Well, because walking around while looking at things is one of the activities I most like to do.”
    You are an observer.
    Which also means you are creative.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 20, 2019 / 10:39 am

      And it forces me to get off my couch and spend time outdoors, which I probably don’t do enough of. Thanks for stopping by, Cindy. See you!


    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 20, 2019 / 10:41 am

      Hello there. That town definitely is a good one to amble in. I’ve walked in Ambler countless times, but never before as extensively as I did last week.


  5. Annika Perry February 20, 2019 / 6:32 am

    Neil, a delightful whimsical amble in a town living up to its name! 😀 I do enjoy these articles and learn along the way. The Boiler House first reminded me of the Northern woollen mills … they look equally striking but at least didn’t have such a catastrophic background. The town must have and still is suffering terribly from the asbestos history. Great weather for you at the moment and equally unseasonably warm in the U.K.! Long may it last … although I feel a blast of winter is never far away. Happy Wanderings! 😀

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 20, 2019 / 10:44 am

      Ah, the warm day last week was outstanding. But right now snow has started to fall in my area. Winter’s not over!

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  6. Alison February 20, 2019 / 6:36 am

    We have this walking around thing in common. Eight miles though!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 20, 2019 / 10:46 am

      Hi Alison. You go on eight mile walks? That’s excellent. I suppose that five miles is the longest walk I’ve been on in recent years.

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      • Alison February 20, 2019 / 11:03 am

        I guess I misread your blog. I thought you said “…eight miles later…”. I have done 8 mile days but not often. I am in Paris for a month and am averaging a little over 6 miles a day here where it’s so easy to walk around while looking. I have to re-read your post now and see what I misread!

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      • Alison February 20, 2019 / 11:04 am

        And now I see you drove your car 8 miles. Aha. Well done on your walk and pics. Enjoyed it very much.

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  7. Paddy Tobin February 20, 2019 / 6:43 am

    Good morning, Neil. I have time on my hands this morning – sitting in bed nursing my new hip! – so, I decided I would have an amble around Ambler also. Like you, I started at Wissahickon Valley Public Library on Race St. and loved the amount of trees on the sides of the streets. I followed Linderwood Avenue onto East Butler Avenue and wandered along there. Now, to be honest, the shopping area wouldn’t have a lot to attract me but it is interesting to see the shops in another country. I haven’t an idea what a “Beverage Exchange” might be – bring beer and swap for the shop’s beer? I found the First Presbyterian Church, Act II Theatre, Ambler Saving Bank, Bridget’s Steakhouse – the name struck me as very Irish! – Ambler Cinema with Luckywell across the street.
    I liked the name, “Spring Garden Street” as we have a “Spring Garden Alley” here in Waterford. The turreted building was on that junction and I think I spied your pizzeria across street beside Ambler Dept Store. Home Financial is a very imposing building – on the junction with Main St. After Main St and the railway line it seems to open up, a sense of going out of town. I wandered about more and am impressed by the space given to the individual houses and the number of trees planted – it all makes for more pleasant living.

    Many thanks for the tour – it is far better with your commentary!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 20, 2019 / 10:51 am

      Paddy, you now know more about Ambler than I do! You’re right about the railroad tracks — south of there, the village area ends and it becomes pretty wooded. It seems that Spring Garden is a popular name. Philadelphia has a Spring Garden Street that runs for miles east/west. See you!

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      • Paddy Tobin February 20, 2019 / 2:36 pm

        Thanks to Google Maps!

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  8. Laurie Graves February 20, 2019 / 9:06 am

    You’ve packed a lot into a what, at first glance, is a casual essay on, well, ambling. These include the blight of strip development, alive and well in Maine, too; the death of a sustaining industry that has supported a community; the pollution left behind by that industry; and finally, the ability of the arts to bring life back to a community. Keep on ambling, Neil. And, of course, writing.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 20, 2019 / 10:54 am

      Morning, Laurie. I suppose that humans just can’t help messing up the landscape with strip malls, etc. —- Goodbye woods, farms and meadows.

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      • Laurie Graves February 20, 2019 / 10:57 am

        It’s beyond comprehension how we can so easily make ugly what was once beautiful.

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          • Isabelle February 21, 2019 / 3:59 am

            It was a very pleasant stroll with historical and cultural facts, Neil. I enjoyed it very much. 8 miles was a long walk, with the sun and blue skies, nothing beat it. Have a great rest of the week! Isabelle

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          • Yeah, Another Blogger February 21, 2019 / 7:09 am

            Last Friday (the day I wrote about), the weather was warm where I live. Today there’s snow. I have to go out and do some shoveling. Enjoy the weekend, Isabelle. Be seeing you!

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          • Isabelle February 21, 2019 / 7:46 am

            I wish I could show you a picture of how it looks like outside the doorway in my winter wonderland. We’re technically drowned in the snow ❄️ Catch up soon 😊


  9. Anonymous February 20, 2019 / 9:10 am

    The 15th was a warm and sunny day. 5 of us toured Glencairn . We were able to go up the tower and look out for miles even see Philadelphia skylight. I often also go to Ambler for movies, plays and eating. I like Alice’s for coffee, sandwiches and dessert.

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  10. eden baylee February 20, 2019 / 11:14 am

    You’re not a walker/ambler, you are an industrial hiker. 😉 Great way to inspire a post!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 20, 2019 / 12:04 pm

      Hi Eden. Nah, I rarely go on strenuous hikes. Usually I take my time. Have a great rest of the week.


  11. Robert Parker February 20, 2019 / 11:27 am

    Enjoyed the walk’n’talk, Neil. You had me worried for a minute, with all this exercise & fresh air stuff, but then you found a pizzeria, so everything seems ok now. And what did they do with all that asbestos? Pizza ovens, for one thing – some of them have transite linings on the bottom. It’s too bad that asbestos is so dangerous, it’s useful stuff.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 20, 2019 / 12:08 pm

      Next time I walk thru Ambler I’m going to try and identify the areas where all the asbestos waste was dumped. There are countless tons of the waste in Ambler I guess. They dumped the stuff for somewhere around 100 years.

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      • Robert Parker February 20, 2019 / 12:22 pm

        Wow, I wonder how many folks around there ended up in the hospital. One of my grandmothers was from Tamaqua, and her dad was a miner, so I’d heard about black lung, and I think the asbestos exposure is similar = horrible.

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        • Yeah, Another Blogger February 20, 2019 / 1:21 pm

          Right. And the whole town of Ambler was exposed to the stuff, not just the workers in the factories.

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  12. Jacqui Murray February 20, 2019 / 12:08 pm

    Delightful amble, not something I do (though I did it on a train once, going from Chicago to California. Now that was fascinating). I see your point about the last paragraph. Hmm… A bridge too far maybe?

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  13. Fictionophile February 20, 2019 / 2:25 pm

    Loved this Neil. The world would be a better place if more people ambled. Driving through towns make them seem dis-interesting and similar. Walking on the other hand, gives you insight into the many interesting facets of what makes them unique.
    Perhaps you can amble in Nova Scotia’s towns some time.
    A place I’d like to amble?
    Ambleside, England (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambleside)

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 20, 2019 / 3:31 pm

      Indeed, Ambleside sounds really good. I haven’t been to that section of England. I’d like to go there. Maybe one of these days.

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  14. JT Twissel February 20, 2019 / 2:25 pm

    A lot of those old towns are making a comeback. My son was married in Hudson NY which has really had its ups and downs. Those old factories are being used as wedding venues! (my town is nothing special to walk through either)

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 20, 2019 / 3:35 pm

      Hi JT. I was in Hudson for a couple of days. This was around 8 years ago. I think that there’s a lot of ups and downs in various towns in that general region.

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  15. Ann Coleman February 20, 2019 / 2:41 pm

    I’m glad Ambler is making a comeback (and certainly hope they figure out how to safely get rid of the asbestos…). Thanks for sharing your amble there!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 20, 2019 / 3:42 pm

      Hey there, Ann. I think that the agencies involved with the asbestos problem in Ambler have covered the asbestos with mesh materials, trying to more or less encase it. Presumably the situation has been stabilized, sort of. It’s a SuperFund site.

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      • Ann Coleman February 20, 2019 / 8:20 pm

        I guess that makes sense. I know that when they find it in a house, it’s supposed to be okay unless you disturb it, then the dust goes everywhere. But if it’s covered, they usually leave it. Hope that is true for the larger amounts too!

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  16. tanjabrittonwriter February 20, 2019 / 6:20 pm

    I am so glad to know that the ambler got to amble on Ambler. But tell me, Neil, what, oh what happened to your trail mix?

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  17. sniderjerry February 20, 2019 / 8:02 pm

    Hi Neil, I wish you many more happy days of ambling and good luck with the girl watching. Jerry

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 20, 2019 / 9:08 pm

      Jerry, life would be pretty dull without girl-watching. Bye till next time!


  18. George February 21, 2019 / 1:09 am

    Good to see you’re still avoiding home improvement projects by writing. I love the sense of place you evoke.

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  19. The Arcane Nibbler February 21, 2019 / 12:05 pm

    I really enjoy these “walking around” posts, Neil. They’re such a great reminder to stop and smell the roses. I live in a historical area of Kansas City, Mo, so there’s lot’s of great stuff to see around here. Time for a walk! – Brian

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  20. Joe February 21, 2019 / 5:39 pm

    Neil, I love to walk around and look at things too. Whether its a small town, big city, nature trail, or industrial area, there are an infinite number of attractive and interesting walks out there. Your post confirms that you don’t have to go half-way around the world to travel or look at pretty girls.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 22, 2019 / 7:01 am

      I’m glad to learn that we are of the same mind. Thanks for stopping by, Joe. Have fun on your next walk!

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  21. alhenry February 21, 2019 / 6:02 pm

    When I saw that 7-Up sign on Butler Avenue, I was sure a pic of the local 5&10 (maybe a Woolworth’s) would be next. We have towns like that in my neck of the woods–towns where time stopped, sort of–or at least crawled. Regarding the asbestos, all assurances aside, I’d hold my breath as long as possible next trip back.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 22, 2019 / 7:07 am

      You know, the asbestos industry was a huge part of Ambler’s history. And somehow I’d never heard about it till the other day. Since then, I’ve spoken with several people who visit Ambler, and they didn’t know about it either. Pretty odd.

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      • alhenry February 22, 2019 / 11:11 am

        I’m surprised there hasn’t been some major class action suit. The mother of one of my kid’s classmates was exposed to asbestos as a child (her dad worked in construction) and she was part of a BIG class action suit. Sadly, she died at age 40 from asbestos lung cancer, but her family got a million+ dollars in the settlement.


        • Yeah, Another Blogger February 22, 2019 / 1:42 pm

          Hi. I googled a bit. Don’t see any mention of class action suits. The info I found talks about individual suits.


          • alhenry April 21, 2019 / 3:10 pm

            Weird, for some reason this conversation just popped up in my Inbox today. Anyway, it was definitely a class action suit–maybe 50/60 families around 1996-97. The woman was originally from California. There’s some info here and some examples: https://www.mesothelioma.com/lawyer/lawsuit/class-action/ These cases seem to be heard in Pennsylvania though I’m not exactly clear on why. The story continues …


  22. cincinnatibabyhead February 21, 2019 / 9:42 pm

    I enjoy your “walking around while looking at things” and stuff. One of the reasons we connect.

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  23. Candice February 21, 2019 / 10:27 pm

    Thanks for taking me along on your walk. I too, enjoy walking around and looking at things, especially things out of the ordinary.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 22, 2019 / 7:10 am

      I like looking at the things that catch your eye and make their way onto your blog. Take care, Candice. Have a real good weekend.

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      • Candice February 23, 2019 / 11:49 pm

        Thanks so much. I’m glad you get some enjoyment from my posts!

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  24. selizabryangmailcom February 21, 2019 / 10:29 pm

    I enjoy your blogs ’cause they remind me of Seinfeld, you know, how nothing ever really seemed to happen…but yet, a lot did.
    And always a bunch of nice photos to hone in the story!

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  25. tylerus February 22, 2019 / 8:46 am

    I’m an “ambler” myself, though these days it’s not something I get to enjoy quite like I used to. Nevertheless, thank you for taking me along the various paths and sights of Ambler. Wonderful pics, as always. And that 7-Up sign brought back memories (I do so enjoy sighting old signs that evoke a big of nostalgia). Take care, my friend, and please take us along a few more fascinating paths. 🙂

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 22, 2019 / 9:58 am

      Hi Tyler. Thanks for adding your thoughts. I like that 7Up sign a lot too. It’s got a classic feel to it.


  26. johnlmalone February 22, 2019 / 4:00 pm

    I enjoyed taking that walk with you and seeing the town through your eyes 🙂

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  27. Alyson February 23, 2019 / 12:30 am

    A great pastime, just ambling around.

    Sad that the town’s fortunes were based on asbestos but how great that it has now become a kind of arts hub. Hope you enjoy many more cinema and theatre trips there.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 23, 2019 / 7:07 am

      Hi Alyson I might go to Ambler today to see a movie at the cinema there: Peter Jackson’s doc about World War One.

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      • Alyson February 23, 2019 / 9:08 am

        That film has been shown on television over here – a wonderful piece of history.

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  28. mitchteemley February 23, 2019 / 6:14 pm

    Yes! Ambling is the only way to truly experience the world around us.

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  29. jeanleesworld February 24, 2019 / 8:08 am

    Your third image intrigues me. What a structure! It reminds me a bit of Milwaukee, where the architecture is a delightful hodgepodge from across two centuries.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 24, 2019 / 10:33 am

      Hi. That building looks like a combo of Dutch and Gothic styles. To my eyes, anyway. It’s got a lot of presence.

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      • jeanleesworld February 24, 2019 / 11:04 am

        It does, esp since it looks solitary in its corner rather than overcrowded by more modern fare.

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  30. ckennedyhola February 25, 2019 / 4:40 pm

    A delightful amble and read indeed! I don’t think we do enough walking around and looking at things. Your post is a great reminder to do that–and now I want some pizza too. Walking around and looking at things–and thinking–builds an appetite for pizza especially. Cheers!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 25, 2019 / 7:18 pm

      Hi Cecilia. Pizza rules! I had some yesterday and probably will have it again on Wednesday or Thursday.

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  31. cath February 25, 2019 / 5:29 pm

    What a lovely variety of architecture. You see you set this up as if there’s going to be nothing much to look at, then you spin a whole series of fascinating glimpses, and soooo much space between them. Well ambled, indeed. What a glorious day you picked, too.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 25, 2019 / 7:21 pm

      Hi Cath. I’ll be back to Ambler soon most likely. There are two or three movies that I want to see at the cinema there.

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      • cath February 26, 2019 / 3:08 am

        It does look like a nice cinema – with an interesting list of films too, then? Lovely.

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  32. pjlazos February 25, 2019 / 7:03 pm

    I do so love walking around looking at things through your lens, Neil. Keep them coming!

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  33. Stuart Templeton February 26, 2019 / 8:47 am

    Great… Having just eaten beans on toast whilst finding your blog and reading this post… I now want pizza!
    Great post, I do like your photography style. I too like to walk around looking at things.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 26, 2019 / 1:19 pm

      Hello there, Stuart. Many thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it a lot.


  34. draliman February 28, 2019 / 2:38 am

    Well, Ambler looks like a pleasant place for an amble!

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  35. Kimberly February 28, 2019 / 8:28 am

    Wonderful post! I’m with you on letting off steam by walking around. Some of the old structures were so beautifully designed -you don’t get to see that level of elegance too often anymore. Thanks

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger February 28, 2019 / 10:05 am

      Hi Kimberly. Good to hear from you. Right, as time goes by, many old, distinctive buildings get knocked down and replaced. Towns and cities can lose a lot of charm because of that.

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  36. Lignum Draco March 3, 2019 / 3:24 am

    Ambling. A great to enjoy and observe life. Thanks for taking me on this stroll.

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  37. America On Coffee March 7, 2019 / 3:33 pm

    Nice photos Neil. One day all of your photographs will prove to be so valuable. If it were not for urban photographers like yourself, Neil, the scenes of nostalgia would be non-existent. ❤

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  38. joylennick March 9, 2019 / 9:28 am

    Hi Another Blogger, I’ve just ‘ambled’ around your amble, so to speak! Ambling is a great activity…and one I have indulged in over the years, especially when younger. Have you ever visited the UK? I used to do contract work (s.typing) so worked in the East and West End of London, with their enticing alley-ways, door-ways and cobbled squares, etc., A feast for the eyes,if not feet…Prague is another wonderful place for ambling (spent our golden wedding anniversary there. Magic!) Long may you amble, sir! Best wishes.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 9, 2019 / 12:57 pm

      Hello there, Joy. I’m a London fan too. I’ve been lucky to spend a few weeks of my life there. Terrific city to explore on foot.
      Many thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the weekend.

      Neil S.


  39. America On Coffee March 9, 2019 / 11:02 am

    I only wish I had becone an urban photographer years ago. I would have collected a wealth of information.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 9, 2019 / 12:59 pm

      I know that that’s true. But don’t regret it too much. After all, you’re doing great with your blog — you have all kinds of interesting stories on it.


  40. Silver Screenings March 9, 2019 / 11:45 am

    This looks like an interesting place. The asbestos building is surprisingly beautiful.

    Thanks for taking us on this walk.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 9, 2019 / 1:02 pm

      Thanks for the visit, Ruth. I appreciate it a lot. You know, I’ve been to Ambler many times, but never had paid any attention to the building you mention until I took the walk that I write about here. It’s very sturdy and has a lot of character. They don’t build them like that anymore!


  41. Benn Bell March 20, 2019 / 6:52 pm

    It’s what I do too. Great story and great photos.

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  42. susanneharring April 11, 2019 / 3:08 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this!! You had me laughing quite a few times. The walking thing is also a huge hobby of mine.

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