Back in the early days of the WME blog I seemed to be reporting on photographic milestones with unbridled regularity - 50 pictures here, 200 pictures there, Fotopic-hosted moments that feel like ancient history now. I've been less concerned about calculator-crunching since moving over to Flickr because everything just goes on one single photostream, but February 2021 did see me hit the heady heights of 5,000 published images so I couldn't let that pass without celebration. Here are the recent additions that enabled me to reach such a notable number...
First off, a shout-out to WME Walsall for some sterling efforts over the last few weeks. Palfrey and Pelsall can both claim some bragging rights, the former thanks to Dale Street, the local primary school and a Royal Oak lamp, the latter with reference to the Railway pub and Victoria Road. Mossley reminded us that the Eagle pub has been closed for more years than I care to remember whilst Moxley dropped in on All Saints Parish Church.
Another collection with a lot to say for itself has been WME Wolverhampton, telling tales of Northwood Park snowfall and Mander Centre murals. Lothians Road, New Hampton Road West and Bamford Road (Penn Fields) supply our staple diet of street signs - some tiled, some plain - whereas the purplish Marston's branding at the Merry Boys also gets an airing. I should likewise mention a couple of Lobos Wolves depictions of Portuguese playmaker Joao Moutinho, I've enjoyed spotting their paste-ups around town since Nuno become the manager at Molineux.
Elsewhere, Exploration Extra has embraced the soapbox stage, excitedly regaling us with news from Seacombe (especially concerning a ferry terminal penguin character), Southport (the pier, a golf kiosk and the Victoria leisure centre) and Poppleton (Chantry Green and a community centre). Throw in a Powis Castle courtyard scene plus a Marshall Street memento from Sherwood and there's certainly plenty to discuss!
Not to be kept quiet, image-related murmurings have been detectable from the unusual pairing of WME Birmingham and WME Telford. Brum boasts of arrivals representing St John's Church Perry Barr, the Boars Head and the Newman Brothers Coffin Works; a lament for the passing of Poolway Shopping Centre at Kents Moat near Garretts Green merits inclusion too. Telford meanwhile provides some Oakengates oratory (Slaney Street and the Coalport Tavern) before proclaiming the attendance of Priorslee Pharmacy.
Avoiding any accusations of silence are those remaining collections which might have been less vocal of late but still muster up some useful announcements. WME Sandwell declares the procurement of Parkway boulders over in Wednesbury; WME Dudley discloses some Wheelie Thirsty beermat activity for Lye, plus a pointer towards Mushroom Green; WME Staffordshire divulges more canine graffiti from Lower Penn; and finally, good old WME Worcestershire gets all excited about community art on the Matchborough estate in Redditch. That's all I need to communicate this time around, and I'll get started on submitting my next 5,000 pictures!