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Mon 29 Jun 2015

Visit to Glasson Dock, near Lancaster, with Chorley Photographic Society for one of the summer photo shoot outings

Sun 28 Jun 2015

This afternoon at Lisieux Hall, Whittle-le-Woods, Brothers of Charity Nursing Home. It's their Heritage Day Fete with lots of stalls, events & great live music.

Sat 27 Jun 2015

Left Glen Coe early and was able to get to Moffat to buy a steak pie.

Wallace Bros butchers in Moffat

Probably the best steak pies in the World

I managed to get a good view of the Avro Vulcan XH558 flying by Winter Hill on one of her final flights. It is incredible to think that she first flew in 1960. At the age of 55 she still looks beautiful.
To give some perspective to the age of the aircraft, when she first flew in 1960 I was a small schoolboy is short trousers.
She’s still flying 55 years later, looking just as good, and I’m now a wrinkled retired old age pensioner.

Fri 26 Jun 2015
Starting my journey home today. On the way climbed Ben More, the highest summit on Mull

The misty summit of Ben More 966m

The weather improved on the
descent of Ben More
Thu 25 Jun 2015

Today was spent touring the isle of Mull

St Kilda Scottish Episcopal Church
built 1876 near the sore of Loch Buie

St Kilda interior

Moy Castle Lochbuie

Organ in St Kilda porch

Moy Castle, Lochbuie was built in the 15th century
It was one of the filming locations used while making the 1945 film
'I Know Where I'm Going!', a 1945 romantic film by the British-based filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It stars Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesey.


Wendy Hiller

Watch the film here.
Or click here to go directly to YouTube and view full screen.

"I Know Where I'm Going Revisited" 1994 (Powell and Pressburger)

Cave by Loch Buie

Visit to Ardalanish weaving mill

Ardalanish weaving mill



Coping with someone who wants a different filling in their quiche

Wed 24 Jun 2015

Ardtornish Castle overlooking the Sound of Mull

Standing on the old wall of Ardtornish Castle

Ardtornish House, frequently visited by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)

It was overcast and humid first thing, the perfect climate for midges. I drove to the head of Loch Aline and searched for somewhere to park my car. The private estate roads looks unfriendly so I parked off the road by the bridge below Kinlochaline Castle. I had to walk back along the road to Achranich. This is where the Public road ends and the private estate road continues along the Loch shore. I came to a wooden sign marking a path and saying “Tennyson's Waterfall”. Apparently Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892) the Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland, was a regular guest at Ardtornish House which I’d just passed earlier. Nearby was an old Lime Kiln then the Lochaline Net Station. As the name suggests there were lots of piled up fishing tents around. Across the Loch I had seen the ferry leave for Fishnish on Mull. It was good to see as I had read they ferry staff were of an overtime ban today and strike on Friday. I later found out it was a different union and only the big ships ie the Oban ferry would be on strike. The track continued to a stone jetty and hose opposite. Just up ahead was a deer gate and through it I was out into open countryside. Round a bend the distant Ardtornish Castle came in to view. This was my main objective of the morning. When the track reached a wooded plantation I headed through a gate then a field and down towards the shore. It was nice, though wet, approach to the castle ruin. She dates from the early 14th century and had a very important history up to the end of the 17th century when she was abandoned. I followed a nice path to the farm buildings at Inninbeg. There was a man working in one of the buildings. I returned along the same track that I had approached by. Back at the car I drove to the ferry terminal at Lochaline slipway expecting a wait for the next ferry. It turned out there was one in 5mins, which was a pleasant surprise.


This distinctive cast iron milestone is typical of those across Mull and also Morvern. This one is dated 1897 but most are undated. They were made by Smith, Patterson and Co of Pioneer Foundry, Blaydon-on-Tyne, the firm being in existence between 1870 and 1954.

Tue 23 Jun 2015

Heading for some walking in Scotland. I'm with my car on the Corran Ferry heading for Morvern.


My main objective of the afternoon was to walk to Auliston, a long abandoned clearance village,


Sun 21 Jun 2015

The summer solstice and longest day. I cycled to Denham Hill trig post, Brindle hoping to see the sunrise at 04:40am. All I saw were clouds.

Sat 20 Jun 2015



Cycled to Withnell Fold Cricket Pitch early evening for the Sport's Club barbeque. Great burgers and beer.

 Withnell Fold Cricker Pitch



Cycled home along the canal and saw this interesting rainbow. It wasn't raining where I was.



Earlier in the day I cycled along the A49 and passed the Euxton Community Centre where they have started to erect a War Memorial.

Fri 19 Jun 2015



Walked home from Chorley via the Chapel Steps between Water St and Park St. Then called at Parker St chip shop then home along the canal.




On the walk home along the canal saw this milepost being devoured by a tree near the Malthouse.

Tue 16 Jun 2015

Went for an enjoyable cycle ride via Hoghton and Preston. Cycled through the Preston Dock area on the way back

Mon 15 Jun 2015



Walked up Great Hill from White Coppice to have a Hot Can lunch. The can is self heating via a chemical reaction. It was a present from my son

The path from Great Hill

This evening on a photo outing to St Anne's Pier with Chorley Photographic Society.

Sun 14 Jun 2015


At Withnell Fold Village I was concerned when I saw the timber had been removed from the stocks. I was relieved when I later found out it had been removed for refurbishing. The man doing the work is Terry West who was a carpenter at the adjacent Paper Mill for many years. The mill closed in 1967.

Sat 13 Jun 2015



A view of the Forth Road Bridge taken from the train on the way to Edinburgh this morning

Back home I enjoyed a walk along the Leeds and Liverpool canal this evening

Fri 12 Jun 2015

Arria by Andy Scott taken yesterday

Arria by Andy Scott taken this morning

Along the Forth and Clyde Canal

On the Forth and Clyde canal at Falkirk


After cycling 16 miles from Arria near Cumbernauld I had my first view of 'The Kelpies' again by Andy Scott.

First view of The Kelpies

The Kelpies on the Forth and Clyde Canal near Grangemouth

Thu 11 Jun 2015

Arriving at Glasgow Central Railway Station for my cycle ride

Along the Clyde in Glasgow

At the base of Arria by Andy Scott

Tue 09 Jun 2015


A disturbing sign seen on my walk in Northumberland shortly after being ordered off the land by a farmer

Sun 07 Jun 2015

I am so pleased for Sir Bradley. The new World Hour record holder. Cycling 54.526 km (33.88 miles) in one hour. Unbelievable! He's put the record 1.59km higher up the shelf.

Sat 06 Jun 2015

Had a very windy cycle ride through Brindle and along Breworth Fold Lane. This gruesome display of moles were hanging on the fence.

Fri 05 Jun 2015

This afternoon I visited St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Euxton for the first of two open afternoons to commemorate the School Golden Jubilee Celebrations.
The open days are Fri 5th June 2015 2:00pm – 3:30pm and Fri 12th June 2:00pm – 3:30pm
The many displays illustrated the history of the school and how the information was gathered. Results of the research work has been combined to produce a comprehensive Commemorative Golden Jubilee Souvenir booklet packed with information and photographs. A copy will eventually be made
You can download a pdf of the
Souvenir Booklet by clicking here.
You can check out the school’s website here

Commemorative Golden Jubilee Souvenir. Click here for your own pdf copy.



The School log book with entries from 1924 to 1977

Thu 04 Jun 2015

The dry stone wall by the entrance to St John's Whittle-le-Woods has been partially re-built.

Wed 03 Jun 2015

Gypsy caravans near Alston on my way to a walk from Slaggyford

Mon 01 Jun 2015


Cycled to Pleasington Crematorium, Blackburn to view the Book of Remembrance. It's 36 years ago today that Dad died.

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