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
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
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
Moy Castle, Lochbuie was built in the 15th century
It was one of the filming locations used while making the 1945
'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.
Watch the film here.
here to go directly to YouTube and view full screen.
Ardtornish House, frequently visited by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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
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
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
Sun 14 Jun 2015
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
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.
A disturbing sign seen on my walk
in Northumberland shortly after being ordered off the land by a
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
I visited St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Euxton for the
first of two open afternoons to commemorate the School Golden
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
by clicking here.
You can check out the school’s