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Mon 30 Aug 2015

Artist on Town Lane

This is the builder scarecrow photographed on this morning's early morning walk.

Last photos of the Whittle-le-Woods Scarecrow Festival.

Sat 29 Aug 2015




The Chorley Hygienic Laundry site is being re-built. The original stone plaque has now been repaired and re-fixed.

Withnell Fold



Cycled to Withnell Fold to see the recently re-made stocks. The timber was rotten and has now been re-made by Terry West and a couple of other workers. Terry used to be a joiner at the adjacent Paper Mill until it closed in 1967. The stocks were the original Withnell Stocks and sited by the main Blackburn Road and moved to Withnell Fold in 1957.


Had an evening walk around Whittle-le-Woods to see some more of the entries for the Scarecrow Festival.

Fri 28 Aug 2015

A lunchtime walk up Great Hill to have butties for lunch.



Cycling through Lower Wheelton I noticed the new Village Tearoom cafe that has opened.

This week end is the Whittle-le-Woods Scarecrow Festival. I had a cycle ride round the village this evening to have a look at a few.

This is my favourite.

Wed 26 Aug 2015



On the drive home called at the Arbroath Museum which is the old Signal Station for the Bell Rock Lighthouse 11 miles out to sea.

Bell Rock Lighthouse

Bell Rock Lighthouse by JMW Turner

Driving through Dundee in the pouring rain I stopped to take this picture
of the home of The Beano

Tue 25 Aug 2015

After a walk further up Glen Esk I called at the Glenesk Folk Museum.
Its free entry but a donation box is available.



NW of Brechin is the White Caterthun earthworks. Radiocabon dateing shows the Iron Age Earthworks were constructed between 750 BC and 200 BC

View from the ramparts

Mon 24 Aug 2015
Set off in car about 08:20am to drive to Scotland on exploratory trip. Drove via M6, M74, M73, M80 to Broxden, Perth to get diesel. Continued north on A9 past Aviemore then to Nethy Bridge and look at Abernethy Old Church and adjacent ruined Castle Roy.

ruined Castle Roy

Abernethy Old Church

Broomhill Railway Station
on the Strathspey line

Broomhill Railway Station


Then along the A95 to have a look at the Old Spey bridge which was built in 1754 by General Wade's successor, Major William Caulfield, as part of the military road that ran from Coupar Angus to Fort George.

The Old Craigellachie Bridge, also across the Spey. It was designed by the civil engineer Thomas Telford and built from 1812Ė1814

Craigellachie Bridge and the River Spey

Sun 23 Aug 2015

Back Lane Limbrick while on a cycle ride

Sat 22 Aug 2015

Today is the 10th Annual Craft and Produce Show in Whittle-le-Woods Village Hall

Cllr Eric Bell about to present the prizes

Today is the 10th Annual Craft and Produce Show in Whittle-le-Woods Village Hall

Fri 21 Aug 2015

This morning I said goodbye to many old friends. About 50 years of books and National Geographic Magazines have gone to a bookshop in Blackburn. ReBound Bookshop.

Wed 19 Aug 2015



The end of my ride. Aberdeen Railway Station

Tue 18 Aug 2015



Passing through Arbroath is the Signall Station Museum. It was built for the Bell Rock Lighthouse 11 miles out to sea

The Bell Rock Lighthouse

Mon 17 Aug 2015



Heading off to Scotland for a few days cycling. This is Haymarket Railway Station, Scotland.



RRS Discovery in dry dock at Dundee

Sun 16 Aug 2015

Old abandoned manor house near Heptonstall

The grave of writer and poet Sylvia Plath is in the Heptonsall Churchyard

a pen memorial in Sylvia's grave

Heptonstall Old Church of St Thomas a Becket

 In the old graveyard is the grave of David Hartley.
Also known as "King" David Hartley.
He was a counterfeiter and hanged in York 1770

Sat 15 Aug 2015

Cycled past the Hygienic Laundry to see the replaced name stone

Called at Gregson Lane to see some of the Scarecrow exhibits.



Interesting group of straw people

 Evening walk along the Leeds and Liverpool canal at Whittle Springs

Thu 13 Aug 2015

Went for a cycle ride to Preston.
This is off Church St by the Parish Church.

Went for a cycle ride to Preston.
Called here at Ribbbleton Ln to see the office where I stated my working career.


Tue 11 Aug 2015
Went for cycle ride to visit the two gold post boxes to commemorate the cycling gold tite trial medal won by Sir Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Olympics in London

Outside Chorley Town Hall


Outside Eccleston Post Office
near where Sir Bradley lives

Mon 10 Aug 2015

Evening photo outing with Chorley Photographic Society to Rivington and the replica Liverpool Castle ruin.

Holly by natural light with no additions

Holly and sun replection

Sat 08 Aug 2015

Old Google street image

This afternoon's view of the site of the demolished Waggon & Horses, Coppull: Chapel Ln / Coppull Moor Ln junction.


The sign was rescued and now adorns a nearby garage.

Fri 07 Aug 2015


The old Hygienic Laundry site in Chorley is being re-developed. The original name stone is being returned to its original position.

Here is the broken stone after being rescued in Mar 2015

An old photo of the Laundry showing the original position of the stone

Routine tests by United Utilities found traces of cryptosporidium at Franklaw water treatment works outside Preston. As a precaution they issued a boil water recommendation on Thursday. Panic buying of water had cleared the supermarket shelves.
Thu 06 Aug 2015


Walking on the County Durham moors near Blanchland I visited the Sykehead chimney and flue running to it.

Wed 05 Aug 2015


I was in Wheelton to have my car serviced when A Raleigh classic bike from around 1949. It has Reynolds steel tubes, 3 speed Sturmey Archer hub gears & a front hub dynamo. A friend in Wheelton showed it to me this morning. It is very heavy & we both agreed it's not a bike we'd want to ride too far.


While my car was being serviced I walked to the bus stop at Finington. On the way Isaw this view of Withnell Fold Mill Chimney


I saw these while walking through Ollerton Fold

I caught the bus to Blackburn then walked back to Wheelton along the canal. In the centre of the stream is a stranded yacht.


Boundary marker on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

 Still walking along the canal I reached Riley Green

Sun 02 Aug 2015

An evening walk by the Leeds and Liverpool canal at Johnson's Hillock.

Sat 01 Aug 2015
Today is the first day of the first Chorley Flower Show, held in Astley Park and Astley Hall. There are two days of displays, events and presentations. A rainy first day didnít seem to put anybody off.

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