A very dark lane photographed near
The same photo put through Topaz
software to convert to a painting effect.
Mon 26 Dec 2016 Boxing Day
Midday drove to White Coppice to go for walk up to Great Hill.
It was a fine day and being Boxing Day I wasn’t surprised to see
the car park by the cricket field was full. I parked on the lane
near the reservoirs.
Flask on Great Hill summit. It's from Jill for Christmas
Returning to White Coppice in the wind
Near Drinkwater's ruin there is a new memorial by the existing
Joe's Cup memorial. It refers to Joe Whitter (1939 - 1991) who
was a distance runner with Wigan Phoenix Running Club.
Was on evening cycle ride through
White Coppice when I saw a wonderful display of Christmas tree
lights. I stopped to take a few photos but thought I’d spoiled
one when I inadvertently moved the camera before the time
exposure of 10seconds had finished. The result was quite
Sun 25 Dec 2016 Christmas Day
My Christmas morning walk through Whittle-le-Woods was
deserted. I photographed the Christmas tree on Waterhouse Green
then through the woods to the Whittle & Clayton-le-Woods War
memorial to remember those who died during the two World Wars.
Sat 24 Dec 2016
I walked to Lower Wheelton for the 5:30pm Christmas Eve Carols
around the Tree at the War Memorial/Clock Tower. This event is
becoming more popular every year. A brass band provided the
music and young children were in nativity dress. The whole area
and surrounding streets were filled with people enjoying the
open-air event. It helped that the Red Lion across the road had
an outside bar and barbeque. It’s been going for about 30 years.
By the clock tower
Fri 23 Dec 2016
Late shopping at Asda ready for
Christmas. They'd run out of Christmas Puddings
Wed 21 Dec 2016
My morning walk along
Tue 20 Dec 2016
Made an early morning start to
walk up Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry
Sunrise on the descent
Mon 19 Dec 2016
The Commando memorial near Spean Bridge
John Rhodes Cobb (1899 – 29 September 1952) died in 1952
attempting to break the world water speed record at Loch Ness in
the jet speedboat Crusader at a speed in excess of 200 mph (320
km/h). There is a memorial to him on the A82 erected by the
people of Glenurquhart.
John Cobb memorial on the A82 Loch Ness is in the background
John Cobb Dies in Gallant Attempt on
World Water Speed Record The You Tube - Pathe News film.
Wed 14 Dec 2016
Between Bacup and Todmorden is Todmorden Moor which is an area
of upland moors. It used to be a hive if industry with quarries,
coal mines and fireclay factories. It is now mostly used for
wind power generation and wildlife conservation. On a nice day
it provides some wonderful walking with excellent tracks and
view all around, in particular Stoodley Pike Monument. One of
the information boards described at old mine entrance but the
board had fallen from its frame and I had to clean it off to
read what it said.
Descending the moor to the south towards the A681 are several
old coal shaft mounds and by the road is the amazing
Astronomy Centre. It was founded in 1982 with private
financial investmenta as a centre of astronomical excellence and
is run by its founder, Peter Drew, with the support of a core
group of volunteers. The Observatory is staffed by amateur
astronomers with a wide range of expertise. it is build on the
site of the old Temperley Brothers' Ceramic Pipe Works or
Saunder Clough works.
The Astronomy Centre
Tue 13 Dec 2016
Euxton Lane is still closed to carry out drainage repairs where
it goes under the railway. It is open to pedestrians and I was
able to wheel my bike through and take some photos of the
machinery being used. They are thrust boring a new 220mm butt
welded plastic pipe for a length of over 600m to a gravity
outfall to the south of Euxton Parish Church. Apparently the
original earthenware drain took the same route but collapsed
The new 220mm drain pipe
Mon 12 Dec 2016
Tonight was the last meeting of the year at Chorley
Photographic Society with a fun photo competition and buffet. So
I could enjoy a pint I went on the bus and had an enjoyable walk
from Chorley bus station to St Mary’s Centre along Chapel Street
taking a few photos on the way.
Cleveland St from Market St
St George's Church
Fri 09 Dec 2016
It was a rainy evening as I set off
to photograph firstly the Whittle-le-Woods Christmas Tree on
Waterhouse Green (above) then on the bus to see the
Clayton-le-Woods tree on the A6 opposite The Pines (below)
The bright spots are rain drops on
the camera lens.
Wed 07 Dec 2016
At Whittle-le-Woods Village Hall around 90 pensioners were
treated to a lunchtime Christmas Meal on Wed 07the Dec 2016.
The room was packed and there was mulled wine, crackers, masses
of food and musical entertainment. The highlight was
Whittle-le-Woods St John’s Primary School Choir who treated us
to some lovely singing of Christmas Carols.
Presents for everyone
St John's choir
Cllr Eric Bell and Chorley Mayor Doreen Dickinson
Setting out the tables in the Village
Evening drove to Colne to the Hippodrome Theatre to see the film
‘Sherpa’ which was for fund raising. The Colne Hippodrome was
built by George Fort on Market Street in 1914. The doors opened
on 21 September 1914 and was in constant use until 1978 when it
was purchased by 3 local Operatic Societies. From 1978 to 1986
it underwent a complete restoration.
No G3330 New Patent "Twin" Urinal. The Shanks & Co., Ltd.,
Barrhead, Scotland catalogue describes this as: Economy in
space and in cost. Increased convenience. Simplicity in
installation. No ugly joints and irregularities. A novelty of
the greatest Importance and practical utility. The cost in
1914 was £12
Called at Euxton Lane to see the
drainage works being done under the railway bridge
Mon 05 Dec 2016
My Christmas brew of homemade
Whittle Ale is fermenting away nicely. It will be ready just
before Christmas and I’m relying on friends and family to help
me drink it.
Sun 04 Dec 2016
There was a huge turn out for tonight's switching on of
the Whittle-le-Woods Christmas tree lights. Waterhouse Green was
packed with people at 6pm who had gathered for mulled wine and
Christmas Carols before the light were officially turned on by
The lights are turned on
Sat 03 Dec 2016
I drove to Buckshaw Railway Station to pick my son up
from his works Christmas meal on Friday night. The train was due
at 23:52 but didn't arrive until 00:05 on Saturday morning.
The train arrives a day late!
Buckshaw Railway Station in the
Fri 02 Dec 2016
A good choice of sauces
Thu 01 Dec 2016
The first day of December
was a misty start for my morning walk