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Fri 28  Apr 2017

Lovely tulip display in Newton-by-Bowland

Thu 27  Apr 2017

Called at the Botany Bay Centre to have a look at the Chorley Mills Heritage exhibition on floor 4.

Workers at Canal Mill (Botny Bay)
Joyce Dyson, front left Margaret Jackson, back row second left Pamela Wrigley (new Brown), Audrey Jackson on Pamela's left

Inside Botany Bay

Inside Botany Bay

Flower display outside
Tue 25  Apr 2017
Drove to Dunford Bridge then bike ride via Woodhead pass and Holme Moss

Holme Moss summit (524m 1,719ft)

Digley Reservoir

After only 2 years the new bridge over the railway at Harpers Lane Chorley is being dug up again because of a collapsed plastic duct under the tarmac.
Sun 23  Apr 2017

The Bonnington Hotel, Southampton Row, London. We stayed here in 1959

Pat, me & Dean in Trafalgar Square
In 1959 my Aunty Tizzie and Uncle Arthur took Cousin Pat, me and Dean to London for a few days to see the sights. It was an amazing adventure and exploration for three young children.
Sat 22  Apr 2017

Rottingdean Windmill on Beacon Hill

Colorful Eastbourn in the cold

Pevensey Castle

Alice, who lives nearby, called for a brew while I visited Pevensey Castle
Fri 21  Apr 2017

Software treatment of a nice line of trees

Early morning view of the Solent from my Tent
Thu 20  Apr 2017

Salisbury Cathedral
Wed 19  Apr 2017

This morning set off on the train to Manchester then on to Bristol to start a cycle ride along the south coast to Hastings

Chorley Railway Station

After riding along a cycle track on the old railway I reached Bath. A town I've never visited.

The Crescent, Bath
I love coming across new stuff. Last week I was cycling along part of the Kennet & Avon Canal to the east of Bristol when I came to an information board by the site of the very first Plasicine Factory.
Part of my youth was spent making things with plasticine and Id never given a thought to where it came from. It was invented by the artist William Harbutt (18441921).
He was headmaster of the Bath School of Art and Design from 1874 to 1877 then later opened his own The Paragon Art Studio. He invented Plasticine around 1897 as a non-drying modelling clay for use by his students. In 1900 he converted a nearby factory in Bathampton to manufacture the product for commercial sale.
Tue 18  Apr 2017

This afternoon we said goodbye to our friend and historian colleague Rosemary Boyd (1943-2017)
As expected the memorial and celebration of her life, which was held at Charnock Richard Crematorium, was attended by so many that after filling the chapel people had to stand outside.

Rosemary Boyd (1943-2017)

Charnock Richard Crematorium

Charnock Richard Crematorium
Sat 15  Apr 2017
Today's third Chorley Grand Prix Cycle Race was won by Preston rider Ian Bibby who also won the first in 2015 year. After a solo ride in the closing miles he managed to extend his lead to 2min 53sec by the time he crossed the line on Park Road. The strong winds caused lots of problems for those riders who lost contact with the main bunch. Even the main field was split into several groups by the end.  

Ian Bibby wins the 2017 Chorley Grand Prix Cycle Race

On the start line

School Lane, Brinscall

Passing Hillside Methodist Church, Brinscall

Music at Hillside

Graham Cutler and Michael Brennan riding nowhere for the duration of the race.

Riding up Dole Ln., Abbey Village

Getting a time check
Fri 14  Apr 2017

Shiehallion from Ben Chuallaich

Ben Chuallaich summit in the mist
Thu 13  Apr 2017
Seen on a plaque at the start of the Schiehallion climb.
In the summer of 1774 the reverend Nevil Maskelyne FRS, Astronomer Royal, set up observatories on either side of Schiehallion to measure by how much plumblines would be pulled out of the vertical and towards the mountain by the gravitational force due to its mass. At the time, this was called 'The Attraction of Mountains'. in effect, it became the first determination of Newton's Universal Gravitational Constant.
The mountain was surveyed by Reuben Burrow of the Royal Observatory Greenwich. he calculations were made by the mathematician Charles Hutton FRS, during which he was the first to use land surface contour lines, now universally employed in map making.
This plaque was set up by The Royal Society in 1982, the 250th anniversary of Maskelyn's birth.


Shiehallion summit 
Wed 12  Apr 2017

Enjoying On a few days walking in Scotland.
This is The Sow of Atholl, west of the A9
Mon 10  Apr 2017
The Duke of York, Chorley Old Road, Whittle-le-Woods.
The contractors are now on site (Mon 10 Apr 2017) to start the demolition. The first job is to reclaim the slates. I managed to get permission to photograph the interior before the demolition started.
Sun 09  Apr 2017

While out for a bike ride along the A674 Feniscowles on my way to Pleasington I came to a road closure. Being on a bike I continued and found they were cutting a large tree down near the Pleasington turn off. A huge crane was being used.
Sat 08  Apr 2017

A lovely sunny day for a bike ride via St Peter's Church, Belmont

Some recent hedge laying on Town Lane by the Canal
Fri 07  Apr 2017

Frank's house porch now has the lamp back outside

The Duke of York, Chorley Old Rd., Whittle-le-Woods is about to be demolished 
Tue 04  Apr 2017

A sunny evening walk through Cuerden Valley Park
Sun 02  Apr 2017
Out for a cycle ride via Great Harwood
Memorial Clock Towerin Gt Harwood, 1903, to John Mercer (1791-1866) industrial chemist, inventor of "mercerisation"

Cycling through Blackburn

An evening walk along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Conventional photo of the towpath and then treated with Topaz labs software
Sat 01  Apr 2017
Tonights musical treat by Tarleton and District Brass Band in Whittle-le-Woods Village Hall included some delightful arrangements.
Who'd have thought that the 1962 no.1 hit "Nut Rocker" by B. Bumble and the Stingers would suit a brass band? Well it did. It was originally modified from Tchaikovsky's "March" from the Nutcracker Suite.
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