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Wed 30  May 2018

Evening cycled in the rain to watch the Inter Club Hilly Series Hill climb event held on the steep hill from Leicester Mill Quarries to Jepson's Gate, Anglezarke, Chorley. The rain had stopped when I got there but the warm & misty conditions brought the midges out in force. There were some Chorley Cycling Club members amongst the competitors.

Sun 27  May 2018
I was away yesterday so couldnít get to the official opening of the Chorley Photographic Society Annual Exhibition at Astley Hall Chorley. Today (Sun 27 May 2018) was such a nice sunny day it was perfect for a trip to Astley Park and the Hall to check out the exhibition. The photographic standards and quality are as high as you will see anywhere. Iíve been a member of Chorley Photographic Society for over 46 years and have never seen such excellent images. Try and make time to check out the exhibition and also Chorleyís amazing gem of Astley Hall. Each time I visit I learn something new. Today I was directed to some 17th century graffiti on one of the windows, which was a new one on me.

Astley Hall, Chorley 

The main gallery
Sat  26  May 2018
After a calm night I decided to set off straight away and head for Falkirk. I drove down the Tak ma Doon Road and in to Kilsyth then on to Falkirk where I parked at Grahamston Railway Station for the day £1.80 charge. I then had my breakfast and bought a day return ticket to Edinburgh from the machine for £6.40 then caught the 07:36 train. It wasnít too busy and I had an enjoyable ride in to Edinburgh Waverley. My main objective was to visit the Anatomical Museum. It didnít open until 10am so I went for a wander around. I walked to the Scottish National Gallery but it was closed. Then up to Royal Mile Lawnmarket to photograph the site where the gallows used to be. Then along Victoria Street and the high level footpath. Down at the bottom is the West-Bow Well from 1674. Then in to Greyfriars Graveyard to the Bobby dog grave and then his master John Gray grave. Then to the Anatomical Museum for the opening at 10am. Although photography in the actual museum is not allowed itís OK in the access corridor, lecture theatre and entrance. Saw Malcolm MacCallum, the curator, there who Iíve exchanged emails with about the Burke skeleton exhibit. Ruth Pollitt was also there and very helpful in answering my questions.


Edinburgh Waverley

Who knows the heart of a man and what moves in that darkness? James Bridie (1888-1951)

Writer's Museum

I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness. John Muir (1838-1914)

Mortsafe in Greyfriars graveyard

Surgery. Anatomy. Practice of Physic

Approach to the Anatomical Museum

Lecture theatre

Anatomy Lesson - Rembrandt 1632 

Anatomical Museum

Entrance to the Anatomical Museum

Old photo of the Museum

Site of the execution by hanging of William Burke in 1829. Edinburgh Royal Mile, Lawnmarket.

William Burke skeleton in the museum. This is a low quality image from the internet.

William Burke was born in 1792 in Urney, County Tyrone, Ireland. Burke served in the Donegal Militia before moving to Scotland to work as a navvy on the Union canal construction.

Facial reconstruction of William Burke

Life masks of William Burke, William Hare and Robert Knox (from front to back)

The Old College where Burke's body was publicly dissected
Fri  25  May 2018
Returned to Scotland to do some walking and historical research. My first call was to the site of Sir John de Graham's Castle above Carron Valley Reservoir
Sir John de Graham was a loyal supporter of William Wallace (Bravehart) and is thought to have lived here. Sir John died at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298. Wallace escaped the battlefield and may have stayed here after his defeat.
The battle was one of the first in the War of Scottish Independence. King Edward I of England and the English army defeated the Scots, led by William Wallace.

Artists impression of the site

Old stonework but not sure what it was

The moat is still substantial
Mon  21  May 2018
Late afternoon cycled to Withnelll Fold and Mumís memorial bench where I sat for a while to eat a picnic tea of pasta salad. Mum was born 102 years ago today. Then continued via Lady Hall to Brindle Historical Society meeting at the Village Hall then up to St Jamesí Church for a tour of the Church and Cemetery led by Dr James Mawdsley.
Seen on my morning walk

Lady Hall Brindle seen on the way to St James'
St James' interior

About to start the tour

Dr James Mawdsley

George III coat of arms

Rectors of Brindle

Old photo of church interior

The Brindle stained glass panel
parts dating from the 14th century
Sun 20  May 2018

Afternoon walked to Wheelton to catch bus to Withnell. At the Withnell Health Centre walked up Bury Lane then across to Pike Lowe and the site of the reservoirs which are now surrounded with security fencing.

Pike Lowe Lower Reservoir 1973

Pike Lowe Upper Reservoir this afternoon and its security fence 
Sat 19  May 2018
Had a sunny evening walk to the Brindle Distillery at Holmes Farm, Sandy Lane Brindle to try some of their Cuckoo Gin which is distilled on the premises and see what all the fuss was about. It was my first visit to the farm in its lovely setting with views of the surrounding fields. The bar had beer at very reasonable prices and lots of people were there enjoying the lovely weather and a drink. After a pint and burger type sandwich I tried a Cuckoo Gin. Iím not a gin drinker and canít remember the last time I had one. Gin is becoming more popular but after drinking mine I was unimpressed and will stick to beer in the future.

Cuckoo Gin

Leyland Home Brew supply shop is due to close at the end of the year as the owners are retiring

33 Bank Terrace

Kathleen Ferrier born 22nd Apr 1912

Kathleen Ferrier memorialWalton-le-Dale

Kathleen Ferrier, another plaque
Afternoon cycle ride via Brindle and Walton-le-Dale to photograph the plaque to Kathleen Ferrier at 33 Bank Terrace, Hoghton Lane, Walton-le-Dale.

Digitising some 120 negatives of Steve and Jill from over 30 years ago.

Steven and the typewriter I got for my 21st birthday.


Enjoying the Beano 
The Beano was first published in 1938 and is still going strong 80 years later. We all love it. One of its famous cartoonists was Leo Baxendale (1930 Ė 2017) who was born in Whittle-le-Woods. He created and drew Little Plum, Minnie the Minx, The Bash Street Kids and several others.
Fri 18  May 2018

Cycled through Leyland to have a quick look at the new Leyland Heritage Centre on Hough Lane

Leyland Heritage Centre

Another visit to the Book Cycle Store in Orrell near Wigan to leave more books for a new home. 
Thu 17  May 2018
Towneley Hall, Burnley.
The main building of Towneley Hall (listed grade I) dates from the C15 and by c 1500 it was a courtyard house. Successive alterations were made over the years which followed, including the demolition of the north-east courtyard range c 1700. A phase of restructuring took place in the 1720s and a further major phase of work was undertaken during the years 1812-19 when Jeffrey Wyatt remodelled the exterior and parts of the interior.
Wed 16  May 2018
Returned to Cumbria to re-do an April 2006 walk around Great Mell Fell and Gowbarrow Fell to check on the old farm of Dalton Hill.

Wed 16 May 2018

21 Apr 2006
Tue 15  May 2018

Enjoyed the warm sunny weather with a bike ride. Had a look at the Mormon Temple on the way
Mon 14  May 2018

Another trip to the Book Cycle Store. This time to the branch in Orrell near Wigan
An evening visit on the Chorley Photographic Society photo outing to Rivington Pigeon Tower and surrounding area. Its the first time I've seen scaffolding on the tower.
Sun 13  May 2018
An evening walk along Town Lane Whittle-le-Woods to compare the view now and then.

Town Lane 13 May 2018 

Town Lane around 1910
Sat 12  May 2018
The War Memorial on Deerplay Moor above Bacup
Fri 11  May 2018
This morning's walk is up Ben Bhan to the north of Fort William, Scotland
Someone had left a mini-tripod on the summit trig post 
Thu 10  May 2018

Ben Stack 721 m (2,365 ft). It was the last mountain climbed by Robin Cook (1946 - 6 August 2005) the former U.K. Foreign Secretary. Under the leadership of Tony Blairís Labour Government Robin Cook famously resigned from his positions on 17 March 2003 in protest against the invasion of Iraq.

Summit of Ben Stack, Sutherland.
In Aug 2005 he was on holiday in the Highlands of Scotland with his second wife Gaynor and while descending Ben Stack he suffered a severe heart attack and collapsed.
Last view seen by Robin Cook

Another walker assisted and a helicopter was called in but paramedics were unable to revive him. His funeral was held on 12 August 2005 in Edinburgh. Gordon Brown gave the eulogy but British Prime Minister Tony Blair did not attend.

Robin Cook

Ben Stack
Wed 09  May 2018

Driving to Scotland to do some walking

Called at Ffordes Photographic on the way to leave some of my old film camera equipment for them to hopefully sell 

Toyo 5*4 monorail

My Mamiya RB67 left for sale

Inside Ffordes 

Stack Polly 

Point of Stoer WW2 Radar Station old building

WW2 control room at the Radar Station

Old Man of Stoer sea stack 
Tue 08  May 2018
Walked to Shaw Hill to donate blood.
Mon 07  May 2018 Bank Holiday Monday

The sun is out and the stalls are set up for the 19th Whittle-le-Woods Duck Race on Waterhouse Green by the Roebuck.
The first special event had 100 ducks and the main race 1,000 ducks. The event was organised by the Whittle-le-Woods Community Hall Trust and the dedicate team who make it all happen.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP, Cllr Eric Bell and Cllr Matthew Lynch.

Eric, Barbara & Peter 

Peter & Duck 
Sun 06  May 2018

Setting up for tomorrow's Bank Holiday Duck Race. It will be the 19th.
Sat 05  May 2018

The day's warm sunshine continued into the evening so went for a walk along the Leeds and Liverpool canal and took some beer and a glass along with heated up food in a flask for my tea.

Beer and hot food 
Fri 04  May 2018

Went for a sunny bike ride this evening via Wheelton, Hoghton and Brindle. This photo is from Denham Lane looking towards Great Hill and Winter Hill.
Thu 03  May 2018

On my way to a day visit to Scotland to the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life. On the was called at the Whittle-le-Woods Village Hall to vote in the local elections. At t he end of the day Cllr Eric Bell won.
Name: Springbok, no 4112 Built: North British Locomotive Co. Glasgow in 1956. Used on South African Railways GMAM Class. Repatriated 1988

Bessemer converter

Drift mine re-construction

Furnace team Summerlee 1919
Wed 02  May 2018
Out on a Cumbria walk and visited and old camp site from a back-packing trip in April 2006

Camp on 13 Apr 2006. The tent is a Vango TBS Minor 100

The same location this morning
Wed 02 May 2018 
Tue 01  May 2018
I wonder if there is much difference.
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