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Tue  31  Jul 2018
Late morning cycled to Pleasington Crematorium to see the Book of Remembrance.

Pleasington Crematorium.

Book of Remembrance
Sat  28  Jul 2018
This weekend is the 4th Chorley Flower Show in Astley Park. I had other stuff on during the morning but managed to get there in the afternoon. I really look forward to this event as it is one of the highlights of the year. There were so many tents of displays and other event going on. Visiting Astley Hall was an additional bonus. The entrance charge for adults is £10 but I pay that to go to the cinema, and thatís without popcorn! It was supposed to be on again tomorrow but they cancelled it because it was raining!

Vegetable men

Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP always supports these events 

Mon  23  Jul 2018
Camped at Hound Point east of South Queensferry. A pre-dawn view of the Rail Bridge

At sunrise the three bridges across the Forth can be seen.
Rail Bridge 1890
Forth Road Bridge 1964
Queensferry Bridge 2017
Sun  22  Jul 2018

Reaching the Alloa and Dunfermline cycle route

The new Queensferry Bridge
Crossing the Forth Road Bridge

The amazing Forth Bridge that carries the railway. It was completed in 1890
Sat  21  Jul 2018
Cycling through Scotland. Now near Stirling.

Bannockburn Visitor Centre

Robert the Bruce
Fri  20  Jul 2018
Back in Scotland for a cycle ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh

March of time at Buchannan Street Bus Station

Cycle track along the old railway at Milton of Campsie
Tue 17 Jul 2018
This morning I was walking over Hay Stacks above Buttermere in Cumbria. On the way I stopped by the wonderfully named Innominate Tarn. It is the final resting place of Alfred Wainwright (1907-1991) Accountant, Walker, Writer, Illustrator & Cartographer whose ashes were scattered here. The moody weather of swirling cloud and slight rain added to the atmosphere. I have all his Lakeland Fells guide books and refer to them regularly.
Sun  15  Jul 2018
After watching the Iron-Man triathlon riders on lap one through Whittle-le-Woods earlier I returned to watch them on their second and last lap. Itís amazing how cheery and smiling most of the riders were and also great to see lots more spectators out in the sunshine. The lap is shorter this year because of the moor fires over Winter Hill. The road over to Belmont is not available so they have been routed through White Coppice. I was on my bike to move across the course and on Birchin Lane came across a competitor with a mechanical problem and it appears they donít have support. His chain had come off, jammed between chain set and frame and bent some links. Combining our tools we managed to remove the damaged links and reconnect the chain. With a shorter chain his available gears are less but at least he could continue to finish the lap. Then all he has to do is run a marathon! Mega-respect.

On Birchin Lane

Sat  14  Jul 2018
Martim Wall has been delivering in the area for around 35 years with his van and tractor. Here he is at Lower Copthurst.

Paths still closed at Belmont due to fires.

Repairs on the Belmont road almost finished
Thu 12  Jul 2018

Evening drove to South Ribble Museum, Leyland for the opening of the Archaeology Festival 2018.
The exhibition was introduced by Dr David Hunt the Museum Curator.

South Ribble Museum, Leyland
Wed  11  Jul 2018
Drove to Barnoldswick then bus to Thornton in Craven and walk along Pennine Way to Leeds & Liverpool Canal and walk via Cross Keys East Marton. Had a look at St Peter's Marton-in-Craven then back along canal to Barnoldswick.


Double bridge on Leeds & Liverpool canal, East Marton


St Peter's Marton-in-Craven

St Peter's Marton-in-Craven
Tue  10  Jul 2018
John Anderton Tree Services reducing two trees in garden on my neighbour at no8. The reason they were blocking my satellite signal for radio and TV

Mon  09  Jul 2018
Evening photo outing to Astley Park Chorley with Chorley Photographic Society.

Astley Hall (17 Feb 2017) before the pine was cut down

The same view today
Sun  08  Jul 2018
Cycled over to White Coppice for 11am to visit the open day of Raymond Smithís Stones & Roses Garden, White Coppice Farm, White Coppice, Chorley. It is part of the National Garden Scheme where private gardens are open to the public for charity. The garden was up to its usual high standard and looked magnificent in the incredible weather. it will be open again on Sat 14th July which will be the last time Raymond will be opening his garden to the public.

Raymond in his amazing garden 

The old barn of White Coppice Farm is now Raymond and Linda's living room

Sat  07  Jul 2018
I was out enjoying a sunny cycle ride when I arrived in Adlington to see that the Adlington & District Carnival was on. I was so nice to stop and enjoy the spectacle with masses of spectators and very imaginative displays. Big thanks to the participants and organisers who made it possible. It was also nice to see Kate, the Adlington & District Carnival Queen 2018 being chauffer driven.

Kate, the Adlington & District Carnival Queen 2018 
Wed  04  Jul 2018
At this eveningís Wigan Archaeological Society meeting at the Brocket Arms we had a presentation and demonstration of Flint Knapping by society member Ashley Brogan.
Tue  03  Jul 2018
Out for a lovely sunny bike ride to Billinge. On the way passed the Chorley Edible Garden on Preston Streert.

In the Edible Garden

Stocks near Billinge
Sun  01  Jul 2018
At midday cycled to Brindle Village Hall for the unveiling of a plaque to dedicate the adjacent site as a ĎCentenary Fieldí. It is part of a nationwide initiative aimed at securing recreational spaces in perpetuity in honour of the millions of people who lost their lives in WW1. The plaque was unveiled by Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Chorley MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. There was also the excellent Wingates Brass Band, historical displays and top quality refreshments, especially the cakes!


Wingates Brass Band


Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP

For the first time in living memory the pond at High Cop Farm Brindle has dried up.

Walked to the Whittle & Clayton-le-Woods War Memorial in the sunshine to spend a few minutes at 07:30am remembering those who fought and died at the WW1 Battle of the Somme which started at 07:30am 1916, 102 years ago.

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