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Tue 31 Dec 2019
Drove to Seathwaite, Cumbria and left car in farmer's field then walked up via Styhead to camp and bring in the New Year.
Camp near Lambfoot Dub looking at Great Gable in the sunshine.

Some whisky miniatures Santa left

Whisky and cake.
Sun 29 Dec 2019

Another cycle ride to White Coppice for another go at photographic the lights
Cycling home saw this view of the Mormon Temple and setting crescent moon from Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods.
Sat 28 Dec 2019
Evening cycle ride to White Coppice. Took a photo of the lights and tree on the approach to White Coppice Farm.
Fri 27 Dec 2019
A special treat for our late family Christmas meal was a present from my friend Charlie. He's baked a Delia Smiths deluxe Dundee Christmas cake fed liberally with 12 year old single malt.

A late family Christmas meal.

Dundee Christmas cake.
Wed 25 Dec 2019 Christmas Day
This morningís Christmas Day walk through Whittle-le-Woods was deserted. I stopped at the Whittle & Clayton-le-Woods War memorial to take a photo and remember those who died during the two World Wars and continuing conflicts around the World.
Tue 24 Dec 2019
For over 40 years the "Carols Around the Tree" Christmas Eve celebrations at the Wheelton Memorial/Clock Tower have been held. Tue 24th Dec 2019 saw another large crowd of visitors arrive to enjoy carol singing, Christmas readings, nativity presentation and live music. As I walked home I stopped to admire the festive lights on Top Lock House by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Carols by the tree


Live music


Top Lock House

Top Lock House
Sun 22 Dec 2019
Today is the Winter Solstice and shortest day. Our Whittle-le-Woods Christmas tree on Waterhouse Green may not be as big as some but we have two amazing trees in the same location.
Sat 21 Dec 2019
This morning I was walking along the old railway line to the west of Peebles in the Scottish Borders. The main purpose was to investigate the old railway tunnel cut through the rocks to the south of the River Tweed. It is about 600m long and the lining is interesting because the bottom half is masonry and the upper arch in brick.
Skew arch bridge
Where the tunnel emerges to the west the line crosses the River Tweed by a seven skew arch masonry bridge that was opened in 1864. It closed in 1954. The railway could have been constructed along the side of the river but the land was owned by Lord Elgin and he would only allow the construction if it was through a tunnel so wasnít visible from his estate. The form of blackmail was fairly common in the early days of railway construction.
West tunnel entrance

Neidpath Railway Viaduct
opened 1864 - closed 1954
Designed by Peebles resident
Mr Robert Murray
One of the finest skew arch
constructions in Scotland.

Returning across the bridge

Inside the tunnel looking east

Inside the tunnel showing lower wall in masonry & upper in brick.
This eveningís view of Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods below the bridge over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The red lines are the tail lights of a passing car during the 10sec exposure.
Sun 15 Dec 2019

Congratulations to all those who took part in the Lord Nelson, Clayton-le-Woods to The Roebuck, Whittle-le-Woods Santa Dash. It was a chilly afternoon but a bit of sunshine made it ideal running and walking conditions.

Too cosy in the Lord Nelson

Santas setting off from the Lord Nelson

Dashing past the Millstone Monument

Dashing past the Dog Inn

End of the dash at The Roebuck
Evening cycle ride via Riley Green and Hoghton. I stopped at Horrobin Fold Farm to take a photo of their annual illuminated tree by the A675. I was hoping to get a sharp photo but Mother Nature had other ideas and a strong winds caused the tree to sway & blur the lights. Never mind.
Sat 14 Dec 2019
This eveningís view of Top Lock House and its Christmas decorations is interesting because it spans three parishes. The bridge and trees to the left are in Whittle-le-Woods. The house itself and towpath are in Brindle and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in the foreground, plus me taking the photo, are in Heapey.
Fri 13 Dec 2019
This Friday evening is the Whittle-le-Woods Christmas Extravaganza at the Roebuck by Waterhouse Green. It is in aid of St Catherine's Hospice and also in memory of the wonderful Jayne Rae who died recently. Jayne worked very hard in bringing our community together and although she is no longer here her hard work is still going ahead. Emma Jade Rae, Jayneís daughter, will be at the event and earlier in the evening a BBC TV film team of Naomi Cornwell and cameraman Rob were filming

Well House interior 

Outside the Roebuck

Emma Jade Rae in front of the camera
Rob the cameraman and reporter Naomi Cornwell
Thu 12 Dec 2019
Drove home from my walk from Alston to Slaggyford then walked to Village Hall to vote in the General Election

Polling Station, Whittle-le-Woods

Polling Station in the Village Hall.
The first time I've voted in the dark
Wed 11 Dec 2019
Drove to Southlands School Chorley to help during the morning with giving final year students mock interviews.

Southlands High School Chorley

Interviews in the old gym. They now have a new one.
Tue 10 Dec 2019
Our Christmas Tree on Waterhouse Green blew over this morning. The trunk snapped at the base. It was re-erected by the evening.

Our tree blew down

The bank stabilising wall by the River Lostock is now finished

Snapped at the base 
Sun 08 Dec 2019

Afternoon Steve called and we drove in my car to Belmont Road, Tockholes and had walk to ruins of Hollinshead Hall and the well House. Had a look in field below where Stuart Whalley found the Tockholes Hoard of silver coins in 1973.

Hollinshead Hall Well House

Well House interior 

Door detail

1960s walkers from the George Birtill archive
Evening cycle ride via Riley Green and Hoghton. I stopped at Horrobin Fold Farm to take a photo of their annual illuminated tree by the A675. I was hoping to get a sharp photo but Mother Nature had other ideas and a strong winds caused the tree to sway & blur the lights. Never mind.

Morning cycled to Pleasington Crematorium grounds to plot H were Dadís ashes are. Today is his birthday.
On the way back photographed the boundary stone at Moulden Brow to mark Blackburn Hundred and Leyland Hundred.

Pleasington Crematorium

Moulden Brow boundary stone
Sat 07 Dec 2019

A dark damp evening can provide some interesting subjects for the camera. The Leeds and Liverpool canal towpath at Town Lane Bridge, Whittle-le-Woods by the old toll house is a subject Iíve photographed before. I used my bike lamp to illuminate the cobbles from a low angle and create interesting shadows.

Unveiling of the information board 20th May 2015

Damaged information board 7th Dec 2019
Cycled past the Reservoir monument by the A6 Clayton Green roundabout. I was disappointed to see that the Information Board that was unveiled on 20th May 2015 has now been vandalise.
Fri 06 Dec 2019

St John's Church, Whittle-le-Woods illuminated by the street lights
Wed 04 Dec 2019
We had a full turnout for the Whittle-le-Woods, Senior Citizensí Christmas Party in the Village Hall. It was a cold sunny day outside but nice and cosy inside with glasses of mulled wine to warm everyone up. Before the meal we were treated to an excellent performance of Christmas carols sung the local school choir. Our guest of honour was the Mayor of Chorley Hasina Khan and her consort Mr Zafar Khan. A huge thanks go to our dedicated band of helpers who served the sumptuous 75 Christmas meal to our Senior Citizens. It was all organised and funded by the Village Hall Trustees with present for everyone.

Village Hall

Village Hall interior 

Mayor of Chorley Hasina Khan, Cllr Eric Bell & Mayor's consort Mr Zafar Khan 

Margaret serving up.

Amazing helpers

Mince pies

Presents for all.
Sun 01 Dec 2019
It was a great frosty evening for the switch on of the Whittle-le-Woods Christmas Tree lights. Carols and the Brass Band started the evening then after the 6pm countdown the lights were turned on by Emma Jade Rae. An added bonus that many may have missed was the 18:13 pass of the ISS (International Space Station) which made its second appearance of the evening as its orbit passed overhead. It could be seen as a bright light 150miles above our Christmas tree travelling at 17,100 mph.

Brass Band 

Mulled wine 
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