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Mon 24 Feb 2020

Above Tay village of Ha Thanh.

Excellent food.

Our excellent guide Thanh.
Sun 23 Feb 2020
A day walking tour around Hanoi. Vietnam.

In the market.

Railway Bridge & walkway built by the French 1899-1902. Designed by French Architect Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame

In the market.

Sat 22 Feb 2020
Heading for Vietnam to do some trekking. This flight from Manchester is my first time on an Airbus A380.

Airbus A380 interior.

Airbus A380 from the tail camera.
Tue 18 Feb 2020
On my morning walk saw that Preston Rd (A6) was closed by the police. There had been an incident at the junction with Dawson Rd higher up. The Lancashire Evening Post used my photos via their reporter Matthew Calderbank.
An extract is below:
At around 12.45am yesterday (Tuesday, February 18) police were following a Citroen Berlingo car in Sheep Hill Lane, Clayton-le-Woods.
Officers pursued the car for around three miles before a stinger was deployed to stop the Citroen close to the junction of Preston Road and Dawson Lane in Whittle-le-Woods.
A police spokesman said: "As the Citroen slowed it veered across the carriageway and collided with a stationary police van, hitting a police officer standing by the vehicle.
North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) attended the scene to treat the two injured police officers.
The road remained closed for more than five hours whilst an investigation took place, before reopening at 6am

View from top of School Brow..
Vehicle outline markers at Dawson Ln.
Sun 16 Feb 2020
Early afternoon went for cycle ride. First part in strong wind and hail but hail soon stopped. Rode to Adlington and Park Rd over the Leeds & Liverpool canal. The reason was to see how the Adlington Walk information board has survived after official opening on Sun 3rd Jun 2007 by MP Lindsay Hoyle. The board looked surprisingly good after almost 13 years.

Sun 3rd Jun 2007

The view today.

Cycling home there was some flooding by Anglezarke Reservoir.
Sat 15 Feb 2020

Morning drove to South Ribble Museum Leyland to presentation by Bernard Fleming about the Brindle Workhouse.

Bernard Fleming.

South Ribble Museum, Leyland main exhibition room.
Dr David Hunt on the right.

South Ribble Museum, Leyland reception room.
Fri 14 Feb 2020
Walked from Scout Road, Bolton to Whimberry Hill to look for tunnel Derek Cartwright told me about. The co-ordinates were correct for the entrance and I found it no problem. A low entrance and muddy at fist. Height was about 1m and further on a right turn then long length of tunnel and left turn in the distance.
Tunnel entrance.

First length of tunnel.

Looking out to the entrance.

Another bend in the distance.

Then walked down into Shaley Dingle to re-visit the datestone showing list of dates of 1805, 1912, 1922 and recently added 2011..

Today's stone.

View 2nd Jun 2007.

Today's view
Wed 12 Feb 2020
Caught the bus to Horwich then walked back home via Winter Hill, Great Hill & White Coppice. The weather forecast was wintry at times it was horizontal hail. Very windy and cold. 19km total distance.


Deteriorating path.

On 9 November 1838 George Henderson, a Scottish merchant walking over the hill from Horwich to Blackburn, was murdered by gunshot. A monument was erected in 1912.

Another memorial to the Air Disaster.

The Winter Hill air disaster occurred on 27 February 1958 when a flight from the Isle of Man crashed into Winter Hill. Thirty-five people died but there were seven survivors.

Winter Hill transmitting mast commissioned in 1966. The main mast structure is 309.48 metres (1,015.4 ft) tall.

Hardy walkers battle the wind on Spitlers Edge.
Tue 11 Feb 2020
During the early hours a tree blew down across the Preston Road (A6), Whittle-le-Woods near the entrance to Shaw Hill Golf Club. The road was completely blocked but Council workmen were soon on site to remove the tree. The team worked hard to cut it up and by 9:30am the road was open again.


Evening cycled to Chorley Historical Society at Trinity last meeting there as moving next month. Saw a fabulous presentation by Dr Mark Lambert on the Development of the Book.

Dr Mark Lambert

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam title Edward FitzGerald gave to his 1859 translation from Persian to English of a selection of quatrains (poems) attributed to
Omar Khayyam (10481131).

Re bound 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' with Illustrations by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939).

Dr Mark Lamberts books.

Illustration by Arthur Rackham

Illustration by Arthur Rackham

Illustration by Arthur Rackham
Sun 09 Feb 2020

Storm Ciara arrives in Whittle-le-Woods. Heavy rain at first then wind later.

Preston Rd. A6.

Preston Rd., A6..

Some properties on Waterhouse Green were flooded by water coming up through the floor.

Whittle-le-Woods &
Clayton-le-Woods Parish Club

Tree down across River Lostock and School Brow.


Using my new 8mm fisheye lens to include as much of the River Lostock as possible.
Sat 08 Feb 2020

Today is Dean's 70th birthday. We had a 'do' at the Withnell Fold Sports Club.

Tom and Dean.

George and lady friend.

Doug and lady friend.

George with live music.

Jon Brindley performing.
This morning I visited South Ribble Museum in Leyland for the official opening of the Lancashire Monochrome exhibition. It was opened by South Ribble Mayor Councillor Harry Hancock and his wife Marion who is Mayoress. It was good to see the curator Dr David Hunt who is now in his final year at the museum as he will be retiring in the summer. The fine selection of prints will be on display until the end of Feb.

Whittle-le-Woods &
Clayton-le-Woods Parish Club

Mayoress, Mayor, Dr David Hunt & Lancs Monochrome worker.

Dr David Hunt outside the museum.

Kathleen Ferrier

Leyland Parish Church c1890

Bamber Bridge Spinning Co. Ltd.
Fri 07 Feb 2020

Visited UU White Bull Treatment Plant new Longridge to photograph the map and window from old Ribbleton Lane Preston office.

The stained glass window from Ribbleton Ln.

The plant as it used to look.

Today its office space.

Marble map that used to be in the Ribbleton Lane foyer.

Canal at Top Lock drained for lock gate maintenance.

Canal at Top Lock drained for lock gate maintenance.

Canal at Top Lock drained for lock gate maintenance.

Canal at Top Lock drained for lock gate maintenance.
Wed 05 Feb 2020

The Whittle & Clayton-le-Woods war memorial has now had last years wreaths removed and the area tidied up.

Tue 04 Feb 2020
Ive just returned from a cold, windy & snowy few days in Scotland doing some mountain walking. On the way back this morning I called at Crichton, Midlothian to check out an underground chamber that a friend told me about. It is called the Crichton Souterrain and gave welcome shelter from the wind etc. The stonework is from various ages and some date back to Roman times and was re-roofed in the 19th century. Now I know about its construction Ill put it on my list of places to re-visit and get some better photos.


Inside looking south east

Drawings, 1883, from "Scotland in Pagan Times" by Joseph Anderson, via Site in Midlothian Scotland


Entrance passage.

Looking north.
Mon 04 Feb 2020
My birthday today.
Dark drive along A9 then to Loch Laggan and parked at Aberarder car park. Forecast was for strong winds so a good job Im just heading up the glen. The path was well made the whole way but before long it was covered in shallow snow. By the time I reached Locha Choire at 635m I could hardly stand up in the wind.

The Loch at 635m

It was low cloud blowing across the water so not much to see. Things brightened up a bit during the walk down. Half way back I saw a lone walker heading up the steep glen side. Below where hes started was a mountain bike propped up my a tree with fresh tracks. Back at the car I drove back to Balsporran Cottages car park for the night and enjoy a mini iced cake for my birthday.

The Loch at 635m

Birthday celebrations
Sun 02 Feb 2020

Sgor Gaoith summit 1,118m.

Sat 01 Feb 2020
On the way to Scotland to do some walking. Called at Chrichton Castle.
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