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Sun 30 Jan 2022
 
A dark rainy evening may not be everyone's idea of a good time to go for a walk before tea but it does give a different view from daylight. I used my head torch to illuminate the old Toll building and Town Lane Bridge on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The original was in colour but I thought B&W suited the mood better.
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Cycled to Brinscall Woods near Brinscall Hall to check out the ruins in the recent Netflix series ‘Stay Close’ some of the scenes were filmed around here.
Adjacent are the ruins of Woodside Cottage which I photographed as I had a copy of a drawing when the property was occupied.


Woodside Cottage.

Woodside Cottage.

Today's view of the ruin.

Screen grab from the TV programme 'Stay Close'
 
Sat 29 Jan 2022
 
WA late family Christmas meal. The first time in a long time.
   
 
Fri 28 Jan 2022
 
Some of the old cast iron gas mains in Whittle-le-Woods are being replaced with polyethylene pipes that come on huge rolls then welded together. Wherven possible the new pipes are being threaded through the old ones. This view of a huge roll of 125mm dia pipe was taken on this morning's walk. The light streaks on the right are the 125 bus heading for Preston.
Wed 26 Jan 2022
Went for a walk down to Folly Terrace, Crawshawbooth to photograph the collapsing causeway and sunken old colliery tram road.

Sunken tramway. 

Old cart on the lane. 
 
Tue 25 Jan 2022
 
Very sad to hear of the death of Barry Cryer (23 Mar 1935–25 Jan 2022). I’ve loved his humour for as long as I can remember.
Sun 23 Jan 2022
Morning drove to MyVue Blackburn to see the film 'Belfast' by Kenneth Branagh. It's mostly b&w and semi-autobiographical of his youth in the late 1960s troubled Northern Ireland. It's scary in places with lovely emotional attachments between 3 generations of the family. The acting and cinematography are also rather good.

MyVue Blackburn
 
 
l to r.
Jamie Dornan as "Pa", Buddy's father,
Ciarán Hinds as "Pop", Buddy's grandfather,
Jude Hill as Buddy,
Judi Dench as "Granny", Buddy's grandmother.
Mon 17 Jan 2022
 
Walked to Withnell Fold along a very muddy canal towpath. Met Paul O’Gorman of Radio Lancashire there shortly after 10am. We did a short 3min piece on the history of the village. Then got a lift off him to Birchin Lane and we did another piece about the weeping stone then the crossroads. Drove on to whittle Spinney to the St Hellen’s Well celtic cross that Jack Sharples carved.
Paul O'Gorman by the stocks
at Withnell Fold. 

Paul O’Gorman of Radio Lancashire

St Helen's Well memorial cross over the years.
Carved by Jack Sharples.
   
The full (Wolf) Moon setting behind St John’s Church, Whittle-le-Woods this morning. Thin clouds caused a colourful halo.
 
Sun 09 Jan 2022
 
This evening I was out for a wander along the Back Lane woodland path, Clayton-le-Woods. There are a couple of ponds and viewing platforms and I thought a photo by torchlight would be interesting.
Fri 07 Jan 2022
 
This evening's view of Johnson’s Hillock locks on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Whittle-le-Woods.
Thu 06 Jan 2022
 
I’ve walked past this spot many times while walking through Whittle-le-Woods and have been intrigued by the shadows the streetlights shining through the fence cast onto the grass. The location is the cricket field with St John’s Church in the background. If anyone is interested the exposure was 30seconds at f8, iso 800 asa.
Tue 04 Jan 2022
 

Lock Farm on Town Lane before the Christmas lights were turned off.
Inconsiderate parking on Town Lane.
Sat 01 Jan 2022
 
My first wild camp of the year was on Hurst Hill, Anglezarke Moor, Lancashire (Fri 31 Dec 2021/Sat 01 Jan 2022) to watch the fireworks displays over Chorley and bring in the New Year of 2022. I’m so glad I was in my Hilleberg Soulo tent as the wind was very strong where I was at 306m (1,004ft). In the morning a small gap appeared in the cloud behind the Winter HIll transmitter mast allowing me to see the first sunrise of the year.
First breakfast of the year.
Coffee, pasta & haggis.

2022 fireworks over Chorley.

First wild camp of 2022 in my Hilleberg Soulo tent

Winter Hill sunrise behind the transmitter masts.
 
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