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Thu 31 Mar 2022

A lovely sunset seen while cycling along Marsh Lane, Brindle.
Wed 30 Mar 2022
Morning cycled to Chorley. Bought Lancashire Haggis from Brown’s butchers and also a tin of Scottish Haggis from Booths.

Scottish and English Haggis.
Sun 27 Mar 2022

Mid morning cycled to Pleasington Crematorium plot H as today is Mother's Day. Cycling home called at Withnell Fold & had butty on Mum's bench.

Pleasington Crematorium.

Plot 'H' at Pleasington Crematorium.

Mum's bench at Withnell Fold.
Sat 26 Mar 2022
This afternoon I went for a walk across Anglezarke Moors with the Wirchish Walks group led by Mark. Part of the route is usually a squelchy bog but the recent dry weather made the going relatively easy. After reaching the prominent Bowl Barrow mound I returned to Jepson’s Gate and was treated to a very colourful sunset.

Stark treescape below Rushy Brow.

Winter Hill from the ‘Round Loaf’ barrow.

Sunset from Jepson’s Gate.
Wed 23 Mar 2022

Sunrise across Loch Lyon.
Glen Lyon in Scotland's Perth and Kinross is the longest enclosed glen in Scotland (34 miles). Sir Walter Scott described it as the "longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland". To the west the road ends by the Loch Lyon dam but a track continues up towards the remote Glen Cailliche. I trekked the 6 miles there to visit a small stone shieling (hut) called Tigh Nam Bodach (house of the old man) and sometimes Tigh Nan Cailleach (house of the old woman). It is the only surviving shrine to the goddess Cailleach.
Inside the building are a family of water-worn sandstones roughly shaped in human forms. The largest stone represents the Cailleach, while others represent her husband Bodach "the old man" , their daughter Nighean and other small children. The stone family only live in the sheiling from Samhain 31st Oct (or 1st Nov) to Beltane 1st May, the two Celtic festivals that mark the end and beginning of summer.
Offerings on the roof.
Traditionally, local people walked up the glen to take the Cailleach and her stone family out of their house on Beltane, and in Samhain (Halloween) they are returned indoors for the winter. I set off early and was treated to a very colourful sunrise across Loch Lyon.

Cailleach and her stone family.

Tigh Nan Cailleach (house of the old woman).
Tue 22 Mar 2022
An interesting trek up Casteal Dubh this morning. The summit trig post is at 779m (2,556ft) and a concrete cylinder of the Vanesta design. There are plenty in Scotland but I've not seen any in England.

River Lyon in Glen Lyon.
After completing my climb I drove to the western end of Glen Lyon to spend the night before an early start tomorrow for a walk to the ‘Stone Family’.
Mon 21 Mar 2022

Back in Scotland to do some walking. This is the memorial stone at the car park at the top of the “Rest And Be Thankful” on the A83.

Ben Donich summit trig post this afternoon.
Sun 20 Mar 2022

Just before surise.

Drinkwater's Farm ruins.
Sat 19 Mar 2022
I've escaped to my 'Happy Place' camp on the edge of Anglezarke Moor above White Coppice, Lancs. I can see PendleHill through the haze but last week's long distance views of Whernside & Ingleborough have vanished. I'm in my Hilleberg Soulo & trying a 'top tip' I heard about on the Wild Camping site. Wrapping the top guy lines around the poles & working well so far.

Camp adjacent to Jack's shelter.

Just before sunset.
Fri 18 Mar 2022
Drove to the Slaidburn Archive Heritage centre to see Helen to collect some negatives she told me about a while ago that they’d like digitising.


Slaidburn Archive.

Slaidburn Archive.
The Angel Stone or Angel in Boots.

The Angel Stone.

Illustration by Ben Edwards.
I returned to the new Whittle Surgery on Preston Road to take a few more photos before it opens to patients next week. The official handover was Thu 17th March but staff and builders are still busy getting everything ready. There is an entrance at road level by the Preston Road bus stop then lift/stairs up to the main reception and waiting area. The main car park is at the rear and another entrance into the reception/waiting area.
Preston Road entrance.

Car park entrance.

Whittle Surgery.

Whittle Surgery.

Whittle Surgery.

Whittle Surgery.

Thu 17 Mar 2022
The brand new Whittle Surgery building on Preston Rd is now complete. Over the next couple of days the old Surgery will move to the new premises. Owned and built by Chorley Council.

Pictured: Cllr Mark Clifford, Neville Whitham, and Leader of Chorley Council, Alistair Bradley.

Wed 16 Mar 2022
Evening drove to Todmorden Town Hall to give a presentation to the Todmorden Photographic Society. It was very interesting having a look inside the building. I was in a side committee room.

Todmorden Town Hall.

The main hall.

The main hall.

Todmorden Town Hall.

View of Todmorden from Meadow Bottom c1840 painted 1914.

Sat 12 Mar 2022
I've just trekked up to my new 'Happy Place' camp on Anglezarke Moor, Lancs. The view is tremendous & some visible hills are Whernside, Ingleborough, Pen-Y-Ghent, Pendle, Darwen Tower & several others. To be accurate I'm just on Wheelton Moor but it doesn't sound as exotic.

First camp by Jack's Hut. 

First camp by Jack's Hut.
Thu 10 Mar 2022

Andy Zaltzman

Evening bus to Chorley and Chorley Little Theatre (Empire) to see Andy Zaltzman: Satirist For Hire.
Andy Zaltzman: Satirist For Hire

Wed 09 Mar 2022
I’ve been fascinated by the various Antarctic Expeditions since I was at primary School in the 1950s where we had a book in the library about Scott of the Antarctic. However, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914–1917 is of the most interest to me. Captn Scott and 4 of this team died on their expedition in March 1912 but the Trans Antarctic expeditions leader was Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874 – 1922) and the only fatality then was the ship's cat. The weather was against Shckleton and his ship the Endurance was crushed in the ice and sank in Nov 1915. By hauling the lifeboats over the ice and a hazardous open sea crossing to South Georgia Shackleton and all 28 crew from the Endurance survived. When Shackleton was advertising for members for the expedition the advert read “Men Wanted for hazardous journey. Constant danger, safe return doubtful.” He was inundated with applicants. The photographer was Frank Hurley OBE (1885–1962).
I knew a team were looking for the wreck of the endurance and heard on this morning's news (Wed 9th mar 2022) that they had located her 3,000m down on the bed of the Weddell Sea. The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust (FMHT), used a South African icebreaker, Agulhas II, which is equipped with remotely operated submersibles. I saw the first images of the Endurance this morning. Astonishing!

Wreck of the Endurance 3,000m down in the Weddell Sea.

Wreck of the Endurance 3,000m down in the Weddell Sea.

The Endurance.

Crushed in the ice Nov 1915.

Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874 – 1922)

Cutting a flat area by Jack's shelter on Great Hill.
Mon 07 Mar 2022
A belated retirement award was presented to Dr David Hunt at the Leyland Historical Society meeting at the Leyland Civic Centre on Mon 07th Mar 2022. The Society President, Elizabeth Shorrock, presented Dr Hunt with an engraved bowl in recognition of his work at the South Ribble Museum, publishing and general historical work in the area.

Elizabeth Shorrock & Dr Hunt

David checks the inscription.
Sat 05 Mar 2022

Evening view of the M65 from Marsh Lane, Brindle while out on bike.

Chorley Flying Arches on the railway cutting near Hartwood.

Chorley Flying Arches on the railway cutting near Hartwood.
Fri 04 Mar 2022
Called at rear of Red Lion Pub Wheelton to photograph location of car photographed by Eddie Hodkinson pre WW1

4th Mar 2022.
Wed 02 Mar 2022

Horwich Home Guard, Wallsuches. 

Afternoon visit to Horwich Heritage Centre.

Right photo:
WW2 Victory celebrations, Winter St led by 4th Horwich Scouts. Scoutmaster 'Pop' Payne.

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