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Fri 29 Sep 2023

An evening walk by The Paddock and recuperation bench.

Wed 27 Sep 2023

Someone has cut down the Iconic Sycamore Gap Tree on Hadrian's Wall.
This photo is from Mar 2016
My good Muriel Sharples of Whittle-le-Woods died this morning at the age of 88. She had been ill in recent months. Muriel was the widow of Jack Sharples, another special friend. Jack died in Sep 2017 also at the age of 88. The photo is Eric Bell and Muriel at the Whittle-le-Woods Senior Citizens' Christmas Lunch 7 th Dec 2022. Eric Bell and Muriel at the Dec 2022 Christmas meal in the Village Hall.
Tue 26 Sep 2023

Today is Steve's birthday. He is away camping in Yorkshire near Settle.

Dug out my old 1968 vinyl 45rpm copy of Hush by Deep Purple.
Mon 25 Sep 2023
Keith called to rewire garage and fit new sockets and lights.

New sockets.

Fusebox rewiring.
Sat 23 Sep 2023

Sluice gates on the River Garry. Looking eery in the early morning dark.

Sunride from Leitreach,

Leitreach summit to Schiehallion in the distance.

Loch below the summit.

On the drive home called at Wallace Butchers, Moffat to collect a steak pie.

Fri 22 Sep 2023
In Scotland to do some walking. Today is along and above Loch Garry.
A memorial to Alison Halcrow who died in 2007 at the age of 41. Logs were placed on either side for sitting on. I don't know who Alison was but part of the memorial plaque says "stop a while… listen to what the trees are saying"
Alison Halcrow from an on-line Obituary.

HALCROW - ALISON. Peacefully, at Roxburghe House, Dundee, on Thursday, 7th February, 2008, after an illness borne with great courage and spirit, Alison, aged 40 years (member of staff at Perth High School), a devoted and very special mum to Tanya, loving daughter of the late Ron and Sandra Halcrow, a dearly loved sister of Carolyn and sister-in-law of Stuart, a much loved niece and cousin and a sadly missed friend. We invite all who knew Ali to join with us in a celebration of her life at Perth Crematorium, on Friday, 15th February, at 12.30pm. Family flowers only, please, but if so desired, donations will be kindly accepted at the crematorium for one of Ali's favourite charities, the Loch Garry Tree Group.

Thu 21 Sep 2023

Good fuel economy on a drive to Scotland.
Tue 19 Sep 2023

Reduced opening days at Allen's Butchers, Chapel St Chorley.

Mon 18 Sep 2023

A great evening at Brindle Historical Society about Kathleen Ferrier.

Sun 17 Sep 2023

Another open day at the Brindle Bunker.


Ground Zero Indicator


Lee, an ex ROC operative.

Sat 16 Sep 2023

Recently got my old trailer out of the garage.

Fri 15 Sep 2023

Cobden Mill, Ramsbottom.

A visit to Ramsbottom and Shuttleworth.

Thu 14 Sep 2023

Hobkirk Sewing Machines.

A visit to Hobkirk Sewing Machines, Blackburn.

Wed 13 Sep 2023
Memorials by the canal near Burnley.

Tue 12 Sep 2023
At Chorley Historical Society A.G.M. where I showed the film 'Fine Ppaermaking at Withnell Fold'

Mon 11 Sep 2023

Cake at Chorley Photographic Society.

At Chorley Photograsphic Society where there was cake.

Sat 09 Sep 2023

Heritage Open Day Weekend so my first call was at the ROC (Royal Observer Corps) Cold War Bunker on Denham Hill, Brindle. It was great to see families & children on site to climb down into the concrete chamber deep below ground. If there was a nuclear incident then observers would live here to monitor & report.


100th year Anniversary of Brindle Community Hall, Lancs.
Opening by Wiliam de Hamel.
The actual centenary was the 18th Aug 2023.

William de Hamel opens the event.

The Maypole. 

Fri 08 Sep 2023

A visit to the Preston HSBC.

Fitted rear view camera on bike.

Thu 07 Sep 2023

Bargain veg for £1.5 at Lidle.

I was on the 125 Preston bus and noticed a new digital display. It helpfully showed us the time, date and location coordinates. Unfortunately the time display was GMT and as we are currently on British summer time it showed 13:50 when it was 14:50. The latitude / longitude coordinates were constantly changing as we moved along so I’m not sure why the bus company thought we needed to know this.

Time / date.

Latitude in decimal degrees

Longitude in decimal degrees.
Wed 06 Sep 2023

Wild flowers and metal 'thing'.

Tue 05 Sep 2023

Before concreting.

After concreting.

Tapping into the lower spring in the garden.

Spring water.
Mon 04 Sep 2023
Tonight was the first Chorley Photographic Society meeting of the new season. We were treated to a fascinating presentation by Paul Statter DPAGB EFIAP who was originally a member of Chorley P.S. but then moved to Wigan 10. His presentation “Soul to Soul” covered Street Photography and Creative Photography. He also spoke of his initial inspiration from photos taken by his father who repaired Spitfires during WW2. His Street Photography was also inspired by several photographers including the American street photographer Vivian Maier (1926-2009) whose work was unpublished during her lifetime. It was also fascinating to hear that he was also familiar with the work of the Wigan artist Theodore Major (1908–1999) whose paintings were shown to Chorley Photographic Society members in the 1970s & 80s as one of out members, Alan Rogerson, was a friend of Theo and would show us colour slides of this work.

Paul's final words reminded us that:
When people fade all that's left are memories.
When memories fade all that's left are photographs.

Paul Statter at C.P.S.

One of Paul's images that he said broke all the rules yet has done very well.
Sun 03 Sep 2023
Great to see stage 1 of the Tour of Britain bike race live (Sun 3rd Sep 2022) on TV. They've climbed the brutal "Rake" in Ramsbottom on their way to Belmont & Rivington. All roads I'm familiar with.

Ramsbottom 'Rake'.

Climbing out of Belmont.
Sat 02 Sep 2023

Today I am thinking of my great friend Jack Sharples (1929-2017) of Whittle-le-Woods who died exactly 6 years ago on Sat 2nd Sep 2017 at home at the age of 88.

An early morning view of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee (2012) plaque on Waterhouse Green. Carved by Jack.

Slow rear puncture and tyre starting to bulge this evening. Tomorrow fixed puncture. Removed old Maxxis 700 23c m-203-3 Detonator tyre (298gr). Fitted Schwalbe Lugano II 700x23c (250gr) I got it from Merlin cycles 28/3/22 as a replacement for another that started to bulge.


New tyre.
Fri 01 Sep 2023

A pleasant evening for a bike ride via Holt Ln Brindle.
Looking out across the Irish Sea.

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