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Sun 21 Apr 2024

Coming in to land at Kathmandu.
Sat 20 Apr 2024
Off to Nepal to do some trekking.

Bus stop, Whittle-le-Woods

Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport.
Tue 16 Apr 2024
Set off walking at 05:40 heading for Wheelton & bus to Blackburn. I was in Wheelton earlier than I thought so continued walking to Higher Wheelton and Bett lane where i caught the 06:55 bus to Blackburn Bus Station. Walked to Eanam Wharf to join the canal and continued walking along the canal heading to Town Lane. It was pleasant walking and when I reached Whins Bridge I noticed workmen inside the Pumping Station. I walked over for a look and it was interesting to see the two pumps that I oversaw the installation of in 1972. Today they were fitting a new pump.

Bus to Blackburn.

Blackburn bus station.


Mooring ring by old Gas Works, now Silverwood.

Whins Bridge Pumping Station.

Pumps in 1972

Pumps today.
I walked up to Whins Lane and on to Hall’s Square to see Gwen & Heather at Jack’s. I left them 6 copies of jack’s booklet to give to family and friends. They gave me a drawing Jack had done in 1972 of Ollerton Bridge no 3 on the Canal. It was in an old frame. Walked home.
Gwen & Heather.

Ollerton Bridge no3 by Jack Sharples 1972.
Mon 15 Apr 2024
Afternoon cycled up to Brindle ROC Bunker to meet Michael around 14:00. The reason was to try using the GZI (Ground Zero Indicator) as a pinhole camera and try to take some photos. I’d taken dishes and processing chemicals in my bike panniers and set them up on a table down in the bunker. My head torch set to red was darkroom safe so it wouldn't affect the print paper. I loaded the GZI under a red light with some small test pieces of paper. Then reassembled the unit, lifted up the shaft and bolted onto the mount. I’d had to reduce the existing 3.5mm dia holes down to 1mm dia by taping over some drilled thin metal. There are 4 hols for north, east, south & west. The GZI was unbolted and lower back down the shaft where I removed the paper and processed it in the dish. The first test wasn't a success as it was fogged. I re-loaded the GZI for north & south apertures and we repeated the test. This time with more success with a reasonable image visible.


Developing dishes.
DUnfortunately the image coverage was reduced. I reloaded the GZI with a full sheet in each of the 4 cradles and after boltong on the mount took 4 exposures of 60 seconds each. I then developed each of the sheets. All the equipment was hauled back up onto the surface where I poached the trays into the paniers and cycled home into strong winds.
Developing the prints.

South view.

North view.
Sat 13 Apr 2024
Walked to Shaw Hill bus stop to catch Bolton bus at 05:53. Then to Walker Fold Road and walked home over Winter Hill & Great Hill.

On the bus.

Track to the Old Colliery.

Using the Custom_Maps app on my phone I had a calibrated map of the Winter Hill aircraft site showing the plane fragments. The green arrow is my location near the first impact point.

Looking down to St Peter's at Belmont.
Descending through the woods near Brinscall I found this mobile phone on the muddy track. I put it in a visible position and thankfully as I descended 2 mountain bikers were pushing bikes back up the track. "Have you seen a mobile phone?” Yes, it's about 50m up the track.
Lost phone is found.
Sat 06 Apr 2024
Afternoon bus to Chorley then walked to Chorley Football Ground for a commemoration get-together for Ian Bagshaw who died recently. Ian was born in Apr 1945 and for part of his career worked for the Ministry of Defence. He was also a well know speaker on local history and the official historian for Chorley Football Club

Ian Bagshaw.

Ian and display.

Social Club at Chorley Football Club.

Social Club at Chorley Football Club.
Fri 05 Apr 2024
At B&D Print Services Leyland to arrange printing of memorial booklet for Jack Sharples.

Thu 04 Apr 2024
New central heating boiler fitted. Thanks George.

Out with the old

New baxi boiler.

Hive controller.

Bew central heating boiler fitted. Thanks George.

Tue 02 Apr 2024
Family and friends gathered at Pleasington Crematorium this afternoon to say our final farewell to Stuart Whalley (1934-2024) of Abbey Village. Stuart was a farmer and in his younger days also ran some shops at the same time. He was also one of the longest serving members of Chorley Historical Society
Stuart's first home was Marl Pits Farm in Wheelton but when Stuart was one, the family moved to Roddlesworth Farm in Withnell.
He attended Abbey Village School but his school reports were not good. After one report Stuart’s father was required to write a comment. He wrote ‘Poor bugger!’
Stuart met Irene, his future wife, at a local dance. After they were married they moved to a farm at Donnington Park in Derbyshire, where Stuart worked as the farm manager. He didn’t stay long and returned to Lower Roddlesworth Farm.
In addition to farming he bought his first greengrocer shop in Blackburn, selling fruit, veg and fresh fish.
Every morning Stuart would get up to tend to the farm before going off to the wholesale market in Blackburn for 5.30am to pick up the fruit and veg, then to Blackburn railway station to buy the fish, which had just arrived fresh off the train.
He also became a keen metal detectorist and was a member of Chorley Archaeological Society and enjoyed going out and about in his local area with his metal detector.
While out detecting with his friend Richard Forkasiewicz in 1971 they found a hoard of 59 silver coins which became known as the Tockholes Hoard. They reported the find and after a spell in the British Museum they eventually found their way back to Blackburn Museum, where some are on display.

Pleasington Crematorium.
When Stuart found the coins there were also fragments of a pot and it is thought that the hoard was originally buried in this vessel around 1223. The coins are from the reign of Richard I, John, Henry III and William the Lion of Scotland.



Stuart in 2019

Excavating the old tram road route in Bamber Bridge in 1990

Afterwards at the Royal Arms, Tockholes.

Stuart at school with Harry Scambler.

One of Stuart's finds from the Tockholes Hoard.
A Henry III silver penny c1250.Museum.

The Tockholes Hoard.
Mon 01 Apr 2024
Bank Holiday Monday.
Trying some exposure tests with a home made pinhole camera.

In the darkroom Mixing chemicals and doing some print processing tests to establish exposures with pinhole camera. Camera made from cardboard box. Pinhole is 1mm dia drilled into piece of tin can. Using print paper in place of film.

New bus stop at St John's
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