Sunday, September 21, 2014

Squirrel with conker

I was just sorting through some photographs from 2003 and came across this shot of a squirrel in Nottinghamshire with a conker in its mouth.

A contribution to Saturday Critters and Camera Critters.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ABC Wednesday: J is for
Jutland Street, Manchester

Still cobbled (or more accurately stone-sett), Jutland Street is supposedly the steepest street in Manchester. It leads off Store Street and crosses the Ashton Canal before ending on Ducie Street.

Here is how it looked in 1996. Photograph © Aidan O'Rourke and used with permission.

This is the view looking down towards Store Street from the top of the canal bridge.

Looking east from the bridge is Paradise Wharf on the Ashton Canal. The narrowboat "Moorhen" is moored by the canalside apartments at the end of an aqueduct which carries the canal over Store Street towards Great Ancoats or as it now prefers to be called, New Islington.

Looking west from the bridge is Ducie Wharf where the Ashton Canal ends by turning right under Ducie Street into the Rochdale Canal. The towpath here under the shelter of the highrise apartments are home to a number of Manchester's rough sleepers and their canine companions. Beyond the car parks on the left is Piccadilly Station.

A contribution to
Outdoor Wednesday;
Water World Wednesday;
ABC Wednesday;
Skywatch Friday;
Weekend Reflections.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Flowerbeds at Victoria Park, Denton

Last week when I was walking through Victoria Park I couldn't help but notice this gorgeous display of mainly yellow flowers.

See how it looked in February.

In the background is a mural which was painted on the wall of Denton Pool (Swimming Baths) in 2000. It was conceived by David Vaughn and commissoned by the Denton Town Twinning Association. It serves to commemorate both the second millenniumm and the continuing friendship between the people of Denton and Montigny le Brettoneux.

For a better view of the mural see my post of March 26th 2012.

A contribution to Monday Murals and Monday Mellow Yellows.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

ABC Wednesday: H is for
Hetherington's Private Dining Rooms

Hetherington's Private Dining Rooms stands on the corner of Pollard Street and Boond Street in the New Islington area of Manchester.

This building dates from 1889 and was built as a private dining rooms for John Hetherington & Sons of Vulcan Works, Pollard Street. It was designed by Stott & Sons, the Oldham & Manchester architects who were noted cotton mill architects. The building control plans survive in the care of Manchester City Council. The Private Dining Rooms would not have been a works canteen but would have been for the directors and entertaining of customers. The dining room itself occupied the raised ground floor, above a semi-basement, and had large windows; the diners would have been able to keep an eye on comings and goings at the works! The top storey was a flat for the caretaker, but the plans do not state what the first floor was used for, possibly this was the kitchen with the basement being used for storage. There was a hoist serving all floors. The structure is divided into four bays by steel girders supported by cast-iron columns which have spiral decoration to the capitals.

It has been empty since at least 1999 but so far has remarkably survived while other buildings in the area have been demolished or restored.

A contribution to
Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors;
Rubbish Tuesday;
ABC Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ABC Wednesday: G is for
Glossop Station Garden

Glossop station in Derbyshire is the terminus of a line from Manchester Piccadilly. The garden on the banking was created in 2011 by members of Friends of Glossop Station.

This view is from a train awaiting departure.

A contribution to
Our World Tuesday;
Outdoor Wednesday;
ABC Wednesday;
Good Fences.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hamlet with pigeons: a caption competition

This statuette is found in a niche on the outside of the Partington Players Theatre in Glossop, Derbyshire.

Click on the photograph for a larger version.

Please provide your own caption by posting a comment on the blogpost.

A contribution to
I'd rather b birdin;
Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors;
Our World Tuesday;
Outdoor Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

ABC Wednesday:
D is for Dragon

This dragon sits proudly above the weather vane on top of the former Washington Wine Bar on the corner of East Parade and Clarence Road in Llandudno which closed in May 2012.

The original Washington Hotel, built c1885, protruded onto the Parade; the building was re-built in 1925 to align with the road, and the rest of East Parade.

The building which is Grade II listed is currently being renovated and is expected to reopen as a restaurant in 2015.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Goats at West Shore, Llandudno

These photographs (© Gerald England - click for larger versions) were taken in April 2005. I've just rediscovered them so thought it was time to share.

The Great Orme in Llandudno is home to around a hundred feral Kashmiri goats.

A trip of goats is here seen heading for the West Shore, led by an unusually black specimen (all the others I've seen were white).

A black goat persued by a white goat is using the steps over the sea wall to get onto the West Shore. In the background beyond the breakwater is Penmaenbach Head.

The collective noun for a group of goats is "trip". These have tripped down off the Great Orme to gather and graze by the West Shore breakwater.

An extremely interesting account of the Great Orme Goats can be found at

A contribution to
Scenic Weekends;
Saturday Critters;
Camera Critters.