Springtime Came Yesterday and Left Again Today

Yesterday was Springtime. I know this because a butterfly told me. It was the first butterfly we’ve seen in the garden this year. The battered condition of this Small Tortoiseshell is a testament to its having survived the winter. I suspect that today it has gone back into whatever warm Read more…

Where do Victorian Chimney-Pots go when they Retire?

Question: Where do Chimney-Pots go when they Retire?  Answer: They go to a rehoming centre aka a salvage yard.   Anyone who loves rummaging around through mountains of Victoriana would think they’d died and gone to heaven in this salvage yard we visited recently. We were looking for an old, Read more…

Knott End Ferry Fleetwood Wyre Lancashire transport public

Public Transport: Black & White Challenge

Two very different examples of local public transport for this week’s Black & White Challenge. The first shows the Ferry across the River Wyre which carries pedestrians and cyclists between  Knott End and Fleetwood. Its timetable is determined by the tide times and, for all that it is well used Read more…

Architecture : Haunted House : Samlesbury Hall

Samlesbury Hall is renowned as one of the most haunted locations in Britain. Resident spirits include the legendary White Lady, Dorothy Southworth who died of a broken heart and has since been seen on many occasions within the Hall and grounds. One particular spot in the Great Hall is the Read more…

Park-to-Park

In response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Fences and Gates Avenham and Miller Parks lie side by side on the north bank of the River Ribble, immediately south of Preston City Centre, and rank among the finest examples of traditional Victorian parkland in the north west of England. Read more…

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