G is for Ginnel…..

A ginnel  (pronounced with a hard “g”) is a narrow passage between two rows of houses.

It is a regional word  often used in the North of England to denote the alley between two rows of  the Victorian “back-to-back” houses so commonly found in this part of the country.


Ginnel in Saltaire alley Victorian architecture monochrome lane

Ginnel in Saltaire ©HelenBushe


…..and H is for Hares

By the sheerest of coincidences, our two cats, Misty and Bluejohn, were both lying in front of hares at the same time and in the same room the other day.

Anyone who has a cat knows that you certainly can’t get them to pose. (The old adage about herding kittens comes to mind).

Remarkably they both maintained their positions long enough (about 3 minutes) for me to grab my camera and get these photographs:


Misty & Hare monochrome cat pet

Misty & Hare ©HelenBushe


Bluejohn & Hare monochrome pet cat

Bluejohn & Hare ©HelenBushe


Misty cat pet monochrome

I’m just Upside Down ©HelenBushe


This is my post for Cee’s Black & White Challenge which this week is the Letters G and H.

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Leah · 28 March 2017 at 20:54

Some very exciting action took place in the ginnels of Coronation Street over the decades. I’ve been a fan of those alleys every since!

Love the bottom picture of the cat. I can’t decide if that’s an evil look or not. I would be careful around that one!

    HMB · 29 March 2017 at 17:04

    Oh yes! It all happens on the cobbles in the gunnels of Corrie. And has been for well over 50 years. Not bad for a programme they originally thought was too northern and would only last for a few episodes

    HMB · 29 March 2017 at 17:05

    Ps. That wee cat would love to think she has an evil look. She’s such a clown

Cee Neuner · 27 March 2017 at 19:31

Never heard the word Ginnel before. I was glad to know hare was your second word. That I understood 😀 😀 Delightful photos.

    HMB · 27 March 2017 at 20:50

    Thanks Cee. I’m really enjoying this challenge.

Laurie Graves · 27 March 2017 at 14:46

Nice to learn a new word on a Monday morning. Great pictures of the cats!

    HMB · 27 March 2017 at 17:06

    Thanks Laurie. The cats will be pleased, but not surprised! They don’t do modesty.

      Laurie Graves · 27 March 2017 at 17:11

      They are, after all, cats. 😉

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