The Past

The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.

L. P. Hartley   1895-1972 

Monday, 30 November 2009

Allotment 11- Sprouts ...

One of the great hopes for this year was growing sprouts both at home and at the allotment as I'm really partial to their taste and they are so expensive in the supermarket.

Well you could say that I've wasted my time - a great disappointment - the sprouts at the allotment seem to be bolting and at home the plants have produced nothing.

One plant that has been a great success this year has been turnips - eaten with everything.


Sunday, 29 November 2009

Computer Problems

A very frustrating last few months - constant loss of internet connection especially when viewing Blogs .

We've run all the usual diagnostic checks , changed filters and even had BT engineers look at the phone line.

Constant lost of the internet connection eventually causes you to loose interest with the computer and you constantly worry " will this thing work ".

However hopefully yesterday this problem was solved ( keeping fingers crossed ) - yet a new " bigger and better " filter was installed and a new router put in place ( new to me - always is in these situations )

Let's hope all will be OK !!!


Thursday, 26 November 2009

Heaton Park - The Donkeys ...

Time to have a groom and smarten up ......


Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Miserable Miserable Weather !!!!

This week has certainly been a shocking week for rain - it's been constant ...

Even at 2 o'clock in the afternoon it's getting dark - everywhere is wet and lifeless .

Moan moan moan !!!

The weather has been so miserable - roll on the summer ....


Monday, 23 November 2009

Golf ..

Early morning golfer at Heaton Park - our current weather has not been kind to these people ..


Sunday, 22 November 2009


Hazy November morning - the M60 seen from Heaton Park - snaking it's way towards the Airport via Stockport


Saturday, 21 November 2009

Rochdale - Hollingworth Lake

Do you want an ice cream ?? Is this big enough ??


Friday, 20 November 2009

Rochdale - Hollingworth Lake

Hollingworth Lake's local pub - The Wine Press - seen across the lake .


Thursday, 19 November 2009

Rochdale - Hollingworth Lake

A rather windy day today in the UK - here at Hollingworth Lake the wind is whipping up the waves .

Not many people about today apart from one or two bird watchers with their special cameras - I guess that in very windy weather there is a chance of seeing some rare species that has been blown off course .


Sunday, 15 November 2009

Allotment 10- Lots of digging needed ..

Now we've taken over more land a lot of digging is needed to clear the accumulated weeds - hopefully this will be done before the end of November .


Saturday, 14 November 2009

Allotment 9 - End of season ..

It's nearly the end of the growing season down on the allotment - fees now have to be paid for next year and the plots tied up for the coming season ...


Friday, 13 November 2009

Grassington - Shopping !!!

Some of the shops you'll find in Grassington.

I can confirm we've been in the Dales Toffee Shop on many occasion - sweet tooth !!!

You'll always find something to spend your money on in this pleasant little village.


Thursday, 12 November 2009

White Rose

The white rose of Yorkshire proudly flying above the roof tops of Grassington - personally I prefer the red rose of Lancashire.

When the local " facilities " were decorated with red roses on the tiles "someone" tried to scratch them off the walls and indignant letters were written to the local newspapers demanding they were replaced by white ones !!!!!


Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Grassington - Shenstone Gallery

Money to spend ??

Why not treat yourself to a work of art ??


Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Bowel Cancer Screening

Everyone living in England and between the ages of 60 and 69 is being invited to participate in a programme to screen for bowel cancer .

You are sent a kit and are required to provide samples from your bowel motion - all in the privacy of your own home ..

Not 100% accurate it will still help in the early detection of bowel cancer for some people.

Let's hope that this exercise is a great success and it helps to reduce the impact that bowel cancer can bring..

A good idea from the NHS !!!



Away from the main streets of Grassington it can be quiet - sometimes !!!


Monday, 9 November 2009

Grassington - When ???

Grassington - but when was the picture taken ? 1880's ??

No - this summer !!

Just a few adjustments to the colour and Bob's your uncle .... !!!


Sunday, 8 November 2009

New camera ...

As a special treat for my birthday I now have a new all singing digital camera - a Panasonic TZ6 " Lumix ".

Hopefully once I have read the 130 page instruction booklet I'll have some more photographs ...

In the mean time I'll have to raid my old photo collection.


Saturday, 7 November 2009

Rochdale Cenotaph.

Tomorrow - Sunday - is Remembrance Sunday when the Nation remembers those who died in the two World Wars.

A service of remembrance will be held here at the cenotaph in Rochdale - around 11 a.m. - the time that World War I ended ..

People will be remembering also those who have died recently in Iraq and Afghanistan ..


Thursday, 5 November 2009

Guy Fawkes

Tonight - November 5th is Guy Fawkes Night or commonly known as Bonfire Night.

This special day celebrates the downfall of the plot on the 5th November 1605 by Guy Fawkes and others to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London.

Bonfires are held and fireworks let off throughout the UK.

Last night we attended a council run firework display in our local town of Heywood - disappointing in that the weather was wet and windless. The smoke from the fireworks did not disperse and clouded the sky obscuring some of the firework display.

This year there seems to be less fireworks being let of by individuals in the streets - I guess there may be a lack of money, and people do not want to burn up what they do have, in the sky !

November 5th is always a good time to create a bonfire and get rid of all your rubbish without attracting complaints from your neighbours about the smoke.

Today several fires were burning merrily on our allotment site as people took the opportunity to get rid of rubbish.


Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Important day for the TV

Today we had to retune our Television - when I say "had to" it was not compulsory but failure to do so would result in loosing some TV channels.

And why ???

Well the north west of England is going digital and the analogue signal is being withdrawn - as a result many of us have had to buy bigger and better televisions !!

This change over will be completed by early December and then we should all have a choice of even more channels and better picture quality .. problem is "they" keep on repeating the same old programmes and are we really better off ??


Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Big sale in UK ... !!!

When things get really tough financially you often have to look around and try to sell something you no longer need.

Well Mr Brown our beloved P.M. has decided to have a great big sale worth 16 billion pounds or 25 billion US dollars.


To go are the TOTE , Dartford Crossing ( a road toll bridge) , Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Student Loan Debt and their part ownership of URENCO the uranium processing company.

The Banks are to be split and some parts sold off thus enabling the government to claw back some of the money they lent out to the Banks at the start of the financial crisis.

Now can you trust Gordon ? The man who sold our gold reserves at a knock down price !!

Watch this space .....


Monday, 2 November 2009

I worry ... !!

I worry when I walk around our housing estate and see that many neighbours are having a new roof ..

There is nothing wrong with having a new roof but when the property is only 40 years old ??

Is a new roof the latest must have fashion or are they really falling to pieces ?

I'm afraid that I'm of the generation that expect a roof to last at least 100 years ..

My "last a lifetime" PVC windows now need replacing - a lifetime I'm told only lasts 20 years - very strange !! Any new purchase will only have a guarantee of 10 years !!

I'm at this stage in life when everything is starting to wear out in the home and needs replacing ... including me .


Linton - G R

Still inside the church I assume GR stands for George Rex - in this case King George III.


Sunday, 1 November 2009

Linton - Inside !!!

Just as pretty inside - the church of St.Michael & All Angels, Linton


Penguins - move your cursor and take them for a walk !!

Say it as it is ......

Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land amongst the stars.

Look around !!!

What is this life, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare?

W. H. Davies  1870-1940