“Hebden Bridge: The Fourth Funkiest Town in the World”,
was the description of this West Yorkshire market town in an edition of a British Airways in-flight magazine.
If there are three places funkier than Hebden Bridge, then I’d love to see them. (Apparently they are: Daylesford in Australia, Tiradentes in Brazil and Burlington in Vermont).
On one of our visits there last year, we’d hoped to take really striking photographs; we’d imagined reflections on the canal of brightly coloured narrowboats, framed by blue sky and and all that. A veritable photographer’s paradise.
However, it was raining, the water in the Rochdale Canal was greenish grey and the sky even greyer. None of this was at all unexpected or out of the ordinary as we are talking about a west-facing town high in the Pennine Hills in the North of England.
After a wander around the trendy shops and a lunch stop, the rain had lessened enough for a walk along the towpath.
I became fascinated with all the different things that people put on top of their narrowboats, never thinking that these photographs would ever appear in a post.
Everything from Bambi to a Bicycle:
From a Gro-Bag and a Duck to a Couple of Deckchairs and a Buddha:
As well as Pot-Plants and Firewood:
It’s snowing in the Pennine Hills today so Hebden Bridge will no doubt be shrouded in such low cloud that it disappears. Hopefully the ducks will have found a sheltered spot for themselves.
As soon as the weather perks up and realises that IT IS SPRINGTIME, we’ll have another day in Hebden Bridge. It’s less than an hour’s drive away.
Perhaps I’ll get the pictures I was hoping for last year…..
…….or perhaps I’ll just enjoy looking for quirky things and leave the classic calendar-type scenes to the professionals.