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 place it likes to call home.      We went into Preston for lunch and, as it was such a nice day, we parked down by the river and walked up through Miller and Avenham Parks into town.       Warm enough to sit in the sun:  But not warm enough for me to discard winter woollens just yet. (Current weather here right now is: wind, heavy rain, chilly, i.e. WINTER) I know that a lot of us bloggers in the northern hemisphere are awaiting springtime.  The one who instantly comes to mind is Liz at  Dot Knows!   Why not pay her a visit at Elleturner4.wordpress.com Her blog promises: Fab photos, witty asides and light hearted humour….  If you enjoy wildlife, blue skies and general joie de vivre, you won’t be disappointed.  

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, but perfectly formed, chimney pot to use as a planter in the garden. Talk about being spoiled for choice!!!!!   Knife-sharpener anyone? Mangle? I can just about imagine these things being used (though they do pre-date me by a quite a few decades).   This is a small corner of the yard . The whole place must have been the size of a football pitch:   Another corner:   I think this area might be the Bargain Basement:   After great deliberation we selected this chimney-pot.    It’s now in our garden and planted with pansies. It looks very nice indeed.    

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 by locals and day-trippers, it is frequently under threat of closure.   The second picture shows Preston’s iconic bus station.  It was built in the late 60’s in the Brutalist style of architecture. It has been described by the Twentieth Century Society as “one of the most significant Brutalist buildings in the UK”. wiki There have been plans to have it demolished and campaigns to Save our Bus Station. It is definitely here to stay now that English Heritage has granted it the status of a Grade ll Listed Building. You can love it or hate it but everyone has an opinion about it. So what do YOU think?… I certainly like it more now than I did when I first saw it.   For more posts on Public Transport, why not visit Cee’s Black & White Challenge :    

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 place where strange things regularly happen – a slap to the back of the head, uncomfortable feelings by wedding guests and a shadow passing have all been reported. – (see  the GHOST page of Samlesbury Hall’s website). We used to drive past Samlesbury Hall every summer en route to visit my grandmother.  As a young child I was intrigued by this beautiful black-and-white building and by the tales of ghosts and witches my mother would tell us. In fact on one occasion we were sure we saw a shadowy figure behind a window. (Remarkable eyesight we must have had as the place has small windows with thick glass, is set well back from the road and we were in a moving vehicle). Coincidentally my mother had seen a similar figure when she was a child travelling with her dad in his fruit&veg lorry. Now that I live in Lancashire, this […]


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. Linked through ornate railway arches both parks were designed and created by the renowned landscape architect Edward Milner during the 1860’s and are Grade II listed on the English Heritage Register of Historic Gardens. At this time the American civil war was raging and cotton towns in the Northwest, including Preston, were experiencing a cotton famine. The parks were built as public works to keep cotton workers employed and prevent the social and economic problems associated with high unemployment. (The History of Avenham and Miller Parks) Another major feature of the park is The Belvedere, a pavilion on high ground at the northeastern corner of the park, overlooking the main park and river. It was originally located in Miller Park but was moved to make way for the statue of the Earl of Derby. The Belvedere is known locally as the “White House” or the “Light House”. (Wikipedia)  

Throwback Thursdays: 10

A weekly series where I revisit old photographs. Dancin’ in the Street

Standing out from the Crowd

How to stand out from the crowd at that most colourful of events, Preston’s Caribbean Carnival, in 5 easy lessons 1  Ignore all colour and dress in black and white with perhaps a “pop” of red. 2  Look unexpectedly serious and walk slowly when others are dancing 3  Ensure all make-up is refreshed regularly 4  Stop long enough for the photographers 5  If all the above fail, then you can always run across the road waving a bendy stick. Can’t wait for next year’s Carnival!

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