A Raft of Apples

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Guinea Fowl

I love Guinea Fowl's speckled feathers and always think they look quite exotic, as you would expect for a species that originated in Africa. Of course these are a domesticated variety, which can come in a large range of colours (approximately 21) but all I can guess about these two are they are what is called 'fully pearled', that is white dots all over. The owner of the Guinea Fowl was obviously a hen lover as there were various other species clucking around but I only had eyes for these two.
When I returned on the path past the house this one was perched on the window sill -  master, or mistress, of all it surveyed.  Maybe it gets treats from the whoever comes out of the door otherwise they are happy with grass and insects. Baby Guinea Fowl are called keets, and are a cute stripy headed bundle of feathers alas there were none here for me to drool over so for fluffy cuteness I will have to
turn to the goslings in my local park, unconcerned about my proximity as they
enjoyed their time lazing on the grass although
mother goose was rather more keen on them getting on with their meal.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at G here

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Flowers in Season

Taking a stroll through a summer garden with a seat placed to enjoy the flowers and the day.
Sizergh Castle
But the flowers don't only live in gardens,  here they tumble down steps
the little daisies flowering in profusion. Those who know tell me their name is actually Erigeron karvinskianus, maybe daisy is easier to say.
Flowering Currant
 A bee immerses itself in these April flowers and almost becomes part of them, just the start of its busy year.
This was the last butterfly I saw last year, a small tortoiseshell making the most of the late flowers in October.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at F here

Tuesday, 9 August 2016


The towpath of the Leeds Liverpool Canal is a popular place for getting exercise, I was only walking but this twosome passed me more energetically on their morning run . You may be thinking, as I did, that the building they are running past must have been a rather grand lock keepers cottage, especially as a local description calls it being built in the Edwardian neo Baroque style.
As I step on to the Strangford Swing Bridge a more industrial view looms into view to the left
with some sturdy stone gate posts at the entrance.   At this moment the gates started to glide open
to let a Yorkshire Water van exit the site.  Too good an opportunity to miss I clicked the view inside before the gates closed.  So no lock keepers cottage but a cluster of early 20th century buildings.  This is Esholt Sewage Works which in past times must have been the only profit making sewage works in the country, living up to the Yorkshire expression, "where there's muck there's brass", ie money.  The opportunity was the large amount of rich wool grease (lanolin) waste produced by the wool industry in nearby Bradford.  In Esholt it was turned into lubricants for train axles and indeed was used on the national rail system until just after the second world war.  Of course that was not the only thing that happened here, it did not get called the Esholt Pong for nothing. The human organic matter was reprocessed into cakes and used as fertiliser.  All this was transported around the site, at its peak, by 22 miles of rail track and 11 locomotives which did not run on coal but on the waste product. The ultimate recycling site way before its time
  People even came to take a tour around the site behind one of the little engines. Standing room only!
Perhaps they came over this now disused railway bridge which linked the massive Esholt site.  Esholt Sewage Works closed in 1977 but the photographer Ian Beesley worked there in the latter years before his work mates, who he took photographs of, encouraged him to go to art college. Some of  those photographs can be seen here

In the present day a recent multi million pound bio energy scheme and waste water treatment plant doesn't make money but saves it and boasts of being energy neutral in Esholt.   

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at E here 

Tuesday, 2 August 2016


I don't have a dog but I enjoy other peoples pets, whether playing with them, or just on dog watch with a camera.
Getting excited about a train arriving while those around them are intent on a mobile connection.
Taking a human for a walk
Wondering if this size of branch may be a little unmanageable
Temping us for an ice cream on the Saltaire Ice Cream Boat

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning D here

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Clock This

One clock tower and two times but both correct.  One is reading the sun and the actual time, the other having done its 'spring forward' an hour is showing Summer Time.  The clock dates from 1856 and was made by one of the great clock makers of England, Potts of Leeds. The mechanism was designed by Edmund Beckett (later Lord Grimthorpe) who was also responsible for the rather more famous mechanism that chimes Big Ben in London.
But this particular clock is on the All Saints Church in the market town of Bingley, West Yorkshire. It is thought that a church has stood on this spot since Saxon times but the present gritstone building dates from the Tudor period (15th/16th Century). The tower was added later but then heightened with a new belfry in 1739.  The interior has also been altered through the years but other alterations are going to happen outside in the near future. 
The memorial stones that make up the path to the church (the inscriptions don't show up well in my photograph) are due to go because of health and safety concerns as they get very slippy in wet weather and there have been a number of falls.  I wondered why they were there and discovered that their original place was in the churchyard which was closed in 1904 when a main road was built through it to the east of the church.  There are 145 stones, some on this path 
others surround the church and the steps to the left of this photograph form a layered patio area.
Photo from: All Saints Bingley website
which the church's website shows in appropriately wet weather.  It has not been decided where the old gravestones are going, one idea was to put some in the nearby rose garden which needs some TLC and the rest to be relocated to the municipal cemetery.  In the meantime when work does eventually start they will be put into storage until their ultimate destination is decided but the question is are there really only 145 slabs or as the lawyer that was dealing with the planning application mentioned they may be layered.  A plan of the 145 stones and those inscriptions that could be read have been transcribed and the information put on the church's  website. for the growing number of genealogists.

Here is the Bingley clock mechanism in motion.  Beware for the gentle and mesmerising ticking will change into a startling cacophony as the clock strikes or maybe it was because I had my computer sound on maximum by mistake. I love a chiming clock.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at C here      

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Bee Hives

In the corner of the gardens at Sizergh is a notice "Beware busy bees buzzing" and here I found
honey bees flying in and out of two hives.
Like the picture on the notice there was also 
a bird in residence watching the coming and going
of these busy bees on their journeys from flowers to hive.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at B here

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Eskdale Art

For the past 23 years St Bega's School in the Lake District has played host to the Eskdale Art Show at the end of May. (The show also raises funds for this small school).  If wanting to buy a picture, painting, prints or crafts this is the place to come, but it is also enjoyable just to browse and be amazed at the variety or art and artists in the area.  After that there will be copious amount of tea and a variety of home made cakes available to be enjoyed while sitting and admiring the surrounding hills.  No need to anguish about the number of calories consumed for there are plenty of walking opportunities in the area whether up hills or ambling by the side of  babbling brooks.

This year the road to the school was populated by small people
 inviting and enticing one along the road.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, amazingly starting its 19th Round here