Sunday, 30 December 2012

Urban Outings

 

In amongst the running and eating and drinking, it was good to get a bit of shopping done – with some nice little bargains found in the sales.  Salford Quays is a huge success and feels very vibrant with the new investment in Media City and more.

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Salford Quays – chillin’

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While someone else does the running!

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Head to Head

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The Lowry

Quite a different atmosphere in Bolton which like many small towns seems very down at heel these days – or was it just the weather!

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These street musicians were taking a break from their excellent attempts to bring some Christmas cheer to a  very wet cold day.  Time for a bit of playing with processing with the next shot.

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Enjoying the holidays!

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Bolton Market is full of atmosphere and character(s)

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Are you being served?

Lostock AC – Haggis Run

 

An invite from friends at Lostock to join them for their annual Haggis Run was not to be turned down.  A quick stop off for a snap on the way and the weather looked promising.

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On the way

The rain held off and a good outing over Rivington Pike, Two Lads and Winter Hill gave us just over five miles.  Great to sit and chat over a coffee in the top Barn afterwards.

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Haggis and whiskey produced at Two Lads

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Christmas Week

 

So this is what it would be like to be retired -  Bring it on!   Despite the dreadful wet weather we’ve been out and about.  Without a spell of good weather it hasn’t been worth while travelling further afield – so local favourites have been visited.

Christmas Day – rain all around, but managed to stay mostly dry on our run from the house.  Main festivities on Boxing Day for us due to nephews working.

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Boxing Day – beautiful start to the day, but lots to do.  Chose the sales (very productive) over an early run, but stopped to take a couple of snaps from the roadside.

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Great day with the family.

27th December -  our annual outing with good friends out from Belmont to the Strawberry Duck for lunch.  Heavy rain on the drive out to Belmont, but again we succeeded in staying dry on our walk over the moor and back.

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Steve and Ian on the Amble route – heading to Entwistle Res

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Lunch at the Strawberry Duck

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Heading back the skies were clearing in the west

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Winter Hill from Longworth Rd

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Sheep!

As we turned to look back at Cheetham Close, at the north end of Turton Heights the hill was illuminated by the setting sun. Near to the modern trigpoint there is an early Bronze Age stone circle which is part of a 'complex of ritual/burial monuments', which also includes two ring-bank cairns, two small cairns of unknown structure, and at least two outliers all of which are Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Radiocarbon dating using palaeoecological evidence suggests they emanate from c2000 BC.  Seeing the way the low winter sun, close to the winter equinox, illuminates this site perhaps suggests why these people considered it sacred.

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A sacred place

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Monday, 24 December 2012

Local Run, Aspull – Sunday 23rd December

Saturday dawned grey and extremely wet.  Having warned my usual running partners that I wouldn’t be heading out over the hills in these conditions I spent a leisurely morning before heading out into the rain at about 10.00am.  Not too bad once out, but glad of the protection of the woods.  So wet didn’t take the camera, so no pics apart from this one taken later in the day.

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A bit of a blur  -  Saturday

Sunday dawned contra-forecast dry and bright enough to carry a camera, so a few snaps from the day.

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Looks promising from the bedroom window – looking towards Great Hill

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Oak Tree

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Ian

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Holding up

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Farm Track

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The Weir, Borsdane Wood

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Winter sun

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Friday morning going in to work

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas – whatever you’re up to Rolling on the floor laughing

Local Run

Like everyone the week has gone by in a blur, with no time for blogging.  These from a frosty run across the fields over a week ago.  Beautiful light on the day  : )

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Guarding the footpath

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Broken

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Reflections on the pond

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Rolling fields

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Tree lights

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The old oak tree

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Watching

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Sunrise at Moor Field Trigpoint

With no time to stop for a photo yesterday I drove past the trigpoint at Wingates – listed as Moor Field in the trigpoint UK database.  Today conditions were just as good, so an early start, with a yomp across the fields to get to the trig for sunrise.   Well worth while as the light was stunning and just me and the birds were enjoying first light.

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Moor Field trigpoint

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Looking east over the smoking chimneys of Westhoughton with St Bart’s on the right

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Fiddler’s Ferry doing what it does best!

Just climbed over the stile out of the fields and looked back to get a final shot.

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Stile to Moor Field trigpoint

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Sun and Ice

 

Missed the golden hour this morning due to last night’s festivities, but out before ten to make the most of  what remained of the sunshine.  Beautiful morning to be out across the fields and along the local farm tracks.  Hard frost made the going easy across some of the muddier bits and happy with just over five miles.  Saving myself for tomorrow’s longer event.

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Icy reflections

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and hot colours shooting into the sunshine

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Low sun giving a warm glow to the fenceposts

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Oak Tree

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Hawthorn

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Mackerel Sky

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