A newly fallen birch tree was lying across the small mill dam in Trench Wood, adding another layer of interest to the familiar scene. It had not been able to penetrate a large rock in the ground so its roots had taken purchase only on one side, meaning that it must have been unstable for a while. As it grew, its weight (and perhaps a strong wind, although it's fairly sheltered in this bit of the wood) must have been sufficient to topple it. It must have come down with a mighty roar, and has comprehensively trashed the iron railings around the dam.
Sunday, 31 October 2021
Saturday, 30 October 2021
Here are a few more photos from my walk through Trench Wood, Shipley Glen. A birch sapling provided a bright splash of yellow and a gnarled, fallen tree trunk has been left to provide a site for a colony of fungi.
Where Lode Pit Beck leaves the little mill dam, a tiny waterfall at the end of the concrete spillway adds interest to this part of the stream, while fallen leaves are starting to dapple the rocks.
Friday, 29 October 2021
Thursday, 28 October 2021
Salts Mill settles down for the night... The security guards keep a vigil, the cleaners move in, some of the businesses have late shifts, a few lights still burn, making it all look surprisingly homely and welcoming. Tomorrow is a new day and I know visitors, both locals and those from further afield, will once again enjoy the peaceful ambience that the late Jonathan Silver and his family have created in this wonderful old building.
The warm lights and the safety railings in the stairwell windows give the west wall a graphic look, like an artwork.
Wednesday, 27 October 2021
Tuesday, 26 October 2021
The stunning Victorian County Arcade in Leeds was incorporated in the 1990s into a bigger shopping centre, including the neighbouring Cross Arcade and Queen Victoria Street, which was roofed over with glass. The original arcades were designed by a theatre architect, Frank Matcham and are suitably dramatic, featuring lots of Burmantofts faience (glazed tiles), mosaics, marble and gilding. Now dubbed 'The Knightsbridge of the North', retailers to be found there include Harvey Nichols department store and Vivienne Westwood.
It all links up at the back with the newer Victoria Gate (see yesterday) and at the front opens onto the pedestrianised Briggate. I rather liked the effect of the banners (below) strung across Briggate, shimmering in the sunshine.
Monday, 25 October 2021
Sunday, 24 October 2021
Saturday, 23 October 2021
Since Covid struck, I have rarely been on a train and rarely been to a city, but there were a few things I needed from the shops and it was a beautiful day so I braved both train and Leeds city centre. Ironically, the main shop I intended to visit was closed 'for the foreseeable future', so that was a nuisance. Never mind, I amused myself by 'looking up' at the wonderful Victorian buildings that grace the city. I often wonder whether the glass and concrete structures springing up all over the place nowadays will age as wonderfully as these have.
Friday, 22 October 2021
Thursday, 21 October 2021
Wednesday, 20 October 2021
Tuesday, 19 October 2021
I had an errand to do in Baildon so I walked up to the village along the lane through the hamlet of Baildon Green. Tucked under the quarried crags of Baildon Bank, it's a hotch-potch of old houses and small mills, mostly related to the 19th century textile industry. Some are now converted into residences, whilst some are still used for businesses. There's also an historic non-Conformist chapel, all overlooking an extensive 'green' or common.
Further down towards Saltaire there is what was once an old farm and barns, now converted into residences.
The view from Baildon Green is pretty spectacular, looking down over Saltaire and Salts Mill... although my photo really isn't, being a grainy crop of a phone pic. Still, you get the general idea.
Monday, 18 October 2021
It seems ages but also bizarrely only like yesterday that she made her appearance in the world, rather suddenly and 8 weeks early. If I'd known then how healthy, strong, brave and bright she would be by the age of ten, I wouldn't have worried nearly as much!
I love you to the moon and back, my precious first granddaughter, and I always will. ❤︎
Sunday, 17 October 2021
There are numerous possibilities for walks around the extensive Bolton Abbey Estate. I often walk north along the river, through the woods and past the famous Strid gorge. This time I chose to cross the river and do a circular walk to the south. The bold cross the river on the stepping stones. I opted for the safer footbridge alongside!
The path climbs steeply and affords lovely views of Bolton Priory, through the trees.
The route eventually drops down, following old trackways, through fields and back to the river.
Intermittent showers never lasted too long but made for some interesting cloudscapes.
Saturday, 16 October 2021
I count myself very fortunate to live within a 40 minute drive of the Bolton Abbey Estate, since people travel from far and wide to visit the area. It all belongs to the Dukes of Devonshire, who ensure that the priory and surrounding estate are well-managed, well-maintained and welcoming to visitors (though you do pay handsomely in the car parking fees to enable that!)
Originally an Augustinian priory founded in 1154, it thrived until 1539 when Henry VIII stripped all monasteries of their assets. Most of the original buildings now lie in ruins but part of the priory nave (to the left on my photo above) was saved, when Prior Moone negotiated to keep it as a place of worship for the local community. It continues to serve as a parish church to this day.
Another famous Yorkshireman is buried here: Fred Trueman, the cricketer who played for Yorkshire and England in the 1950s and 60s. He's acknowledged as one of the greatest fast bowlers in history, and is equally remembered for his outspoken and often controversial views. His grave has a photo and a couple of cricket balls that have been placed there in memoriam.
The Priory Church was closed when I visited (though you could peep through a screen into the nave). It had some beautiful flower arrangements on display, probably left from a wedding. Such an attractive and historic spot means that is frequently used for weddings. Indeed, Fred Trueman's daughter Rebecca was married here, amid much fanfare, to Damon Welch, the son of the film actress Raquel Welch, though the marriage proved to be short-lived.