My 'Try it here' blog with one or two posts. You might want to go the real blog..its better!

This was my practice blog where I made all my mistakes first.

There might be one or two interesting things here but I think you meant to look at my real blog so click here to get you there.

Now I am using this space to help me remember Willow.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Not so grand entrance

Now..where do you think this might be?

Jurassic park?
An outtake from 'Tremors'?
Plans for a Flintstones theme park?
No. Look carefully and see the road winding upwards towards my house.

Yes folks, Chorley Borough Council, Withnell Parish Council or who ever...(because we have actually no idea as no one has seen fit to inform us or ask our views),  have struck once again.
This is the new tooth-jarring entrance to the play area in the heart of a village on the Lancashire Pennine Moors.
What do you think?
I think the answer to all those questions is no.
Embarrasing, ugly, tasteless?

In the woods nearby (which is currently being ruined by a new 8 foot wide and 2 foot high bridleway for horses and bikes) there are ruins of  properties made from beautiful mellow stone, with old abandoned farm gateways where  'dressers' of past years worked lovely traditional herringbone patterns onto the face of the stone posts.

Do you think they could have used something which might have been an homage to our vernacular history?

Don't be ridiculous..this is BRINSCALL, this is CHORLEY.
They don't pay homage to the past..they saw down 150 years old beech trees for nothing.

They put fences along the edge of the river that gives peace and tranquility to a walk.Where if you are lucky you might catch sight of a kingfisher or a deer drinking form the stream, a heron  or hear the plop as a fish leaps to catch a fly.

But what really amazes me me is that the Villagers don't seem to care...well one or two do but no-one takes any notice of us.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Paradise Paved?

Lancashire County Council in their wisdom , have decided that the lovely woodland path I have been walking for the past thirty years is to become a bridleway.
Everything that was nice about it has been destroyed, temporarily I hope, and despite assurance from Mr Ian Hart that it would really not be very different , this is the depressing sight that greeted us last Sunday.
Click this link and Judge for yourself.

This is the path that Willow and I walked almost daily for years.
Further along there was a locked gate in a wall. Sometimes we sneaked through to a lovely linear wilderness.
Now the gate is open and access is freely available but I just don't want it.

The path is a straight line from one end of the valley to the other with no tree branch at lower level so the poor cyclists and horse riders won't be impeded.

Withnell Parish Council have laid down and let Lancashire County Council walk all over them.
(I could print the email which says that some of them objected but to no avail.)
Our council tax has paid for this.

Fortunately on the other side of the Goit is a more acceptable path.
A sheep track with old trees with beautiful gnarled roots

uneven and full of stones, and deep puddles and mud in places.

Just what you expect in the countryside.