Tag Archives: December

Dugout at Silsden

Tuesday 28th December 2021, 2.45pm (day 3,778)

A far more pleasant afternoon than has been the case recently. The sun is on its way down on 2021 in football terms, with the venue for my last match of the year — Silsden FC — doused in sunshine as everyone prepared for the game. (Not that visitors Knaresborough can have prepared very well, as Silsden won 8-1.)

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Field of gloom

Sunday 26th December 2021, 2.00pm (day 3,776)

Gloomy field, 26/12/21

I’m not trying to be overtly metaphorical here. But this shot certainly sums up today’s weather. Enough snow to feel, not enough to make a difference, all under steel-grey skies.

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Grey December morning

Friday 3rd December 2021, 8.30am (day 3,753)

Littleborough morning, 3/12/21

Back home, back to the grey and gloom of a northern December, the everyday of the train journey to Manchester (here at Littleborough). It had to happen. LIke the birds speckled across this shot, let’s just live with it.

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The penultimate sunset of the year

Wednesday 30th December 2020, 3.30pm (day 3,415)

House view, 30/12/20

Without even having to be subtle about it, the moronocracy have ensured not a single pub nor place of entertainment will be open for New Year’s Eve anywhere in the UK, so I don’t feel 2020 is really ending — it will go on to infect our future for years to come. It’s going out cold, too: this was probably the coldest day of the year. This view from the upper reaches of my house has appeared on the blog many times before but it’s a useful mainstay, and on this one I like the addition of the headlights of the car caught heading up Birchcliffe Road.

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The Lune at Glasson (as oil painting)

Friday 27th December 2019, 11.15am (day 3,046)

Lune at Glasson, 27/12/19

Glasson, out on the Lune estuary a couple of miles from Lancaster, has featured three times on the blog now and each of these has been taken in the last week of December — indicating that it’s a nice place to come and hang out when seeing out Christmas at the in-laws. Melancholy though, in late December. There was so little light today I tried cranking up the ISO setting very high to try to compensate, and shots taken during this period ended up with this grainy, blurry look which I decided was not all that bad. Like this one, the reeds look like think brushstrokes of paint, and there’s something about the boat which resembles a painting more than a photograph. That’s my excuse anyway.

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Campus morning (last of 2019)

Thursday 19th December 2019, 9.15am (day 3,038)

Campus morning, 19/12/19

I don’t mind campus as such. But the process of getting to and from it is becoming a real trial, thanks entirely to the ineptitudes of Northern Rail over the last two years (if you haven’t had the pleasure, lucky you). So I am glad that today marked my last day there in 2019. And yes, my journey home was a screw-up.

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Rooves of home

Sunday 15th December 2019, 1.40pm (day 3,034)

Birchcliffe rooves, 15/12/19

Less of a bleak theme today, and look, is that even sunshine making an appearance to top right? Time to spend some time at home, refamiliarise myself with its facilities and appeal.

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Mid-December playground

Saturday 14th December 2019, 12.40pm (day 3,033)

December playground, 14/12/19

Grim and bleak seem to have been themes for a few days now, and with this particular mid-December being even grimmer and bleaker than is normal for the time of year, the theme is likely to continue. Is Limeside Park in Oldham a more welcoming place on a sunny day in May? Of course it is, but then again, so is everywhere.

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Election Day in Newport

Thursday 12th December 2019, 11.35am (day 3,031)

Election day, 12/12/19

As I type this there are 23 minutes left of voting in the third General Election day to feature on this blog. On all of them I have been away from home — I was in Dundee in May 2015 and Siberia just over two years later in June 2017. I had to get out from the conference venue today, there was no way I could stay in the antiseptic air-con of the Celtic Manor all day. But the prospects offered by Newport and the River Usk were grim. A dark day. If you see anything about today as heralding a bright shining future of some kind, I admire your optimism.

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Winter blossom

Tuesday 10th December 2019, 3.05pm (day 3,029)

Winter blossom, 10/12/19

Today was one of those grim December days where it never seems to get light at all. Ragged and shadowed though it is, this winter flowering cherry blossoms at this time each year in its little courtyard under this fire escape, and does its best to lighten the gloom.

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