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View from the White House

Tuesday 8th November 2022, 1.50pm (day 4,093)

In this case the “White House” is a pub, up on the A58 road above Littleborough. Normally my journey to and from work would not take me near this place but thanks to the long and sorry litany of reasons why no one responsible for the UK train network was in the slightest bit bothered about running a service this morning, I ended up driving. Passing this point at 6am, all was still dark, but at least when I returned later, the sun had come out for a while. The hill on the horizon is Brown Wardle, at about 401m or 1,315 feet above sea level.

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Wind farm, above Walsden

Saturday 8th October 2022, 12.45pm (day 4,062)

Wind farm, 8/10/22

After five interior shots I had to get outside, the day being of the pleasant sort that might not recur too often before winter really hits. No trains, however — blame the government — so I had to conduct my wanderings somewhere nearer to home. Between Walsden and Bacup there lies a chunk of moorland that was previously unexplored, so I duly explored it. This shot is taken from very close to the Yorkshire/Lancashire border, but still just on the Yorkshire side.

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The view south from Culter Fell

Thursday 19th May 2022, 1.10pm (day 3,920)

View from Culter Fell, 19/5/22

Culter Fell becomes my 50th County Top bagged. Not all that exciting a walk but a fine way to break the latest journey north into Scotland. I keep finding new corners of the country to explore and that seems a reasonable approach to take to the rest of my life.

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View from Craig Airie Fell

Saturday 19th March 2022, 11.35am (day 3,859)

View from Craig Airie Fell, 19/3/22

After coming up the M6 yesterday, we turned left as soon as we hit Scotland, and headed for Galloway, the south-west corner of that country. There were various motivations for doing this, but getting some walking in was certainly one of them. This is the view from 1,050 feet above sea level, on top of Craig Airie Fell — not a substantial eminence in its own right, but it has a great panorama of the surrounding area, as a proper County Top should. Read all about it on the other blog, if interested.

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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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View from Rochdale station

Wednesday 8th September 2021, 11.30am (day 3,667)

View from Rochdale station, 8/9/21

An abstract, really; going monochrome also disguises a main feature of the shot, the impressively blue skies, reflecting another day of pleasantly Mediterranean weather. But this one is about the shapes and the textures.

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Joe gets some fresh air

Sunday 24th January 2021, 12.10pm (day 3,440)

Joe on Brown Wardle Hill, 24/1/21

It’s Joe, and his generation, that I feel sorriest for right now. He turns 18 in a few weeks yet is spending this time locked in a room with, or rather without, everyone else. At least he’s still prepared to get out into the landscape now and again: here, on Brown Wardle Hill, above Whitworth in Lancashire.

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Little model landscape

Saturday 23rd January 2021, 2.00pm (day 3,439)

Turbines above Penistone, 23/1/21

Of course, this is not a model, it is a real landscape above the (awkwardly-named) town of Penistone, in South Yorkshire. But though there area actually two large turbines to the right, it sure looks to me like one is the shadow of the other, cast on the backcloth of a diorama built in a shoe box, or something. And the patchwork of frost and field, the general graininess of the picture…. seems fake to me. Perhaps there is a model railway below, just out of shot.

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Offshore wind farm, Solway Firth

Monday 17th April 2017, 4.40pm (day 2,062)

Turbines in Solway, 17/4/17

Can’t say I see a great deal to disapprove of with wind farms, and certainly not offshore ones. Picture taken from the Cumbrian coast line, not far out of Workington and heading for Carlisle: one of the most scenic railways, not just in Britain but the world — I do not exaggerate — and for the first time today, I managed to do the whole of it, from Lancaster round to Carlisle. Sit on the left-hand side if doing it in that direction.

Oh yeah, and Brighton were promoted to the Premiership today. I don’t have any photos of that: I just thought I would mention it…

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Making the wind

Thursday 22nd December 2016, 11.00am (day 1,946)

Wind farm, 22/12/16

“All wind is made by wind farms.” (From Andy Riley, Great Lies to Tell Small Kids)

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