Sunday, May 31, 2009

The milkmaid

The last of the scarecrows for this year, this one looking like a milkmaid.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The walker

Another one of the scarecrows, this time made up tp look like a walker.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Scarecrow

Scarecrows from the scarecrow festival that takes place in some of the villages around the Roaches, this one was taken last year, but they are again on show this month.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Leek, Part 5

The last part of the view of Leek from the hills to the East of the town.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Leek part 4

Dominating the top of the picture is Westwood high school, starting top left with the old building and finishing top right with the new hall.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Leek part 3

Main point of interest on here is the roof car park for Wilkinsons, right in the centre just above the trees, and the Monument (right hand side, again just above the trees). The Monument is a clock tower built of Portland stone commemorating Leeks dead in the 2 world wars and stands at the heart of the town.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Leek part 2

Part 2, the main point that i noticed was how many trees we seem to have.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

100th post

To celebrate my 100th post i give you Leek, or at least 1/5th of it, the others will follow over the next 4 days, see if you can spot some of the buildings i'v covered so far.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Swineholes Wood

The peace and tranquility of the scene hide a harsh conflict between the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and locals. One wants to chop trees down and the other wants to preserve the wood, and it is not who you would expect doing the felling. Read more from both sides here and here.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Love shack

A holiday home at the other end of Rudyard lake

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sunrise, Rudyard lake

No its not an early morning shot, but the name of the boat.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Hollybush

Stormy skies over the Hollybush at Denford, yety another fantastic canal side pub.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Moorland view

A view over the moorlands from the ridge over looking Back forest

Monday, May 18, 2009

Black lion, Consal

The Black lion, Consal, a perfect place to rest and watch the world go by, and go by it does in the form of steam trains from The Churnet Valley Railway and canal boat. Best of all the pub serves a cracking pint and excellent food.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Westwood collage Leek

A new addition to the new part of the old hall (if that makes any sense). The old hall established as a grange in 1291 by the monks from Dieulacres abbey and continually rebuilt and modernized it remained a private house until 1920 when it was turned into a school.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Mobiles

The temporary classrooms at Westwood Collage Leek, so temporary that they were there when i was there, over 20 years ago.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Westwood school

Another shot of the old building at Westwood School Leek, now renamed Westwood Collage.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

School days

Westwood high school Leek, my old school. Over the next few days shots of my old school and some of the changes they have made to it.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Waterfall

The main waterfall at Three Shires Head, the point where Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire meet, taken from the Staffordshire side.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tracks in the snow

A shot from earlier this year of the light railway at Rudyard.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Village resting place

The graveyard at Rushton Spencer, right at the northern end of the area covered by this blog.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Lake mist.

A view from the north end of Rudyard lake at sunrise.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Fire fire fire

Fire buckets at the Churnet valley railway, one of the best attractions in the Leek area

Friday, May 8, 2009

One stop shop

It may be the death of the corner shop (again) but on line shopping has even reached Leek, Tesco (free food always welcome) do a great service to Leek, but another well known supermarket does not yet deliver to our post code, even thought their vans pass my window 3 or 4 times a day!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mill scape

A shot of Leek showing Britannia street mill (far Left) and facing it Wellington street mill. As you can see the moorland is never very far away.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

Back and beyond

The back of Wellington street mill, if you had the power to see straight through the mill you would see the view from yesterdays shot.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Bin day

Wheelie bins line Chorley street awaiting collection, at the far end you can see Britannia street mill.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Des res

An old farm building close to 3 shires head

Friday, May 1, 2009

Morning canal

Canal view heading toward Cheddleton from Deep haye

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