Monday, November 30, 2009

The Vets 2

Another one of Leek's vets, this one is our vet who over the years has cared for our dog Kep. Compare this building to the first vet featured on the blog, here.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The old church

St Edwards church Leek, one of our most photographed and painted buildings in Leek.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Summer house

The summer house at Westwood High school Leek, in my day i'm sure you could get in and play?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Leek market

Wednesday is market day in Leek, definitely one of the best days to visit the town.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Faded glory

The door to the old post office on St Edwards street in Leek, the new post office is now in a corner of a super market on the outskirts of the town centre. Just hit the 10,000 visitor mark, thanks for all your support.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Work goes on

But, not for me, a day out shopping in Manchester has lead to the very late post and a quick picture of the work still being done to St Mary's.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Breech 5

The other end of the drained canal, just before the bridge you can see the clay dam that is holding back the water coming down the feeder from Rudyard lake. Here is the same spot taken last year for my other blog

Friday, November 20, 2009

Breech 4

Looking towards the tunnel, the canal restarts on the other side of the tunnel

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Breech 3

Once more into the breech, literately, i'm stood where the man and his dog were in the last photo.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Breech 1

Welcome to Leeks newest tourist attraction, the hole that was once a canal tow path. This, up to a few days ago, was one of our regular dog walks, then some time last week the bank gave way and the canal on the right went into the field on the left, leaving this great big gap. The water board have closed the tow path, so on Sunday there were more people than we have ever seen pushing past the signs and going to have a look and well worth the trip it was.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Amos

A house on the main road into Leek that for some years has been the HQ of a successful local building firm.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Top of the Roaches 2

It was not till i started to type the title that i found that i had posted a very similar shot in July, still its a great place and i love it.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Remember

It was the silence that first struck me and then the lack of movement. On Leek’s busiest street the total absence of movement was beyond strange, more so given that there were more people in view than I had ever seen here before, in fact the only things moving were the flags on the monument.

The monument, one of the reasons that we were here, a great clock tower made of Portland stone, engraved around the top with the names Hooge, Loos, Ypres, Somme, Bellenglise, Ramicourt, Bohain, Lens and Gommecourt some foreign fields that are forever England, names that used to stir strong emotions in previous generations, although now names that are nearly forgotten in the minds of most.

Still the silence holds sway over the crowd, not a voice can be heard, not a car, not even a bird, nothing seems to dare to disturb the moment, as 100’s of people stand and honour our fallen. Then the bugle sounds, shoulders relax, heads raise and a few tears are swiftly wiped away, people start to move and a wave of sound builds as the crowd slowly comes back to life.

The 2 minutes silence for remembrance Sunday 2009 has finished, but for me my work has just begun, I have made my way here to try and photograph the event for my leek blog.
Sundays for me are normally family days but I really wanted to capture this, as the Monument is the real centre of the town and this is its big day, but as I walked towards the crowd the last post sounded and all noise stopped and not just all noise but all movement as well. So I too stood still, head bowed and gave thanks for all our brave men and women, who’s number continues to grow, who gave their lives so that we can live ours in peace and comfort.

Once the silence was over I walked around the crowd, photographing the sights and marvelling at the number of people that had turned out on a cold Sunday and also at the great age range as it was not just the old, but people from all generations, all I think aware of this ceremonies new found relevance as more of our troops are sent into harms way.

What started out as a normal photo shoot left me very moved, far more than in other years, I think because its not all history any more.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Winter fun 2

While out taking some shots for my other blog early this year i came across an old school friend and his son playing in the snow. We chatted while his son slid down the hill, something we had both done ourselves at his age, and for the first time my idea for a Leek photo blog was mentioned out loud. Now 260 post later i have finally gotten round to posting this shot.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Horton village

This picture was taken from the new graveyard across the road from the church and looking over the road junction from last week.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Duck pond

The Duck pond in Leek park, i have spent many a happy hour feeding the ducks as a kid at the side of this pond.


Friday, November 6, 2009

The Leisure centre, Leek

The leisure centre at the park in Leek, to the left is the swimming baths and to the right the gym.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pay back

This is the pay back for travelling all those narrow road, Horton church yard all to myself. What a great spot but so compact i had to take 5 pictures and join them together to get it to fit.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Danger

One of the most dangerous things that i do is to go out and photograph things for this blog. For a start i have to leave the safety and comfort of my house, then i find myself driving all over the area on roads that are far from good and that i have never been on before. Last year i nearly got stuck in the snow just trying to take a picture of a tree. Today's picture shows one of the road that i have to travel to get some of my shots, and this is not the worst of them, but this one did give me room to park to take the shot.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Skate park 2

The shelter at the skate park seen from the other side, painted showing some of Leeks more famous buildings.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Skate park, Leek

When i was a lad this was a paddling pool and all the mums used to sit in the shelter chatting away, now its a skate park and the shelter has been turned into a work of art.

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