Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my visitors, wishing you all peace and good fortune for the coming year.

A woodland snow scene at Tittesworth reservoir.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

End of the line

The end of the railway line heading towards Leek, taken in the bad snow a few weeks ago.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

James Robinfon 1788

This is the most famous grave in St Edwards church yard in Leek, Mr Robinfon (it would be Robinson now ere days) lived to the grand old age of 438.

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Inside the church at Draycott is this tomb of Elizabeth Draycott.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

St. Margaret's Church, Draycott-le-Moors

St. Margaret's Church, Draycott-le-Moors, where i spent Sunday morning at a christening.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

What no trains

A very bleak and snowy view of the old signal box on the tracks near Leekbrook.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Winter hut

A spot on the railway line I've photographer before but never in the snow.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Wool shop

Another great shop front, the Wool shop in Getliffe's Yard in Leek.

Monday, December 6, 2010


As Christmas is coming, it time to look for great gift ideas, so i thought i would show a couple of shops, starting with Bibelot.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Xmas tree, Leek

The Xmas tree in the Market place in Leek, decorated in bras in aid of a breast cancer charity, breakthrough

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Alton castle 3

Alton Castle was founded by Bertram de Verdon and built on a rocky precipice overlooking the River Churnet in the 12th century. It was substantially reconstructed during the 15th century and subsequently was damaged during the Civil War. In 1847 it was significantly reconstructed by Pugin as a Gothic country house for the 16th Earl of Shrewsbury.

The site was taken over by the Sisters of Mercy in 1855 and the presbytery became their convent. The castle remained a private residence until 1919 when the Sisters of Mercy bought it for £3,500 to extend their boarding school. The school closed in 1989 and the castle was left empty until in 1996.

In 1996 it was established by the Archdiocese of Birmingham as a Catholic Youth Retreat Centre. As many as 7,000 children age 9-13 spend time there each year.

This is a Grade II* listed building.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Alton castle 2

Alton Castle is in the village of Alton, Staffordshire. The castle is also known as or referred to in historical documents as Alverton or Aulton. The remains of the castle are a Grade I listed building. It is also a scheduled ancient monument. Despite its close proximity, it is entirely separate from Alton Towers.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

French market, Leek 2

Another shot of the French market, it was great to see the town so busy.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

French market, Leek

Leek was taken over by the French on Saturday as the Town centre hosted a French market, this is a shot of a mobile French bakery, complete with French bread and crepes.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Longsdon Church

Longsdon Church, An impressive Grade II listed building designed by Gerald Horsley and consecrated in 1905. Built of local stone in the Decorated style with a superb west tower and spire, it stands in spacious grounds on the main A53 just two miles from Leek

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hazelhurst Aqueduct

Hazelhurst Aqueduct on the Caldon Canal where the canal divides, the main line descending through three locks to join the river Churnet, while the Leek Branch continues along to cross the main line on the Hazelhurst Aqueduct.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Hollybush Denford

As i was down this way photographing the fields after the flood, I thought I would take another picture of one of my favourite pubs.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

all gone 2

The second of the follow up shots of the flood down near the Hollybush, Denford, the water filled one is here

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

all gone 1

A follow up shot of the floods down at Denford, here's the one with the water

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Autumn on the canal 2

Taken the same day as Mondays shot, just a bit furtherer along the canal.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Autumn on the canal

A photograph taken last week when the weather tempted me from my desk for a few hours

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Foxt church

The village church at Foxt, there is a craft fair here today.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


A restored signal along side the restored section of railway track leading to the Leekbrook bridge.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Manifold tea room 2

The Tea Junction tea rooms at Hulme End. One of our favourite stopping places, great cakes and drinks and always a great welcome. Check out their page here The Tea Junction.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Water every where 2

The other side of the road from the last picture, the river follows the wall, normally, check out the 5 bar gate on the right to see how deep the water is.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Water every where

After the resent heavy rain, this is a shot of a field just across the road from the Hollybush at Denford. The river normally runs down the side of the right hand fence, the cows are right on the river bank.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


A view looking towards Leekbrook from the top of the railway bridge, the thing that surprised me was the hight and how low the walls were at the side, only about 18 inches!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

No road

This seemingly uninteresting picture was taken opposite the spot that this shot was taken and show what work has been done, in the other shot i was standing by the hut looking back to this spot, over a number of railway lines and thorough a lot of trees, both now gone. Soon to be replace by a new railway line, part of the on going work to open up the whole line.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Lock keepers view

One of my favourite spots on the canal, the lock keepers cottage just out side of Denford

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Love needed

A very sorry looking boat on the canal, in need of a little love.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Garden boat

Aside from the natural beauty of the canal the boat's provide their own splash of colour, these boats range in size and shape from the very small, very neat barges, to the large and cluttered narrow boats, each has its own little quirks and character.

These usually reflect the character of the owners of the boat, be it the smooth corporate look of the rented holiday boat, all gleaming paint and sparkling brass work, or the much loved weekend boat, all bedecked in nick-knacks and accessories, or the floating home, all rigged out with the day to day necessities like generators and fire wood.

Every boat has those little touches that make it unique, the way the rope is stored, the design of the paint work, the flowers on its roof, all showing the amount of love that the boat has lavished on it. Take this one for example, it nearly has as many plants in the bow as I have in my garden, in fact it is a mini garden, complete with tomatoes and wind chimes.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Captine

A grab shot taken down at the canal, i was just focusing on the boat when he appeared, i call him the captain.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Follow us

Sheep trying to lead me astray as i head back to my car trying to beat the approaching rain

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

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