Saturday, 29 April 2017

Touching history...

The very impressive Salmesbury Hall lies 6 miles east of Preston. It was built in 1325 by Gilbert de Southworth and was the home of the Southworth family until the early 17th Century

The beautiful wattle and daub building is Grade 1 listed and still exudes all the atmosphere of a medieval family home.

The black and white exterior is stunning as is the hammer beam ceiling in the Great Hall

The impressive Elizabethan fireplace was built in 1545

Salmesbury Hall was the home of Saint John Southworth, one of the English Catholic Martyrs, who was executed in 1654.


Brockholes Nature Reserve...

A visit to the Lancashire nature reserve at Brockholes this week

showed a wealth of colour and new growth for Spring.

The Bluebells were especially wonderful in Boilton Wood.

Brockholes  - April 2017


Wednesday, 8 February 2017


This cold, but bright, February morning was just right for walk around 

Gorse Hill is an 85 acre site nestled on the northern and western slopes of Gaw Hill, a sandstone ridge with views across the Lancashire plain.

The snowdrops are just starting to peep through, and even though they need just a little more sunshine, they still look magical.

Galanthus (snowdrop; Greek gála "milk", ánthos "flower")

" Beneath these ice-pure sepals lay

A triplet of green-pencilled snow,

Which in the chill-aired gloom of day

Stirred softly to and fro"

The Snowdrop by Walter de la Mare


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Standing Stones..

Those who know me know of my fascination for Standing Stones

I was fascinated to see a group of stones at Brockholes Nature Reserve

Stone Circle

 These have been deliberately placed to add interest to the nature reserve but are still very atmospheric.

In the Distance

A Collage of Stones

"...Stone circles appear all over Britain and Europe- some in slightly better repair than others
some differing slightly in orientation or form, all of purpose and origin unknown..."

Diana Gabaldon : Outlander


Autumn Walking...

Today was beautiful crisp day so I headed for Brockholes Nature Reserve for some late Autumn colour

I found the golden glow of Beech and Birch and the bright red promise of Holly Berries

Autumn Colour

And along the path I met  Mole, Toad and Ratty

Mole, Toad and Ratty

I also saw 





Coal Tits

Blue Tits


 I was't fast enough to capture them but I did get a view of  a couple of swans hiding in the reeds

Through the Reeds


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

In the shot...

I rather like seeing the shapes that trees make when they fall over !

Here the bluebells and wild garlic creep around and make the shapes their own place..


An Enchanted Place....

A recent visit to Fairy Glen was an explosion of the senses

 Spring is the best time to visit this enchanted place

Ancient Woodland

Trailing Ivy

At the top of the Fence

Bluebell Wood

Follow the path

Wherever you look in Fairy Glen there's a picture waiting to be taken.

This is just a selection of photographs which I hope capture a moment in time.