Posted by: digibirder | September 25, 2011

More wanderings

Not wanting to spend much more time cooped up, which has been the case due to the recent rubbish weather, we decided to have a drive out last week. Keith wanted to visit a new framing suppliers that he heard about so we made that our first stop before having a look into some old familiar places.

The framing shop is in Oldham, near Manchester, so we spent a while there and then headed up the motorway into the Rossendale valley. We used to live in this damp, dark place, in a village not far from Rawtenstall. We had a drive round and looked at a few familiar haunts, including where we used to live, and then stopped off for some lunch in a local pub – The Woolpack – not somewhere we had been before, but it looked nice enough, and the board outside said their home-made pies had won awards. So in we went, and we were not disappointed. Mine was a Guiness and Stilton pie with chips and mushy peas and was delicious. Keith ordered the steak and kidney, but when it turned up it was chicken curry! Someone had moved the pies on the shelf and mixed them up. They did get him the proper one and all was well. We got a free pot of tea for the inconvenience.

One reason for revisiting this area was to take a look at some strange art installations that have been erected in the past few years. There are four Panopticons in various locations around Lancashire, but we managed to visit two – the Halo near Haslingden and the Singing Ringing Tree near Burnley. It was a shame that the weather was not too good – in fact is was blowing a gale and felt like the middle of winter high up on those moors – but I managed to get some photos. I would have liked to have visited the Halo later in the evening, as it lights up at night. You can see some images of that via the links above. I will have to have another trip sometime when it’s a bit warmer.

The Singing Ringing Tree is made of hollow tubes which make weird noises in the wind – it was a bit spooky and I wouldn’t like to be there at night! It doesn’t light up, so it would be pointless anyway.

On Friday we went (yet again) into the Yorkshire Dales – Wensleydale to be precise. Again, the weather did not quite live up to the predictions, but then it hardly ever does when we venture out, seemingly! Still, I managed to get some decent shots, but nothing spectacular. The pub lunch we had was OK, but not as nice as the one we had a few days before. The weather did start to improve on the way home, but it was too late to do anything more, and we were shattered anyway, so we came straight home to relax.

The Halo – couldn’t really get it all in as there was a repair van parked right at one of the legs!

A very miserable and cold Lancashire day

Keith trying to play a tune!


The sun did shine briefly – very briefly!

A rather featureless sky!



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