Saturday, August 21, 2010

Myerscough College Gardens - Six Butterflies and a Baby Bunny

Red Admiral Butterfly
Red Admiral

I'm back in Lancashire, having had a great couple of weeks exploring County Durham and Northumberland with the family. The sun made an appearance today, so we shot over to Myerscough College for a spot of lunch and a wander around the gardens. It was a great day for butterfly spotting, and I managed to take some reasonable pictures of some common ones - please correct me if I've misidentified any. There were also some wild rabbits young and daft enough to let us get close.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

lostnortheast Holiday Special

Old Post Bus by Derwent Reservoir
Old Post Bus by Derwent Reservoir

I'm away with the family for a couple of weeks staying by Derwent Reservoir, County Durham, within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can see what we discover at lostnortheast.

P.S. I'll be selling the minibus when we get back - drop me a line if you're interested.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Calder Vale Walk

Ducklings at Calder Vale Mill Pond
Ducklings at Calder Vale Mill Pond

The village of Calder Vale nestles in a steep sided valley around the River Calder, in the west of Bowland close to the A6 and the market town of Garstang.  It was originally founded by Quakers Jonathan and Richard Jackson, who sited a water-powered cotton mill, Lappet Mill, here in 1835 and built the stone terraced housing for the workers.  The Lappet Mill is still in use today, having found a niche weaving cotton for Arab headscarves, and although it is no longer water-powered the original mill pond and sluice machinery remain.