Thursday, 29 October 2009

091029 Like A Fat Buddha Taking A Rest


I took Isobel to work this morning and as we drove up to Ainley Top there was a bank of cloud slumped into the valley bottom like a fat Buddha taking a rest. By the time Amy and I got back to the same place on our way home the moment had gone. The cloud had spread and the magic of the moment had vanished.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

091028 The Meaning Of War



If you read either of my other Blogs you will know that I went to Keighley today. Whilst taking photographs of churches and pubs I spotted a rather interesting shot of one of the statues on the War Memorial. It is the various shades of grey that are so compelling : somehow they seem to represent the meaning of war.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

091027 Looking Back At 081027



The weather forecast predicted good weather today but it has been wet and misty. To check out the weather on the same day last year I looked back in my image files and found this photograph of Fixby Hall. The eighteenth century hall is now the club house for Huddersfield Golf Course and the grounds have been transformed into fairways and greens. There is still a public footpath which cuts right through the grounds (much to the annoyance of the golfer I suspect) and Amy and I walk that way often.

Monday, 26 October 2009

091026 Cleethorpes Worms




I have been doing things rather that photographing things this weekend, so I have had to have another dip back into the archives for today's image. I took this a couple of years ago at Cleethorpes on the east coast of England. The wet sands provide a home to thousands of worms who drill down into the sand leaving sand sculptures which conveniently tell fishermen looking for bait where to dig.

Friday, 23 October 2009

091023 Where was I?


It's raining today so I am looking back at the holiday I took in June. Five countries in fourteen days : I tend to get confused over where I took many of the photographs. Now where was I when I took this one?

Thursday, 22 October 2009

091022 Nice Leaves Not Scanned


I know I promised that we had seen the last of the scanned leaves ... Well, these are not scanned (and if they are I have probably ruined the scanner). The grass and leaves I spotted on our walk this morning and they just seemed .... nice. I know "nice" is a bit of am overused word but they were ... nice.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

091021 Leaf It Alone


I promise this is the very last in my scanned leaves series. I need to turn over a new artistic leaf before I get boring. Or before I go barking mad. 

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

091020 Cutting Out The Middle Man


Taking a picture of Autumn leaves today I decided to cut out the middle man (the camera). So I put the leaf in the scanner and ...

Monday, 19 October 2009

091019 Halifax Borough Market



Continuing with my Friday shopping trip in Halifax. After the eighteenth century wool market I crossed over the road and entered the nineteenth century general market. This is a glorious building : all glass and wrought iron. 

Friday, 16 October 2009

091016 The Piece Hall, Halifax




Beautiful day today and Isobel was off work so we went into Halifax shopping. I managed to escape for half an hour and walked through the Piece Hall. Halifax Piece Hall is Britain's oldest remaining cloth hall where individual hand-loom weavers used to take their "pieces" of cloth to sell to buyers who would travel to Halifax from all parts of the country. Built in 1778 it takes the form of a large open courtyard surrounded by over 300 small trading rooms. The church spire in the background is the spire of Square Church which was built in the 1850s.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

091015 The Sisters, Priestley Green




About a mile away from Coley Church, in the hamlet of Priestley Green, there is a row of cottages known as "The Sisters" The cottages were built in 1630 by Samuel Sunderland of Coley Hall. You could examine the cottages for hour after hour and probably never find a straight line or a right angle. That's what age does for you.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

091014 Coley Church


When I was young I looked out of my bedroom window across the fields and saw the proud stone tower of Coley Church cutting through the grey clouds that seemed to live forever on the horizon. The present building dates back to 1817, but there has been a chapel on the site since the sixteenth century. As Amy and I walked down Coley Hall Lane this morning I just hoped that nobody would have the silly idea of cleaning it up. The soot-black stone is just the way it should be.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

091013 Marsden Jazz Festival


As you may already know the reason why I have been out of contact for the last few days is due to my involvement with the Marsden Jazz Festival. The Festival is behind us now and therefore I can return to my normal routine of walking the dog and taking photographs.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

091008 Nag's Head



Our walk this morning took us past the Nag's Head at Ainley Top. The sun was shining and the outside tables were ready to welcome just such passing dog-walkers as myself. The pub I know well : they serve a decent pint and have a ready supply of guest ales. But this is the weekend of the Marsden Jazz Festival and there were a pile of jobs awaiting me. Next time, next time.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

091006 Lock Keepers' Cottage


This Lock Keepers' Cottage is just around the corner from yesterday's photograph. It stands at the junction of the Calder and Hebble Navigation and the Huddersfield Broad Canal which takes boats from the Calder and Hebble to the centre of Huddersfield, a journey of just under four miles.

Monday, 5 October 2009

091005 Cooper Bridge



Our morning walk took Amy and I along the towpath of the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Cooper Bridge. It is a "navigation" rather than a "canal" in that it is made up of long stretches of natural river and short stretches of canal around weirs. Build in the 1760s, it is still in regular use - by pleasure crafts rather than commercial traffic - 250 years later.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

091004 Castle Hill



I did promise a picture of the "Castle" on Castle Hill which is why I am showing this one although I am not 100% happy with it. The site is one of the most ancient in Yorkshire which has been settled for at least 4,000 years and was the location of the areas most important early Iron Age Hill Fort. There was a castle on the hill briefly in the 12th century and during the nineteenth century the hill was the site of several mass meetings of the Chartist movement. The current tower you see in the photograph was built in 1897 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Friday, 2 October 2009

091002 Huddersfield From Castle Hill



It would be easy to get the impression from the photographs I normally feature that I live in a rural part of the country. But Huddersfield is in the midst of the West Riding conurbation and has a strong industrial heritage. This photograph was taken this morning and looks down on the town from the top of Castle Hill. I will return to the subject of Castle Hill tomorrow.