11 June 2015

Longnor

Still catching up. Last Saturday my old friend Tony was over from East Yorkshire. We had been to see The Strawbs at The Greystones the night before but on that sunny Saturday morning we tootled off over the hills to lovely  Longnor in Staffordshire. I had planned a fine ramble in The Manifold Valley and after parking (for free!) in Longnor's cute and historic market place we set off westwards.

Very soon we reached Gauledge Farm where I had to rub my eyes. Imagine my surprise! My Beau and Peep were taking a farm holiday without our knowledge!












Then we carried on our ramble. At Fawside, we held a gate open for a farmer who was leading a herd of milking cows to fresh pasture. We passed the time of day as a miniature traffic jam formed and the cows ambled into their field in bovine slow motion.

Normally I walk alone, at my own pace, stopping whenever I want to do - usually to take pictures. When walking with somebody else it's a bit different. You have to be aware of their natural pace and be conscious of possible irritation that stops and diversions might cause. A couple of times, Tony's map reading skills seemed somewhat insecure. Once he wandered off across a meadow in a north easterly direction when the "path" went to the south east. I found myself standing by the next stile beckoning for him to join me. But this was partly forgivable because the "path" in question was surprisingly untrodden and the lush spring sward had hidden any evidence of it.

Onwards to Bridge End and then along to Ludburn Farm. Back over The River Manifold and northwards past Lower and Over Boothlow towards Longnor and a very late but well-earned  lunch in "Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese". In a field east of The Manifold I eyeballed a group of men I recognised from "The Hammer and Pincers" in Sheffield - twenty miles away. They form an opposing quiz team and usually do quite well. I gave them a Yorkshire greeting which is like a grunt - "Oreight?"

More pictures:-
Come back Tony!
In the Manifold Valley
Guard dog in Longnor - but it didn't bark!

14 comments:

  1. The tree and cloud is a gem of a shot. I wish my two were as quiet as this Westie. Noisy little sods mine are.

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    1. The Longnor Westie doesn't even need feeding! And no poop bags required either.

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  2. A green and pleasant land. Great photos.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Sheila. We are indeed fortunate to live close to such loveliness.

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  3. Your 'Come Back Tony' shot is a gem. At least the sign didn't say 'Fresh Eggs'. For some reason that irritates me. Is someone going to admit to selling stale ones?

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    1. Fresh eggs? See this link for the "Century Egg"! Yummy!
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_egg

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  4. Could I ask you a favour?
    Would you look at the the official Trelawnyd Flower Show website and consider entering the photo competition ?
    Truely they are lovely!

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    1. Okay John. I will check that out later and thank you too.

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  5. Another good walk, and great pictures. Well, you shouldn't be too surprised to see your pet sheep venturing out now that you have started to take the little one on a trip, it gave him a taste for adventure and of course he won't be satisfied anymore with being confined to the grounds of Pudding Towers.
    I know what you mean about walking on your own compared to walking with someone else. I enjoy both, but I think I have never had walks so intense as when I am on my own, with nobody "distracting" me and my own pace giving the rhythm.
    The tree with the cloud above it is a masterpiece.

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    1. That tree and cloud picture - which Adrian also commented on - was deliberate in the sense that I consciously found the position where the cloud would appear to be somehow emerging from the tree. It is a simple photograph but I also like it. Thank you.

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  6. I don't think it is the cloud that makes that photo ~ I think it is the angle of the sloping ground against the upright tree. I found myself having to look twice to see that the tree was indeed perpendicular. Illusion not of cloud but of ground.

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    1. I always try hard to make sure that my photographs are exactly perpendicular but I now see what you mean about the sloping ground Carol. I am pleased that this particular photo caught your eye.

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  7. "In the Manifold Valley" is a brilliant photo, Yorky....very well captured!

    I love the dog. ::)

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