My maternal grandparents Bob and Mary Ann Fretwell kept a Herbalist and Sweet shop in Sherwood Street, Huthwaite situated on the Nottinghamshire \ Derbyshire border and now in the urban district of Ashfield. The shop has now been converted to a house. Me and Grandma near allotment at Baringers lane … Continue reading MEET THE ‘FRETWELLS’
Knypersley pool at Greenway Bank country park near Biddulph is one of my favourite areas for walking. I had my hot choc stop here and watched a Little Grebe ducking and diving across the tranquil lake. This day my mission was to find Gawton’s Well. My usual meander was along the waterfall walk as it reminds me … Continue reading Gawton’s Well at Greenway Bank Country Park
Whilst my cousin Martyn was staying with me we visited 3 different areas all linked by their association with earth below. Iconic Mow Cop castle is a folly perched high on the gritstone ridge at the southern end of the Pennines. Stone was quarried since the Iron age for milling corn. The land is owned by The … Continue reading True Grit, Salt of the Earth and Black Diamonds !
Old Town nestles below the island airport. This was the original early medieval settlement and hardly anything survives of the 13th century castle but I believe it is now being investigated. It was the seat of power governed by the Earls of Cornwall. The church was refurbished in the 17th century as a reward … Continue reading THE ISLES OF SCILLY Part 5 Old Town
A few years ago I attended an autumnal walking retreat at Rydal Hall belonging to the diocese of Carlisle. As a result I was introduced to the fascinating Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth. So much that I always wanted to return in Spring to understand more of the life of the ‘Wordsworth’ family. Monday 23 March Travelled … Continue reading Jean’s Journal of Lake District Holiday
This Christmas holiday I went with some of family to see the last film in the trilogy of The Hobbit . I had seen the first one but missed the second. Whilst the 5 battles were relentless, the filming of the dragon Smaug breathing his fire over the Lake village was spectacular. Then next day I … Continue reading Chasing Dragons
I had wanted to explore the canal system of Manchester for a long time but never dare to venture on my own. Then when my cousin Martyn was staying with me in July he was game to accompany me on a City Cruise from Castlefield to Salford Quays . We arrived by taxi from Piccadilly … Continue reading Canal Capital of the North