We were invited to our old neighbours birthday party back in Cheshire a long time ago; the date finally arrived and our stay in Bollington proved to be special in many ways.
These pictures of one man and his dog are for you, Mike!
One man and his dog
We wish you a very happy 70th birthday, it was so good to see you and celebrate the the ‘three score and ten’ landmark.
and big love to all of our lovely ex-neighbours!
Well done to Tansy, Tish and Sue and John for all your hard work!
Thanks for a great party, the best hosts, fantastic food, the dogs running around and enough drink to sink a battleship!
But most of all, love to you Mike (and George who would have been watching down on us) and all our ex-neighbours; we won’t leave it another two years before retuning to Happy Valley!
Kay and her mates had a fantastic day out at Chatsworth while I was wallowing around with man-flu.
The Landscape of British Sculpture 1950 – 2015
Sotheby’s Beyond Limits is now firmly established as one of the leading events in the artistic calendar with artists including Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Jaume Plensa, Manolo Valdés and Thomas Heatherwick (designer of London’s Olympic Cauldron), having exhibited in recent years. Spread out across the garden, the diversity of these international artists’ works represents some of the most original monumental sculpture being made today.
Guest curated by Tim Marlow, Director of Artistic Programmes at The Royal Academy of Arts, the 2015 exhibition will feature more than 30 monumental sculptures created by Britain’s leading artists from the past 65 years. Find out more at www.sothebys.com.
Kay’s pictures are taken on a rather old iPhone, so don’t expect the usual Leica sharpness!
To be honest, if you were to ask me what I miss most about my old Porsche 964, it would be caning it through some French countryside on the way to Le Mans, or more likely, sliding it round some beautiful bends on the infamous A537 Buxton to Macclesfield ‘Cat and Fiddle’ road.
OK so this road now comes with speed cameras on huge pylons as well as the reputation of being one of the most dangerous in Europe; so it’s no fun anymore. But to be fair, even pootling along, or being at a complete standstill up here is amazing
You don’t need to break the law to enjoy these roads, but a lot of bikers and drivers do…
Of the 264 casualties on the road since 2001, approximately 70% of those killed or seriously injured were motorcyclists, the main causes being poor cornering/manoeuvring, exceeding the speed limit, and failing to judge another vehicle’s speed/distance. The authorities are clear on the problem – “The information and statistics show that it is riding behaviour not the road condition that causes the majority of collisions. We don’t have a problem with other road users not seeing bikes, because the majority of collisions are single vehicles,”
So look out for mad bikers, speed cameras, oncoming cars in the middle of the road, aerial survailance and anything else that may cause you to crash on a quiet sunday drive….
In fact, sell the Porsche, move to Yorkshire and buy an old man’s car…….that’s what I did, and it’s a lot less strssful!
Bollington. This is where we lived for the last sixteen years, a fantastic town in East Cheshire, set 20 miles south of Manchester, near Macclesfield, but not really near anywhere; a splendid place to raise a family, go for a walk, own a dog, and preferably, do all three (I never got the dog).
The helpful man walking to the right below is setting off to that very landmark……a spot we have all climber to thousands of times over the years!
Bollington is beautiful, I will add to these snaps over the years as I go through my files, but here are a few to get you started – walking up the hills towards Kerridge at the back of our house, after a bad day, you can be walking in lovely fresh air within minutes.
The estate was granted to Sir Thomas Danyers in 1346 and passed to the Leghs of Lyme by marriage in 1388. It remained in the possession of the Legh family until 1946 when it was given to the National Trust. The house dates from the latter part of the 16th century. Modifications were made to it in the 1720s by Giacomo Leoni, who retained some of the Elizabethan features and added others, particularly the courtyard and the south range. It is difficult to classify Leoni’s work at Lyme, as it contains elements of both Palladian and Baroque styles.[a] Further modifications were made by Lewis Wyatt in the 19th century, especially to the interior. Formal gardens were created and developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The house, gardens and park have been used as locations for filming and they are open to the public. The Lyme Caxton Missal is on display in the Library.
The most obvious structure in the park, other than the house, is a tower called the Cage which stands on a hill to the east of the approach road to the house (53.34453°N 2.05189°W). It was originally a hunting lodge and was later used as a park-keeper’s cottage and as a lock-up for prisoners. The first structure on the site was built about 1580; this was taken down and rebuilt in 1737, possibly to a design by Leoni for Peter Legh X. The tower is built in buff sandstonerubble with ashlar sandstone dressings. It is square in plan, in three storeys, with attached small square towers surmounted by cupolas at the corners. The Cage is a Grade II* listed building.
A steep-sided hill with a distinctive profile, sometimes described as the ‘Matterhorn of Cheshire’, it is the third highest peak in the county (Shining Tor being the highest and Whetstone Ridge second highest) with an elevation of 506 m (1,660 ft), and commands excellent views over Cheshire.
The name derives from old English ‘Scyttel’s hlaw’ meaning ‘Scyttel’s (personal name) hill’ and is one of several ‘low’ names in the Peak District, from the same Old English root that gives rise to the name “Law” for many hills in southern Scotland.
Sunday 2nd February 2014
Sunny, cold and breezy
Saturday22nd February 2014
sunny and bright, up a little bit early this month with family
beautiful as ever iphone5
Sunday 13th April 2014
sunny and bright, missed out in March, so made it up here for 4th visit of year on a windy Sunday, weekend before Easter. just the two of us, nice and quit! iphone5
Sadly, the truth of it is, we have not been up there since the 13th of April.
A lot can happen in 7 months, indeed, it has – and we therefore need to find our new Shutlingsloe for 2015 and stick 100% to the task this time, I think we can do this; no more moving house, no more complicated weekends, no more living with a cat on my head.