Scarecrows come in all shapes and sizes. In this case a doll. I was exploring my dad’s new allotment. After seeing the great fruit and vegetables he’s growing for the family. I looked around at the neighbours. Some had little sheds. Some hand crafted signs. Then this allotment with a few doll scarecrows. This was my favourite, surrounded by colourful flowers.
This photograph was taken at Dunham Massey Park on my last trip to the UK for a friends wedding. I’ve shared a number of images of this park as it is close to where I grew up and one popular National Trust properties in Cheshire. The old mill is one of my favourite scenes but here we see the stables and carriage hall which have now been converted into shops and a cafe. I’m not sure the significance of the water in the foreground but I felt it gave a nice reflection. Off to the left of the frame I’ve found fallow deer that roam freely around the park. The Hall dates back to 1660 so these buildings are certainly hundreds of years old. The stables are in the foreground and carriage hall behind.
Located in Bollington near Macclesfield, Clarence Mill can be seen above in the top left of the frame with the town of Bollington in the foreground. This mill provides office space to rent as well as industrial units and workshops. The large tapered brick chimney was built in 1914. It reminds me very much of the old textile mills that are very common in both North Cheshire and Lancashire.
I recently found myself driving over to Bollington, just near Macclesfield in Cheshire for a nice pub lunch and afternoon walk with a few friends of mine. Walking back down from White Nancy I thought that the main road looked very picturesque with these houses, shop fronts and street lamps. It is a shame about the modern cars parked along the road, but I didn’t think that they spoiled the photograph enough for me not to want to share it with you.
White Nancy is a structure on top of The Saddle of Kerridge, overlooking both the village of Kerridge and the town of Bollington. I first walked up to White Nancy with a group of friends when staying at the nearby Savio House retreat as a child. It was built in 1817 by John Gaskell. Originally it had an door into a single room which was furnished with stone benches and a round stone table, but this entrance is now blocked.