Picture Stories

Here are some picture stories to start  off  a few ‘reads’… Scroll ‘Recent Posts‘ and ‘Categories‘ for more words & pictures combinations.

Stonyhurst & The Hodder

An aesthetically pleasing marriage of Elizabethan and Victorian architecture, the towered structure of Stonyhurst College sits modestly beyond what was once the main road adjoining Clitheroe and Preston, within a stone’s throw of the banks of the River Hodder, and it immediately imposes itself upon the eye of those who have sought it. A Catholic […]

Wednesday Morning Magic

Something strange is afoot on Wednesday mornings throughout the Summer months. From Preston to Blackburn, then on to Whalley, Clitheroe, Settle and through to Carlisle, people are drawn to a weekly spectacle as if moved my strange magic or a magnetic spell. Cars pull over. Playground footie games pause. Roadworks stop (do some ever start?) […]

Blackpool

We met someone in Lytham last year who told the story of an Australian family, who arrived in Blackpool expecting to see Las Vegas, but instead were horrified by tacky reality (hence their sharpish escape to Lytham!). Those of us who’ve grown with Blackpool’s reality – since we went on a first holiday with Nan […]

Buckets and Braces

This is the kind of spontaneous photography that is being killed off by selfies, because a generation is being encouraged to only see merit in a picture if they are actually in it! Bad photography is often about ‘look at me’ fame, and myriad related projects. Good photography is a harmony of elements that combine […]

Pendle Hill

The selection of Pendle Hill photos I have is out of proportion to what I could ever hope do with so many images (except perhaps for a book on Pendle Hill, which isn’t going to happen…not a factual book, at least). So from a commercial point of view, the amount of time I’ve spent awaiting […]

Clitheroe

Like much of the Ribble Valley and Lancashire, the weakness of under-funded tourism-cum-marketing is also its endearing strength. There are some wonderful places to see and things to do around these parts. But happily for those of us who avoid the crowds, comparatively few folk know about them: if it thrives, it does so because […]

Whalley & Abbey

Hands up all those who’ve been to Whalley Abbey? There’s no reason why you should’ve, if you don’t know it exists. The Abbey, like this small town of Whalley, is usually discovered by accident and returned to often by folk who have. Whalley is a little gem and the grounds of the Abbey are perfect […]

Slaidburn

  Good pub, with Lancashire cheese pie and a roaring open fire, and well-placed YHA if you don’t mind communal snoring and farting. Head out of town past the Unknown Soldier, and just the other side of the bridge there’s a footpath down to the right – cut across the field and your on the […]

Downham

On sunny summer days, pack your folding chairs and kids into the car (not necessarily in that order), and bring some healthy seed-feed for the army of ducks, who await your arrival with bated beak.         Alternatively, bring a hot flask in the Winter months and make a showing before the sun […]