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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Picnic on Wennington Green

Beautiful summer day again so we took the Model T along the country lanes to the little (pop.178) Lancashire village of Wennington.

We were able to park on the village green and to sit on a bench alongside the river Wenning by the bridge.   We had the place to ourselves.

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Curious about this very well built but unexplained walled area alongside Wennington bridge.   The only entry is the iron gate - wide enough for a person or small animal only.   Must get Googling.

Answer - it is a pound and it is a Listed Building:

Listing Text

SD 66 NW
5/189 Pound on-north-east side of
Wennington Bridge
Pound, C19th. Comprises a sandstone rubble wall with a weathered coping,
built against the bridge abutment add forming a quadrilateral,on plan.
Gateway on northern side. 1

Listing NGR: SD6172070006

A View to Wake Up To

We have four security cameras on the roof and the monitor is in our bedroom.   Here is the view from one of them.   It shows the station approach of course.   It is EVER so much fun if feeling smug and lazy to watch the commuters assembling and sometimes running for the 0730 from Carlisle to Leeds.

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This picture was taken by the simple expedient of pointing the camera at the screen - a trick demonstrated to me by local press photographer Steve Garnett.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

We Host Guinness World Record Holder - Hagrid Leonberger

Having a quiet read of the paper at lunchtime when Pat shouted "My God, there's an enormous bear outside", pointing to Station Road.   I told her to keep taking the tablets, of course.

Later, some people came to visit the tower with three dogs, including quite the biggest dog I have ever seen - a German Lion Dog called Hagrid.   We soon heard that Hagrid was a famous TV star who had appeared on Britain's Got Talent, winning the Guinness World Record for the most objects caught by mouth in 10 seconds.

They were very early for their train back to Dumfries so we had a jolly good time with Hagrid, the biggest and gentlest old softie ever:

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 Pat and the bear, Hagrid

 Hagrid would have settled down on the Settle Down bench but he just wouldn't fit - and couldn't quite see the point anyway

 Ah, this is more my sort of thing.

 It was one helluva a struggle getting Hagrid up there so come on, where's my driver?

Even more of a challenge getting him down afterwards

and finally:
This is me taking picture number one!   A much better picture than mine, taken by Hagrid's 'mum', Sarah Woodthorpe-Evans.   If you look closely you will see that Hagrid's Dad, David, is in the picture too, betrayed by his feet and by Hagrid's gaze.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

A Perfect Summer's Morning

Lying in bed this morning I looked at the monitor showing the view from our rooftop CCTV cameras.      The view was so perfect I was moved to get up, go onto the roof, in my dressing gown, and get clicking.

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The shadow of the water tower intrudes but it is a nice problem to have for a vantage point like this.   Even the clouds are entering into the spirit of things.

The Station Master's House.  Giggleswick School chapel on the hill behind.

The station chimneys rarely get centre stage do they?   Penny Green are the houses and Lancashire is the backdrop.

The roof deck area is greening up well.   The tank's inlet pipe stands out as a reminder.

Settle Station's colourful signal box.

The magnificent pantry on our doorstep.

Finally, Steve's hosta, clearly enjoying things.   Not a single hole in any of the leaves - proving that snails cannot fly and are disinclined to climb tall ladders.

Monday, 10 July 2017

That Toy Box and the Clock

Back on 22 June I did a blog entry about The Folly Coffee House which included this picture:

It shows the massive and magnificent fireplace at our old home, The Folly.   To the right of the fireplace is a rather obvious cabin trunk painted blue with white banding.   I had painted it some umpty-tum years ago when our daughter Lorna was a child, to be her toy box.   We left it at the Folly when we moved, never really expecting to see it again.

Children remember details of their childhoods and as soon as Lorna saw the picture she was thrilled to see her old toy box and lost no time in telling us so!

This morning I repossessed it from the Folly and it will soon be back with its claimant after (lots of) years.

We are gradually getting rid of lots of rubbish handing on to Lorna some of her childhood treasures, including a Vienna? wall clock:

about which she posted the following on Facebook, Bless Her:

A big part of my childhood came back to life and found its new home today. I remember it being half way up the stairs when I was growing up. I remember dad winding it up once a week and loving hearing the whirring noise as the key turned. I remember wishing I was allowed to wind the clock up. I remember its soft chimes on the half hour and hour. Time will tell whether I will find them annoying in the night, but somehow I doubt it. #heavysleeper
And now I get to wind it up! 
Thank you to my parents for not having room for it any more!! It feels like it has been here in its new home for ever 


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Flying Scotsman Flies By

A super picture taken this morning of Flying Scotsman shattering the peace of a Settle Sunday.   Young Anthony Ward took the picture - one of our volunteers.

Lots of people missed the train as is was running 26 minutes early on its flight from York to Carlisle - and back this evening.

What a free show to have on your doorstep

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And I was watching the Austrian Grand Prix in our main room this evening when Flying Scotsman rushed by on her return journey to York.   Now what's not to like about that eh?

Friday, 7 July 2017


It's Settle Flower Pot Festival time again - July and August.   Here is our faithful flower pot man again, looking pretty much similar to previous years but this year with a new grey suit and a new name.

He was Isambard last year but this year he is POTUS *.   This is because he is quite barmy and likes to be at the top of the ladder.
click to enlarge but frankly I think he is quite large enough as it is

* POTUS - President Of The United States