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Heritage Historical Holidays Poetry

Approach

#writephoto #approach

It didn’t look so grand on the photo

but now you’ve made your way past the gate

your weeks accommodation

is looking ever so elevated

and as you approach the keep gate

masked by the fog and trees

the thought of being lord or lady of your own manor

is coming to fruition

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Heritage

Fireworks

#Guyfawkes #Bonfirenight

Photo by Suvan Chowdhury on Pexels.com

For many ,

If someone planned to

Raise their home to the ground –

Expectations

Wouldn’t be to celebrate with Toffee apples or Parkin

Of course when Guido’s night comes about

Reactions aren’t about his attempt to

Kill those in the houses of parliament more the

Silver and Golden trails that rise up to the sky

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Heritage Historical Industrial Water

Stopped

#waterwheel #promptuarium

There was a time, where this mighty wheel

would turn the stones, that would crush the wheat

for the flour that made your morning bread

Today however, it’s taking a day off

for some clever person thought

chucking stones into a stream

was a good idea

and while the fish go another direction

along the river bank

the mill wheel sits there , waiting

waiting for the water to return

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Heritage Historical Poetry

Here and Now

Salford 19th February 2018

Present

I can look back on yesterday

Ponder my actions

Examine my thoughts

Tomorrow lies ahead

but sat here in the moment

its so far away

Preparation – in a short while

for journeys to come

can ease any last minute nerves

The future can wait

till the sun rises again

when tomorrow becomes today

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Acrostic Architecture Heritage Historical Industrial Photography Places

Over the bridge

Pedestrian

Trafford_Rd_Swing_Bridge
Detroit Bridge, Anchorage/Erie Basin, Salford Quays

Walking on water ? not exactly as they straddle the Locks , Quays and Rivers

of my home town

never shy of their responsiblity – they get people to their

destination from A to B and back again

easing a walker’s worry they’ll get wet in the water

revolutionary ? in their day necessity ? most definately

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Mariners Canal Bridge, Salford Quays

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Canalside Heritage Industrial Poetry

The Canal

Salford , 5th September 2017

Hi folks, Inky reporting from behind his desk at the toolshed.

 

Regular viewers will know i started this site to share my scribbles thoughts and photography with you all.

Most of the poetry (not all) comes from my online repository on Allpoetry.com

Now here’s the thing.  when i post to the Allpoetry server, the little gremlins working inside it, read every word i’ve written and give it a score – made up of professionalism, whether people like it or not – grammatical issues and all.

It’s very rare i get a straight 10 – I Got one today!

Here’s the poem, it’s called The Canal, and it was originally written around the time Salford celebrated the Centenary of the Manchester Ship Canal and Salford Docks.

Feel free to drop me your thoughts.

 

The Large Ditch

(or M.S.C)

on Salfords edge

is filled with

flowing water.

The water travels

along the bank,

making its way

to the West,

Meeting up with

Its Liverpool cousin.

It once carried

great ships

Giants of the sea

alongside its cousin

(the River Mersey)

It carried great objects,

Goods, far and wide

but canalside now has

a more relaxed side

Large basins once carrying objects to port,

are now the home of some great watersport.

and where cargo tankers unloaded their bales

is now the home of some colourful sails

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Family Heritage Historical History

Traces

Roots

24th august 2017

they say everybody has roots.

those tiny little things that define history

traces of who you are, set in your DNA.

back when I was studying at university for my HND, I got the opportunity to research my family tree

looking back through birth records…to draw up a computer program connecting the dots.

starting from little sis and me, and mum and dad, their brothers and sisters, and granddad and grandma 👵

this seedling was grown on strong foundations … when I dug deep into the archive , with a little help from imperial war museum north, I found a tale on my Great Grandfather, on my dads side who fought in World War I.

and by following the path of the family tree, I found the answers to the tales told around the kitchen table.

it might be the genealogical cross tween a bonsai tree and and an elm, but my family tree is pretty big … and I’ve found roots that I never even knew existed.

its an ongoing project…but I’m enjoying the digging.

 

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Heritage Historical History Inspiration Monuments Museums

immerse yourself

Immerse

Salford, 11th July 2017

when taking an interest in a subject, it pays to get the most of the subject matter.

Do your research, but don’t restrict yourself to a library 📚 books are great, however if you can see an item relating to your interest….it makes your interest  solid..  tangible.

Its  probably why I enjoy walking round the county museums and art galleries

taking in the counties art collections and exhibits and learning about the stories behind the picture.

I’ve covered the imperial war museum north a lot on this site.  But there are many other galleries that bring art and history to life.

Victorian Street at Salford Museum and Art Gallery - "Lark Hill Place"

Lark hill place in the city art gallery is one such example. Whilst others admire the paintings of Lowry and other local artists, You walk down an actual Victorian street.

You can see items in the windows, smell the smells of Victorian life and hear the sounds of a Victorian day…hear the hooves of the horses hitting the cobbles, and the clang of the blacksmith getting ready to replace those horses shoes …all before going back to modern life and enjoying your packed lunch.

immerse yourself….you will enjoy it

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Architecture Buildings Heritage IWM North Museums

Landmarks

Salford,30th June 2017

Hi folks.

The prompt for today’s post comes from a strange source – in that its not technological at all – it’s the humble letterbox.

Aside from my scribbles – and photography – I am a keen philatelist – or stamp collector.

There’s a reason for this – the pictures give me a source of inspiration in my own writing and photography, and the information contained within give me impetus to explore the world around me.

To avoid the fidgety nature of hanging the mini pics in an album – I get first day covers, which have an added bonus of having a cancellation (or postmark) with a connection to the subject matter.

Todays missive, however – brought a smile to my face

The forthcoming issue – Landmark Buildings has a stamp subject I’ve become very familiar with over the past few years

Iwm Waterside

Yes, the iconic branch of the Imperial War Museum in the North, where I help out as a volunteer, has found its way onto a Royal Mail First Day Cover.

It joins other iconic landmarks such as the Everyman theatre in nearby Liverpool and the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff.

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Heritage Historical Photography Poetry

Heritage

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Heritage

Salford & Manchester 20th May 2017

Historically important – from

English Villages to Irish towns they came

Rallying together to create something special

In a town called Manchester

Towards the Mersey they headed and then back again

As the first passenger loco made its way down the line

Great men were lauded for their designs – but in the

End – its those men who dug and lay the track we applaud