Salford 19th February 2018
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
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
Mariners Canal Bridge, Salford Quays
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.
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.
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
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
Salford, 7th March 2017
The drawing originated from the last family holiday we had in Oludeniz, in Turkey.
I took my notepad and pencils with me to do some scribbling when i got bored of taking camera shots with my Samsung web camera.
Just by the complex we were staying in were the remains of some roman buildings. The temple part remained intact in the centre of the city, but i was given the opportunity to take a drawing of the ruins nearby…a path between the complex and the beach ran right past the ruin.
so, i found the perfect place to sit…someplace i could see the plants, the sea and the stonework, and started drawing.
and whilst drawing, I drew quite a crowd…even if it was the lizards who lived around the Roman Ruins.
Upon landing back home at Manchester Airport….I picked up my watercolor pad and drew a copy of the scribbled drawing from my notepad
I used vermillion and burnt umber for the far away stones, and yellow ochre for the bricks nearest to me. To create the bushes on the path, i used sep green, and the centre of the painting was filled in with shades of cerelean blue.
#Coloryourworld #CYW #Aquamarine #Sea #Jewel #Birthstone
A precious stone – that’s what you are
Quite a beauty, like the colour of the sea
Until they found you in the rocks
A treasure hunter would travel many miles in search of the
Mermaids treasure – you couldn’t be seen…
A trick of the light ? perhaps . But many a
Royal sent out their miners sailors and privateers
In search of your beauty
Navigating unchartered waters
Expecting to find you
Young minds wondered aimlessly
around the museum space
hearing the sounds around them
as they found their place
The colour returned – to their eyes
upon seeing my trolley – to my surprise
and hearing a colleague veterans tale
it was like we’d found the holy grail
Stories were told as they wore the hats
and genuine interest grew from these cats
as enthusiasm blossomed around our bit
The teacher wanted to bottle it…
For as the veteran told his tale
the enthusiasm blossomed without fail
and communication started tween young and old
as a tale of the home front it was told.
11th November 2016
Imperial War Museum North, Trafford, Manchester
It was Armistice Day today
I was attending Imperial war museum north, in preparation for their Volunteer Celebration Choir with the Museum of Science and Industry and The Manchester Museum
But for Two minutes today – we stood in silence to remember those who fought and were lost in two world wars.
We then watched the film , Remembrance, which gave some poignant reminders of why the date is kept, to honour all those fallen in conflict.
The day before, I’d been at my spot in the museum – helping relatives of first world war soldiers remember their relations and share their stories with the nation on the Lives of the First World War Database
by B.F. Kirkham
Salford, 20th October 2016
Among the Modern tower blocks
and chic café quarters
the old bricks tell tales
of the city history
Listen very carefully,
and beyond the sounds
of modern cars
different wheels are turning
Steam whistles pipe
as the engine wheels turn
and locos roll on
like it was yesterday
their signal to move
ready to go
with a simple jump
Whilst across the road
Legions Amass by Roman Bricks
Preparing to March
Down Liverpool Road
And Young Glass buildings
Smile in the night
Breaking the silence with juvenile quips
“Hey Grandad….You’re Ancient!”