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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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Christmas Cooking Food Historical Victorian writing

The plum pudding paradox

#socs #closeeyesandpoint

A Christmas Pudding – Too early ? (C/o Bing)

Above, you’ll see a picture of a ‘traditional’ plum pudding, eaten at dessert time around the table at Christmas time….before anyone goes ballistic….i’m following the rules of the previous challenge – and it just happened to fall on the page on the origin Christmas puddings

So, when did the craziness start inky?

Those in the know state it kicked off as a wheat porridge with fruit in the 14th Century. Veggies might not have liked this however – as recipes varied – having additions of beef, mutton or even porpoise

(Not to be enjoyed if you have veggie suet in your christmas pud!)

Three centuries later – they thickened the mix with breadcrumbs and eggs – and Dried fruit and your Christmas spices of cinnamon and nutmeg were added – alas – no plums. In 17th Century Yorkshire – they ate it for Breakfast (Not a bad idea)

We eat the Victorian edition of this classic today – No Meat, but spices, fruit, sugar and flour (oh and booze!). Usually after a suitable pause after the Christmas Dinner.

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Animals Historical Manchester Museum Poetry

Too Many Bones – Too

#writeclub #Dinosaur #Toomanybones

The Professors and the Doctors

shook their heads

as they watched the students

with their problem

They had been on the dig

for a number of weeks

measuring bones and

giving them tweaks

And putting them together

leg “a” to foot ‘b”

to show off their theories

as part of their degree

But now there’s a problem

in the jewel – there’s some grit

at least one of the bones

in the skeleton doesn’t fit

so they’ve put all the bones

that don’t fit in a pile

this second skeleton –

just might take a while

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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

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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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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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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

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Architecture Historical Holidays Memories Places Pleasures Relaxation Travel

Composition of a painting

Salford, 7th March 2017

Cerulean (2)

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.