25th August 2018
Museum of Science and Industry, Castlefield, Manchester
Busy little bee sits in his own little world
Among flowers and scents and colour
working over the flower beds
where the people wait for the train
industrious little fellow he is
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
Bronze it may not be, but it can bang out a tune
Resonating a sound that travels up and down the land
As great winds travel through moulded instruments
Some would call it a bit of a live wire with its sound, but
Spark like some other metals ? its remote.
You’ll see its yellow tones on railways and industrial sites for that very reason
Having visited the National Railway Museum in York today, I’ve been inspired to write this Tritina in honour of the railways….enjoy . P.S. Comes with Flying Scotsman Pic!
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The Horses came down the country Roads
Delivering by cart Black gold – Coal
To move the Iron Horse by Steam
And these mighty horses – fuelled by coal
Moved across rails on road
Powered by steam
Wheels of steel moved by steam
Replaced wagons on road
using engines fuelled by coal
Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 26th February 2016
I Went on an excursion with some of the lads from Manchester’s IWM North today to the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, where I learned about the canals and their heritage. The journey involved a brief stop for provisions at the M56 Motorway Services.
I took along my DSC-H300 too – in order to take a few pictures to remind me of the day
There were several Interesting pieces on the Manchester Ship canal which we left to make our way to the museum, including items from the Dock Office as well as pictures and models of the boats.
After seeing some wonderful artefacts, I enjoyed a lovely cup of tea in the café to go with my packed lunch, before going on a fact filled trip on a Narrowboat down the Shropshire Union canal.
A response to the Daily post Challenge – “Alphabet”
(Photo taken by the Author, Camera used Samsung WB-250)
Salford, 15th January 2016.
The picture you see is a Mural , created by the artist Walter Kershaw. It’s not the original, The original was taken down and replaced by the Trafford Park Development Corporation when I was in my teens. The second edition, whilst the building it was on was still being maintained by the corporation hung on the wall with pride for many years – until some of the industries that sponsored it moved out of town.
If you head to Old Trafford to see the football its still on display there – a memorial to the industry that once dominated the area. A pictorial A-Z of Northern Industry. Some firms are still there, the Delivery and Haulage firms as well as the food and chemical plants and you can see them as you travel around the industrial park. Rank Hovis has a factory opposite the northern branch of the Imperial War Museum – which itself is on the old site of storage silos from the second world war
And if you wander where your Morning Cornflakes come from – they’re most likely to have come from the Large Kelloggs factory in the centre of the park.
Both my Father and Grandfather worked at the MF Industrial works on Barton Dock Road, which has since passed over to Kelloggs since the work moved elsewhere in Europe. The Mural fondly remembers the factory though – as the vehicle the works produced appears on the picture alongside the company logo of the time. A fond memory of the works car park comes to mind – where the diggers were proudly on show in the docking bays. At Christmas any remaining diggers would be decorated brightly in Christmas lights
The building the mural hangs on – once a storage facility for the docks – has also undergone some changes – as it’s become a nightclub venue – strange but true.
A tale of the old cargo cranes that once stood proud by Ontario Basin on Salford Quays.
They stood side by side
On the edge of the basin
Dressed in their regal blue
The sky above as clear as day
With the sun reflecting their noble form in shadow.
Once giants of the waters edge
Two Colossus of their time
Lifting precious cargo from ships from far and wide
The mighty ships have left now
No longer passing by.
Stopping now at another destination.
The birds in the skies the cranes only friends
As new craft live in their basin
Their noble arms no longer needed
As the boats are too small now
For them to give aid.