Saturday, 19 April 2014

Weekend Reflections, Dunham Massey lakeside

I went for a lovely sunny mid-week walk enjoying the wonderful warm spring sunshine. One of the lakes in Dunham Massey's grounds is starting to burst with greenery and is my Easter contribution to Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Good Friday climb to Rivington Pike

This is Rivington Pike in South Lancashire, which sits atop a 1,191 feet (361 metres) summit, so I guess that makes it a mountain. It is the site of one of a chain of beacons which were put in place by the Earl of Chester Ranulph de Blundeville around 900 years ago in the year 1139.

Usually you can have the place to yourself and a mere handful of other walkers and dogs. Today will be a different story however, as it's a Good Friday tradition for people from the village of Rivington, and neighbouring towns of Horwich and Chorley below walk up to the top. It stems from a feeling of being nearer to God.  At least it's a lot warmer and sunnier today than on the day I took this photo.

There will be stalls and music, food and drink awaiting those who make it. If it's a clear day then they will also be greeted by views of the Blackpool Tower, the Lake District mountains, the Welsh mountains and even as far as the Isle of Man (the latter is 93 miles or 150 km away).

The Rivington Pike Fell Race has been held on the Saturday before Easter Sunday since 1892. The fell race originally started from the Horwich railway works, but since 1930 from the park entrance at Lever Park Avenue. It attracts around 400 runners. The course is 3¼ miles and there is a 700 feet ascent.

Happy Easter!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Annual Manchester Duck Race

Tomorrow many Mancunians and Salfordians will gather on the left bank of the River Irwell for the 4th annual rubber duck race. Thousands of ducks are tipped into the river and later rounded up downstream. These are all sponsored for the Brainwave Centre charity, which works with families to deliver home-based therapies and exercises to help children with disabilities.

I assume that all the ducks are taken out of the river at the end to be reused the following year rather than add to our polluted rivers and seas... I'm waiting for Spinningfields to confirm this- if they are then I'd support this fun event, but if more resources are used each year to manufacture thousands more ducks unnecessarily, I'd have to hold back on environmental grounds...)

A few summers back we found three rubber ducks on a west Wales beach. They had swum across from Dublin, where they had entered a similar race which started on the River Liffey. They had evidently been washed into the Irish Sea and south-eastwards across to Gywnedd, a journey of around 170 km.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

ABC Wednesday: "N" is for not your average abseilers...

Now we reach the letter "N" in ABC Wednesday . Not as easy as normal for me, but I've been meaning to post this wonderful piece of art for a while. Three metallic abseilers try to find their way down Arthur House on Chorlton Street in the city centre.

Happy Birthday Tim!   

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Vintage van, Ruby Tuesday

Down at Spinningfields the other Sunday I passed this vintage French van. All closed up for the day having sold a lot of fast food. 

Taking part today in two Tuesday memes: Our World Tuesday and Ruby Tuesday.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Monday Mural, Stevenson Square's spring

Splashes of floral colour above one of the current crops of Outhouse Project murals on Stevenson Square. Taking part in Monday Mural.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Black and white weekend: wrong side of the tracks

. The train track carves its way through the city, almost scraping the sides of these Edwardian packing warehouses (which are now offices and flats). Taking part in a Black & White Weekend.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Reflecting on Mancunian Wave's Mancunian wave!

Taking part in Weekend ReflectionsGateway House on Piccadilly Approach has wonderful 1960's modernist curves and waves. I featured it the right way round back in 2011, along with an explanation of why my blog is so named. Forgive me if I repeat myself as I reached a three year blogging anniversary this week...

The name of Mancunian Wave comes from:

1) The local flyover called the Mancunian Way, two words which could also appertain to a lifestyle or a certain way of doing things.

2) I envisaged a "wave" as in a greeting, a wave as in travelling across the airwaves and cyberspace, and a wave as in a trend, a wave spreading out across from the heart of Manchester & Salford and reaching the furthest points of the north west, from Peaks to Lakes, from the Cheshire plain to Lancashire life...

Friday, 11 April 2014

Coffee break on Greengate Square at Grindsmith @Grindsmiths

A newish coffee house on a newish square- Grindsmith Espresso and Brew Bar on Greengate Square just across from Manchester Cathedral in Salford. I hope this venture succeeds and that other businesses flock to the square and the arches soon. Taking part in this week's Skywatch Friday posts.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Blossom on the banks of the Trent & Mersey

Taking part in this week's Rurality Blog Hop. 

There is blossom in the air and on the canal banks as Mancunian Wave completes 3 years of blogging this week- 10th April 2011 was the start of this fun journey. I'm happily heading into Year 4...

Thanks to all readers, City Daily Photo bloggers and other bloggers for your encouragement over the last 3 years. 

Apologies to my fellow bloggers when I don't get round to commenting on your blogs as much as I'd like. I do try and visit them all at least weekly to catch up, but I don't always comment - you know how tricky it is when you have 2 jobs, family, social life and other community activities to fit in too ;-( ...