Monthly Archives: January 2015

By-tor and the Snow dog

Snow dog

Snow dog

Not enough snow for a man, but enough snow for canine kind.

An epic battle between good and evil.

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As as our own recreation of this epic tale unfolded the pictures below show a turning of the tables.

On this occasion our hero Snow dog isn’t victorious as our by-terriers win the day.

Snow dog senses danger

Snow dog senses danger

Rigsby in attack mode

Rigsby in attack mode

Going going. Shackleton moves in for the kill

Going going. Shackleton moves in for the kill

Gone! Terriers  are victorious

Gone! Terriers are victorious

Timperley Sunset

As long as I gaze on Timperley sunset I am in paradise. “Frank Sidebottom”

The sun never seems to set on our Timperley Early rhubarb as you can see from the photo below it doesn’t require forcing. It is obviously very happy in the raised bed and attracts the attention of many passers-by who most often comment that theirs isn’t doing nearly so well.

Timperley Sunset

Timperley Sunset

This morning I dug out one of our two crowns as last year we had far too much, even after giving plenty away. The photo below shows last year’s second flush, we had stripped all the first crop to dig out a crown for a neighbour.

Timperley Early

Timperley Early

It must just be the Timperley touch!

I was born in the town of Altrincham in Cheshire and raised in Timperley. Famous not only for its rhubarb but also as the home of Frank Sidebottom who sadly passed away in 2010. Back in 1997 a friend of mine had been driving him to gigs, I asked if it might be possible to get a “little frank” head and the signed head appeared the next day!

"Little frank"

“Little frank”

Frank Sidebottom

Frank Sidebottom

During the festive season we visited my parents who still live in Timperley and I took the opportunity to photograph the bronze memorial statue of Frank in the centre of Timperley Village. It was unveiled a year or so back with great celebrity fanfare, with the likes of “Badly drawn boy” present.

Frank Sidebottom "Timperley Sunset"

Frank Sidebottom “Timperley Sunset”

There is a village just south of Manchester.

with dream comfort memory to spare,

and in my mind I still need a place to go,

all my changes were there.

“Neil Young”?

 

Silkies – move transition

Welcome the New Year and welcome Flurry and Blizzard our two new Silkie bantam friends for George. We collected them from The Canny Chicken Co yesterday and so far so good, they are getting along well together. Hopefully they won’t escape as we need to get the garden looking good for the forthcoming article in Cumbria Life magazine. The photographs are due to be taken in May, time enough to rectify the damage caused by escapees !

 

Flurry and Blizzard

Flurry and Blizzard

Blizzard and Flurry. Shackleton in observation role only!

Blizzard and Flurry. Shackleton in observation role only!