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.
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.
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!
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”
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.