“We have more in common that that which divides us” Jo Cox
This week’s photo challenge from Frank (Dutch Goes The Photo) is BUGS
Not my favourite topic but I’ve tried to keep well away from creepy crawlies !!
I’ve started off with a link back to my post for last week’s HISTORY challenge, and included a couple more photos of Manchester bees (taken in the Town Hall), a symbol of industry and hard work.
Then I’ve gone outdoors for some natural bugs ………..
And finally, my favourite. When I read the topic, my first thought was “The LOVE BUG”. I’m old enough to remember the 1968 film by this name about an anthropomorphised white VW beetle. It made a big impression because my parents had one from between 1963 and 1982. I learnt how to drive and passed my test in our Herbie, and I have a big soft spot for these cars still. The photo was taken sometime around the same year as the film.
This week’s Photo Challenge set by Frank (author of fab blog “Dutch Goes The Photo”) has set HISTORY.
I’ve just spent a couple of weeks in my beloved Manchester (UK) which is brimming with history – even a little Roman, though this isn’t my personal cuppa tea (sorry Frank!). Whilst here I have been on two guided tours, one of which was of the Town Hall, so I thought I would include a little bit of history gleaned from that.
Manchester Town Hall stands in Albert Square (1st picture), and was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, who was also responsible for The Natural History Museum in London. The Town Hall was officially opened in September 1877.
It backs onto another of Manchester’s well known squares – St Peter’s Square (famous for the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, considered by many as a cornerstone of parliamentary reform.
We have two other buildings in this square worthy of mention. As the eye sweeps across the square from left to right, one sees – The Midland Hotel (built at the tail end of the 19th century), Central Library (opened 1934) and then the Town Hall.
These are all shown below …….
I appreciate that not everyone gets excited by Victorian (and later) architecture, but here comes the interesting bit (well I thought so!!). Manchester was heavily bombed during WW2, but both these squares escaped. Why? Hitler had earmarked the Midland for living quarters and the Town Hall for admin, when he invaded England, which thankfully never happened.
Out of the frying pan into the fire, however, for in 1945, having escaped such a fate, the council proposed razing the Town Hall and environs to the ground to build a new “improved” city. In 1951 a Tory government came into power, and thankfully did what they are best at – made cuts, so the said redesign never happened. (For anyone in the UK, you’ll hopefully appreciate that such cuts did have their advantages then!!) 🙂 🙂
Frank, whose fab blog “Dutch Goes the Photo”, has set “Old” as the topic for this week’s Photo Challenge.
Whilst clearing Mum’s house out last year, we had the dubious pleasure of also sorting out the garage! That was no mean feat!! The word “cluttered” did not start to describe it 😊 Mum was not one to throw out and there was quite a cornucopia of old things, including a large heavy wooden chest, an impressive (and VERY heavy) workman’s bench which found a home in a young neighbour’s garage, as well as ancient light sockets, rusting tools etc!! Resting on the rafters above was a box, which we took down and opened. Quite a few pictures, mostly uninteresting but then ………………. We found something very special indeed. It was a framed pencil drawing of my father’s mother when she was young. I never knew her but recognised her from the handful of photos I had been given by my uncle many years ago. I confess, I felt incredibly tearful at finding such a treasure. The frame was crumbling, so the picture is in a temporary frame to keep it safe, and now stands in my study.
Below are my treasured pictures of Annie Paterson, nee Morris (ca 1905 – 1910), Manchester
It brought to mind the wonderful quote by Linda Hogan ………..
“Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.”
Annie on the left
A few years ago, I remember seeing the Horse Chestnut trees looking very unhappy. Their leaves were mottled badly with brown as if they had been scorched by some form of radiation. I later learnt that this was in fact due to a leaf-mining moth, and the prognosis looked bleak indeed. They had a death sentence hanging over their heads. The thought of no more Horse Chestnuts made me feel very sad.
“Oh there the chestnuts summer through
Beside the river make for you,
A tunnel of green gloom, and sleep
so wrote Rupert Brooke in his poem “Granchester”.
This year I have been pleasantly surprised to see the Horse Chestnuts standing tall and proud and very green. I do hope this is good news!
I managed to photograph an avenue of them in Chorlton Park, Manchester, which has particular meaning to me as I went to junior school right next door and walked past these trees many times during my formative years. The wind was playing up a little but I’ve done my best. (I shall remember 2017 as the year of the never-ending wind !!!)
Dr Edward Bach used the flower of this tree for his White Chestnut Essence. This is probably one of the most used of his remedies as it is for worry and obsessive thoughts. In our stress-filled lives, we tend to dwell too much on certain thoughts, hanging onto them well past their use-by-date, perhaps going over and over a conversation we had that day or fretting over possible scenarios of something yet to happen (or not!). These thoughts take hold and it’s nigh on impossible to evict them!! Stagnant thoughts can sap our energy and zest for life. White Chestnut Essence helps us to release them gently, thus allowing space for fresh thoughts to FLOW in and out, which is so important for good mental health and wellbeing.
This is a lovely remedy to keep by the bedside, to take before sleeping or during a tossing-and-turning night, but if you are prone to a bit of “monkey chatter” at night or other times, it’s even more effective if taken several times a day, for a period. (Note – some people have instant results, others need to take it for days / weeks. Just go with the flow!!)
Wishing you happy mental and emotional health.
Frank, whose fab blog “Dutch Goes the Photo”, has set “Street” as the topic for this week’s Photo Challenge.
Dare I say – this challenge is right up my street (Ha ha!!)
Even though I now live in a small town in Surrey (UK), surrounded by countryside, I’m still a city girl at heart, having been brought up in Manchester. I LOVE buildings and architecture and can walk my little socks off quite happily just treading pavements for hours!! Street art is another fascination of mine so features a fair bit in this post.
Photos included: old fish market building in the Northern Quarter of Central Manchester plus some street art there. The last three photos are of birds painted recently in West Didsbury, a suburb of Manchester, by Brazilian artist Mateus Ballon.
With the recent shocking and tragic news which has shaken Manchester, this post feels particularly poignant. Manchester is a great city, with fabulous people, but sadly others with their own agenda have done the unspeakable and sent shock waves round the world as a result. My heart goes out to all those affected.
Frank, whose fab blog “Dutch Goes the Photo”, has set “Falling Water” as the topic for this week’s Photo Challenge.
I was originally thinking along the lines of waterfalls and such like, then suddenly remembered a photo I took a year ago of some crazy rain falling on Chorlton cum Hardy, Manchester. I was safely standing at the doorway of a tea house at the time, and managed to capture the shot as a red bus drove out of sight, so I got a hint of red in the picture. (I have a niggling feeling that I have used this photo before – but hey !!)
Frank, whose fab blog is “Dutch Goes the Photo”, has set “STRUCTURE” as the topic for this week’s Photo Challenge.
One of my passions is for architecture. I don’t know a lot about the subject but I do know a good building when I see one!!
Manchester, UK is full of interesting buildings so I was rather spoilt for choice as to which photos to choose. I decided to show a few of Victoria Baths, because they showcase two different sorts of structure.
The first is the actual building itself, a robust but beautifully constructed brick structure, opened in 1906. It had a strong purpose – as municipal baths – but it must also have delighted the senses as it was highly decorated with mosaics and stained glass, and boasted Turkish Baths too!
The other structure is that of hierarchy. It was designed when women were deemed to be second-class citizens. In fact, not even that high!!! There were separate doorways for “Males First Class”, “Males Second Class” and finally “Females” (gee thanks !!). Entrance was the least of the insults. The women’s pool was graced not with fresh water, but water which had first been used in each of the men’s pools. Health and safety had yet to be invented!!
For some reason, I don’t have a picture of the building in its entirety outside, just the doorways. Mmmmmmmmm – I feel an expedition with my camera to explore further coming on ……………………
Frank, whose fab blog is “Dutch Goes the Photo”, has set “COLOUR OF LOVE” as the topic for this week’s Photo Challenge.
I have a BIG love of stationery, especially pencils, so I think these 2 photos sum up the colour of love for me perfectly. Taken in Manchester a while back.
Frank, whose fab blog is “Dutch Goes the Photo”, has set “FIRE” as the topic for this week’s Photo Challenge.
I have 2 photos this week, set in my old home town of Manchester, UK,
The first is of a Chinese New Year dragon from last year, who is just about to breathe fire over me! Ha ha !!!
Manchester Cathedral was badly damaged firstly in the 1940 Blitz, when it lost all its Victorian windows, and then in 1996, in the IRA bombing. The Fire Window, which lights the Manchester Regiment Chapel, was designed by Mary Traherne in 1966 to commemorate the rebuilding of the cathedral, and was then again reconstructed after the more recent bombings.