Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

A Fresh View

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Sat in my mental folder marked ‘things to blog about’ is my day at the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port.

There were plenty of colourful, photogenic boats and much more besides, but as usual it was ‘the stuff round the back’ that caught my eye.   A dilapidated wide beam boat awaiting restoration,

Broad Beam -1

My friend Mrs Ogg thinks it is a watercress barge.

What is it about peeling/fading paint that I find so appealing?

paint fade-1

The reason for my visit was a photography course, I thought after five years it was time I found out what some of the knobs and buttons on my camera do. I think my camera enjoyed have its brain taken out for a walk.

Narrow boat-1

It was good to get away from things for a while, and on that subject; I’ve just spent a sublime half an hour looking at the blog of Steve McCurry, oh my, what a joy his photographs are,  his reasons for blogging are interesting too. I may have to pour myself a glass of wine and drift back for another look.

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “A Fresh View

  1. I like the watercress barge a lot. Thank you for the link. to Steve McCurry’s photos. They are well worth looking at.

  2. What a wonderful blog site. Thanks for sharing it. I love you r photo of the wide beam boat. It seems to have a life even there in the abandoned back area.

  3. Liking Narrow boat-1, makes me think I should move my dial off auto too.

  4. The inland waterways always look so tranquil. However, they are being run down through miss management by a new charity.

    Have a look at narrow-boat.com

    Mort

  5. Fascinating subject and interesting links. xx

  6. Lovely and inspiring photos!

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