This time I’m not referring to trees (although another 3 have come down today, Mr Uhdd has a new shiny axe).
I’m referring to the demise of another rural pub, Tom and I drove past The Highwayman, Nr Rainow in Cheshire this afternoon. It was boarded up with all too shiny metal sheets at the windows and official notices pasted to the door, in that repossessed ‘got the bailiffs in’ sort of way. Last week saw quarter day when leasehold payments and rents are due, maybe that was the final straw. If you’ve not dug yourself out of a financial hole after the Christmas/New year festivities you’re not going to do it in January (especially given the snow and ice we’ve had in the last few weeks). Very sad for the landlords, and for those awaiting monies for goods and services supplied. The only winners are the collectors of taxes and the banks. There are rave reviews online about the food at the Highwayman, but problems like this can’t have helped
On no account follow the directions in the Good Pub Guide, which claims that The Highwayman is located on the A5004. It isn’t. It’s on the B5470, between Whaley Bridge and Macclesfield,
Other than that sorry sight, it has been a glorious day, blue skied and sunny; cold, yes, but invigoratingly bright.
The pond froze over last night (note to self, fill Dandy the cats water bowl before retiring tonight) and a light shower of hail had fallen, very pretty it looked.
Iris seed head
Pondweed and ice
And the pussy willow hints at spring.