The long day closes

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top.  Back on the good ship Winthorpe and we feel on top of the world – and the final photograph was taken from on top of a bridge – tenuous, I know.

It had been a long and busy day. The drive down the M6 starts well enough at the Carlisle junction but the further south you travel the busier it gets, the more likely the delays – it never disappoints.  Arriving at the boat is always a relief and once the car is unloaded. the bed made up, the kitchen stocked and the coffee made, life immediately takes on a gentler pace. It very quickly feels like home.

I don’t know what the next two weeks has in store but today the weather was near perfect. We took a slow walk along the towpath to Audlem as the long day closed in a soft April light:

Overwater

The Shropshire Union

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As anyone familiar with the English canals will know, the grooves worn in the iron bridge guards are from the ropes of horse-drawn working boats – a tangible connection with a distant past.

There is a good wifi connection in the marina, hence this post.  It may be the last for some time.

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Do you see what I see…..

This photograph was taken a couple of weeks ago in Audlem, Cheshire.  St James’s Church was founded in the 13th Century and stands on a hill once thought to be a Celtic burial ground. Towering over the village, it reaches for the heavens more effectively than any spire.

The stone pillar and iron gates cast a long shadow across the foreground on this cold autumnal afternoon; could this be an uninvited guest with a scythe, approaching the church steps, looking for Edward:The Reaper

Inside the southern porch, on the right hand side of the entrance arch, there is Edward’s face, the other face cunningly hidden:Edward's Face

Weekly photo challenge: Up

This is the church which sits on high ground and dominates Audlem.  Although a Cheshire boy, I had never before visited this small village near the border with Shropshire although I have ‘sailed by’ on a narrowboat.  It is a very attractive place which according to Wiki in 2005 “was voted Cheshire’s ‘Village of the Year’ and the North of England ‘Village of the Year’ also the ‘Most Vibrant Village in Cheshire’. After also winning the county’s ‘Building Community Life’ award, Audlem went on to win England’s ‘Building Community Life’ award….a Meryl Streep of villages.

These views of the church are taken from the road below and there is much going on ‘up’ there:  a lone crow drifts on a westerly against a white cloud, a vapour trail scars the blue sky, the weathercock and Union Jack flutter on the same wind.  The Church tower points to the same sky, always the domain of birds and now aviation:

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