The future’s bright …

… the future’s orange; and wire-free or so they said in 1994. Yet, still I cannot get a worthwhile 3G signal at sunny Beaufront Woodhead. ¬†Not so much Everything Everywhere, more Not Very Much, Anywhere ūüė¶

The future's bright ...

Yesterday we walked from Stonecroft to Settlingstones (still no signal ūüôā ) and came across this magnificent engine house which formed part of the Stonecroft and Greyside mine, once used for the extraction of witherite. I was hoping to find some connection between the mineral and orange dye but had to settle for this: By using rhodizonic acid or sodium potassium rhodizonate, witherite is stained to an orange-red. Why wouldn’t you ūüôā

The Engine House ...

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Travel theme: Orange

I know, this is a cheat but I just wanted an excuse to post another image from Falmouth 1977, from a time when orange was just a fruit and not a telco and apples were for eating not touching.  This local painter does not look exactly happy in his work but the weather is gloomy and there is a sharp wind blowing across the harbour Рperhaps he just wants to go home.

I cheated with something else too – the orange is sampled from here ūüôā


Heartbreak Hill

I have climbed Heartbreak Hill five times and, following this most recent trip, descended it once.  The Trent & Mersey canal climbs out of the Cheshire Plain by a long series of locks to the summit-level at Hardings Wood Junction where you can continue south through the dark, dank 1.75 mile Harecastle Tunnel or choose the light and the Macclesfield Canal Рon this occasion, we chose the latter. The right turn at the junction neatly takes the canal back on itself and over Poole Aqueduct Рbeneath you is the Trent & Mersey where your younger self travelled some thirty minutes previous.

Many¬†of the locks on Heartbreak Hill¬†are doubled, although not all of the parallel locks¬†are still usable – some are filled in, some abandoned and, most alarmingly, some are accessible but too narrow.¬†Our greatest ‘heartbreak’ was discovering that the Lock 57 Restaurant had gone the way of the adjacent Romping Donkey pub – both at Hassall Green and both closed for business. Consequently we pressed on, mooring at Church Lawton, six locks shy of the summit. ¬†In the days when the UK boasted a¬†mainframe computer manufacturer, I worked nearby at ICL Kidsgrove – this is familiar territory.

I have included the¬†colour image to show the state of the water – it is Tango¬†orange, the result of iron-rich springs seeping into the water from the nearby Harecastle Tunnel. Not a place to go for a swim, intentional or otherwise (might work as an instant tan ūüėČ )

TangoMilepostLock gear and WinthorpeAbandoned lockWinthorpePoole LockKidsgrove summit

Click on the images to enlarge – in particular the last to pick up on the reference to the “Kidsgrove Gas Light Company”.