Saturday, 29 May 2021

Brontë Inspired Still Life: Jane Eyre Notes & Lilac


"Spring drew on....and greenness grew over those brown beds,
which, freshening daily, suggested the thought 
that hope traversed them at night and
left each morning brighter traces of her steps." 

~ Charlotte Brontë, "Jane Eyre" ~

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Griffe Mill, Stanbury, Brontë Country


 Down at the bottom of a steep valley, below the village of Stanbury near Haworth, in a fairytale countryside setting by the river lie the charming ruins of an old worsted mill - Griffe Mill.  

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Vlog: A Spring Walk In Otley Chevin Forest Park


I am so lucky and grateful to live not far from the town of Otley and the wonderful forest park high up above it called Chevin. It is easily the most beautiful woodland area I have been to; full of character, history, lots of most breathtaking distant views and interesting features such as The White House, Dibbs Cottages, dry stone wall maze, Vacca Wall, to mention just a few. It is a perfect place for a refreshing stroll, reflection and a spot of connection with nature. 
It was very cold on this early May morning, but the light was beautiful and the air crisp and scented with spring growth.

Thursday, 13 May 2021

The White House, Otley Chevin Forest Park, May 2021


One of my favourite subjects to photograph are cottages, farmhouses, old homes of any kind etc. There are some in the vicinity of where I live that always inspire me and make me hope for yet another good shot, like The White House perched high up on the hill in the middle of the beautiful Otley Chevin Forest Park. 

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Friday, 7 May 2021

Vlog: Return To Haworth After Lockdown, 14/04/2021


The long, long, eagerly awaited day had arrived and the excitement at the prospect of being back to my beloved Haworth was overwhelming as I rode on the bus that would take me there. It was a beautiful, unforgettable day in every way; even the weather could have not been better for a leisurely, refreshing hike on the moors - warm, but not too hot, wall to wall sunshine and surprisingly, hardly any wind at all. 

From the Brontë Parsonage I headed towards Penistone Hill via Balcony Lane; I walked towards the cricket club and down the path leading onto the road at the village of Upper Marsh. On Moor Side Lane I turned left by the sign for Drop Farm. After the farm I joined the track called Farm Road which leads to Harbour Lodge Farm. From the farm I followed the faint path across open moorland to Brontë Falls. I returned to Haworth by Enfield Side Road, Penistone Hill and Dimples Lane.

Monday, 3 May 2021

T' Owd Gentlman's Grave: A Solitary Grave Down The Hillside Below Oldfield, Brontë Country


I'll rest where the rolling rock comes to rest.

The grave of James Mitchell who died in 1835, aged 72. He was the proprietor of Oldfield House, Oldfield. The legend has it that he instructed his servants to roll a large stone down the hill and told them that he wanted to be buried wherever the stone came to rest.

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Sunday, 2 May 2021

Early May Still Life

An impromptu still life for a happy Sunday, dedicated to my beautiful and brave childhood friend Andrina who is having to go through some very challenging time. 

"When you go trough deep waters I will be with you."

~Isaiah 43:2~


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