Beresford Dale

It’s always interesting for us to walk through Beresford Dale and enjoy the unique and tranquil atmosphere.  Are we walking the paths our ancient ancestors once trod?beresford-dale-6x4

stamp 3Beresford Dale is a beautiful part of the Dove valley on the Derbyshire Staffordshire boundary. It is associated with Izzak Walton and Charles Cotton, and the 17th century classic ‘The Compleat Angler or The Contemplative Man’s Recreation’. Here is Pike Pool, so called, as Cotton himself tells us because of the rock pike that rises out of the water.

St Pancras Station

A quiet Sunday afternoon at St Pancras Station.  The train home isn’t due for a while and there’s chance to enjoy the surroundings and photograph the interesting statue of Sir John Betjeman.st-pancras

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St Pancras Station is the gateway to London from the North and Midlands and also, as home to Eurostar, from mainland Europe.

It was opened in 1868 and is a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture. Sir John Betjeman was largely responsible for saving it from demolition in the 1960s and this larger than life-size statue of him looking up at the magnificent roof is a fitting tribute.
The statue is standing on a disc of Cumbrian slate inscribed with Betjeman’s name and dates and the words “Who saved this glorious station”.

And here’s what he is admiring…063-2

The Crooked Tree

A postcard from St George’s Park, the National Football Centre in Staffordshire.  The extensive grounds are beautifully maintained and the overall impression is that of a centre of excellence, wellbeing and perfection.  It therefore seemed strange that this tree had escaped the woodcutter’s axe (or chainsaw). I couldn’t help but think of The Crooked Tree story.

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Once upon a time there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. And they grew next to each other. And every day the straight tree would look at the crooked tree and he would say, “You’re crooked. You’ve always been crooked and you’ll continue to be crooked. But look at me! Look at me!” said the straight tree. “I’m tall and I’m straight.” And then one day the lumberjacks came into the forest and looked around, and the manager in charge said, “Cut all the straight trees.” And that crooked tree is still there to this day, growing strong and growing strange.
Tom Waits. From the film Wristcutters – A Love Story