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Photos: Quarry Bank Mill

Quarry Bank Mill (also known as Styal Mill) in Styal, Cheshire, England, is one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution and is now a museum of the cotton industry. Built in 1784, the mill is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building, and inspired the 2013 television series The Mill.

This was our second visit to Quarry Bank Mill – we first visited it in 2008.

Quarry Bank Mill is on the outskirts of Styal in Cheshire, to the south of Manchester Airport. The mill is on the bank of the River Bollin which provided water to power the waterwheels. It was connected by road to the Bridgewater Canal for transporting raw cotton from the port of Liverpool.

We also visited nearby Styal Village, where the cottages for mill workers were built and I managed to capture images of a playful squirrel.

 

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Photo Gallery: RHS Harlow Carr

Last week we returned to RHS Harlow Carr on another glorious day. I adore the place as I get the opportunity to observe the details on a huge range of flowers. Unfortunately, the bird feeding station was unavailable in an attempt to reduce the amount of vermin, meaning I couldn’t take many wildlife images this time around. However, I did spot a couple of dragonflies and damselflies which I managed to capture.

 

New Browser Notifications

I’ve updated the site this morning to use an SSL certificate and therefore allow notifications to appear in browsers whenever I choose to add an update to this blog. If you wish to receive these browser notifications, use the bell icon in the bottom right of the screen and allow them. The bell acts as a settings system too, so if you wish to block them, you can do so.

I haven’t yet decided if I want to apply the same notification idea to my subdomains (the photo site etc.) but may do if people request it.

I really do want to get back into updating this more often with posts other than photos. I have been preparing my usual Formula One points charts throughout the season – the Monaco Grand Prix is held this afternoon – and I will probably write an update about the 2018 season sometime this week. I think this is my first written post this year, all the rest have just involved photos.

I also want to write about my upcoming new role with the West Yorkshire Maths Hub. I have lots in the pipeline!

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Photos: A trip to Wales and a return to Bodnant Garden

Yesterday, we had a quick day trip to Wales to visit my dad in his new home.

While we were there we returned to Bodnant Garden, a place we visited in August 2010 (those photos can be seen on my much-neglected photo site here).

Plus, there’s a bonus photo of Conwy Castle viewed from the shores of Deganwy.

 

 

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Photos: RHS Harlow Carr – Good Friday (30th March 2018)

This Good Friday, we visited RHS Harlow Carr once more. We love seeing the changes in the gardens as the seasons pass by. In the bird hide, we saw a jackdaw, a nuthatch and a rat!

 

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Photos: Yorkshire Wildlife Park in February

These 54 photos were taken just over a month ago at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. It was a cold, wintry day and most animals were inside or huddled up for warmth!

The polar bears felt at home, though…

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Photos: Nostell Priory in January

We had a free day recently, and an urge to get out of the house before returning to work for the Spring term. So, we found ourselves at the National Trust’s Nostell Priory once more.

I adore winter time for taking photos – particularly bright and clear days like the one we had on Sunday; there is nothing like an utterly cloudless sky to accentuate the starkness of the bare trees or reflect into a still, frozen lake.

 

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Photos: RHS Harlow Carr – Glow Winter Illuminations event

This evening, we visited a regular place for us, RHS Harlow Carr. For the first time, they have illuminated sections of the garden for a nighttime walk. It was a lovely new take on a place we know so well, as the photos below show.

I managed to get a couple of lovely photos of the Moon as well – the first time I’ve tried to do this. A tripod might have made it a little easier – unfortunately, there is some blurring of the zoomed-in image.

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The 2017 F1 Season: Final Championship Points

I love a good graph. So, here are two showing the Championship points throughout the 2017 F1 season in both Drivers’ and Constructor’s Championships.

If we focus on the two title protagonists, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, it’s clear to me that Ferrari, in particular, threw the Championship away with poor reliability and some silly mistakes in races.

Lewis Hamilton won the title after gaining an unassailable lead after his victory in Mexico. However, Sebastian Vettel led the championship until the Italian Grand Prix, but his Singapore Grand Prix crash and technical problems in Malaysia and Japan put an end to his championship hopes.