I managed to get out for another (little) ride the other day, thinking a little is better than none. I have to go through the Science Park which is about a mile away, to get into the countryside, North from our house. It is the quickest way, without having to cycle across town, even before you begin.
I noticed the daffodils planted around the park, which is the site of the old United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority offices/works at Risley. Then as I got closer I noticed these.
I tried to get in front of them to take a picture of them coming towards me but they just kept turning away!.
Then, up the road, towards the Prison, turning off towards Croft. Cycling past Croft Church, you wouldn't believe you were so relatively close to the motorways of M6 and M62, with such wide views. Passing on the right, an estate of houses being built on Gosling Park, which are all luxury houses, probably twice as expensive as we could afford, on the site which used to be an American military base during WW2. My son took some pictures of the inside of the camp, sneaking in through the fence, and shot some poignant photos in B&W of the mess house, just left, with unwashed dishes, an old electric cooker etc, just - left. It was unoccupied for years, at least it is better than ruined buildings, although I hate to see all that former green belt land being built on, wasted.
The fields are full of almost grown Rape, which is really early this year. It provides a beautiful contrast to the green fields. You can see these fields from the M6 link road which runs within sight and hearing.
I cycled up over the motorway bridge, to take me back to civilisation, or the former Warrington New Town, area called Locking Stumps, where I take pictures of this fascinating tree at various times of the year. What do you think of this? What does it remind you of?
i have shown two pictures, as I couldn't resist the last one - as I was going, I noticed the bird in the tree! It was quite a big bird too.
Now, through Locking Stumps and back to the Science Park. What was the main building now has a lake in front of it which is the home to beautiful ducks! I adore ducks and next time must take some bread with me, to get some better photos.
That building you can see was the main building for the UKAEA, now it is let out in suites, as are most of the other buildings. I once worked in what was known as Y block, on the team which was responsible for Hinckley Point B Power Station, recently de-commissioned! How time flies and things change. It is now Thompson House. I was fascinated when I first moved there from the previous offices at Radbroke Hall, Knutsford, to see the moving open lifts, which were called Paternosters. You used to just wait for a platform and jump on. Of course we were young enough to keep doing it until the novelty wore off.
I then went home, calling lastly at my friend's house, who was going in hospital for a replacement knee operation (which she has now had and I am visiting her tomorrow). Here's a picture of her lovely little dog, Ailsa.
Well, that was my day. See you next time!