One Word Sunday


This is my contribution to Debbie’s One Word Sunday prompt Vertiginous.

I had a couple of ideas for the prompt before remembering this photo. Taken approximately 30 years ago, I’m looking over a sandstone escarpment down on the Cheshire plain below. The slope is so steep it used to form the defensive edge of an Iron Age hill fort.

One Word Sunday: History
Square Months

January Squares: Up #20

Rising Up out of the Cheshire plain.

This is my day 20 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.

The remains of Beeston Castle in southern Cheshire, England. Built on top of a sandstone outcrop sticking Up out of the Cheshire plain.

April Squares: On Top of the Sandstone Crag
One Word Sunday


This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Arch.

This is the Old Dee Bridge at Chester, Cheshire, England, the oldest bridge in the city.

The Romans built the first bridge at this site. It’s thought this bridge dates back to some time between 1357 and 1367. It’s built of local red sandstone and has seven arches, all of which are different dimensions.

One Word Sunday: Arch

Throwback Thursday

St Mary’s Church, Acton near Nantwich

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the mid 1980s.

First I should apologise to anyone who follows my Facebook page as I posted this photo on there recently. The reason for using this photo as a Throwback Thursday post is because there’s an example of 17th century vandalism in the photo.

This is St Mary’s Church in Acton near Nantwich, Cheshire. The church is historically significant, the tower is the oldest in Cheshire and there are carved stones internally that date back to Norman times.

But it’s the tall, four sided sundial on the right side of the photo that I want to talk about. It started life as a medieval cross until someone in the late 17th century decided to turn it into a sundial. Can you imagine the outcry if someone suggested such a thing these days.

Throwback Thursday: 7th May 2020


Square Months

On Top of a Sandstone Crag by Starlight

This a my day 30 contribution to Becky’s April Square Tops photo challenge and a follow-up of sorts to my day nine contribution.

A thank you to Becky for a fun month of squares. Given that our internet connection was flaky at the start of the month and I ended up in hospital a week ago I’m amazed that I only missed one day.

This is Beeston Castle on top of a sandstone crag in Cheshire. The lines across the sky ar star trails. If I recall correctly this is an 100 minute exposure taken in the middle of the night. I was one of the volunteers protecting a Peregrine nest site on the cliff face below the castle.

On Top of a Sandstone Crag by Starlight


Square Months

April Squares: On Top of the Sandstone Crag

This is the remains of Beeston Castle standing on top of a sandstone crag 350 feet above the Cheshire plain and it’s my contribution to day nine of Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

Built in the 1220s it fell into disrepair in the 16th century before being used in 1643 during the English Civil War. The castle was partly demolished in 1646 under orders from Cromwell.

My interest in the site? The sandstone cliff below the castle is a nesting site for both Peregrine Falcons and Common Ravens.

April Squares: On Top of the Sandstone Crag


Square Months

April Squares: On Top of the Ridge

This is my day two contribution to Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

Note. We lost our internet connection yesterday afternoon. I’m posting this using the phone as a WiFi hotspot. This maybe my last blog post for a while.

The ridge in the title refers to the Mid Cheshire Ridge, a line of low sandstone hills sticking out of the Cheshire plain. This section of the ridge is Bickerton Hill, or southern Bickerton Hill according to Wikipedia. The northern Bickerton Hill referenced by Wikipedia was always known as Raw Head by everyone I knew who walked the hills.


April Squares: On Top of the Ridge

I had gone to Bickerton Hill to photograph the autumn colour and was walking along the edge of the ridge when I noticed the frozen puddle on the sandstone ledge. I framed the photo with the puddle at the bottom with the top of the frame looking down into a valley below.