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February 2013

3

The Internet And The Outdoors

When I first became interested in the internet I consulted books. One was called Homepage Usability, and I went to the library and found another which featured good design. This indicates how long ago that was, when “cyberspace” was being explained and described in the print medium. The library book was a beautiful volume more about graphics than content. In those days – around fourteen years ago – you built a site using Photoshop, Illustrator,…


 
6

Chorlton Meadows Dreams: A Photo Project

This photography project started in the autumn of 2011. I’d wandered and explored the nature reserves of Chorlton Water Park and Sale Water Park, and a little around them. What I hadn’t done is walked along the connecting River Mersey and in the ‘wilder’ areas such as Chorlton Meadows. Here are the photographs. ‘Wild’ is a relative term. Some say, and I agree, there are few if any ‘wild’ parts of Britain. Go to the most…


 
7

Winter In The Peak District

Two years ago in Britain we had one of the most severe winters since records began. This year 2012-13 has also been severe but only in parts of the country and for a relatively short time. I’m not much of a winter hiker because for me the novelty of snow wore off some time ago. It’s stunning when you first see the hills clad in white and for a few years I looked forward to…


 
9

Poplar Trees

Considering how much I love trees I know very little about them. I can identify an oak, silver birch, cherry, willow, yew, and poplar. I am currently learning to identify the ash tree because I think there are lots of them on my walks and I half know them for what they are; I just have to pay more attention. I’m not too keen on poplars. They always seem slightly artificial to me, used as they…


 
13

Edale In Winter

It’s been a long, hard winter, and it’s not over yet. Severe at times, though only in parts of Britain unlike two years ago when the country was snow bound. It’s snowing again now. The problem for me is the perpetual gloom. Cold is something you cope with, snow can be fun, but no sunlight drains and depresses me like a vitamin loss. Britain is not a sunny place to start with. Winter is worse,…


 
17

Alexandra Park: Wild And Manicured Nature

I wanted to see what was happening at Alexandra Park in Manchester regarding council plans to develop the place. If you live in a city parks are a wonderful resource. Trees were being felled, a wild area removed, and protestors had moved in. A senior council employee referred to the protestors as “a noisy minority” which I found rather unkind. The world is run politically – not ethically or ecologically – with the manufacturing of…


 
26

Lyme Park in Winter

Lyme Park is a National Trust area situated between Disley and Poynton in Cheshire. At the centre of it there’s a heritage property which has been used for period drama filming: think Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. For walkers this is not its main attraction and after visiting the park numerous times I’ve never been near the building. The grounds are extensive but it’s the rear of the park which is most wild…