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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 15th December, 2012)

Frosty Rooftops

Frosty Rooftops
A view from my home in Whelley of a frosty morning in Wigan.

Photo: Ben Cusick  (Nikon D7000)
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Comment by: Ken R on 15th December 2012 at 00:01

Nice photo, looking towards Winter Hill? What part of Whelley?

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 15th December 2012 at 00:39

Wow Ben!!!! It looks frosty too, just what I need in warm Adelaide, cheers!!!

Comment by: michael Australia Melbourne on 15th December 2012 at 07:31

Looks like they rebuilt Whelley since Ileft.Good photo mate

Comment by: dirty harry on 15th December 2012 at 09:32

yawn and double yaaaawwwwwwwwnnnnnn

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 15th December 2012 at 11:04

Dirty Harry stop all that yawning!! You will put your jaw out of alignment!!!
I used to love frosty mornings and rugging up against the biting wind, brrrrrrrrrr!!!!

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 15th December 2012 at 11:08

Your photo, Ben, brought Jack Frost to mind !
Why Jack Frost? Refer;-
Ken R, this must be looking towards Wigan with the flats where they are.
Lizzie, I see that Janice is on Communicate, General !!

Comment by: Mick on 15th December 2012 at 11:26

Ken R The photo might be wintery but its looking towards Billinge Hill.

Ive always wondered why Whelley is called Whelley.

Comment by: tricia on 15th December 2012 at 11:46

Dirty Harry
You really should get to bed earlier!
Regards to your sister Girty

Comment by: cullie on 15th December 2012 at 13:10

ken r the piccy is looking toward billinge DH you make me laugh. you can be so ignorant sometimes .

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 15th December 2012 at 13:33

Yes indeed, this is a view towards Billinge (you can see the beacon.) There are clues in the picture. Given that the shot was taken in the morning and the sun is clearly to the left (i.e. rising from the east) the shot is predominantly Southward. BTW the 4 towers on the skyline can be seen on P-o-D Wednesday 28th. November 2012.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 15th December 2012 at 13:48

Mick, you may be interested in this: http://www.wiganworld.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=39410&sid=2e24536a2e56ed67f91909180cd9c932

Comment by: ben cusick on 15th December 2012 at 16:09

neil - What are the 4 towers seen in the skyline? Does anyone know. I've often wondered.

Thanks for all your comments


Comment by: Neil Rigby on 15th December 2012 at 17:13

Not sure what the towers are now, and how they are used, but (many years ago) my friend used to work for "the Home Office" as an electrical/electronic engineer and worked on maintenance of a radio communication centre (ambulance/fire/police etc) leading up to Billinge Hill. The towers are (more or less) along Crank Road which itself leads up from Upholland Road. Type "Crank road, Billinge, Wigan" into Google Maps to see the location (http://maps.google.com/)

Comment by: philra on 15th December 2012 at 17:23

I actually agree with DH (careful!) its a bit boring this pic. Could try harder Ben. Sorry mate.

Comment by: Mick on 15th December 2012 at 17:47

Ben the 4 towers are radio masts.

Thanks for the link Neil

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 15th December 2012 at 17:59

For a close-up view of Billinge Beacon (the rectangular "blip" to the left of the 4 towers) see Photo-a-Day Tuesday, 24th April, 2012.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 15th December 2012 at 19:19

Hi Ben, I think they are probably communication or TV antennas. They ar usually erected on the highest point. We have them here on our mount Lofty which is the highest point in the Adelaide Hills, cheers!!!

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 15th December 2012 at 19:45

As it appears that some think photos like this are boring, I would like to say to them that it seems that you see nothing of interest on this photo. And yet, with a little bit of knowledge (which you may have to seek for yourself) the photo makes a connection between Whelly and Billinge. Not too many years ago, people from (say) Pemberton would not identify themselves with (say) Ince or Whelly. People's views and lives were much more parochial than today. It is easy for many people in Whelly to see Billinge Beacon and then maybe motivated to go to see it up-close, thereby making it part of their lives, become less parochial and widen their sense of belonging."
In a less direct way, but very often in a more meaningful way, those of us who cannot make this easy trip, at the very least retain a "sense of belonging. How often have you heard it said about someone who has moved away, "he/she has forgotten where've they come from!" To understand what I have said requires the ability to "look-beyond-the-end-of-your-nose", not to be narrow-minded, to be inquisitive, imaginative and not be boring.

Comment by: Mick on 15th December 2012 at 21:42

Ive been saying same thing for years Neil.

Comment by: London Jack on 15th December 2012 at 21:47

Neil, you should get out more!

Comment by: Janice on 15th December 2012 at 22:58

Way to go Neil. People that find things boring are usually bores! They have no foresight or imagination. C'mon then philra and DH give us an 'interesting' photo - I dare you.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 15th December 2012 at 23:18

London Jack, I agree. In fact my post was about "getting out more" both physically and mentally. I'am not sure if you understand "parochial".

Comment by: Alan H on 16th December 2012 at 11:51

Lizzie Down Under,how's this for reverse memories. I remember visiting Mount Lofty when my daughter lived in Adelaide. Great day out. She now lives in Secret Harbour . south of Perth Western Australia.

Comment by: Grant on 16th December 2012 at 14:32

Something VERY interesting about Billinge Hill and its not just the radio masts!
If anyone visits the area take a close-up look at the hill.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 16th December 2012 at 17:39

Mick and london jack,i`m with you both on your comments....not nastily but truthfully....as people say....oh,you do go on.
Sorry neil !

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 16th December 2012 at 19:32

Alan H so your daughter did a big move over the Nullarbor!!! Not been to WA but it looks really nice from the telly programes I have seen!!

Very neat, clean roof tiles hmmmmm!!! Cheers!!

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