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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 16th March, 2020)

Billinge Hill

Billinge Hill
Billinge Hill as seen from Milkin’ Hey.
The yellow area of scrub now covers the waste-filled sandstone quarry and, at the foot of the quarry’s east face, our 1950s time capsule. And until the true meaning of ‘Milkin’ Hey’ has been found, I’ll continue to imagine it as a term for the bucolic ‘time of plenty’, with imagined hay-filled carts.

Photo: Philip Gormley  (Nikon Coolpix L29)
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Comment by: John on 16th March 2020 at 00:18

Hey is a narrow lane or footpath like Squire's Hey in Standish, Hackins Hey in Liverpool.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 16th March 2020 at 06:59

What a wonderful place name Philip...Milkin'Hey. A timeless scene too.

Comment by: Mick on 16th March 2020 at 06:59

Looks like they will be haymaking this afternoon

Comment by: Veronica on 16th March 2020 at 07:51

Lovely rugged country scene, as if nothing's changed apart from the phone masts ....

Comment by: Poet on 16th March 2020 at 08:39

A bit of Top Withens on the brooding heights and a hidden quarry of secrets . Very atmospheric Philip. Perhaps they danced the Shepherds Hey here long ago .

Comment by: Alan on 16th March 2020 at 13:23

That's an old photo, leaves still on the trees.

Comment by: Philip G. on 16th March 2020 at 14:00

Yes, Helen, it is a nice place name. And as John gave the true meaning of Hey, Poet gave, in fact, shared my thought that 'country dance' could have gone into the mix; Milkin' requiring less pull.
Hey Ho! Hey Ho!

Comment by: Jonno on 16th March 2020 at 19:24

Alan, I think there's a bit more of a clue than leaves on the trees,I would guess late July early August, haymaking for example.

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