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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 17th July, 2022)



Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: e on 17th July 2022 at 00:33

What season would be falling ,
I wish to be beside ,
nightime or the dawning ,
its calling I would glide,
gaze I'd watch the insects,
on my glass below ,
and reflect the same reflections,
to sleep I then would go..
If something would awake me ,
a dream I hope not mine,
I would just return to distance ,
and beyond we call.. sublime..

Comment by: Veronica on 17th July 2022 at 07:54

More to the point - a garden in Gathurst with a gaily painted cart. Was it bought from gypsies or dumped by them and renovated?
Did a rag and bone man own it at one time? Or did the rag ‘n’ bone man do so well in his career he bought that house?
Anyway it’s a very nice cart and looks well painted! A bit more info would be welcome. Anybody ? As I don’t live around that area.

Comment by: irene roberts on 17th July 2022 at 07:58

I love the wagon and the tiny buildings. How unusual! Is there a story behind them. I wonder?

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 17th July 2022 at 08:02

Well blow me down Mick, its a haywain !

Comment by: Veronica on 17th July 2022 at 08:41

Thank you Helen of T.
You supplied the info. It didn’t take him long …….

Comment by: Elizabeth on 17th July 2022 at 09:33

Have seen lots of these carts outside of houses in County Clare,usually so full of beautiful flowers and with a County Clare flag of blue and yellow as well,probably even more since Ukraine was invaded

Comment by: Rev David Long on 17th July 2022 at 09:50

I would have expected something in black for that property....

Comment by: Roy on 17th July 2022 at 09:54

Veronica the property next to Gathurst bridge which crosses the canal where The Navigation pub 'was', if that helps.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th July 2022 at 10:28

Thank you Roy a bit of information never goes amiss. There’s something a tad ‘Shangri La about it I must say.

Comment by: Jed on 17th July 2022 at 10:50

Yon fella on the porch looks mighty content yes siree . Just the place to do some whittlin' . An' Weell doggie that's a fair dandy chicken coop down by the ceement pond .

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 17th July 2022 at 10:59

It's on the side of the cut in the foreground. Where are you calling ' home ' these days Mick ? Plenty of room up Standish if you can cope with slumming it !!

Comment by: Rev David Long on 17th July 2022 at 11:56

There used to be a more modest property on the site - and on the bank to the left there were a couple of very old railway carriages. They may even have been unloaded straight from the Wigan-Southport railway line which crosses the canal between here and the lock below.
In my fancy, I think of the carriages being rescued by preservationists, and running around on a steam railway somewhere.

Comment by: James Hanson on 17th July 2022 at 13:44

There is no such thing as the Wigan -Southport railway line.

Comment by: DTease on 17th July 2022 at 14:01

Shades of the Titfield Thunderbolt Rev Long?
Stanley Holloway lives on!

Comment by: Veronica on 17th July 2022 at 14:40

James if only we could put you on ‘ignore’ like they do on communicate. I used to call Wallgate Station
“ Southport Station” in my salad days. The same with the North Western Station I would say the “Blackpool Station”….. Maybe because that’s as far as I ever went as a child, apart from New Brighton….
Rev. David weren’t railway carriages used as homes at one time? I presume after the 1st WW as it was a desperate time afterwards. I vaguely recall reading that somewhere - it may have been in Orwell’s ‘Wigan Pier’.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 17th July 2022 at 15:33

Veronnica My dad lived in a railway carriage when he was young. 1920's. It was in a field at the side of a pond in Tunley Lane Wrightington The remains of it were still there in the 1960's. I remember seeing them as I used to fish in the pond.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 17th July 2022 at 16:33

Why would the property be in black Rev, do you know something we don't ?

Comment by: Veronica on 17th July 2022 at 17:07

I knew I had read somewhere that railway carriages were used as homes Ron. (In the days before pre-fabs) I bet they were glad of it too. At least it was in a picturesque situation. Imagine the address -
Mr, Mrs Hunt
1 Railway Carriage
Tunley Lane
Nr. Wigan
What would viewers think of that on ‘Escape to the Country’….with their hundreds of thousands of pounds budget! We don’t know or understand the meaning of being poor these days.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 17th July 2022 at 17:08

Maybe its because the Undertaker lives there

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 17th July 2022 at 17:13

Rev there were some old buses that people used to live in as well

Comment by: . Ozy . on 17th July 2022 at 18:12

Given that those recorded destination names they play intermittently on the trains inevitably always pronounce Gathurst as Gatt-Hurst , I’m prompted to wonder what they’d make of Kikcudbright , Kirkcaldy, or Milngavie even ? ……..
………….I’m just pausing here for a moment so that someone can inform me that Kirk-Cudd-Bright hasn’t had a rail connection since 1965……………………...……………Hmmmmm !……..

…..Come along Hanson ! wake up at the back there boy !…………….
….Nethen lad ! Scuttle off to the secretary’s office , convey my regards to miss Anderton and tell her to put you down for detention on Saturday….

……………And promise me you’ll buck up !

Comment by: . Ozy . on 17th July 2022 at 19:42

I wonder if that little house is for sale ?

Not the one down by the ceement pond …..the other one ……the one in front of the Rosiedoldrum bushes.

She shore looks purrdy ,
An’ I’m a’ thinkin’ she’d do me just dandy.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th July 2022 at 20:04

I don’t think the Aga would fit in it though Ozy. It is ‘purrdy’ as you say…

Comment by: . The real Ozy . on 17th July 2022 at 20:34

I was just wondering, if Howard and Julie ever had an illicit relationship, could it be possible that the product of their sinful liaison may now be posting on here? ….Just curious… nothing more.

Comment by: James Hanson on 17th July 2022 at 20:47

Talk about tittle-tattle, you lot.


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