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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 14th December, 2023)

The Stables

The Stables
Christmas tree in the Stables courtyard, Haigh Hall.

Photo: Brian  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Roylew on 14th December 2023 at 08:17

What lovely fencing….come on you can do better than that…some old fashion picket fencing would look much more in place

Comment by: Garry on 14th December 2023 at 08:35

A beautiful place to visit Plantations and round the courtyard. It will look good in the evening when the Christmas tree lights are lit.
Cheers Brian.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 14th December 2023 at 08:49

Roylew...just what I was thinking. I know these days of Elf & Safety you have to protect folk from (self) harm but it could, with a bit of effort, look a little less industrial.
Lovely big tree....

Comment by: good old days on 14th December 2023 at 09:10

seen this photo last few years on this site but from differant angles be on again next year lol

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 14th December 2023 at 09:12

At least it’s a Christmas Tree but I doubt that many people go there after dark when the lights are on.

Comment by: Veronica. on 14th December 2023 at 09:35

A beautiful tree…I agree Roy the ‘fence’ does let it down with the plastic trimming.

Comment by: Arthur on 14th December 2023 at 09:44

If the fence wasn't there, the tree would get vandalised.
The fence is the for a reason and is doing a job that's justifiable.
Nice photo Brian.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th December 2023 at 10:20

Arthur with respect one push and the ‘fence’ would be over. It wouldn’t stop vandalism. Having said that it does look desolate around there and it may be too cold for the Vandals to vent their spleen… ( I don’t know where that saying came from on this miserable morning!) ;o)

Comment by: Wigan Mick on a Bike on 14th December 2023 at 10:37

This is an old photo as already pointed out by the good old days. I think it was first posted first Christmas after contessa took over

Comment by: Aspuller on 14th December 2023 at 10:39

The fence is OK and does the job.
Health and safety don't come in to it. The fence helps to stop vandalism.

Comment by: Mr Positive on 14th December 2023 at 10:44

Nowt up wi fence, these negative folk out again. Love everything about the photo Brian. Thanks.

Comment by: Alan on 14th December 2023 at 10:49

It's a Christmas tree and courtyard, the people want to see the tree not the fence.
The fence is important to keep yobs out from damaging the tree.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 14th December 2023 at 11:16

I was told the reason there isn't a Christmas Tree in Wigan Market Place anymore is because it was constantly vandalised.
And lets face you would never see police patrolling in Wigan after dark or for that matter in daylight!

Comment by: Arthur on 14th December 2023 at 12:54

Veronica with respect, the steel fence is clamped together and is very sturdy, the same fence is used for many types of "keep out" usages, it's very strong.

Comment by: Wiganer on 14th December 2023 at 13:02

Veronica your wrong about the fence.
Vandalism is everywhere just look at some children's play areas in parks, teenagers congregating in the evenings and vandals damaging the swings and slides etc. All done in the evening and nights. Merry Christmas.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th December 2023 at 13:11

Vandals have free rein these days Colin as you know the police don’t even come out for burglaries! Sadly…

Comment by: Norman on 14th December 2023 at 13:13

That fence won't fall over, we use it on our demolition sites to keep folk out, although ours is taller, its very strong clamped and bolted together.
Quite clearly the fence is there to help stop vandalism to the tree.

Comment by: Michael on 14th December 2023 at 14:06

The fencing is called 'Crowd control barriers' Don't underestimate this fence they are very strong...and do work.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th December 2023 at 14:41

I hold my hand up then to the experts.

Comment by: Scrapper on 14th December 2023 at 15:28

keep them fences coming Norman, we make a tidy earner for a half ton of that fencing, and we've a nifty way of unbolting, no matter how tight you fasten them nuts on, thanks also for the gifting of the lead from off the demo sites roofs, oh and the copper too, well at this time of year you do say goodwill to all men, eh Norman, and we'll have that fence tonight too, anyone short of some tree lights or tinsel.
Have good merriment everyone and don't forget me your local collecting scrapman by leaving out your scrap metals throughout the new year

Comment by: Dek on 14th December 2023 at 16:34

I wouldn’t get out of bed for half a ton of steel scrap.

Comment by: Poet on 14th December 2023 at 16:37

Any thug determined to vandalise the tree would have no problem leaping that fence . Perhaps it should be ten feet high with just the star sticking up at the top to make sure .

Of course the real reason for its unsightly presence is that it fulfills insurance requirements . And they've done it has cheaply as possible which is probably fair enough given it's a temporary measure .

Now compare these barriers to the beautiful wrought iron railings round the tree at St .Wilfrid's . The difference is they are permanent and therefore worth the expense .

Comment by: PeterP on 14th December 2023 at 17:12

Last time I was up round the stables it was hard work shoving a wheelchair over the cobbles

Comment by: . Ozy . on 14th December 2023 at 19:27

Given that the value of No 1&2 scrap steel appears currently to be in the region of £200 or thereabouts per tonne , I think I’d probably be prepared to get out of bed for half a tonne of the stuff , providing it was legit and didn’t involve travelling outside of a 10 mile radius to collect it that is …
Just give me a bell …
Whitehall 1212 .

Comment by: Scrapper on 14th December 2023 at 19:59

half a ton of steel railings is filling the van up very nicely and it all weighs in and adds up over the week, and remember the early bird gets the pick of the choicest worms, and Dek by the time you'll be crawling out of your bed all the worms will have long been had, many thanks for the nod Poet as we'll have the railings at St Wilf's and those trees too, so anyone who'll be needing any logs you know who to call

Comment by: brian perplexed on 14th December 2023 at 20:24


Comment by: . Ozy . on 14th December 2023 at 20:59

Give us a shout when you’ve acquired that timber from St Wilf’s Scrapper . I could do with a few logs for my AGA …
I take it you’ve heard about my AGA ? …
No you say ?… No? …
Incredible !
[ this guy must live under a hedge in North Korea .]

The Titanic went down in 1912 Scrapper , just in case you hadn’t heard .

… so which part of this spinning rock do you actually inhabit Scrapper ? …
bloody Tittybong ?

If so you may want to inform a few of the aborigines .
… Jeez !

Comment by: . Ozy . on 14th December 2023 at 21:41

So think on Scrapper , don’t forget about them logs , otherwise I’ll be leaning over a candle on Christmas Day wearing three woolly hats and my grandad’s WW1 greatcoat , getting stuck into my Christmas dinner of Rice Krispies … with a sprig of holly on top …

Still …I suppose it’ll make a change from my previous Christmas dinners eh? … beans on toast with a sprig of holly on top .

Comment by: Redboots on 14th December 2023 at 22:03

If you wanted to breach this barrier, you could of course, just lift it out of your way.

Comment by: DTease on 15th December 2023 at 00:46

Rice Krispies Ozy? Luxury!!!

God bless you merry Ozy lad let nothing you dismay
For a plate of beans on toast my lad is yours on Christmas Day
Just take the lid of Ozy lad and warm them in the can
You can eat them from the tin my lad no need to wash a pan
Ohhooo tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy
Ohhooo tidings of comfort and joy.

Feel free to add a verse.

(In the spirit of the season please don’t mention the Aga in your verse. Thank you)

Comment by: Roylew on 15th December 2023 at 08:23

No OfFENCE to the metal lovers but it’s sCRAP to look at

Comment by: Poet on 15th December 2023 at 09:17

He had three chips and gruel in a tin ,
On Christmas Day , On Christmas Day ,
The chips were cold and the gruel thin ,
On Christmas Day in the morning .

Comment by: Sandra on 15th December 2023 at 09:42

I see the idiots are back spoiling the post.
Sorry Brian, you go out in all sorts of weather to take some really good photographs. Then some people think their funny and clever by talking Nonsense. Merry Christmas.

Comment by: Veronica on 15th December 2023 at 10:01

God Bless you merry gentleman, don’t give Scrapper any clue,
He’ll surely have your Shelter and the Stove too,( with its flue..)
So go and grab those fences at the Stable and place them all around, Oh, oh, and place them all around,
And place them all around…..

Comment by: . Ozy . on 15th December 2023 at 10:51

Sandra , if I could just offer a friendly piece of advice my dear .
Next time you wash your knickers , try putting a little less starch in the water eh ?

Comment by: DTease on 15th December 2023 at 11:40

Cheer up Sandra, it’s nearly Christmas, No one is forcing you to read anything you don’t like much less comment on it.

Comment by: Arthur on 15th December 2023 at 12:19

Well said Sandra.

Comment by: Bob Scratchit on 15th December 2023 at 12:29

Oh those days of a Cold and Frosty Morning Ozy when trying to light the fire to thaw out frozen bottles of milk with towering tops of cream to put on the snap, crackle and pop, do I miss those days - no thank God for Gas Central Heating and Tiny Tim and one and all, maybe uncle Fezziwig will be sending you an invite to stay, better with him than Fester, Humbug you say, no say I Bulls Eye

Comment by: Veronica on 15th December 2023 at 12:49

Who gives a flying fig!
Lighten up for Goodness sake it’s Christmas! I love sucking humbugs but can’t stand Humbugs that suck up to folk. Try to have a Merry Christmas dear.

Comment by: Pinocchio Jones on 15th December 2023 at 12:54

maybe Ozy it should be 'under krackers' and with reinforced gusset for when out on the saddle, I also find that a final rinse in water containing sprigs of holly keeps you on your toes too

Comment by: DTease on 15th December 2023 at 13:20

I can’t deny being an idiot at times Sandra…..but I don’t think someone who doesn’t know the difference between ‘they are’ and ‘their’ is really the one to be pointing it out to me.

Comment by: Aspuller on 15th December 2023 at 13:30

Agreed Sandra. Their back from the rat hole.

Comment by: Veronica on 15th December 2023 at 14:15

Another day, another troll. No need for that Aspuller.

Comment by: Garry on 15th December 2023 at 14:20

Its time for a large glass of Sherry for you lot......or is it shandy. Very merry Christmas.

Comment by: Malc on 15th December 2023 at 15:08

I fully understand your point Sandra, and I for sure agree with you. It seems to be about them and not the photo.
Let's stick to the photo.

Comment by: DTease on 15th December 2023 at 15:21

Good grief! It’s “ they are back from the rathole “ or “ they’re back from the rathole ” not “ their back from the rathole “.
I learned this from Ozy. He’s been trying to drum it into Wigan Mick for years without much success.

Comment by: Margaret on 15th December 2023 at 15:26

Lovely photo, full of Christmas spirit. Thank you Brian.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 15th December 2023 at 18:50

Just leave ‘em to it DTease . Let them mis-spell as much as they want .
It serves as a reliable indicator of their IQ capability in my sad, old fashioned book … as , in a similar way , does the type of clothing that certain shoplifters , drug mules and various other miscreants tend to kit themselves out in .

You can spot the buggers a mile off …with their Kappa track suit bottoms and various … thereby giving the more observant members of the law abiding community amongst us the opportunity to re-calibrate and set an avoidance course. ……………………

Now I try to play down Christmas and new year as much as possible , as I don’t particularly care for either if I’m being honest . In fact it’s all a load of bo**ox if you ask me , but I’m prepared to make an exception on this one particular occasion .

All the best mate . And I don’t say that to every bugger… trust me .

Comment by: Jacob Marley on 15th December 2023 at 20:20

hearken the dark angels Asp(ull)aragus, and Malcolm the Mountie too, if you were stuck to a dartboard it would be far more favourable - double top anyone

Comment by: . Ozy . on 15th December 2023 at 20:55

Almost correct Malcolm.
However , over the years
P.A.D. appears to have morphed into a vehicle within which Wiganers are able voice their opinions , and I very much doubt that disrespect for the original intention of the project is the target .

The objective in my view is to view the photo , make a comment , i.e. ..

“ I used to meet my girlfriend outside that place “ .. or .. “ my mam used to buy her corsets there “ … then move on .

But what’s the issue with having a bit of a laugh mate ? I’m sure you’ve had a few laughs in your time , eh ?

Have a look at the clock pal .

It’s almost 24 hours since the first comment appeared on this photo .

I challenge you to tell me what harm anyone is doing by commenting on a photo that appeared almost two days ago .Now who the hell goes back two days to achieve satisfaction by being aggrieved by jocular comments ?

Apart from Sandra that is … obviously .

Comment by: DTease on 15th December 2023 at 23:25

Many thanks Ozy, to you and others who have given me a lot of laughs over the years we have been commenting on here. It has been a lot of fun.

May your Air Raid Shelter never go cold and your Aga never go rusty.
All the best.


Comment by: Veronica on 16th December 2023 at 00:04

Here, hear Dtease as they say in the House, sometimes I’m in chinks….laughter is the best medicine there is. We don’t need to go t’pub - just look in on here. Well some can…some can’t ….

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