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Pendle Sculpture Trail.

Although I live a stones throw from Pendle Hill ( I can see its gently brooding slopes from the bedroom window), it is not often that we have travelled to the other side of Pendle and explored the countryside there. Such an occasion though came up on Sunday afternoon.The weather was glorious, both sunny and warm, quite rare for an Octobers day. We arranged to meet my sister and her family and some friends in the pretty little village of Barley which nestles at the foot of the hill. Having done some research online , I had come across various information about ‘The Pendle Sculpture Trail’ in Aitken Wood. In the process I found a lovely new blog to follow ( Home Jules) and this is Julie’s great post about the trail and surrounding area here…

pendle Hill from Black Moss reservoirs.
pendle Hill from Black Moss reservoirs.

Having parked in Barley car park ( Β£1 charge for the day), we headed out of the village towards Black Moss Reservoirs and followed the track up to Aitken Wood. The trail is signposted so was no problem to find.Leaflets and maps are available from the Cabin Cafe, next to the car park.

Walking to Aitken Wood.
Walking to Aitken Wood.

The Sculptures take their inspiration from the areas wildlife and nature as well as various events that are associated with Pendle Hill. It is from the top of Pendle that in 1652, George Fox had a religious vision which led him to found the Quaker movement. And Pendle also has connections with witchcraft. Over 400 years ago nine innocent residents of nearby villages were hanged in Lancaster, after Britain’s biggest witchcraft trial. The sculpture trail celebrates the area’s beauty and reflects on those times past.

Broomsticks. :)
Broomsticks. πŸ™‚
Witchfinder Sculpture.
Witchfinder Sculpture.
Beautiful moss.
Beautiful moss.
Upside down Bat.
Upside down Bat.
Curving tree sculpture.
Curving tree sculpture.
Toadstools ( real ones.)
Toadstools ( real ones.)

I especially liked the ceramic plaques by artist Sarah McDade ,which were dotted around the forest. There are nine to find and each one represents one of the ‘witches’ who went on trial.

The sheep's skull  representing John Bulcock, who was said to have roasted stolen mutton at a meeting to plot the release of four witches taken to Lancaster Castle Gaol.
The sheep’s skull representing John Bulcock, who was said to have roasted stolen mutton at a meeting to plot the release of four witches taken to Lancaster Castle Gaol.
The Hare plaque represents James Device who apparently saw a strange Hare like creature after eating communion bread.
The Hare plaque represents James Device who apparently saw a strange Hare like creature after eating communion bread.
Anne Redferne was accused of making a clay doll , to put a spell on a local man.
Anne Redferne was accused of making a clay doll , to put a spell on a local man.

We had such a lot of fun doing the Pendle Sculpture Trail, although we somehow managed to miss out on spotting a few of the sculptures. Thats ok though as we intend to go again. πŸ™‚

Four kids, two Bedlington terriers and a few of the grown ups. :)
Four kids, two Bedlington terriers and a few of the grown ups. πŸ™‚

When we got back to the village , the kids had a play on the swings and then we stopped for a pint at The Pendle Inn which is dog friendly and has a decent looking menu and a selection of real ales.

Heading back with views of pendle.
Heading back with views of pendle.
Friendly cat in the village.
Friendly cat in the village.
Pendle Inn Pub sign.
Pendle Inn Pub sign.

For those of you who are interested , nearby Newchurch ( 1 mile from Barley) has a witchy shop and cafe called ‘Witches Galore’ , with a scary looking witch stood outside. I made Wil take me for a nosy before we met the others. πŸ™‚

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I’m so glad we found a new area to walk in. I think its somewhere we will take a certain ‘Mr Hugo’ when he is old enough. πŸ™‚

Thanks for dropping by.

Cows and Cow Parsley.

Bank Holiday Monday ~ and I decided to take an afternoon walk up past Standen Hall, instead of heading to the river which I imagine was packed with picnickers. I made my way through some grassy meadows and walked to Lane ends which runs along side the by pass. Cow Parsley was everywhere. And I came across some sunbathing cows. πŸ™‚

Cow parsley is also known as Queen Annes Lace.
Cow parsley is also known as Queen Annes Lace.
Vivid blue forgetmenots.
Vivid blue forgetmenots.
How Now Brown Cow!
How Now Brown Cow!
Dandelion Clock.
Dandelion Clock.
MooooooCows. :)
MooooooCows. πŸ™‚
Country road....
Country road….
Cow Parsley.
Cow Parsley.
Standen Hall through the trees.
Standen Hall through the trees.
Pink Rhodedendrans.
Pink Rhodedendrans.
Grey Wagtail.
Grey Wagtail.
Buttercups.
Buttercups.
Hawthorn blossom.
Hawthorn blossom.

Blossoms and Bunny’s.

Pretty blossom.
Pretty blossom.

No Thursday Favourites this morning. I decided to go for a walk down the fields as I haven’t dragged you all down there for a while. πŸ™‚

The blackthorn bushes are covered in lacey white blossoms. I heard curlews calling. I chased kingfishers as they darted downstream ( alas no pictures yet again) and saw spring lambs and rabbits too, relaxing in the sunshine.

Cooing Wood Pigeons.
Cooing Wood Pigeons.
Sammy the snail.
Sammy the snail.
Bunny.
Bunny.
Relaxing in the sun.
Relaxing in the sun.
Hello there !
Hello there !
Wood anenome.
Wood anenome.
Wild garlic leaves.
Wild garlic leaves.
Blackthorn blossom.
Blackthorn blossom.
Catkins.
Catkins.
Female bullfinch
Female bullfinch
River Ribble.
River Ribble.
Snoozy bunny.
Snoozy bunny.

How is spring doing near you?

Chasing Butterflies.

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This morning I decided to amble through the fields to the river. I thought the wildlife would all be lazy in the sunshine and I would get tons of pictures. Instead I was a bit lazy myself and spent lots of time in the shade under a tree of magpies. Even before 10am it was scorching ! My favorite part of the walk was catching fleeting glimpses of a gleaming kingfisher( no snaps i’m afraid,quick as lightning!) and my favorite poser wasn’t wildlife at all but a very friendly cat perched on a stile. πŸ™‚ I wore myself out chasing butterflies..

A Dipper in the brook. Wish I had managed to get more of his white bib.
A Dipper in the brook. Wish I had managed to get more of his white bib.
Cabbage white
Cabbage white
Meadow cranesbill
Meadow cranesbill
A doggy cooling off in the river.
A doggy cooling off in the river.
Friendly kitty
Friendly kitty
River Ribble
River Ribble
Tortoiseshell
Tortoiseshell
Meadow sweet.
Meadow sweet.
Shady sheep
Shady sheep

How are you cooling off in this heatwave ?

Maybe its not a heatwave at all but an actual proper Summer !

A Tail Of Two Fittie’s ;)

I’ve been looking back on my many failed attempts at getting fit and healthy.Ok i’m exagerating, there havn’t been that many actual attempts! I am much to lazy I am ashamed to say.My idea of a balanced diet is a cake in each hand :). I’m so uncoordinated that any forays into Aerobics,yoga and pilates have proved utterly pointless ,usually resulting in the teacher sighing in disbelief as I collapse on the floor after getting tangled up in another grapevine etc.
I haven’t really ridden a bike since I was a teenager ( despite havingΒ  ex Olympian cyclists in the family~i don’t take after them :/) and i’m one of those swimmers that can barely gasp through one length of the pool without having to rest for 5 minutes.My friends all seem to be on health kicks at the mo.Crossfit,Spinning,lifelong memberships at the gym.They all look great for it too.The dog and I often come across mad groups of keep fitters in the park,running up and down the castle steps and racing prams along the castle field ( minus babies I think/hope!).
Having said that I used to get quite a lot of exercise walking said dog.Up until about a year ago we were out and about most days down the river and enjoying a two mile walk without me even realizing I was keeping fit by accident.Hee hee!
And the bf and I like to take the hound camping in the summer, where we have had many a trek up a mountain sized ( In my opinion anyway) hill.

I have in the past managed to get to the top of a hill......:)
I have in the past managed to get to the top of a hill……:)

Jake,our labrador had of course got up there ages before me! Here he is enjoying the view of Derwent water in the Lake District.
Jake,our labrador had of course got up there ages before me! Here he is enjoying the view of Derwent water in the Lake District.

Sadly the dogs years are finally catching up with him.He is 13 ( getting on for a lab) and arthritic now poor old boy so his walkies are kept to short ambles round the park.Hence my walks have shortened too.I always feel a bit odd going off on a walk without him as a) he still gets so excited when he see’s me putting on my wellies/walking boots so guilt sets in and b)It just doesn’t look right going for a walk without a four legged friend.If I ever see someone out and about on their own in the middle of a field without a dog I tend to regard them with suspicion and think they must be a mad murderer! Anyway I am going to have to get over it and start walking more again.Think I will start today with a wander up to the local car boot sale where I can rummage for some vintage tea cups. I will try not to venture anywhere for cake on my way back ,honest.;)

So are you an exercise phobic or an exercise addict?

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