Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Media City ~ Salford Quays

I seem to have had a busy month on jaffareadstoo but have made some time to take a few pics

These photos were taken on a recent trip to Media City - home of the BBC and ITV at Salford Quays

View to Media City across the Manchester Ship Canal

The hustle and bustle of this television city in the heart of Salford

MediaCityUK is a 200-acre mixed-use property development site on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford and Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. 

It's now the home of :

BBC Breakfast
BBC North West Tonight
Match of the Day
Radio 5 live
Blue Peter
Dragons Den
BBC Bitesize 



Sometimes if you're lucky you get to see a few famous faces 

Monday, 9 September 2013

A stroll along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal...

The Leeds-Liverpool is a canal in Northern England linking the cities of Leeds  and Liverpool over a distance of 127 miles (204 km), it crosses the Pennines, and includes 91 locks on the main line.

A gentler mode of transport

Bridge 41

Appley Bridge to Parbold

Nice Reflection from the old tree

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Is this seat taken....

I couldn't resist this view...

and the one behind me wasn't bad either ...

Browsholme Hall
Cow Ark

Browsholme Hall has been the ancestral seat of the Parkers, Bowbearers of the Forest of Bowland since Tudor times. It is still in family ownership.


Monday, 2 September 2013

Artisan Market ~ Tithe Barn at Browsholme Hall, Lancashire

On the first Sunday of the month,  Browsholme Hall in the delightfully named village of Cow Ark in Lancashire, hold a fascinating artisan market in the beautiful tithe barn.

The Tithe barn is stunning .It's over 300 years old and gets its name from the ancient practice of tithes (rents) being paid in produce. The Tithe barn is where the produce would have been stored.

Beautifully restored, the barn is now a popular venue for weddings, but is equally popular as a place to buy and sell good Lancashire food, and also to find really quaint and quirky arts and crafts.

I enjoyed my visit there yesterday. My favourite artisans were :

Cow Ark Pottery 


Sunday, 1 September 2013

Amazing maize....

I love how Maize grows in such straight lines - they seem to go on for miles !

Maize is a domesticated form of a wild grass, first cultivated over 5,000 years ago in tropical Mexico that produces an adaptable and productive grain. It has been inextricably linked with the rise of the South American civilizations and following their conquest by the Spanish, it was exported around the world. It was introduced to the UK in the early part of the twentieth century.

In the more northerly climates like that of the UK where there is insufficient summer warmth to ripen the crop, maize is grown largely for forage. Here it has become an important crop being the most important forage after grass.

Even something so ordinary can look beautiful if caught at the right angle