Abney Hall Park

Yesterday we had a day out at Abney Hall Park in Stockport. I never knew the place existed until last week. It seems the place to go if you are a dog owner, with lots of open spaces for your pooch to run around and chase after sticks. It is also a wonderful place to go for a walk, away from the stresses and strains of modern living, and get away from the city streets. Unfortunately the hall was closed for maintenance, and no doubt this is the wrong time of year to visit. There is however a waterfall, cows, plenty places to walk, and lots of places to sit and stare at just how beautiful nature can be. Definitely somewhere I’d like to go to again.

Abney Hall Park entrance
Abney Hall Park entrance
Lone leaf
Lone leaf
One of nature's more beautiful creations
One of nature’s more beautiful creations
Trees in the throws of autumn
Trees in the throws of autumn
Vivid green moss
Vivid green moss
All the leave are brown
All the leave are brown
Couple taking a stroll
Couple taking a stroll
Waterfall
Waterfall
Dogs at play
Dogs at play
Woof!
Woof!
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Norcliffe Chapel

Norcliffe Chapel
Norcliffe Chapel

With spring on it’s way to the northern hemisphere, the changes all around are quite remarkable. The sun is shining brighter and longer, and it is getting noticeably warmer. Make no mistake, winter is still hanging around, but spring is slowly pushing it out of the way. We took advantage of the early morning sunshine that has been all too absent this winter, and had a short trip to Norcliffe Chapel in Styal, Cheshire, and the woods behind it.

Cross on top of the chapel
Cross on top of the chapel

Tree

Tree roots

Tree Stump

Wood Nymph

Reflections

Dunham Massey in the Autumn

Dunham Massey is a wonderful National Trust site, and is perfect to visit anytime of year. In autumn however it is just beautiful. The late afternoon sun shines on the yellow and golden leaves, and if you are lucky enough to see the deer feeding on the last of the season’s acorns then you are in for a treat.

A deer gets closer than I would have imagined
Deer
A deer is snuffling through the undergrowth looking for tasty acorns
Deer eating acorns
A leaf appears to be basking in the late afternoon sunshine
Leaf
A lovely place to stop awhile and watch the world go by
Bench
Yes, I did take my camera to the cafe. I am one of those people.
Cake & Coffee
Some birds feed by the water's edge
Birds
A swan floats past, eyes closed against the late afternoon sun.
Sleeping beauty

Manchester’s Christmas Market

Each winter, for the past 15 years, the Christmas Market comes to Manchester. There is such a wonderful atmosphere around the market. People are taking advantage of the chance to try some warming winter food and to sample the mulled wine with its sweet apple and cinnamon aroma. It is a wonderful environment to perhaps pick up a gift for a loved one, to taste some freshly cooked German sausage, or to try a glass of spiced cider.

If you get the chance you should visit. It is a friendly atmosphere, safe for families and a joy for children of all ages right up to 100 and over. A lovely day out for all.

a host of sausages cooking on a hot grill
Sizzling Sausages
A woman wearing a hat is seen in the foreground. In the background the lights of the market shine bright.
Girl with a hat
A selection of cheeses are seen, starting right in front of you, fading off as far as the eye can see.
Sausages are not the only foods on sales at the German market
Several women are seen at the counter of one of the stalls of the German Market
Shoppers at the German Market