The Black Country
You probably think writing a blog like this is easy; it’s not. There are lots of technical things you have to know. It’s no good me writing this stuff, if no one finds it and reads it. Is it? I have to optimise it for the search engines like Google and Bing. Today, my focus key phrase is “The Black Country”. (more…)
I photographed the Tipton Canal and Community Festival on Sunday. It’s organised by the Tipton Community Association and features stalls and a fun fair as well as the colourful narrow-boats. The weather was quite cloudy, as usual… (more…)
Mental illnesses have been in the news this week, particularly anxiety and depression. The economic problems of the last few years seems to have made the rat race even more stressful. I think we often need to get back to nature. (more…)
I read an idea this morning to improve local tourism and my initial reaction was not another daft idea. We don’t need tourism in the Black Country, we need people to travel less in the UK as a whole. It got me thinking though. (more…)
It’s the Spring Equinox on Thursday; winter is finally ending. Some weather forecasters are saying we will have a heat wave again like last summer. The ones on the BBC have said Spring starts on the 1st of March; so we’ll ignore them… (more…)
I’ve had a strange week. I did finally manage to get to the hospital for my blood test. I was in and out in 10 minutes, which left 20 minutes on my 30 minutes parking. At a pound for 30 minutes, it seemed a shame to waste it. The car park was quite full though and so I decided not to join the Costa Coffee crowd, although the Taste Cafe was a little tempting. (more…)
This is the pool in Moorcroft Wood, last summer. The next picture is of it recently in the depths of winter; after the snow.
Regular readers will probably recognise this stretch of water, I have taken photographs of it lots of times. I’ve got a rotten cold and sore throat and so I didn’t want to go far on Sunday. It looks like a huge lake, but isn’t really large enough to be called a lake. It looks bigger because I shot down the length of the lake and away from the sun. I had a blue sky and plenty of light, so quite a nice scene.
This canal was built to meander through the Black Country and provide access to various coal mines. It was built in 1770 by James Brindley. The canal was built to carry goods from the mines and factories. Later railways were built and they too went directly into factories. I remember seeing the trains looking out of my bedroom window as a child. The trains ran through the Cadbury factory in Bourneville, Birmingham too. These days Wednesbury and the whole of the Black Country appears to be suffering from a inferiority complex. (more…)