Day 11. Green

Here we go with day 11 of the @HiddenBradford #bradfordphotoaday challenge. You can read my first posting about it here – marfell.me.uk/wordpress/?p=266

The word of the day is Green, so here is the word.

The word

I realise now that perhaps I should have left a bit more of the surroundings in the picture to give it more context. This is at the end of the Green Lab at Pace in Salt’s Mill. There is a similar one at the other end of the office.

We had not been back in our office long after its refurbishment when I took a photo of several of the signs. Our office is called Yellow and prior to the refurb it had yellow walls. We also have Red, Blue, Orange, Purple, Silver, Bronze, Platinum, White, Gold and Platinum – in addition to the Green. Well at least we had – I am not sure if people will be moved back into Gold after a bit of reorganising. Prior to the refurb orange had an orange door leading to it, blue had a blue door, ditto for red, green and white. Yellow, as I said, had yellow walls. Bronze was in the space above the main revolving doors (see my Door blog here – marfell.me.uk/wordpress/?p=320) and part of it has the old wooden panelling so you can sort of see where bronze came from. Now as part of the refurb the first few yards at the entrance to the offices have coloured disks round the lights in the appropriate colour. You can see a red one in the Tall Door photo in the Door blog. And at each end blue lettering spells out the colour name of the lab.

I used my photos, and Gimp, to make this image –

Labs

Perhaps from this you can tell that I have an engineering background. Art and its appreciation was never one of my strong points. But I have got a sense of humour. Chuckle, chuckle. I think.

For those wanting a different interpretation, here is some green –

Green

Trees in the middle of a green and some, almost, green trees.

Day 10. Door

As you might guess there are several doors in a place like Salt’s Mill so for Day 10 – Door of the Bradford Photo a Day challenge for April (see here for my first posting about it – marfell.me.uk/wordpress/?p=266 ) I chose to have some photos of them. The one that made, what I think of as, the nicest photo is the revolving door on the Vistoria Road side of the mill, and it is this one that I submitted to @hiddenbradford and the #bradfordphotoaday challenge.

Revolving Door

There looks to be a nice bit of wood in there. An interesting feature of the out side doors, just beyond the revolving door, is that when they are open they fit into a recess so they look just like wood panelling.

Recess

With a building of the scale of Salts Mill some of the doors are also quite big. I believe this is the area of the mill where they had steam engines. It would be great if the whole thing opened but it is only the sides and centre parts that can be opened. Even then it is a big opening.

BIG

Even the normal doors inside the mill are on a different scale. This one is on the way out of Red Lab. The door might not be wide but it is tall. You can tell that it is near Red Lab because of the red circle round the ceiling light.

Tall

There are also several doors that open onto the canal and one of them has a hoist above it which would have been used to load and unload canal boats.

Canal side

Canal side hoist

The mill also has a history and has changed over time. One thing that shows this is the doors that open 4 floors above the solid floor below. Inside they are at least fastened together with steel strips to stop them being opened. This photo does not do it justice, there are another couple of levels to go before reaching the bottom.

High door

Edit: I now remember. When I first read the words for the challenge I thought that the door I had taken a photo of back in October 2011 would be a good one to use. However I was passing the same place early this month and noticed that the door is now much less interesting.

This is the door back in October with several signs screwed to it.

Door with signs

The interesting signs are

Bradford Estate Co Ltd
House Investments (Bradford) Ltd
Nothern House Investments (Bradford) Ltd
Southern House Investments (Bradford) Ltd
Eastern House Investments (Bradford) Ltd
Western House Investments (Bradford) Ltd
Western House Investments North Ltd
Western House Investments South Ltd
Laconia Buildings Ltd
Apsley (BFD) Ltd
Westway Buildings Ltd

I assume that is to severely limit the liability of each one.

But now, all gone (March 31 2012)

Door signs

 

Day 9. Transport

For Day 9 of the Bradford Photo a Day I have posted a photo of a boat on the Leeds Liverpool canal at Saltaire. This is a method of transport with quite a bit of history.

See here for my first posting about this challenge – marfell.me.uk/wordpress/?p=266

The canal itself is 127 miles long though it is only 65 miles from Leeds to Liverpool as the crow flies. It is also a very relaxing way to spend the time. The important decisions of the day are to decide whether to have an early lunch at the next pub or to carry on and have a later lunch at the next one.

Canal boat

This relaxing form of travel helps you to savour your surroundings and the speed means that you can see more of the wild life.

Robin

There is often a Robin in the area next to the path near the entrance to the Boat House. After a years absence a Mandaring Duck is back in the area but this time it has an American Wood Duck with it. They seem to be going round as a pair. Is that because they know they are both different to all the others or do they like each others company. Can they mate I wonder? What would their ducklings grow into?

Mandarin and Wood Duck

A short walk away from Robert’s Park is another old form of transport – Shipley Glen Tramway.

Tramway

This is the oldest cable car in the UK (excluding cliff lifts) and was built in 1895. The two cars pass each other as one travels up to the top station –

Top station

and the other heads for the bottom station –

Bottom station

At the top of the tramway there used to be a fair ground and people had been known to turn up in their thousands on Shipley Glen. There is still some evidence of the fair ground. The most obvious being some dodgem cars –

Dodgem cars

These were used in an episode of Spooks a while back. It is then only a short walk to the Old Glen House and Shipley Glen where I seem to remember that beer was at one time delivered by helicopter because driving over the moor is not allowed. I think it was more a publicity stunt than anything. One of the previous owners was a helicopter pilot.

Old Glen House

Shipley Glen opens out into quite a flat area with steep drops down to Lode Pit Beck.

Shipley Glen Tree

This photo is more like the one I wanted to post for Day 6 – Tree but I had forgotten that it was up there.

Back with the transport now and this is a photo of the tramway at the passing point taken from the footpath that follows the line of the tramway from near Titus Salt School to Prod Lane Baildon. It is probably a lot quicker to walk along the path than it is to drive round.

Passing point

It is then back down to the bottom and back to Robert’s Park

Robert's Park

When the park is a bit busier it is best if this sort of exercise is done in the fields on either side.

And here is my ticket for the tramway

Ticket

Day 8. Egg

That’s a very topical subject for today on Bradford Photo a Day Challenge – Egg – on Easter Sunday.

See here for my blog closer to the start of the challenge – marfell.me.uk/wordpress/?p=266

Egg shell

My photo for today is not related to Easter but is related, sort of, to what I am doing at 11am today. My photo is of a small piece of Lapwing egg shell that I found last year on Baildon Moor near Glovershaw. I found it near where Lapwings nest, which suggests that something had carried it a short distance. There are many things that make it difficult for nesting birds on the moor – dogs, people, horses, but probably the most damaging is the number of Crows. Perhaps a Crow had carried the egg off and eaten it? This photo below was taken on February 18 2012. Golden Plover, Starlings and Lapwings were collecting in numbers at that time.

Lapwings

Baildon Moor for its size is one of the highest used areas of moorland in the UK (citation needed). The Friends of Baildon Moor are a group of volunteers who want to promote and protect the moor. There is very little that is as nature intended on the moor since it has been subjected to Man’s influence for 5000 years. This has involved such things as grazing, mining and hosting a tank regiment. But more recently 4×4 and quad bikes churn the place up.

Ideally people who visit the moors would take their litter home with them. For those who don’t want to do that Bradford Council, Baildon Parish Council and Friends of Baildon Moor have all paid for rubbish bins at various locations. For those who are unable, for some reason to do either of these things various litter-pick sessions are organised. The latest one, today at 11am, was organised by the Friends of Baildon Moor. David Sturge and I met at the Upper Eaves car-park and spent a while picking up rubbish. I must say that it was not as bad as I had feared. I can think of 3 reasons why this might be

  1. Others have recently had letter-pick sessions there
  2. Malcolm Leyland (a Friend of Baildon Moor) had been past on one of his frequent walks with a bag picking up rubbish. Malcolm is amazing in his tireless work at things like this.
  3. People have started using the bins more or taking their rubbish home with them.

One of the things that was noticeable while we were doing the litter-pick was the sound of Skylarks in the sky. I frequently stopped and listened and searched the sky for a tiny speck, high up, fluttering its wings as it just hangs in the sky singing its song.

Skylark

Click on “Play” of this link to listen to the song. You will also see on the RSPB page that the Skylark is on the Red list as being a bird that needs protecting. It is amazing that the birds actaully survive on Baildon Moor. They don’t nest in the bracken, heather or long grass but in the quite short grass – such places as the edges of the fairways of Baildon Golf course.

It has been shown that birds will nest within 20 metres of paths over moorland but that this can increase to 200 metres if dogs are allowed to run free. Moorland is a great place to let a dog run free but to see startled Skylark take to the air as dogs run about is a worry. Signs are up at various locations asking for dogs to be on a short lead between March and July as per the Countryside Code.

As you can see here at the Upper Eaves car park, in this photo taken today, the area is well used –

Car park

There are plans to turn the Baildon Moor reservoirs into a diving, boating, education area but before some of the work can be done an investigation has to be done into the structure and make-up of the reservoirs. As you can see, in this photo that was also taken today, the water is now a lot lower than it was a few weeks ago.

Water level

This photo gives you an idea of the water level back on 22 January 2012

High water

If anyone is interested in the Friends of Baildon Moor then please visit their website at baildonmoor.org or search Facebook for Friends-of-Baildon-Moor. You can also watch the tweets of @BaildonVillage. Their AGM is on 24 April at Baildon Community Link. The Friends of Baildon Moor are also organising the Jubilee Beacon on the top of the Moor for 4th June 2012.

 

Day 7. Made in Bradford

We have now had day 7 of the Bradford Photo a Day organised by Hidden Bradford. See here for the first posting on this – marfell.me.uk/wordpress/?p=266

Today”s word (??) was “Made in Bradford”. I have seen some of the other photos that show that people have been creative and made things that they have then taken a photo of. Impressive.

For me it was enough to go out and take a photo of something that others in Bradford have made. I know Bradford is local but Baildon is even more local so I called in Pickles for a coffee this morning and had a look around for things made locally. I think Saltaire Brewery is reasonably local 😉 and it”s products are also tasty. Saltaire Brewery is actually closer to Baildon than it is to Saltaire. On foot is certainlay is. The border for Baildon (no passport required) is the river and the brewery is unfortunately just on the Shipley side.

Bottles

Seeing these bottles on the shelf, almost sparkling with their golden tops, was tempting but instead I went upstairs and had an espresso, a glass of water, and read the photographic magazine I had bought across the road at Martin”s newsagent.

The photo above is the one I submitted for the Made in Bradford day. I wonder how much my thirst was adding to the appeal of the photo?

I also took a few other photos inside. One was of the contents of a cold cabinet with locally made produce. It was difficult to get a view where you could still see the contents without the reflections getting in the way too much.

Loacl quiche

Needless to say I explained to Louise what I wanted to do and asked for permission. Others asked me what I was doing and this trio asked me to take their photo with Julie”s camera. I also took one of my own, see below. Julie, on the left, lives in Australia but when she was younger she lived in Baildon and Louise”s mum used to look after her. She really seemed to be enjoying herself. I hope she will let me know if she would rather this photo did not appear here.

Julie from Australia

On the way out, by the door, I spotted this hose reel – it is a bit big to miss. This is another contender for Made in Bradford.

Bradford Hose

This is the outside of Pickles Deli with the roundabout looking colourful with all the spring flowers.

Deli

After taking these I went down to get a photo of Saltaire Brewery on Dockfield Road. From Baildon it is quite easy to get to on foot. A bridge goes over the river at the end of Lower Holme. You can also get down to the river bank from the drive that goes into Green”s Gym. I walked along the path by the river for a few yards and could see and hear Chiffchaff, Chafinch, Treecreeper, Great tit, Blue tit, Wren, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird, Mallard and Goosander. I walked beyond the railway bridge for a few yards and looked up and down the river”s edges for the Black Bellied Dipper (very rare for Bradford) but no luck.

This is the photo of the brewery:

Brewery

As usual you can click on any of the images to see larger versions of them on flickr.