Archive for December, 2011

Happy New year from Hamburg

Posted in Elbe Tunnel, Hamburg, Happy New year, ICE train with tags , , , , on December 31, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

we went to Hamburg as a surprise !
the journey takes 13 hours the same as to Prague !
It takes 4 hours to get to the Euro tunnel , It is 800 miles from out house,

I am asleep on Euro tunnel -we used to do this to Prague ,it very early in the morning !

http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/home/?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=eurotunnel&utm_campaign=ET_Brand_Terms_Exact

Leo woke up !

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbe_Tunnel_(1975)

This is our trip though the Elbe tunnel

http://www.lego.com/en-us/Default.aspx

we went to the Lego shop

me and Evie in the lego shop

Looking at a Nativity Scene

 http://www.germany-christmas-market.org.uk/hamburg_christmas_market.php
http://www.germany-christmas-market.org.uk/

we are in the city Hall

a painted car

where we stayed

the underground

http://www.hvv.de/en/
http://www.hvv.de/en/all-you-need-to-know/for-visitors-to-hamburg/
http://www.hamburg-tourism.de/en/search-booking/arrival/public-transport/ 

I am waiting for  a underground train,

http://www.asklepios.com/klinik/default.aspx?name=Asklepios_Klinik_Hamburg_Sankt_Georg

we had to go to the hospital for Evie , this board could tell you where to go in English

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercity-Express
http://www.bahn.com/i/view/index.shtml
http://www.b-europe.co.uk/Travel/Trains/ICE?gclid=CN6lz_yisq0CFQUOfAoddVV1tg

I went to see the Ice train -Intercity express – ICE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metronom_Eisenbahngesellschaft
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamburg_Central_Station
http://www.bahnhof.de/site/bahnhoefe/de/nord/hamburg__hbf/hamburg__hbf.html

This is the main station -central station

one of the Christmas decorations

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Nicholas’_Church,_Hamburg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Nicholas_Church

some of the old buildings near the old docks

a ship we went on -Cap san diago

 http://www.capsandiego.de/
http://www.capsandiego.de/Summary/Information_in_English_History.html

 

 

 

another old ship

we are walking down the street

on one of the buses

a thatched house

on one of the underground trains

 http://plantenunblomen.hamburg.de/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planten_un_Blomen

we went to find a large playground

the television tower

one of the second world war bunkers

a very big hotel above the confernace centre

can you see the train ?

Der größte Kinderspielplatz

I am on the digger

Note from Dad this was 1 C with a high wind chill factor

Evie on the slide

 http://www.spottedbylocals.com/hamburg/the-old-elbe-tunnel/


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbe_Tunnel_(1911)


http://jalopnik.com/352372/the-old-elbe-river-tunnel


http://www.elevatorbobs-elevator-pics.com/elbe.html

we walked under the river -this is the old tunnel -it takes both cars and people at the same time !

There was a person taking their wedding photos here !

we saw the new year fireworks in Hamburg !

Leo asleep in Belgium, we went through France , Belguim and Netherlands to Germany

we are back in the Euro tunnel !

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Christmas day and Wilderswood

Posted in Blackrod, Cabin Pit, Christmas Day, Evie, Horwich, Leo, Old mines, Rivington Pike, Two lads, wilderswood, Wilderswood water tunnel, winter hill mast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

Christmas day , I had a great day today , we went for a walk and watched films and played with our new toys , we had a really good breakfast and roast beef for our main meal.

Me and Leo

These are Leo’s Hand prints

 

Leo

We had Italian pancetta , Croissant and scrambled egg for Breakfast
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancetta
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croissant

I liked this

Leo enjoyed the breakfast – scrambled eggs and Croissant

Evie looks at her presents

one of my presents

Evie is opening one of her Presents

I am very happy the Game I wanted

Leo opens his main present from out Nana

Leo likes his new present

one of the Art books Evie got

This is the Pin art -my Hand !

Walk around Wilderswood
we did this last year but it had snowed
http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2010/12/wilderswood-in-snow-horwich-christmas.html

our route this year
http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/61690758

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in the woods

http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/search/label/wilderswood

Evie in her Pink coat

Evie and mummy

Love the mud !

They have planted new trees to replace the pine trees which were cut down
the Pike !

walking towards Cabin pit

I am running up the track

having a look at the stream which flows underneath the track here

running past  there are a lot of mine tunnels under where we are

part of the old mine buildings

some odd holes in the walls ?

this is old pit head !

Iron trough

The pike

an old rail from the old mine used as a fence post !

Looking over Horwich and Blackrod

winter Hill mast and the two lads and of course my hat !

Christmas Eve -Cinema trip and Adam Hill to Holders to Hole Bottom to Two lads on Winter Hill

Posted in Adam hill, Bell Pits, Christmas Eve, fell running, Holders farm, holders plantation, Hole bottom, Horwich, middlebrook retail park, Rivington Pike, TinTin, Two lads, winter hill mast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

Leo is in his push chair – we take this to school every day as its good in all weathers including the snow 🙂

I am pushing the Pushchair today

This is Middlebrook we are going to the cinema to see TinTin
http://www.middlebrook-bolton.co.uk/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Tintin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tintin

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0983193/

we ate out at Mcdonalds as a special treat !
I have lost my front two upper teeth !
http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/

In the Afternoon I went on a run – Adam Hill to Holders Plantation to Hole Bottom to Two Lads – fast run

http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/61627478

 

Looking towards the Welsh mountains and Liverpool

Two Lads

http://www.about-rivington.co.uk/acatalog/Two_Lads_Cairns.html
http://justramblingon.co.uk/history-pages/two-lads-hill/

The mast

these are large stones

Bell pit just below Adam Hill

The masts and a lone cyclist

My dad fell on down into this ! it normally me but you have to be careful

Holders Farm
http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2010/10/explore-ruined-farmhouse-at-holders.html
http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2011/06/adam-hill-to-holders-plantation-to-two.html
https://jakeofwinterhill.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/adam-hill-to-holders-plantation-to-two-lads-winter-hill-horwich/

A lone walker just above Holders plantation

this is much more fun that it looks !

the old dam wall at Holders plantation

Hole Bottom Brick and Tile works in the day ! no snow !
http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2011/12/sledging-at-two-lads-and-hole-bottom-on.html
http://www.chorleyhistorysociety.co.uk/page01b.htm
http://justramblingon.co.uk/country-walks/west-pennine-moors/walking-the-dean-ditch/

My dads trainer and tracksuit covered in mud as usual ! this is clinker from burning coal

some of old stone slabs in Hole bottom

Looking down from two Lads

the pike

Two lads

the mast from the two lads

racing down from the two lads

trying to find a dry route

Nearly back (two lads and mast )
4.85 mph today better in the day , no snow  or  rain or fog !

Two Lads to Rivington and back again in fog/deep bog

Posted in Brown Hill, fell running, Foggy, Horwich, Night Run, Night Time Navigation, River Douglas, Rivington Pike, Two lads with tags , , , , , , on December 21, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

route
around 4 miles in very foggy and failing light ,
the bogs were very deep tonight between the pike and the mast ,
Jake was at one point thigh deep !
very wet underfoot and wind chill left it feeling cold ,
This run was to test equipment and Jake’s navigation .
for people who are unaware Jake has a full set of safety kit on him , full cover, phone, online GPS tracker -there are no blackout areas for the GPS on this route  , whistle, walkie talkie ,headlamp ,spare torch, Two strobe lights  -1 mile visibility , Hi reflective clothing, spare clothing, food .compass/map . we take Jake’s safety very seriously, the clothing he uses is waterproof, multi layer high performance, His trainers are Walsh trainers designed for these conditions, Jake is very experienced on these fells but we err on the side of caution and kept to easy navigation routes. please be careful what Jake makes look easy really isn’t in the dark and poor conditions. Please be careful !

 

            Two lads pike and back again and more runs in  on MapMyRUN. Find run

Towards the two lads

the two lads in mist /fog

Me on two lads

race down towards Pike cottage

Brown Hill

River Douglas

getting foggy now

The pike in the fog/mist

Roly poly down from the pike

getting a drink

between the pike and the mast

The three photos shows you the visibility issue with the boundary wall

3 metres away

1 meter away

the boundary wall – this is very distinctive but unless you were on-top of it almost invisible

Headlamp allows me to see

Rivington pike sledging , Portuguese food , Winter Hill

Posted in Brown Hill, Cacoila, Crooked Edge Hill, Evie, Horwich, Ice, Pasteis de nata, Rivington Pike, sledging, snow, wilderswood, winter hill, winter hill mast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

I  am by Wilderswood,
http://www.d.lane.btinternet.co.uk/wilders1.html
http://justramblingon.co.uk/country-walks/rivington/to-the-wilderswood/
http://www.sanoodi.com/routes/wilderswood-horwich-family-walk-312610/
http://www.about-horwich.co.uk/horwich/about-horwich-Wilderswood_Mill.html
the route we took from Wilderswood
http://www.sanoodi.com/routes/wilderswood-to-rivington-304544/

It began to snow

Brown Hill

http://mario.lancashire.gov.uk/agsmario/default.aspx?point=364466:413500:200&categ=Historic
http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2011/01/rivington-pike-to-brown-hill-to-crooked.html

I am looking at where to sledge down this slope , its very wet a lot of ice and cold water

Evie in her wellies

sledging down brown Hill

looking towards crooked edge

up towards the pike

can you see the top of the mast ?

the mast just appearing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Hill_(North_West_England)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Hill_transmitting_station
http://www.thebigtower.com/live/WinterHill/Index.htm
http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/transmitternetwork/transmitter_groups/winter_hill

me sledging down the pike

the mast with snow

a lone runner

a snowstorm cooming in

I am sledging and snow is just starting

runners comming up the pike in snow

Pike in falling snow

http://www.walkingbritain.co.uk/walks/walks/walk_a/2532/
http://www.theaa.com/walks/lever-park-and-rivington-pike-420716
http://www.livefortheoutdoors.com/upload/537630/attachments/Rivington%20Pike.pdf

Jake has contributed to the following site
http://rivingtonpike.com/


http://rivingtonpike.com/wilderswood-to-rivington-pike-to-two-lads

the snow storm passed over us

Evie and Mummy going down the Pike

I sledge down to Evie and mum

The pike in fog

Me in the snow and falling snow

Evie doing a roly poly

can you see the pike ?

looking at Brown Hill

falling snow near Wilderswood
Portuguese sardine pate

It was yummy !

This is  Portuguese Beef Yummy !!! Cacoila

http://www.portuguesecooking.com/recipes/main_dishes/cacoila
http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/2088/ca-oila–portuguese-beef-.aspx
http://www.pagesintime.com/ri/portuguese.html

This is a Pasteis de nata
Portuguese cream tarts
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pastel_de_nata
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/portuguese-custard-tarts—pasteis-de-nata/
http://leitesculinaria.com/7759/recipes-portuguese-custard-tarts-pasteis-de-nata.html

Evie Enjoyed these !

Another great day ,

Sledging at Two Lads and Hole Bottom on Winter Hill

Posted in Hole bottom, sledging, snow, Two lads, winter hill, winter Tyres with tags , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

we parked at the top car park there was a lot of snow

Note from Dad: Cold weather tyres allow us to get here safely
http://www.goodyear.eu/uk_en/tire-advice/cold-weather/index.jsp

route taken
http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/60974234

 

Me and my sledge

I have to keep my eyes shut to keep the night vision

sledging at Two lads

on top of two lads

Sledging at Hole bottom

My dad Sledging 🙂

Safety :
Black ice on the roads , – 1 to -3 with a small wind chill felt like -5

“Although Winter Hill is a wonderful “playground” and a place of great
beauty and fascination for many of us, we should always be aware of the
hidden dangers at all times, and do all we can to minimise them.
Unfortunately, many of us like the bleakness and solitude of the place,
and often go wandering around on our own – and at times when there is
perhaps nobody else around on the moors – and in the most appalling
weather conditions! Some would call us foolhardy, but this is our choice
and what we choose to do – and we would defend our right to do just this
– so long as we are all aware of the possible dangers and we dress and
equip ourselves to minimise the risks.
In poor weather never underestimate Winter Hill. The bogs really ARE
there. The visibility really CAN vanish totally within 60 seconds. The
body surface temperature plus the chill factor for those unsuitably
dressed, really CAN drop to –10C or more on top of the Hill.
DO take care on Winter Hill ….. but enjoy it! Remember. It CAN bite”

http://www.daveweb.co.uk/whvol2.pdf
P48

Jake had multi layers on tonight to allow him to safely enjoy the snow ,
do enjoy but take care ,

http://www.mountain.rescue.org.uk/mountain-advice/mobile-phones
http://www.bowlandpenninemrt.org.uk/safety.htm?

Me and Evie Sledging,Horwich Snow!!!!!

Posted in Evie, Horwich, sledging, snow with tags , , , on December 16, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

Me and Evie – if you Know Horwich there is a place where everyone goes sledging 😉 – tonight was the first day of the snow ! Weather was good -1 to 0 , no snow falling
I love sledging !

Evie

Me doing a roly Poly !

Me sledging

Me watching Evie

Me sledging

Evie playing in the snow

Evie watching Me

Evie’s Hat is covered in snow !

Evie Sledging

Me making patterns in the snow

Me and Evie walking back with the sledge