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mothers day

Posted in Evie, Leo, Mine adit, mothers day, mum, Ventile, wilderswood with tags , , , , , on March 18, 2012 by jakeofwinterhill

Leo is looking at me he is wearing his new fleece,
its raining  we are trying out ventile  to see if this work better its very wet  ! 

we are out for Mothers day walk

we found a gate post in the undergrowth near the entrance to wilderswood 

me and Evie looking counting the tree rings

this is the pike

me and mum walking together chatting !

I dragged this stick around Wilderswood

we left Evie and mum to go for a quick explore

off  along the stream

one of the old adits in wilderswood
dad  note this is blocked after a few feet !

the mast and two lads !
waiting for mum and Evie !


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



We had Italian pancetta , Croissant and scrambled egg for Breakfast

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

our route this year


in the woods

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 !

Two Lads to Hole Bottom with Sharon , meeting with Mal and Italian evening !

Posted in Brett Sam and Molly, Hole bottom, Leo, Mal Frith, Old brickworks, Rivington Pike, Tramway, Two lads, winter hill, winter hill mast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

Today we met up with Sharon who came with us on walk to the Two Lads to Hole Bottom with Leo,
We met Mal  Frith  with his three dogs ,Brett ,Sam and Molly at Hole Bottom by Chance photo of me and Mals trip on Winter Hill with Brett,Sam and Molly
our route

This is Sharon , Sharon came to our house ,

It was muddy after all the rain and hail

Rivington Pike ,Sharon had not been here before So I told her what everything was called  we are standing by the two lads

Rivington Pike links

Two Lads links

Winter Hill Mast

Me with Brett ,This is Mal !

This is Sam and You can just see Molly!

Hole Bottom

based on Dave lanes book -this area had houses, brickwork’s and a Pub!

I am looking around

Sharon looks under a large brick to find another Brick !

Sharon found a  ridge tile !

the mast

You can just see Mal near the two Lads !

we are walking down the road – Bolton were playing at Home you can see the lights on the Reebok stadium

Italian Night ,

we had Four seasons Pizza -Pizza quattro stagioni
Melon and Prosciutto
Spaghetti carbonara  or Pasta alla carbonara
I have been to Italy we drove from Prague and stayed near Venice

“Lazio style: Pizza in Lazio (Rome), as well as in many other parts of Italy, is available in two different styles: (1) Take-away shops sell pizza rustica or pizza al taglio. This pizza is cooked in long, rectangular baking pans and relatively thick (1–2 cm). The crust is similar to that of anEnglish muffin, and the pizza is often cooked in an electric oven. It is usually cut with scissors or a knife and sold by weight. (2) In pizza restaurants (pizzerias), pizza is served in a dish in its traditional round shape. It has a thin, crisp base quite different from the thicker and softer Neapolitan style base. It is usually cooked in a wood-fired oven, giving the pizza its unique flavor and texture. In Rome, a pizza napoletana is topped with tomato, mozzarella, anchovies and oil (thus, what in Naples is called pizza romana, in Rome is called pizza napoletana).
Types of Lazio-style pizza include:
Pizza romana (in Naples): tomato, mozzarella, anchovies, oregano, oil;
Pizza viennese: tomato, mozzarella, German sausage, oregano, oil;
Pizza capricciosa (“capricious pizza”): mozzarella, tomato, mushrooms, artichokes, cooked ham, olives, oil (in Rome, prosciutto raw ham is used and half a hard-boiled egg is added);
Pizza quattro stagioni (“four seasons pizza”): same ingredients for the capricciosa, but ingredients not mixed;” taken from

Leo Loves Spaghetti he just loves finger food 

Yummy Pizza I loved the ham and cheese

I loved this !
Note from Dad : Jake and Evie don’t like coffee so we removed this

New Chapel Lane ,Wilson Fold Farm ,Coal Brow and Bottom o’th moor

Posted in BOTTOM O'TH' MOOR, Coal Brow, Evie, Horwich, Leo, New chapel Lane, Wilson Fold Farm with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill 

My route:
Note from Dad: the camera was wet and so some of the Photos have a blurred edge at the bottom,
apologies I had been out with jake on a navigation in the mist , I dropped the camera in a stream when i lost my footing on a slippery rock.

New chapel lane  we went  to walk up to the New chapel

New chapel was started in 1716!
After being ejected from Horwich Chapel, Richard Pilkington built “New Chapel” for the nonconformists between 1716 and 1719. It was enlarged in 1805.
The Pilkingtons were farmers who became gentry, Richard Pilkington was owner of rights of the Horwich Manor.William Pilkington (1765–1831) became a physician and apothecary in St Helens and his sons Richard (1795–1869) and William (1800–1872) were the founders of Pilkington Glass.

the sheep came to stare at us!

Bolton Fold Farm

we are not sure what the stone was for ?

some new earthworks on the Bolton Fold farm land

Leo looking around

there are a lot of bare trees now which have lost their leaves.

This is a old bridge made out of a stone slab !

It looks like i have three arms ! -its Evie behind me !

the leaves are beautiful at this time of year

I catch a tree to stop me as its very muddy and slippy wish i wore my trainers !

across another Bridge

we spent some time stroking the horse he was very gentle !

This is a place where you can get on a horse , can you see the stone trough ?
this is called Wilson fold farm,_1871_Census_Street_Index_U-Z

its very muddy !

the water drops look very nice on the grass

see how deep the mud is

its very steep and hard work with the mud

can you see the cob webs ?

this is a ground web ! they only show up when its wet !

the old mine waste from Coal Brow

I am looking at the rocks , there is no vegetation on this mine waste -something in the waste stops plants growing

gorse flowers

this section has been straightened was this the leval  for the mine?

bits of coal found in the straight bit

some more horses

me and Evie enjoy GORP

(good old raisins and peanuts !)

the lake near Bottom o’th moor’th’Moor
great name !

I counted these and the tree was 36 !

Horwich moor Methodist Church

Bolton Fold Farm new work going ahead

Great name

Leo falls asleep he always falls asleep on this side ! Leo wont fall asleep on the pillow in the back carrier!

weather was cold -wet and very misty , everything became wet

Two Lads, meeting with Mal and kite flying -Clare’s Birthday

Posted in Brett and Sam, Clare's Birthday, Evie, Horwich, Kite Flying, Leo, Mal Frith, Two lads, winter hill, Winter Hill Bell pits/Shafts, Winter Hill Mines with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

The route we took

Note from dad:
Jake has been ill for two weeks , so we are keeping things low key at the moment,

Me and Evie

looking towards Horwich

They have repaired the fence –

can you see the pike ?

the Two lads

the Reebok stadium, Blackrod

I met Mal Frith who writes the following web site

Evie playing with Brett and Sam can you see the stick ? we found this later !

Can you see me ? there are some people collecting mushrooms ! can you see the Pike ?

Mal  going back

some of the mushrooms we saw

Two Lads -Evie just climbing up

Evie on one of the smaller ones

Jumping down

Me and Evie taking a diffrent path to dad and Leo ,I am helping Evie cross safely

can you see the pike it was very beautiful sunset

the sunset

you have to be careful , dad had checked this out before !
there is a lot of water going down here but it is not flooded ,

this is blocked

on the same line of shafts

the mast

I ran ahead to look at the Kites

Clare came up here to celebrate her birthday what a great idea !

they were flying three kites

Clare is on the two Lads -it was her birthday !

this is Evie flying the Kite,
Note from dad :thankyou very much for letting Evie fly the Kite !
we all wished Clare a happy Birthday !

Evie flying the kite , I did not want to fly the kite !
what a great view and sunset ! fantastic to have a birthday  treat up here !

looking at the sunset

we found the  the stick that Brett and Sam were playing with !

its getting dark now !

The mast lights !
I would not recommend wellington boots  for this walk , Jake and Evie are very used to this and wanted to spend prolonged time splashing in the mud , please be careful  ,

Rivington Castle, Just having Fun ! muddy puddles and walking in a stream

Posted in Evie, Horwich, Leo, Lower Rivington Reservoir, Muddy puddles, Red Admiral Butterfly, Rivington Castle, Tree creeper with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill


Leo get to ride in the back carrier – he is really growing up now !

me and Evie on the way to Rivington Castle

we watched a tree creeper on this tree – can you see it ?

Evie playing in puddles

Evie and I followed a stream

I built a dam with leaves ,Mud and stones

Evie came to help me !

can you see the Pike ?

Evie and Me at the Castle

The mast and the Pike

see the stats for the mast

we played hide and seek – Evie  is looking for me !

Lower Rivington Reservoir

Rivington Castle

This is a red Admiral butterfly – Leo liked these – the flowers did not smell nice but the butterfly’s and bees and fly’s didnt seem to mind !
I liked watching these !

me and evie went to play  afterwards

Evie found a tree which i could climb

Another tree to climb they were wet and slippy – i had wellingtons on so i could not grip the tree well !

it was nice down next to the water

can you see the tree roots ?

Leo was looking at me and Evie playing

Leo does not like the sun in his eyes !

this is one of the towers can you see the window ?

one of  the towers behind a oak tree

Evie in a puddle !

Evie is such a show off !

Leo looking at me and Evie

Me and Evie breaking the dams we made before !

Leo looking at me when I was talking to him