An archive of photos used as header images. All are taken from around the village of Mellor in Greater Manchester. ( Now with one or two obvious exceptions – You may notice those)
Hong Kong Trip
“Go, sit upon the lofty hill,
And turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild
Do hymn an autumn sound.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow,
And what will poor robin do then, poor thing?
New York 2012
“The glamour of it all! New York! America!” Charlie Chaplin
“Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made By singing:–”Oh, how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade, While better men than we go out and start their working lives At grubbing weeds from gravel-paths with broken dinner-knives”
And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days
View of the Arrochar Alps at the head of Loch Fyne from Inveraray, July 2012. I also considered using this shot of Holy Island in Lamlash bay.
Used header text:
I don’t want to go to Idaho, I’d rather stay hame in Kirkcaldy
Late summer 2012:
Two roads diverged from The Road Less Travelled poem (full text here)
Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat,
Then rose, girded himself, and o’er the bleak
Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load.
The tagline is a piece from Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem “Pied Beauty”
Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.
On our Rail trip in September 2013:
Winter sunrise 2013
The poem used was the first stanza of Winter Sunrise by Lawrence Binyon
It is early morning within this room: without,
Dark and damp: without and within, stillness
Waiting for day: not a sound but a listening air.
Original Header – Summer/Autumn 2010
“No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky”
From Addlestrop by Edward Thomas