Header Images

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)

Spring 2011

Hong Kong Trip

Summer 2011

Autumn 2011

“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

Winter 2010/2011

Winter 2011/2012

The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow,
And what will poor robin do then, poor thing?

Spring 2012

New York 2012

“The glamour of it all! New York! America!” Charlie Chaplin

Summer 2012

“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”
Rudyard Kipling

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:

August 2012:

Two roads diverged from The Road Less Travelled poem (full text here)

September 2012

Autumn/Winter 2012


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.

winter 2012/13


February 2013


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

6 Responses to Header Images

  1. Mr Mole says:

    Nice set of header pictures, the bottom one looks like a water colour by a famous English artist whose name escapes me for the moment. My blog is new to me, I keep changing the theme, one day I will settle on one that I like. You may be able to tell me how you got the ‘About the Author’ tab at the top.

  2. Mr Mole says:

    thanks, i will give it a try, as to the theme, I have changed loads of times, one day I will find one that is just what I want.

  3. Mike says:

    Thanks for your previous advice, all settled now.
    However, I want to start a text only blog much like your own, I am having problems copying and pasting from Word, when I past in to the blog it gives odd formatting, where once there was a line break it ends up as a paragraph. I have followed the advice in the help section with no improvement.
    I was wondering how you entered your text.

    • stockton.ted@gmail.com says:

      Hi Mike

      I do some web design as well and copying from word processing software like word always causes problems. You could try saving the text in Word as text only, but what I do is to use Notepad which has no formatting other than line breaks. I then copy it into the post and add any formatting (bold, italics, etc ) afterwards in WordPress.

      You may want to continue using Word because of its spellchecker capabilities, if so , then just copy the completed work into notepad afterwards and then copy again into the WordPress post. Keyboard shortcuts can speed up the process too: control and A selects the whole text, control and C copies the text and then, when in WordPress, control and V pastes it in.

      Good luck and let me know if I can help again.

      Sent from my iPad

  4. Mike says:

    Thanks, I am using a mac so I don’t have notepad, I did try using TextEdit which sounds like a similar thing, but without joy. I have tried clearing the formatting in word, tried saving it as a web page, no joy, tried all the wordpress suggestions, no joy. It almost seems that the most simple way is to type straight on to the page. I was planning to copy and paste, in stages, a 250,000 word history of a rugby club. I am now not sure if it would fit and in any case it looks like it will be too much hard work.
    Thanks anyway for your suggestions.
    I am into photo blogs, but I do enjoy yours and it is the only text blog I read.
    All the best.

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