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I liked this frieze above the windows of Rochdale Museum:-

Rochdale Museum Frieze

Also these stained glass windows which seem to be on someone’s extension:-

Stained Glass Windows, Rochdale

Across the road from the Museum was a green park-like area with this iron pedestrian bridge:-

An Iron Pedestrian Bridge in Rochdale

Nearby was this statue of John Bright:-

Statue of John Bright, Rochdale

John Bright Statue, Rochdale

This spire-y thing is by the side of the road. I’ve no idea what it’s for:-

Roadside Spire

The town centre has this statue of sheep (rams):-

Statue of Rams, Rochdale Town Centre

And spot the dedication on the bridge (which I ought to have placed in yesterday’s post):-

Co-operation

Rochdale

Until recently the River Roch through Rochdale town centre had been covered over for decades – almost a century. It’s been opened up now and the river looks well. A town always seems better for a river running through it.

Bridge in Rochdale town centre, Art Deco former Regal Cinema, now The Regal Moon, in background:-

Bridge over River Roch, Rochdale

Bridge in Rochdale town centre from opposite side, Town Hall in background:-

Town Bridge + Hall, Rochdale

Rochdale Town Hall and Square:-

Rochdale Town Hall and Square stitch

One side of Rochdale Town Square (to the right in previous picture):-

Rochdale Town Square

Rochdale’s most famous daughter is perhaps, Gracie Fields. There is a statue of her, complete with old style microphone, in the town square:-

Statue of Gracie Fields, Rochdale Town Square

Different angle. Town Hall in background:-

Reverse Angle Gracie Fields Statue,

The Rochdale trams are colourful; well, bright:-

Rochdale Tram

Thurso, Bridge and War Memorial

We couldn’t go all the way up to the Pentland Firth and not visit Thurso, the northernmost town on the British mainland.

This bridge over the river Thurso takes you from the east (left in the picture) into the town centre:-

Thurso, Bridge Over River Thurso

The War Memorial is located in Sir John’s Square. Dedicated to “those from the parish of Thurso who, in the war of 1914-1919 laid down their lives for God and country and the cause of freedom. We thank God on every remembrance of them.” The 1939-1945 plaque lies below the dedication:-

Thurso War Memorial

North face. Great War Names:-

War Memorial, Thurso

West face. Great War names:-

Thurso War Memorial

South face. Great War names:-

War Memorial, Thurso, South Face

Detail:-

Thurso War Memorial Detail

The Waterpoort, Sneek

The Waterpoort is the old entrance to Sneek town centre by canal. I suppose it functioned as a sort of mediaeval toll gate as well as the entrance to the town.

Canal with Waterpoort in distance:-

Canal and Waterpoort, Sneek

Bridge and Waterpoort behind:-

Bridge and Waterpoort, Sneek

Waterpoort from canal basin:-

waterpoort

View from Waterpoort:-

View from Waterpoort, Sneek

Waterpoort clock from town side:-

Waterpoort Clock, Sneek

Queensferry Crossing (x)

Photos from March 2017. Gap finally closed.

From South Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 49

New bridge in full, Forth Road Bridge to right:-

New Forth Road Bridge 50

From approach road to North Queensferry, Forth Road Bridge in background:-

New Forth Road Bridge 51

Northern support pillar and cable stays:-

New Forth Road Bridge 52

Northern cable stay tower:-

New Forth Road Bridge 53

All three cable stay towers:-

New Forth Road Bridge 54

South cable stay tower and support pillars. Work still being done where gap was closed:-

New Forth Road Bridge 55

More Kemback

There are two bridges over the burn at Kemback. This one is up the village a bit:-

Bridge at Kemback

This one is just by the junction of the road which goes to Cupar eventually:-

Kemback Bridge

While we were coming back down from the church these aeroplanes flew overhead:-

Aeroplanes over Kemback

Queensferry Crossing (ix)

These were taken in late December 2016, so I’m a bit late getting round to posting them. The first three are views from North Queensferry, the later ones are from South Queensferry.

North support pillar:-

New Forth Road Bridge 42

North cable stay tower:-

New Forth Road Bridge 41

Central and south cable stay towers:-

New Forth Road Bridge 43

Last gap in bridge:-

New Forth Road Bridge 44

Close up on final gap. This is the one where I heard the support pillar’s foundations had been a bit suspect:-

New Forth Road Bridge 45

Looking over Port Edgar Yacht Club:-

New Forth Road Bridge 46

New bridge in full (except for last gap):-

New Forth Road Bridge 47

Three Bridges Panorama. From left, Queensferry Crossing, Forth Road Bridge, Forth Bridge from South Queensferry side:-

New Forth Road Bridge 48, Three Bridges Panorama

“A New Era” at Modern Two

We’ve been to the New Era exhibition of Scottish Modern Art 1900-1950 at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two.)

It’s not quite as good as the previous exhibition True to Life (for which I see some of the links to the paintings are no longer working) but there is still some good stuff there.

More so in the first two galleries. The pictures became darker both in tone and appearance as the galleries wore on.

Stanley Cursiter’s “The Regatta” is particularly striking with its bold slabs of colour:-

The Regatta

Cursiter’s “Rain on Princes Street”:-

Rain on Princes Street

J D Fergusson is more usually reckoned a colourist but though not an official war artist he was allowed to paint Portsmouth Docks during the Great War.

Porstmouth Dockyard

Another evocation of war is in Eric Robertson’s “Shellburst”:-

Shellburst

So too does Keith Henderson’s “Camouflage Hangars and Gas Gong”:-

Camouflage Hangars and Gas Gong

The caption for Edward Baird’s “Unidentified Aircraft over Montrose” is odd as it says the bridge at the lower left has since been replaced by a suspension bridge but the one depicted is clearly exactly of that type:-

Unidentified Aircraft

William McCance’s “Study for a Colossal Steel Head” is very modernistic:-

Study for a colossal steel head

Fortingall and the Fortingall Yew

This is a bridge on the road into Fortingall:-

Bridge at Fortingall

As well as some Arts and Crafts houses –

Fortingall Arts and Crafts

some with thatched roofs

Fortingall Arts and Crafts

– the village has this idiosyncratic building:-

A House in Fortingall

It also has a unique claim to fame. It is home to supposedly the oldest living thing in Europe, the Fortingall Yew, which can be seen to the left of the church in the link at the top of this post and here:-

The Fortingall Yew

The plaque informs us that The Tree Council designated this one of fifty Great British Trees, June 2002:-

Fortingall Yew and Plaque

Kenmore, Perthshire

The village of Kenmore lies at the foot of Loch Tay in Perthsire.

Main street left. Taymouth Castle gates are behind you in this view. You can just make out the War Memorial at the far end of the street in front of the kirk:-

Kenmore pano 1

Main street right:-

Kenmore pano 2

Main street reverse view. Gates of Taymouth Castle middle centre. The War Memorial is directly behind here:-

Kenmore Street Panorama

Looking down to foot of Loch Tay:-

Kenmore 3

Foot of Loch Tay:-

Foot of Loch Tay, Kenmore

Near Kenmore a reconstructed crannog has been built out onto Loch Tay. This is the view of Kenmore from there:-

Kenmore from Crannog

The outflow from Loch Tay is the start of Scotland’s longest river, the silvery Tay. This lovely bridge spans it:-

Bridge over River Tay at Kenmore

River Tay at Kenmore:-

River Tay at Kenmore

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