A wonderful surprise this morning

I woke up this morning to find this in the kitchen…



It says:

My blond hair is my best feature. Just like my Daddy I have cheeky dimples. On my face there are blue eyes. I like building lego. I have an awesome imagination. Blue eyes run in the family. You could recognise me by my blond hair. When I look in the mirror I see a handsome boy. Daddy loves my cheerful smile.

My son Frank has obviously had to create this as part of some school activity, but as I left for work this morning before he got out of bed I’m  not sure what it was…


I’m such a lucky man to have my son, he’s a warm, intelligent, caring, sensitive little boy…I am blessed…




It doesn’t seem like two minutes ago since he was born…



They grow up quick don’t they?…




A great walk up Great Hill

Even though I’ve lived in Bolton since 1988, I’ve never ventured up Great Hill.   There is a Wiki article about it here…

On Saturday 11 April 2015 I got up nice and early, packed my rucksack and set off for White Coppice, which is about 12 miles from my house.

Once I walked through the cricket ground, I crossed The Goit and started the easy ascent.


The views East were fabulous…


It was a lovely fresh day, not too hot, not too cold, a ‘Goldilocks’ day…it was great to hear the Skylarks as I meandered along…


Before long, I was at ‘Drinkwaters’

Drinkwaters Farm was so named because of a nearby spring which still flows, rather gently, just below the path from the summit of Great Hill. Not far from the farm ruins is a small, discrete memorial to a local fell runner, Joe Whitter (1939-1991).


Joe, a member of Wigan Phoenix, was one of Lancashire’s true fell running characters well known for his ultra-distance runs over these moors. The spring at Drinkwaters was used regularly by Joe and his companions on Sunday morning runs. The February 1992 Fellrunner magazine contained an obituary where it was observed

“Joe Whitter was one of those essential characters that make fell running what it is. The Anglezarke Moors will be a poorer place without him and he will be sadly missed. Typically, Joe requested his ashes be scattered on the moors he loved, and there are many fell runners who will now be unable to run past Drinkwaters on Great Hill without remembering him.”

Why “Joe’s Cup”?…if you carefully remove a stone or two, all will be revealed!

The path to Great Hill and the summit were easily visible from here…


And before long I was on the top!




The views all around were fantastic!  There was a bit of wind chill which made the temperature drop a bit…but the walk was very enjoyable all the same.

One of my photographs taken on this trip was used as a backdrop for the Granada Weather Reports on Monday 13 April 2015.

Granada Weather

Fame at last eh?

All in all, a great little walk up Great Hill

Some great careers where I work

I work for a great company called CDL in Stockport, you can find out more about the company here .

Here at CDL, we love what we do – delivering industry-leading software to some of the biggest brands in the insurance industry, including esure, Hastings Direct, Moneysupermarket.com and Tesco Bank. We employ more than 500 people at our campus in Stockport – more than half of them are technical: developers, programmers, architects, analysts, testers and technicians.

We’ve custom-built our own modern, open offices set in their own landscaped campus with space to work and think; there’s also a subsidised canteen. We like to work in small, focused groups so you’re always learning from people around you and you feel a part of the success of each project you’re involved with.

There’s lots more we’d love to tell you about: brilliant benefits, flexible hours, award-nominated learning programmes, our community volunteering scheme…

We are currently recruiting for the following vacancies:

CDL Careers


See more about those here…


If you want to find out more about us, why not come and have a chat?



key messages

Off to Skye soon

Off to Skye soon, can’t wait…

The ‘plan’ is to camp on the Glenbrittle campsite on night one.  To get there we have to pass The Fairy Pools…

Fairy Pools-5

The next day the current intention is to visit Neist Point, the most Westerly point on Skye.


After that walk we’ll probably camp at Dunvegan.  The next day we intend visiting Duntulm Castle.


Then driving around the island and camp at either Sligachan…



Or Ashaig.

Of course there are always visits to Talisker Bay…


or Elgol to consider…so much to see and do, so little time…



Some of the images displayed here are available on the Storm Imaging web site

Ultimate Peapod 

About 1984 I bought an Ultimate Peapod tent to use as I camped all over The Lake District. 


I used it extensively until about 1991.

It then went into the loft…

I used it once in 2009 on a Skye trip…apart from a few blemishes it was as good as new.

I’m off to Skye soon so thought I’d best check it out.

I pitched it on Sunday 5th April 2015….remarkably after  31 years it appears to function as new. (Although I’ve not checked its waterproofness)!



I think it cost about £100 at the time, when I was on about £28 per week. So very expensive. Looking back….best £100 I ever spent. Used to ‘Wild Camp’ before it was ‘fashionable’ and was just called ‘Camping’…