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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 13th October, 2020)

Orrell Water Park 1 of 3

Orrell Water Park 1 of 3
Orrell Water Park in the late afternoon on 7th October 2020

Photo: Dave (Oy)  (Fuji X100F)
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Comment by: alanporter on 13th October 2020 at 03:16

When I was a boy that used to be our drinking water . Ugh !!

Comment by: Mick on 13th October 2020 at 06:57

Ive not been seeing much bird life around Orrell Water Park lately

Comment by: Fred Mason on 13th October 2020 at 08:45

Nice one, Dave.

Comment by: PeterP on 13th October 2020 at 10:39

Looks nice during the day . Used to be plagued with idiots at night

Comment by: Cyril on 13th October 2020 at 11:28

You're right Peter P, I wouldn't like to live in that house if it was free.

I haven't seen much bird activity in the garden lately too Mick, the RSPB and others are concerned by the plummeting numbers of once common birds.

Comment by: Mick on 13th October 2020 at 11:43

Cyril the house is a cafe and ranger station

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 13th October 2020 at 11:57

A friend of mine used to live near there but I have never been myself. It looks lovely.

Comment by: Edna on 13th October 2020 at 18:32

Lovely relaxing photo this.Thank you

Comment by: e on 13th October 2020 at 21:29

owt for rod and line in ere,
owt in ere worth landing,
anything to spin the reel,
gently coax , to get the feel,
bring her slowly to the bank,
is she tired out of tank,
no she's testing for off she goes,
back to water that she knows,
you go chasing but is she on
line goes slack for your hook is gone..

Comment by: Poet on 13th October 2020 at 23:24

Lovely stuff ' e ' , fish at neet here for a tight line , then

Tell if you saw the gleam of giant carp
Light up the lake like splashing stars
At night as they rolled in widening rings
Like silver salvers of gold sovereigns.

I saw one once, she looked like the moon
Mirrored in the rippling waves
'Til she slowly sank in the deep deep dark
Before the sun's first squint stirred up the lark
And bathed the lake in sepia rays
Long time ago in my fishing days .

Good luck my friend , take a hot flask of coffee to put the whiskey in .

Comment by: Cyril on 14th October 2020 at 00:10

I see Mick, I was under the impression that someone had privately bought that house at auction, I can't remember if it was still Makerfield Water Board or it had become United Utilities, anyhow they were selling off their properties, the lone detached house on the corner of Winstanley Road and Pemberton Road was also one of their properties that sold at auction around that time. Maybe the Leisure Department had given a good price for both the lodge and the house.

Alan, can you remember the tiled bath dug into the ground beyond the trees in the background that Orrell footballers used to wash after a game on a nearby field, when pupils of Eric Coulshed he showed us the bath and that was in the mid 1960s so I doubt that it will still be as it was then, he lived on Winstanley Road and kept an allotment close by to where it was. I can't remember the name of the team, though I've noticed on the web there is an Orrell Athletic Football Club, so maybe it's that.

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