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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 25th June, 2022)

Mother Nature

Mother Nature
Mother Nature has made a big effort since I was last down here at the bottom of Douglas Valley. Pity she didn’t flatten Coppull Lane out a bit though.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Veronica on 25th June 2022 at 07:23

An unrecognisable place nowadays Dennis. I would be afraid to walk around there on my own…. Too many spirits wondering around loose.
When I think back how it used to be in the sunny days of my youth. Ahhh!

Comment by: irene roberts on 25th June 2022 at 11:23

Just wondering if my comment has gone missing? I commented quite early this morning.

Comment by: James Hanson on 25th June 2022 at 11:24

What would those spirits be wondering about? Would they be lost and wondering where to haunt next?

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 25th June 2022 at 12:36

It looks, as the John Denver song says....Cool, green & shady...

Comment by: Veronica on 25th June 2022 at 14:02

A typo from spell check James, you can wander off with your “mortar board” - and don’t get your drawers in a twist…

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 25th June 2022 at 14:12

With a little imagination this whole area could be a huge asset to Wigan….but not as it is now.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 25th June 2022 at 14:22

James, I wonder if Irene meant wandering?

Oh, may I go a-wandering
until the day I die.
Oh, may I always laugh and sing,
beneath God's clear blue sky.

Comment by: Pw on 25th June 2022 at 15:02

Irene,quite a few of my comments have gone missing recently.

Comment by: mick on 25th June 2022 at 15:30

Irene it will probully more than likely be lost in the long grass.

Comment by: irene roberts on 25th June 2022 at 17:41

George of Hindley, when I put "just wondering if my comment has gone missing", the word "wondering" was perfectly correct. I DO know the difference between "wondering" and "wandering"!
Helen, I had forgotten that song by John Denver; I used to have an LP of his which contained it. I love John Denver's songs.

Comment by: e on 25th June 2022 at 19:21

Glorious to thy kingdom , the George of God did hope ,
Vanished by his substance , of value spoke the Pope ,
I spoke from where I came from , and gave a life spent true
A crease I see a fault line , the boundary that I knew ,
The pope did not deny this , the marry of his soul ,
but asked George to remind him , the purpose of his goal ...
I seek to find correctness , truth each one can hold , edges that uncounted , cause fray that one can’t hold .
You choose to marry nothing , the Pope’s discounted him , a truth that has no value , is born nor neither in ...

Comment by: Derek Platt on 25th June 2022 at 20:42

Great Photo Dennis as usual. drove down this road on google earth yesterday to see the monstrosity at the bottom. I'm going back to the fifties now but when I was at Thomas Linacre school , I'm sure we played footy on a pitch down there. Can anyone enlighten me please.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 25th June 2022 at 21:26

Owd mon, Irene. and I was on your side there. But you did say "I'm too scared to go there on my own because of the spirits wondering about", or something like that. I could see that you meant wandering.

Comment by: Cyril on 25th June 2022 at 22:33

Veronica, at first I thought you were on about the ghost that apparently did a wandering between the two bridges at the bottom of Maloney's Broo, when coming down from Whelley there is a path to the right, many folks have sworn that they had seen an apparition around there.

Derek, yes there was a football pitch down there, I can't remember if it was St Mary's or St John's school pitch.

Dennis, was it No Mow May when you took the photo, they said at the time to let the grass and flowers grow so to be beneficial to insects.

Comment by: Veronica on 25th June 2022 at 22:48

I think the comment you are referring to George is mine if you look back at the first one. The pair of you are always on the lookout to find fault though and you both create blunders! So touché.

Comment by: Veronica on 26th June 2022 at 07:01

I meant the ‘spirits’ of my youth Cyril, but I find it fascinating that there was a genuine ‘ghost’. I didn’t know that. I went back 3 or 4 years back after 50 odd years and found it quite eerie. It’s so overgrown towards how it used to be near Maloney’s brew/brow. The land used to be open and flat. I remember lads playing football there all beside the river. I couldn’t distinguish the Camel’s Hump where we used to camp and roly-poly down. We always made for there in the school holidays for adventures.
They certainly made a mess with the ‘monstrosity’, but as kids we didn’t understand it had to be done to stop floods, Or did it? There’s the ‘rub’…….

Comment by: irene robertsI on 26th June 2022 at 08:36

George, the comment about being scared to go wandering wasn't mine, and I'm certain it was just a simple mistake anyway. We all make them now and again.

Comment by: Barrie on 26th June 2022 at 12:39

Compare this view to the one on P-A-D 09/10/2019 and see the difference that nature has achieved in reclaiming the land. The photograph I took was dated 12-09-2018.

Comment by: Veronica on 26th June 2022 at 18:52

I would like to have seen the land before all that re- organisation happened Barrie. The other photo of the land just looks ‘manufactured’ far from the natural habitat it used to be. But I’m biased and things change and move on.

Comment by: Barrie on 27th June 2022 at 09:42

Veronica, search for #32315 or #31599 photo in album -Work-Wigan Flood Alleviation where I posted a photograph as it was in 2009 before the area was "re-landscaped". A couple of years ago I re-visited the area and noticed that Coppull Lane further down had been blocked off by barriers to stop vehicles progressing further.

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