Looking down from the Pike we could see what seemed to be woods down one part of the moorside with another tower at one corner, so to get out of the snow, we headed for their shelter
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and now we seemed to be entering a fairy tale in this snowstorm. The building turned out to be a delapidated tower with holes for pigeons or doves. The woods turned out to be rhodedendron bushes and they covered a vast area of hillside. Amongst this overgrown neglected jungle were attractive Mediterranean stone arches, stone shelters, paths and stone steps galore, two lakes and even a track spanned by a huge stone bridge. It seemed like we were the first explorers ever to discover it and that purely by chance.
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Jeanie & the pigeon tower in the 70's
It turned out that these gardens had been built by Lord Lever, the soap king (hence now we have Lever Bros.) who also built the model village Port Sunlight on the banks of the River Mersey. Amongst the gardens he built a bungalow but this was burnt down in 1913 by Edith Rigby, a Preston suffragette. For an excellent poem with fun graphics about Edith go to http://www.geocities.com/prestonfolks/rigbyone.htm *
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looking across the bridge. For lots more views of the gardens as they are now having been restored (alas by restoration they have been sanitised and their wildness as they were in that snowstorm has been lost) go to my Gallery album 'Follies at Rivington' by clicking here
Grid ref for the Rivington follies SD 638141
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I call these the salt pot amd the pepper pot. They're above Cowling. The proper name of the salt pot - on the right - is Wainman's Pinnacle, the pepper pot on the left is Lund's Tower built by James Lund. It is on of my favourite types of folly tower because you enter and climb up to the top with its 360 degree views. For more on Lunds Tower click here
For more on the pinnacle click here*
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cycling on holiday in Scotland, not so far from Loch Lomond heading on country lanes towards Stirling, I came across this wonderful welcoming ...folly hedge!
it's at Mavie Mill to the west of Croftamie
Grid ref: NS 453848
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In some ways these, along with elaborate sand castles at the seaside, are the ultimate folly
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elaborate creations out of snow
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and ice - from Harbin in North China, scene of a bad chemical spill in 2006.
Permanent, Faslane,6 miles NW of Helensburgh, Scotland on A814:
Faslane Peace Camp sited close to Faslane Nuclear Submarine Base. Also 1st Saturday in every month noise demo, workshops, free cafe and kids space. Tel:01436 820901
For photos click here
Permanent for 'woodland maintenance workers', near Garelochhead, Scotland:
Peaton Glen Wood Peace Camp sited opposite Coulport Nuclear Weapons
Base For more info click here
Every Tuesday evening, 6 - 8 pm, Main Entrance at NSA/USAF Menwith
Hill, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire: Peaceful
protests/witnesses against the proposed US 'Star Wars' systemThe
demonstration is focussed on the people who work at USAF Menwith Hill
- for example - we are protesting at the roles this base has ie in the
American Missile Defense System ("Star Wars"), the specifically the
continuing role re the Afghanistan and Iraq conflict, the policy of
'pre-emptive strikes', the ECHELON system We are also calling for Independence
FROM America. Please come and voice your concerns at the presence of
this American base on UK land.For more info click here
2nd weekend of every month: Aldermaston Women's Peace Camp clickhere or contact email@example.com
Every Wednesday, 4-6pm Brighton, Smash EDO,noise demo against the arms manufacturer for more information click here
3rd weekend of every month, North Yorkshire: Menwith Hill Women's Peace Camp contact firstname.lastname@example.org
last weekend of every month, Cumbria: Sellafield Women's Peace Camp contact 0113 262 1534
First Mondays of every month 5-6pm Warton, on A584 7 miles west of Preston, Lancashire. Vigil and leafletting of workers at arms makers BAE Systems site contact Jan Harper 0151 2636578 email@example.com
'Skipton - East Lancashire Rail Action Parnership'
Protect Babies of the World
for more information on the Baby Milk Action campaign click here
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