|A big local boy.|
|Then this was spotted over a lovely glass of white on the back deck.|
|Quite a good zoom.|
|A bloody brilliant zoom, rather them than me though.|
|Now who can tell me what this small door was for? Farmers used to count their sheep while stuffing them through small door but something tells me this is for a different purpose, Anyone know?|
Back to Barlaston.
A few years ago when we heard of a family crisis at home and we were in a real hurry to get back, at these Stoke Locks we met "Rob The Lock". Now we think Rob is a good egg and he used to help people through these locks with the aid of his bike and at one point his son although his son has moved onto pastures new, well Rob found us that day and locked us down at great speed helping us tremendously. I paid him generously but today he has his own rates.
In fact just last week I had an email from Jaq "Mrs Valerie" as she is known in this house, HERE Jaq is the widow of Les who very sadly died after only a few precious years together. Jaq returned to her native USA and from there wanted to know Rob's phone number for another friend who needed help with the locks all around Stoke. I didn't have it after changing phones from Apple to Android, several numbers got lost in translation. I have it now as Geoff had booked Rob this morning.
So as we arrived at the first lock there he was, already helping a single hander down. There he was going to be meeting Geoff later.
An early sight in Stoke, an old Bottle Kiln. Stoke and the surrounding areas was known as The Potteries making all England's finest bone china exported all over the world, there were these bottle kilns all over Stoke, in the heyday over 4,000 today I read just 47 remaining and all listed.
note the amazing number of bottle ovens on the skyline
The skyline is the district known as Dale Hall - between Burslem and Longport
|The above photo taken from HERE|
These two have been restored to my satisfaction, but even then they have green growing out of them. I would want all the old buildings preserved but there again I'm not paying for it.
|A famous name, but these are not the original premises|
|WaL nose and indeed interior was full of spiders, this should get rid of a few.|
|The south portal of The Harecastle Tunnel. It took about 45 mins to get through in the dark and cold.|
|Initially we were completely blinded by the light changes.|
|Exiting the northern portal. From way back the light was again completely blinding, so much so I was convinced the boat in front had a backward shining light that I was cursing, but no it was the sun.|
|Looking back and just look at the change of water colour here.|
|Looks like caramel something to do with iron content....?|
|This adorable wee place is looking the worst for neglect since I was last here, I can't make out the wording now on the sign.|
|Very nearly a split bridge.|
|Last vestiges of summer colour here, same shade as the water.|
|The famous Red Bull service point but former BW Yard.|