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2011 - The Final Two Months

By Chris Allen

My last entry concluded October with a Sunday trip to Derbyshire but I have kept up the pace and feel it is time to close out the old year with a blog.

November started with a Saturday afternoon visit to the Forge Mill needle museum in Redditch - a site visited only once before and never photographed. This was adequately addressed - SP0468 : Forge Mill Needle Museum by Chris Allen SP0468 : Forge Mill Needle Museum - waterwheel by Chris Allen SP0468 : Forge Mill Needle Museum - scouring runners by Chris Allen SP0468 : Forge Mill Needle Museum - the barrelling shop by Chris Allen. The following day was a trip to Derbyshire with my sister and was pretty but largely non-industrial - SK2565 : Former Rowsley Railway Station by Chris Allen SK2066 : Lathkil Hotel - Over Haddon by Chris Allen SK2066 : Me and my shadow by Chris Allen

On the 9th of November work was interrupted by a false fire alarm and the opportunity to photograph fire engines - SO8754 : Where's the fire? (1) by Chris Allen SO8754 : Where's the fire? (2) by Chris Allen

After that excitement we spent the weekend of 12th and 13th with friends in a caravan in Wales. A few appropriate photographs were garnered - SN4562 : Aberaeron - looking towards the harbour mouth by Chris Allen SN5881 : Malt house and kiln, Aberystwyth by Chris Allen SN5780 : Surf's up! by Chris Allen SN5781 : Climbing the sea wall (2) by Chris Allen SN5780 : Having a quick drag by Chris Allen SN3960 : Crabbing on the jetty, New Quay by Chris Allen.

On the 18th of November I was honoured to attend an Engineering Heritage Award ceremony at the Alstom works in Rugby where the Institute of Mechanical Engineers gave an award to an important reciprocating steam engine - SP4975 : Alstom, Rugby - Engineering Heritage Award by Chris Allen.

Sunday the 20th saw the last open day at the British Engineerium in Hove for some time to come. It was decided that a trip was essential and the round trip was more or less 400 miles. Nonetheless, it was well worth it - TQ2806 : The Engineerium - 1875 beam engine by Chris Allen TQ2806 : The Engineerium - mesmerised by Chris Allen TQ2806 : The Engineerium - boiler house by Chris Allen

The 26th and 27th of November were spent in Devon and a few mills were photographed - SX9788 : Fisher's Bridge Mills, Clyst St George by Chris Allen SX9897 : Clyston Watermill by Chris Allen ST0207 : Lower Mill, Cullompton by Chris Allen, including my first PotY shortlisting for a few weeks - SX9996 : Cliston Manor Windmill by Chris Allen.

The first weekend of December saw a Sunday with a couple of the usual gang and we collected Ashley Dace from his accommodation to act as our guide for the morning. Various industrial landscapes were snapped in Leicester before a steam special was caught passing through Thurmaston. The afternoon was spent at Abbey Pumping Station, which was in steam - SK5901 : Former shoe factory by Chris Allen SK5802 : National Gas Museum, Leicester by Chris Allen SK5704 : Friar's Mill, Bath Lane by Chris Allen SK5806 : Abbey Pumping Station - roller and living van. by Chris Allen SK5806 : Abbey Pumping Station - brass on the beam floor by Chris Allen. I was surprised to get another couple of PotY shortlistings out of the day - SK5705 : Frog Island - an industrialised corner of Leicester by Chris Allen SK6109 : Thurmaston - steam special on the main line by Chris Allen

Sunday the 18th was another day out with old friends and this time Ashley was picked up in Loughborough so that we could take shots of the Brush works, Taylor's Bell Foundry and the venerable beam engine at the University - SK5420 : Brush - Falcon Works, Loughborough by Chris Allen SK5419 : Taylor's Bell Foundry, Freehold Street, Loughborough by Chris Allen SK5219 : Loughborough Beam Engine by Ashley Dace. Next up was a visit to Pleasley Colliery for my friend Nigel who hadn't been before and i picked up possibly my last PotY shortlisting of the year - SK4964 : Pleasley Colliery - south shaft by Chris Allen. The day was finished with a trip to Nottingham Industrial Museum at Wollaton Park so that I could get some photos for my beam engine gallery - SK5339 : Nottingham Industrial Museum - ploughing engine by Chris Allen SK5339 : Nottingham Industrial Museum - beam engine by Chris Allen.

The final week of 2011 was spent in Devon and a few assorted places were visited and photographed for the record - ST2325 : Firepool Pumping Station by Chris Allen SX9191 : Brewer's Court, Exeter by Chris Allen SY1287 : Waiting for the Boxing Day swim by Chris Allen SX9093 : Exwick Mills by Chris Allen SS8202 : Lamb Inn, Sandford by Chris Allen SS9746 : Minehead Station by Chris Allen SX8779 : Town Mill, Chudleigh by Chris Allen SX9292 : Exeter Cathedral by Chris Allen.

This brought 2011 to a close with an all time high for personal annual submissions.

Here's to an excellent 2012.

Tue, 3 Jan 2012 at 22:10
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