Monday, 20 February 2012
A glorious day in February can't be wasted - there aren't many of them! So I took my camera with me in the Park, and hopefully, these are views you haven't seen before!
This is looking across the lake towards the duck feeding place. Ducks, the two swans and Canada Geese when they are there are very quick to congregate when someone approaches carrying a plastic bag!
This is an enlargement of the duck feeders. Look directly above the woman, and you can just see our house through the trees!
The water is very high at the moment. This is the top of the lake. There is an outlet there, which takes the water down to the River Bollin in a conduit, but I think it must have got blocked with leaves etc. At the other end of the lake a small stream feeds into the lake, so there is a slow movement through. The River Bollin is quite a nice river, it eventually feeds into the River Mersey and so to the sea past Liverpool. Much of the route of the Bollin is a designated Country Park. Behind where I am standing is a picnic area, with seats and tables, and a small car park.
Park Mill is by the side of the Park. It used to be a silk mill, but is now used by small businesses. Macclesfield was a centre of the silk industry since silk was discovered and the silk worms inported. An old mill near the centre of town is part of the Heritage Centre, and shows how silk was woven. Jacquard patterns were apparently woven there. In World War II parachutes were made in Macclesfield.
Lastly, we have a rather nice children's playground. It was recently refurbished, fenced in, and new apparatus installed. The ground is soft bark (yes, that is snow on it!) and the playground is very well used. The photo was taken at about 9.30 am - a bit early for children to start playing!
Hopefully we will have some warm Spring day,s and I can get out more!