Thursday, April 9, 2009

April showers

A busy time and therefore fewer posts. No news on the development proposal for the former paint factory site promoted by Metnor Group plc and partners the University of Northumbria. This is not unusual and, indeed, I would be surprised if my concerns forwarded to the planning committee at Newcastle City Council are acknowledged, leave alone answered.

Buds are bursting (though slower than I expected) and birds are singing. Soon the real business of spring will be underway.

I took these photographs in high summer two years ago when the idea for this blog came to me. They are of the Ouseburn as it runs beside what used to be called Sandyford and disappears into a large culvert beneath the 'in-fill' called the City Stadium by most but by me "Battlefield".

I hope to put up some material on the history of the 'Battlefield' site as time goes by. Meanwhile I have some chores to do – not all unpleasant.

The 'entrance' to the culvert. The down stream end is by the riding stables at the bottom of Stepney Bank in the Lower Ouseburn Valley. (Photographs September 2007.)

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