Sunday 28 May 2017

Midweek Escape ...

A question of balance ...

... a few days away - walk on Monday - walk on Tuesday - walk on Wednesday - big walk on Thursday ...

A few pictures


Saturday 20 May 2017

Manchester to Mossley ... on Foot ...

 Canalside "apartments" near the City Centre ...

Part of the Greater Manchester Walking Festival - took the train down to Manchester ... and quite literally "walked home" ... not the best weather, and when we got to Hartshead Pike it lashed it down ! Good day out though with the Tameside Ramblers .. pics at

Saturday Walk 20May17


Wednesday 10 May 2017

Another "Trip Out" ...

 Warkworth Castle from Amble Marina

'twas a 50th birthday bash for an old friend who used to live opposite - so we made a (very) long weekend out of it - up to Alnwick for the "big do" on Saturday night (me and Mrs Smiffy scored top marks at the ceilidh !!!), followed by a long walk on Sunday (bus to Amble and walk back to Alnwick), followed by a fairly lazy Monday (shopping, tea etc) and home on Tuesday.  Pics mostly from the Sunday walk with a couple from Tuesday - brief stop at the Angel-  at


Manchester Premier Cup Final ...

James Roberts has a crack ...

A trip out to a "Football League" ground ... with all the aggro that it involves  - non-smoking stadium, cr*p beer at inflated prices, search bag ("That's a professional camera ... you can't etc etc etc") .. aargh !!!  We made it through however.
Celtic's last chance to make something out of what has been a sh*t season to be honest - and at the end of the night they weren't far off - a freaky wind assisted goal in the first five minutes was all that separated the two sides - although towards the end there was some momentous "goal saving" efforts by the Celtic defence as they pushed forward.  Hey ho - well done to FCUM at the end of the day - now time for Celtic to regroup and prepare for the Evo-Stik League.  Pics from the night at

FCUM 1 Stalybridge Celtic 0


Thursday 4 May 2017

I've Been Away ...

...walking a lot and seeing some old ruins ... hence the lack of football since the "Great Mossley Escape" ..
A week in Italy along the Amalfi Coast - including Pompei, Vesuvius and Herculanem

A few pix (!!) at 

Looking down on Bomerano

Sunday Pictures

The Duomo at Amalfi

Monday Pictures

Pink Floyd played here ... Pompei ..

Tuesday Pictures

What have the Romans ever done for us ??

Wednesday Pictures


Thursday Pictures


Friday Pictures

The grapes are coming !

Saturday Pictures

Home on Sunday - MRI Scan on Tuesday - CT Scan on Wednesday - Manchester Premier Cup Final tonight ...