Roman Lakes

Last of the NavyIt was a lovely day yesterday, if a little cold, so I took myself and my camera to the Roman Lakes in Marple.

I hadn’t been there before which you might think odd as it’s only a few miles from where I live. The reason is the unadopted road leading to it. For the uninitiated, this means that it has been disowned by the local council and so it isn’t cared for and pitted with car-crunching potholes.

I feel freer to takes risks with my car’s suspension since I paid the final installment at the end of January and it became my property in all its now fading splendour.

I took the photo above in the car park when I arrived. I believe this vehicle now constitutes the sum of the nation’s naval defences since the last round of government cutbacks.

No-one seems sure why this area of valley wetland is called the Roman Lakes since there is absolutely no evidence that the Romans had anything to do with it.

In fact, the eponymous lakes were actually created to supply water to Oldknows’s Mill built by Samuel Oldknow at the end of the 18th century.

The mill ponds were named the Roman Lakes in the 1800s when it became a great tourist attraction, although Disneyland it is not.

As mentioned above, it is a little off the beaten track, in fact the road leading to it looks as if it has been beaten into submission.

However I did comes across this peacock who did a lot of strutting and posing, but refused to display his tail. And in the distance I could make out the rapid, hollow sounding drumming of a woodpecker. Spring is on its way!

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

5 comments… Add yours
  • Luddite Pudding 6th March 2012

    I thought Roman Lakes was a drummer for The Smiths. Lovely places may be very close by if we only learn to look – even around ugly, sprawling, dark-satanic, post-industrial, Eccles cake-infested conurbations like Manchester!
    “…peacock who did a lot of strutting and posing, but refused to display his tail” sounds like a certain blogger of our mutual acquaintance from a little town north of Atlanta, Georgia!

  • Jennyta 6th March 2012

    I really like peacocks and this one looks like a particularly fine specimen. I see you too had fine weather.

  • rhymeswithplague 7th March 2012

    If its peacocks you’re wanting, I refer you to the writings of my fellow Georgian, Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964) and a photograph made in 2008 by a French blogger named Papy Biou. You’ll see that my, er, its tail is indeed displayed for all to admire.

  • rhymeswithplague 7th March 2012

    That rapid, hollow-sounding drumming was no woodpecker, it was a certain Luddite from Yorkshire.

  • Elizabeth 7th March 2012

    Love the picture of the bullrushes, Ian. x


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