7×2 = 14. Black & White photo double challenge Day 4

My delightful friends Dominique and DeeDee have both nominated me for this challenge. Me being an all-or-nothing kind of guy decided I would do 14 days straight. This has the added advantage of meaning I don’t have to think up anything new to post for a couple of weeks…..

Some of my pics are new, some are old, some have appeared on Instagram already (in colour). Some of the subjects have special significance for me, some have special significance for friends, some are just pretty pictures.


With regards choosing nominees. I really don’t enjoy doing that. So I am going to use this opportunity to nominate new bloggers and new followers to help them enter the fold of this lovely community. There is no obligation, and anyone else who wants to take part is very welcome to do so!

The rules are: Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.

Today’s nominee is: Khouloud





      1. Oh man! I can still see black and white in my head. LOL! Hugs my lovely! I have sent the guest in jest post to you just now.

        I’m a bit nervous. But I’m happy to participate and support the fun!

        Hope you’re well!

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    1. Well I’m happy to break the rules. This is Merlewood mansion near Grange over Sands in the English Lake District. It is the building where I worked between 1992 and 2003 when we relocated to Lancaster. The photo was taken in september 2003 as we were setting up a marquee on the lawn for the goodbye party. (I have pics from this somewhere too..)
      The two bay windows? In between them on the ground floor are two flat windows? The right-hand one was my lab. My office was on the ground floor of the tower on the left. You can read the history of the building in this document written by John Beckett who was our librarian until his retirement in the late 1990s.

      Click to access merlewood.pdf

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        1. It was like a different self-contained world. Cricket on the lawn at lunch times, deer and red squirrels in the grounds, senior scientists dozing off in the library after lunch (it just occurred to me that I am now the same age they were!). Every November we would build a huge bonfire on the tennis courts and fill the centre with buckets of waste solvents accumulated in chemistry over the previous year – then ignite it by firing a firework into it along a wire from the balcony!
          Many of us struggled to adapt after the relocation – thankfully I was OK with it as I never felt part of the country-club clique anyway.

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          1. That is quite the workplace environment. The bonfire sounds like fun as does the homemade solvent fireworks 😊 The history in that building is incredible, I enjoyed it. I love reading about castles and manors. I wish we had more here. I would tour every last one. Thank you for the history 😊

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            1. Glad you enjoyed it Lisa😊. The general history of the building is a fairly common story here. A lot of those mansions were impossible to run after the depression and ww1 and became hotels etc, then were requisitioned by the government in ww2. Many became hotels again after the war.

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    1. Thank you. Many of my colleagues still miss the place. Me, not so much. I did at the time but I have a life in Lancaster now.
      There were lots of pheasants around and my hunting enthusiast boss at the time had his eye on them!

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    1. Ha! My employers ended up selling it dirt cheap. Well within my budget actually. But it was cheap because it needed very extensive renovation before it could be used for anything new. The 1970s chemistry block at the right hand side had to be demolished and the soil removed down to the bedrock beneath it and disposed of as nuclear waste, at eye watering expense!

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