Monthly Archives | July 2009

School Days

picture kids at lunch table

One of the items that made up my school lunch, if not my mother’s home made chocolate chip cookies (Chipits recipe – it’s the best) were Ding Dongs – and they improved my day greatly. Unwrapping the foil, which enabled young cretins to be able to take it in our lunches without the chocolate glaze […]

Lunchbox

What I had in my lunch for school as a child was fairly standard. I would have the typical sandwich, piece of fruit, plus fruit cake or homemade cookies or something similar and a cut up vegetable like celery or carrots. Often at lunch the topic of conversation was about what kind of sandwich you […]

Creature Comforts

It is funny that when the mercury rises up near 30, no matter how hot it gets in the apartment, no matter how the steering wheel tries to fry your hands when you go to drive the car, no matter how you complain about the heat and assess your immediate surroundings for anything that could […]

Restoring Macc’s Historic Woodlands Is the Goal

  Article written for Macclesfield Borough Council Building Department October, 2002,  published in Macclesfield, UK newspapers, Macclesfield Express/Community News.   An ambitious project to recreate the ancient Royal Forest of Macclesfield is now in its fifth year. Whilst forest covers only 4 percent of the Borough of Macclesfield, the national average is nearer to ten […]

Public Inquiry into Local Plan

Article written for Macclesfield Borough Council Building Department September, 2002,  published in Macclesfield, UK newspapers, Macclesfield Express/Community News   The public are invited to attend the Public Local Inquiry into the proposed amendments to the Local Plan to begin October 8 in the Capesthorne and Assembly Rooms at the Town Hall in Macclesfield. The proceedings […]

Advice Available Before You Change Windows

Article written for Macclesfield Borough Council Building Department October, 2002,  published in Macclesfield, UK newspapers, Macclesfield Express/Community News   If you are thinking of installing replacement windows and doors you need to be aware of some important new regulations that have just come into force. All new doors and windows must now conform to strict […]

Firms Urged to Sponsor Road Signs

Macclesfield Borough is giving companies the opportunity to sponsor road signs in prime locations on roundabouts and at various borders of the Borough. The sign sponsorship scheme will allow the businesses to make themselves known to visitors, residents and commuters, in a highly visible way. The Council is working in partnership with Immediate Solutions, a […]

Borough Besieged – Developers are Flocking to Build Homes in the Borough

  A Planning chief believes Macclesfield Borough is being besieged by housing developers. The Council’s Chief Planner Peter Yates said that the Borough received more planning applications than any other council in the North West. And he told members of the Wilmslow Trust that a change in government planning policy had led to an increase […]

Council Looks at Windows

Article written for Macclesfield Borough Council Building Department October, 2002,  published in Macclesfield, UK newspapers, Macclesfield Express/Community News   “If you are a homeowner thinking of replacing a door or a window in your period house, remember these architectural features can be the most important in a building,” advised Alexandra Fairclough, a Conservation Officer at […]

Macc Businesses Scoop Awards

  Article written for Macclesfield Borough Council Building Department July, 2002,  published in Macclesfield, UK newspapers, Macclesfield Express/Community News   Macclesfield based builders were amongst those honoured at the third annual ‘Built in Quality Awards’ ceremony recently at Frodsham’s Fores Hills Hotel. All entrants were assessed on work carried out on individual construction sites against […]

Ice Cream

Yesterday I bought ice cream. One chocolate, one vanilla, in the big round buckets like I had when I was a kid. These were the same buckets that my mom would save for berry picking after the ice cream was gone, blackberries from the spare lot down the road or blueberries from the farm, or […]

Sakinaw Lake ’76

Years ago, my Mom and Dad used to have a cabin at Sakinaw Lake, alongside my Uncle’s cabin. We drove up there every summer― caught the ferry at Horseshoe Bay, then off the ferry and kept on driving past Sechelt and farther until we reached the lake. We would pack everything we brought with us […]

Green Day, Independence Day

Last night (July 4, 2009) I went to GM Place in Vancouver to see Green Day. Some fascinating aspects of the evening: the energy, the volcanic black hair, the collection of confiscated spiky belts in a plastic bin outside the gate (by request of the band). I hoped that no one was depending on their […]