The making of the third video

   

The DVD case artwork of the third video, showing (top)

the 1950s railway station at Willaston, Wirral, and the Bridge of Sighs in Chester

 

 

A weathervane in Daresbury featuring characters from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" 

WORK on the video featuring the northern part of Cheshire West and Chester Council area was abandoned (temporarily!) after  appalling summers in 2010 and 2011 - and almost in 2012.

   Excellent progress in a sunny June 2010 saw a lot of footage captured but then the poor weather set in. Having received good comments about the previous videos that were shot in sunny weather we weren't prepared to put up with dull, windy days and we waited in vain for the sun to return.

   By the time of a slight reprieve in September 2010, the leaves on the trees had turned brown presenting a continuity error with the earlier scenes.

   So the project was put on hold until the summer of 2011 - but this wasn't much better than the previous year. We did manage to get some more footage - just not enough to finish the project.

   Ditto 2012. At the end of July only a few minutes of video had been captured - and that was because one day was spent inside Chester Cathedral where sunshine wasn't essential.

   The promised sunny weather came to the UK - but not to the Northwest where the best the weathergirl could offer was: "It is going to be warm"! But warmth is no good for bright, sunny footage (nor sunbathers comes to that). The Jet Stream, which brings the poor weather across the Atlantic, moved slightly north (back on to its proper track) but not far enough. 

  Snatching the few sunny days that were interspersed between the ones that were mainly cloudy in 2012, we completed the "shooting" stage of the video. Apparently this

 

was the sixth bad summer in a row. As one reviewer of "Curious South Cheshire" said: "John Brough's expertise with the camera and tenacity in waiting for rare glorious summer days are rewarded with gorgeous scenes of the Cheshire countryside."  

 

THE third video in the trilogy - "Further Cheshire Curiosities" - runs for 76 minutes and is in colour, 4:3 ratio, and PAL format. The price is 10.

     The DVDs are not interrupted by chapters so that you have to go back and select the next one you wish to see as in some videos. We prefer you to enjoy it in one viewing (and as we edited it!)

   As with the other two DVDs in the trilogy, the camera lingers on the town or village - in a mini travelogue kind of sequence - after the curiosity or curiosities in that place have been shown. So you get two types of video for the price of one.

 

"FURTHER Cheshire Curiosities" visits Appleton Thorn (near Warrington, for the annual Bauming ceremony), the Brassey Oak (featuring the famous railway builder, Thomas Brassey), Burton, Chester, Christleton, Daresbury,  Eaton by Tarporley, Farndon, Grappenhall, Hockenhull Platts, Lymm, Plemstall, Shotwick, Stockton Heath, Stretton Watermill (see a Miller-Guide in action), and Willaston,  Wirral (Thomas Brassey again).

 

   All proceeds go to the restoration fund of St Mary's Parish Church, Nantwich.

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