Thursday, 21 May 2015

World Goth Day 2015

Enjoy the day everyone. I`m posting this a bit early as I won`t have internet on the 22nd.

My Caravan
 I`m having a short break in the multi- historic city of York, and also going to see Rhombus who are playing there on Saturday
Whitby. Picture not mine
Here are a few random pictures, some are not mine!
Whitby Abbey. Picture not mine
So however you celebrate WGD
Goth Chick?
Be happy
Picture not mine from Rhombus
Be Goth. 
A twist on the dolls
Be careful

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Tia Greyhound Rescue at Otley Show.

Not my Pic.
Otley Show is a local Agricultural show for the small Yorkshire Dales town of Otley, that is, when it started 200 years ago it was for farmers to get together and show off their livestock.

Starting to set up. Pic from Phil, Tia Rescue at Otley Show.
Over the years trade stands were added and it grow to be a family day out with children`s and craft competitions  fun fair and stalls selling just about everything you could think of. I saw Mexican Pizza ovens to plastic gorillas !

Nearly ready. Pic from Phil, Tia Rescue at Otley Show.
 Amongst all this Tia Greyhound Rescue had a stall; this is where I came in.

Just about done. Pic from Phil, Tia Rescue at Otley Show.
I think the show has got to spread out now over 3 or 4 fields a lot of people seemed to be rushing somewhere instead of spending time to look at things. So all in all, not the best days takings, but still every little helps.

Tia Rescue at Otley Show.

Tia Rescue at Otley Show.

A doggie with new coat from Tia

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Time For A New Shed.

My old wooden shed is beginning to rot! Rats have been in, but I think the local cat population have dealt with that problem. So after nearly 17 years it is time for a new one. I don`t want to have to go through all this upheaval again in another 17 years, by then I`ll be 72 so I`m going for a plastic one, which should “See me out”
The old Shed
For the last 2 months I have been trying to sort-out what I can get rid of. That`s harder than it sounds. I have realized that I or we could never empty, demolish, replace and put everything back in it over a weekend. So I have had to buy a small temporary one.

A very small looking box
Worryingly this came in a very small box for an 8 be 6 shed!

Some of the parts
It contained 103 parts / panels and 165 nuts and bolts.
Can you tell what it is yet?
The reviews on Amazon said it took 2 normal people 2 days to make! I did it on my own in 6 hours.  (My wife had gone to see the family for a few days.)

The new shed
Phase two is emptying the old one, I`ll let you know how that goes………….

And a proud owner of a new shed

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Viet Bong + The Black Riders Cult + Kittinger Freefall at The Fox and Newt, Leeds

It seems to have been a while since I went to `The Fox` but just getting over a touch of food poisoning I wasn`t going to over indulge in the Brickyard beer tonight.
Joel had also promoted this as “A Black Mass Against the Cuts” being very left wing he doesn`t agree with the current government spending polices. But as a disclaimer quickly added on Facebook, We don't actually even believe in Satan but it can't be any less useful than anything else the movement has done over the last 5 years. It was either that or another march in London.
All proceeds to go to Leeds food banks. No animals or people will be hurt during the event. Sense of humour required and cannot be provided on the door.

The room wasn’t quite open when I got there, but Joel let me in and took my money. My first surprise was his Monk-like robe
Kittinger Freefall
Back to the music, opening act was Kittinger Freefal, described as Post Punk, they are a young band and were adequate for opening.

The Black Riders Cult
I had a quick talk with Jason Smith, The Black Riders Cult vocalist, this would be the third time I`d seen them, they are really becoming one of my new favourite bands now.
Their sound is that of true Goth, not screaming, either the guitars or vocals, it`s deep, dark, clear and meaningful reminds me of something, but I`m not sure what. A false memory from somewhere within. Of Corse when they play Anaconda it takes me back to 1983 and a night in The Warehouse nightclub, but that’s for another day. I love this band`s sound I want a CD when they make one, I hope they include their cover of Wanna Be Your Dog. 
Then The Black Mass itself… well, Joel at his most camp! It went well over the laughing till he kept telling us to “Drink from your chalice” maybe too many times. As he said “If the government falls he can claim it was him, if not we all had a laugh” Yes we did.
The night was rounded off by Joel`s latest band Viet Bong. Rather good guitars and drums.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Aysgarth Falls

As part of our Easter holiday we also visited Aysgarth Falls, on the River Ure in North Yorkshire.
Aysgarth Falls
I`ll just show the photos
Aysgarth Falls
Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Highlight of the week.

I'm now used to old peoples 'highlight of the week' being the Gardener coming, but it is for this lovely little dog as well !

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Liebster award 2015

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Sylvie from Little Crop Goth Girl blog….  thank you Sylvie.
The Liebster award is given to fellow bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
3. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have fewer than 200 followers.
5. Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.
11 random facts about me.

I was the Chef at the 1980 World Curling Championship in Inverness (Scotland)

I do charity work for Tia Greyhound Rescue.

Me on the right
When I visit my parents and grandparents graves in the dark winter months, I like to ware my Top hat and long coat. It gives other people there a fright!

I was The Judge for the vegetable classes at the last Harewood Horticultural Show in 2000.

Harewood House
I hated school so much that when I left (40 years ago) I never returned even for my exam results, and did not have contact with anyone until last year when a good friend found me on Facebook.

In 1977 where I worked made the (then) world’s biggest Yorkshire pudding.

Me on right again
Rechargeable batteries, never seem to last as long as they should for me.

I used to get into trouble for writing in purple ink.  

I had my picture on Goths Up Trees

In my teen`s I used to grow my hair till it was half way down my back. But now it drives me mad when it gets more than an inch long.

I was the DJ on the last night at The Fforde Greene pub in Leeds; it had been a music venue for over 40 years by then.

The 11 Questions from Sylvie

1.  When and why did you start blogging?
2012, when my first grandson was 3 days old I had an email from *Him* inviting me to follow his Blog. I also wanted to have my company name on line and it seemed a good way to do that. The first 20 or so posts were originality columns I had written for a caravanning newsletter.

2.  With MP3s and internet streaming, do you still buy CDs or DVDs?

3.  How would you describe your style of dress?
Elegant, Smart, or Casual. No Sportswear, No Baseball caps. No trainers.

4.  What religion or philosophy do you ascribe to?
For years I would have said “None Practicing Christian”, but recently I think “None Practicing Pagan” seems more like it. And the music`s better.

5.  What are your favourite TV shows on the air right now?
DCI Banks, Downton Abbey and the quiz Pointless.

6.  What other hobbies do you participate in, besides blogging?
Caravanning, Greyhound rescue and Live Music (Goth)

7.  If you participate in the arts, which ones do you participate in?  Are you a hobbyist or a professional?
I guess you could call my work an art, so Gardening.

8.  If a movie was being made about your life, which actor/actress would play you?
Daniel Radcliffe for the young me and Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean)

9.  Choose one: Coffee or tea?
NO I can`t Coffee in a morning, Tea later

10.  What colours have you dyed your hair?
In my Punk days it was bleached silvery white, more recently I had it sort of purple-ish

11.  Introvert, extrovert, or


I won`t nominate anyone for this as I know a lot do not like these things, but if you wish to join in then please do and comment below.

My 11 Questions

Do you know people who you think are like characters in Harry Potter?

Do you ever take your own drink into clubs because of the prices they charge?

Do you still have, or even ever had and play any vinyl records?

Do you hate Mondays?

Do you think Energy drinks work?

What do you do when you're drunk?

What`s your favourite place?

How many pairs of shoes / boots do you own?

Are you a tidy person?

Do you have a phrase you often use?

Have you ever taken a photo of a `No photos` sign?
I think that does it. Have fun, and thank you all for reading.

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