Thursday, 25 August 2016

Settle Flowerpot Festival July and August 2016

What seems like an age ago, but really is only a couple of weeks back we went to Settle in North Yorkshire and found they were holding a Flowerpot Festival!
At Settle Flowerpot Festival July and August 2016
Now this is a twist on the over used Scarecrow idea that seems to be everywhere now a days, basically that is when shops, schools, cafes and even houses make Scarecrows and put them outside, visitors buy a map and clues to find them as walk around the town or village and the money raised goes to a local charity. Here they were all made out of flowerpots.
At Settle Flowerpot Festival July and August 2016
I`ll say no more, here are my favourite ones.
At Settle Flowerpot Festival July and August 2016

At Settle Flowerpot Festival July and August 2016

At Settle Flowerpot Festival July and August 2016

At Settle Flowerpot Festival July and August 2016

At Settle Flowerpot Festival July and August 2016

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Cows and Floods and Inspirational Lancastrians

Weekend away in Lancashire.
At home we had heavy rain on Thursday, so I decided to finish work early, which meant that we arrived at our site at Affetside, near Bury in Lancashire when the sun was shining, and we had a lovely view as we had our dinner, next we went to try and see the landowner, but got no response at the doors. Upon returning to the field we were confronted by a young calf that had escaped from the next field thus we spent the next 20 minutes getting her back though the fence and then repairing it. Then Paul (the site owner) came and said “Oh it`s you, I thought it was the Farmer.” We had a very loose arrangement as to fees for camping there, so this sort of thing was quite `normal`. The fact that it ALWAYS rains when we go there is also normal, in fact this is the only place I know that as bogs on top of the hill.
The adorable, but lost Highland calf
Friday morning; with been quite close to the town of Whitworth I wanted to visit Sophie Lancaster`s Grave. I took a Greyhound pin badge to leave on her grave as I knew there were already a lot of gifts left there.
A general view of Whitworth Cemetery
We found the Cemetery okay but it took a while to find Sophie`s grave.
Sophie`s Grave.
In the afternoon we went around the famous Bury Market before returning to camp by which time Richard and Marion had arrived. Then the heavens opened up and it rained all night.
The older part of Whitworth Cemetery
Saturday it still was raining and was the turn of nearby Bolton Market to take our money, Bolton was the home to Fred Dibnah a Steeplejack who became a TV personality when knocking down tall chimneys and with his old fashioned way of engineering and love of steam power. There is a bronze statue of him in the town centre. We had a late but large lunch the returned back to the site in time for more rain.
Fred Dibnah`s statue in Bolton
Sunday carried on were Saturday left off with rain up till about half past ten, enabling us to pack up reasonably dry
In case anyone reading this does not know about Sophie, here`s a link to explain.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Bit of a cheek

Back in May 2013, I was asked if I wanted a day`s work at a garden up in the beautiful Dales village of Kettlewell. I was going to blog about it, but that night I went to a Bad Pollyanna gig and forgot about work.

The lawn took 3 cuts to get to anything like medium-short!
It was for a friend of a client so even though the village is over 40 mile from my home I decided to do it. There was talk of follow-up visits I said a day a month, but the client never confirmed anything so I took it that, that was that.

At Kettlewell
Then today I received an email from him asking “If I could cut his lawn this week, preferably on Thursday? I will need a strimmer as it`s quite long.” I answered “no” well I explained I was fully booked up for the season. Do people think that I`m just sat at home waiting for the phone to ring, or what!

At Kettlewell
The job was a bit of a clearance rather than a full make-over and I took it the style was a “Country Gothic” it was in the country and had plenty of mature, moss covered trees.

At Kettlewell
I did clear 3 bags of moss off the paths and paving

At Kettlewell moss covered trees

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Why I Am Not worried About A Terrorist Attack!

40 odd years ago when I was at school, I was in the bottom eight of the `pecking order` in my year, that is say I was one of 8 who were picked on or bullied the most. Basically I faced a one in eight chance of been physically or mentally assaulted every day for the 5 years I was at secondary/high school.
1 in 8
Pic from google
So when `they` say there is a high risk of a terrorist attack a people stop going out to pubs, theatres, clubs and restaurants etc. I think we need to `Do the numbers`


Terrorists seem to attack about every 4 weeks on a weekend. So that`s a 1 in 4 chance it will be the weekend you are going out.

1 in 4

There`s about 20 country`s terrorists seem to attack. So that`s a 1 in 20 chance it will be your country.

1 in 20 X 4, from above.

Birmingham 1974 (Pic from google)
In the UK there`s about 20 major cities which terrorists may think to attack. So that`s a 1 in 20 chance it will be your town / city.

1 in (4 X 20 X 20)

London (Pic from google)
I think in my city there could be well over 500 pubs. How the hell are they going to find the one I`m in? but if we just say 1 in 100 we are been very pessimistic.

So that`s now 1 in (4 X 20 X 20 X 100)

Which means

1 in 160,000

And that`s why I am not worried about a terrorist attack!

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

My Introduction to Live Music Back In 1979.

Way back in 1979 my only connection to `live music` was reading Pop Post in the local newspaper on a Tuesday night!  I was working most nights till midnight in a Hotel. Finally I decided to go down into town to The F Club and see a live band. I don`t know who they were, but I must have liked it because I was back the next week to see the Pirahnas and the Abrasive Wheels. The next week it was Destroy All Monsters. So it went on including:-
UK Subs
The Cramps
The Fall
Generation X
John Copper Clarke
The first flyer I was given at The F Club in 1979
At the end of 1979 John (The Promotor) printed this one 
The first 1980 Flyer from The F Club

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

I’m Back

As our local caravanning groups Public Relations Officer, that is.
A couple of months ago I posted a picture of Betty, which I also put on Facebook. of when we helped her celebrate 43 happy years caravanning. At the meeting I was asked to re-join the groups committee, I did and was reappointed as their P.R.O.  
From The Camping and Caravanning Club magazine.
So in less than 6 weeks after taking up the position my first picture appears in the Camping and Caravanning Club’s national magazine it had been picked up the Club reporter Sheila Kiggins, who asked if it could be used in the magazine.
And here it is a bit bigger
L to R Dave Binns, Batty Brown, Debbie Little (Chairperson)
The Camping and Caravanning Club magazine.

Friday, 13 May 2016

More Pictures From Our Weekend at Thornton Hall Farm.

Last weekend we were caravanning at Thornton Hall Farm. Just down the road was the village church. The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin.
At The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Thornton.
We had a walk over to it and I took some pictures of the most architecturally interesting Head Stones.
At The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Thornton.
At The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Thornton.
When Stone is dust, well nearly.

At The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Thornton.
Someone must have liked horses.
 At The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Thornton.
Just a simple marker.
. At The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Thornton.
At The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Thornton.

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