Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Saint Oswald`s Church at Filey

This is the last instalment from our August Holiday.
At Saint Oswald`s Church, Filey
The 12th-century parish church St Oswald is quite near the seafront.

At Saint Oswald`s Church, Filey
Filey is on the Yorkshire coast. It is much smaller and quieter than Bridlington and Scarborough.

At Saint Oswald`s Church, Filey
Here are some of the Headstones that I liked there.

At Saint Oswald`s Church, Filey

At Saint Oswald`s Church, Filey
 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

St Giles Church, Lockton, North Yorkshire

Also on our holiday last month we found the 13th-14th century medieval church of St Giles in the small village of Lockton, not far from where we were staying. Here are some of my pics
 St Giles Church Lockton

At St Giles Church Lockton

At St Giles Church Lockton

At St Giles Church Lockton

At St Giles Church Lockton

At St Giles Church Lockton

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Dead Eyes Opened + Grassby & Walker + Dawn of Elysium at Carpe Noctum, Leeds

So after last night`s gig no time for a thick head because I first had to do the Granddad bit! So over to the other side of town to play, or rather watch Lego Batman Xbox game, or something?
Dawn of Elysium
Back home and a quick meal and change but too late for the bus, if it comes, so there won`t be much drink tonight. I had a pleasant surprise when I entered the Library, down stairs was just about empty. The students have not come back yet, it`s quite a decent pub without them in. Our room was not open yet so I got a shandy and joined a couple of Goths, who I only knew by sight at a table, till Howard (The DJ and promoter) told us they were ready. Upstairs I joined members of Dawn of Elysium till it was time for them to take to the stage.
Dawn of Elysium
Dawn of Elysium are from Bradford, which more or less joins on to Leeds, I have seen them a few times before and every time love them more. Doused in Green is great as is At the Sky, but the song that I REALLY LOVE is Lost and Found, you can find it here on Sound cloud https://soundcloud.com/dawnofelysium/04-lost-found nearly seven minutes of pure Gothic magic, deep compelling haunting load and quiet drums, guitars and Alec`s vocals. Or to put it another way simply brilliant.

3 bits of Rhombus
So who could follow that? Grassby & Walker from Rhombus with the help of newest band member Andy Holmes, Tonight was an acoustic set and covered a fair selection of their catalogue my favourites  been as always :- 4472, Almost Everything, Here by Dragons and of course Anywhere, to which I seemed to be the only one doing the moves.

Dead Eyes Opened
Then came the fantastic Dead Eyes Opened, from Scotland. Once again I managed to get to the front for this. I have seen Dead Eyes Opened before both locally and last year down in Reading at the Sacrosanct Goth Festival (This years is only 3 weeks away) The singer- Spooks as a look of Bowie c late 80`s. They played songs from their album Tyrants and some new stuff which I liked, but cannot remember the names of so my favourites are My Sanity, Tuan`s Day, MV and Believe. I was sorry that they did not play Beautiful and Brave. Still you can`t have everything. Find it here http://deadeyesopened.co.uk/?page_id=21
Dead Eyes Opened
After the show I decided to buy a T shirt and was talking to Spooks they are going to tour Germany later this year, he`d noticed me dancing at the front and I said I`d pay for it on Monday with my knees.
Dead Eyes Opened
I stayed for a few records but headed home before I was tempted to drink anymore. Another Great night out, Thanks to Howard and all the bands…..I love you all.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Quasimodo + The Lost Souls at The Pack Horse, Leeds

After a bad day at work where everything seemed to go wrong I thought it best not to go out in the car. The way things were going it would just be my luck to get stopped on the way and “Can you blow into this bag sir” So I decided to get the bus. It did not come, however a chap at the bus stop, and who I did not know suggested we shared a taxi into town, which we did.
Ade of The Lost Souls
Once in the pub I was greeted my Ade from The Lost Souls who plied me with beer! Paddy had put me on the guest list, so I got in free, and Joel from Quasimodo said calmingly “You’re here now, so relax and enjoy yourself” More beer came my way and I did!
Quasimodo`s Joel
The Lost Souls opened with So Far Away and went on to play a good selection of songs from their forthcoming album, mostly their own songs, but they do cover Gang of Four`s Tourist and Joy Division`s Digital. The Lost Souls are a Post Punk stile band that takes you back to those days. Go see them if you can, you won`t be disappointed.
The Lost Souls at The Pack Horse, Leeds
Quasimodo, are also from Leeds and also played a great set, highlights (Or the ones I can remember the names of) were Solider of Love and Bomb in the House of Love. Another band to watch out for and GO SEE!

Quasimodo at The Pack Horse, Leeds
The gig finished at eleven and I made it out for the last bus home. It was a good end to a bad day.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Skelton Tower, Levisham, North Yorkshire


Whilst on holiday last week I had a walk to Skelton Tower, to me a beautiful ruining Gothic building.

Skelton Tower, Levisham, North Yorkshire
It is in a remote part of  The North Yorkshire Moors about a mile away from the road, which itself is not much more than a tarred track..

Skelton Tower, Levisham, North Yorkshire
It is a Grade 2 listed 19th century shooting lodge built for the Rev Robert Skelton formerly of Levisham.

Skelton Tower, Levisham, North Yorkshire
Elsewhere on the internet it says he might have wrote his sermons here, or maybe had a quiet drink?

Skelton Tower, Levisham, North Yorkshire
The Tower over looks The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (Preserved Steam) Which now runs through to Whitby?

North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The Railway and it`s stations have featured in many films and TV programs most famously Heart Beat and Harry Potter.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway
 

Monday, 18 August 2014

And The Winner Is, Or Rather The Loser Was.



The long path that is life


About one year ago I told about a client dying
and both his wife and, next door neighbour telling
me that they “Would be next” (See it here) http://appythegardener.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/ill-be-next.html






I am sorry to say the results are in and last Thursday Mrs G. was found dead at home, as she had been wishing for, for the last few months. 
This Pic not mine, found on Google


Sunday, 20 July 2014

Weekend at Hellifield


So for our weekend away we had planned to go to Settle, there was, according to the Region web site a `temporary holiday site` at the football ground with in walking distance of the town. We got there and found that the dates had been changed and it had finished. We did not want to go back home and luckily Chris remembered a 5 site behind a club in the village of Hellifield. When we got there we had the place to our self`s but it later filled up.


Hellifield Railway Station
There is a great Fish and Chip in Hellifield and this provided a welcome lunch before we set up properly.


Hellifield Railway Station
In the afternoon we had a walk around the village and up to the Railway Station, this was in an amazing conduction. Spotlessly clean light and beautifully kept, and the architecture was just brilliant.


Hellifield Railway Station
I later found out ~
The first railway station at Hellifield was opened by the North Western Railway in 1849.
The current one was built by the Midland Railway and opened on 1 June 1880
By the 1980s it was in a sad condition, but following a £500,000 cash injection from British Rail, The Railway Heritage Trust and English Heritage it was refurbished. In 2003, further structural work by Network Rail was carried out costing another £500,000 to repair/replace the glazing and repaint the canopies on the Grade 2 listed building


Hellifield Railway Station


Hellifield Railway Station


Hellifield Railway Station
In the evening when had a drink in the club, but I didn`t think the beer was not up to much.


Sawley Abbey
Saturday we had a drive though the Ribble Valley to the Lancashire town of Clitheroe. On the way back we stopped at the site of Sawley Abbey.


Sawley Abbey


Sawley Abbey
For evening entertainment we went to the local Hotel The Black Horse, there was a cover band called Total Wrex playing and I must say that they were rather good. The beer there was much better as well


To finish the weekend off we had Sunday lunch at The Black Horse, before heading home. It had been a really great weekend.
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