Monday, 30 April 2012

Whitby Goth Weekend 2012

Just got back, missing Whitby already
So a few pictures to be going on with,
till I do a full blog on Whitby.

Chris at Whitby Goth Weekend 2012
Whitby Abbey
Me near the Abbey
Sophie Lancaster memorial bench, Whitby Goth Weekend 2012
Chris at Whitby Goth Weekend 2012
Goths in Caravans at Whitby Goth Weekend 2012
Us at Guilty Pleasures at the Shambles Bar

Wednesday, 25 April 2012


Well this is it one more sleep, then we’re off

House sitters here                    Check
Car fuelled up                          Check
Caravan packed                        Check
Holly in                                  Check
Ho nearly forgot the Wife     Check

First stop Fox and Rabbit for lunch, then to the campsite and>>>>
Goathland A.K.A. Aidensfield in Heartbeat
We’ll be there in a heartbeat
Sorry that was CORNEY

See you next week.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

I want to go RED for WGW

Back in the early eighties I had my hair bleached.
Me in 1981 ish
So IF I’m having another “Mid-life-Crisis”  I might as well go RED for Whitby

 Here we go then
45min later

NOTHING covered up a bit of grey, that’s all !!!!

Monday, 23 April 2012

2 DAYS to Whitby

The engine in my lawn mower is starting to sound like the bass line of  "Floorshow”
Am I going mad ?
Am I in a dream ?
Am I in a Club in Whitby, set in 1983 ?
I will be in 2 DAYS
Fire up the Subaru
Whitby Abbey Nov 2011

Sunday, 22 April 2012

3 days to go till Whitby Goth weekend.

3 days to go till Whitby Goth weekend, and I’m going up the wall with excitement. This made me think and look back to the first festival I went to. Futurama 2 at The Queen’s Hall Leeds in 1980.

Futurama 2 Tee Shirt.
Here is a pic of my favourite Tee shirt I bought from there; a rare official merchandise blue, and although I know that I’ll never get in it again I’ll always keep it.

(This is the nearest that I’ll probably get to doing an outfit post)

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Drought, what Drought ?

If you believe the media, parts of England are having a drought.
A lawn underwater today at work
 Up her in beautiful Yorkshire I could hardly cut the grass this morning again (yesterday I came home at half ten, wet though !)
Thruscross Reservoir    
I drove up to Thruscross reservoir and it is FULL, and I mean FULL.  Thruscross is the top one in the chain of reservoir that serves Leeds. The village of West End is submersed under the waters 
Thruscross reservoir
It’s a nice walk if you’re up here?

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Why Whitby is better than the Olympics

100 Days to the Olympics, so what !
It’s only 7 Days to Whitby
A standing stone on moors above Whitby

14 Reasons why Whitby is better than the Olympics
Ø There’s no sport - - - - SO –
Ø The crowd is not divided into conflicting groups - - - SO - - -
Ø There’s Never been any rioting at Whitby
Ø Whitby not full of politicians,
Ø Or people who think they should have priority over other people.
Ø It is not “Rammed down” the throats of people, who are not interested in it.
Ø Whitby does not waste any taxpayer’s money.
Ø It is not dominated by the world’s super powers.
Ø You don’t have to wait for another four years for the next Whitby.
Ø NO Bats were harmed in the construction of the events at Whitby.
Ø You don’t have to listen to Jeremy Clarkson moaning about Whitby - - - Because - - -
Ø There’s NO Congestion Charge, in fact last November the parking was FREE !
Ø It is in Yorkshire, - - -and - - -
Ø The Fish & Chips are better.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The Endeavour

My cousin Jill emailed me this photo a while back of Captain Cook’s Ship The Endeavour from Australia.
The Endeavour in Australia.
It will have to have a good tail wind to get back to Whitby in 8 DAYS

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Stemstyle Visit

Took Chris to Stemstyle, a wholesaler mainly for Florists and Wedding planners, and harder to get in than the Bank of England.  We got a few things for birthday presents and also a few Little extras for Whitby
 >>>>10 Days to go >>>>

Single use LED lights, meant for going in table flower displays.. may put in Chris’s hair….  they’re really cool.
Black Roses on a ribbon… Just what every Goth needs
Organza violet….sort of a vial on a roll, made for gift wrapping or as a table runner....or....

L to R Artificial Black Roses, ~& Tulips, A poesy of Black Roses we made ready for the memorial bench

Saturday, 14 April 2012

“Gothing-up” the awning ready for Whitby ?

Ready for Whitby….. 11 DAYS TO GO …….. Well no, actually it’s our gazebo at our camping group’s “Feast of Lanterns 2006”
Feast of Lanterns 2006
 The theme was Games
Feast of Lanterns 2006
We did “Dungeons and Dragons”

Tuesday, 10 April 2012


On the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s ill-fated voyage

I’ll retell one of my dad’s war stories.

Don’t Drink Gin ?

Picture from Google.

I remember when I was about 8 or 9 my dad telling me that when I get older and start going in pubs I should drink a good bear or if I was to drink sprites I should drink Scots Whisky, or if I had to Rum, Vodka or even Bacardi. But NEVER to drink Gin !
His story and reasoning for this went something like this “ In the Second World War, he was due to be on a troop ship in the morning and he and all his mates had gone into town for what could have been the last time. However as there “was a war on” the only booze left at the bars was gin. Now gin for some reason, my dad claimed made him depressed, (Or maybe it was ‘cause there was no Whisky)  As they thought it may be their last chance, certainly for a long time they all drank this like there was no tomorrow (Literally) So much so that my father did not find his way back to the barracks that night and missed the ship. When the Military police found him (In a gutter) he was put on a charge, but the biggest shock was that the Troop Ship he should of been on had being hit by a torpedo and sunk, with all his friends drowned. He blamed the Gin I actually think that the Gin saved him.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Pendle Craft Fayre

The snow on Wednesday meant that I had to work on Good Friday and halted our plans for a weekend away. So still determined to go to Pendle Craft Fayre we set off for Billington on Saturday morning. The roads were clear and we soon arrived at the hotel and parked up. I took Holly for a walk around the grounds before we left her in the car to go into the Fayre. There were about thirty-six stalls each one with a fine display of the artists own splendid work. I find it such a joy to spend money at this type of fayre in the knowledge that it goes to the people that have put their heart and soul into making the goods, and that for that chance to buy things that are not mass-produced. My favourite purchases were two prints by talented artist Naomi von Monsta called Honeysuckle and Roses, and a bespoke door plaque we had made for Luka. From The Earth Friendly Furniture Company I bought Chris some earrings and she bought me a Faery Door. From Fairy Glass Scotland

Now we’re looking forward to Whitby in two and a bit weeks

Friday, 6 April 2012

Zombies Having Fun

Actually these are some of our friends, who we camp with
He’s coming
"Watch that hand." says Eric
Zombies Having Fun
Well they were our friends, who we camp with till they see this
All photos were taken at Lockside Caravan Park, Ripon, North Yorkshire, UK.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

More Morse, than Titchmarsh !

An elderly friend said to me on been told that I was starting my own Gardening Business “You’ll be like Alan Titchmarsh”…. Well no Betty it’s not ! And I’ve wrote about that before.
So’s here’s another day not like TV’s Gardener’s World. !
“Rock Speakers”
 When I first got to work today, at my favourite garden I was walking up past the house when I heard a few musical notes. So in the way you do, in a group when someone’s ‘phone goes I automatically felt for my ‘phone, only to realize that the music was in fact coming from the “Rock Speakers” I’ve always thought’ they were cool, but not today ! I had eight hours of Classic AM. I now know how Sargent Lewis felt in Inspector Morse!
 At least the music has kept the squirrels away from the bird’s nuts

Shadow picture of an Ash tree at same garden

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Japanese Garden

My interpretation of a Japanese Garden.
I suppose I should show some of my ‘work' on my blog. The builders left the huge rocks and rather than doing the standard Rock Garden thing I used a lot of artists’ license to make a small Japanese stile Garden

Japanese Garden As when first made in 2005
Japanese Garden As when first made in 2005
Japanese Garden As when first made in 2005
And Now 2012

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Ripon Photos part 2

More from Ripon, last weekend
The Ripon Court House
Blue sign
In the Court House gardens

Monday, 2 April 2012

Ripon 30th March

Weekend away in Ripon
Ripon Cathedral
These are the first photos I’ve taken with new camera. It’s only got a screen not an eye viewer to look though, so it’s taking a bit of getting used to

Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Otley’s Most Brutal Murder

Special April 1st Ghouls Day Blog for Autumnforest’s Horror Event. And Good luck with your book.

On Tuesday 5th May 1908 James Jefferson brutally murdered Mrs Elizabeth Todd. 
James Jefferson 5th May 1908
Elizabeth Todd (31) mother of three children and wife of an Otley shoemaker. Had been on her way to visit her mother in Otley when Jefferson(21),  waylaid her a man who was an utter stranger to her, the chubby-faced, five-foot-two killer looked no more than a boy, he had a long criminal record, mostly for theft.
He Cut Off Her Head by the Roadside
A witness a Mr Arthur Hellewell, a grocer in Otley. Quoted to the police that “He rubbed his eyes in disbelief, but they were not deceiving him.” It was the afternoon of MAY 5th, 1908, and with his horse and trap he was going back to his shop. On reaching Holbeck Wood Corner on the road from Leeds to Otley, he had only a mile to go when he saw a man on the footpath at the roadside, busily hacking away at a woman's body. He had just finished cutting off her head.” Hellewell asked the man what he was doing. Receiving no reply, and seeing that the woman was beyond help, he whipped up his horse and hurried to Otley Gasworks, where he phoned the police. Two gasworks employees went back with Hellewell to the scene, one of them taking a crowbar as a precaution. The man was now a few yards away in a field. He had stripped the woman and was trying to cut off one of her arms. They shouted to him to throw down his knife, but he ignored them until he was threatened with the crowbar. Then he dropped the knife, and the men grabbed him.
Smoking a cigarette while they awaited the police, Jefferson said he'd been walking from Leeds to Otley with burglary in mind when he spotted his victim and attacked her, tucking the woman's umbrella, hat and corsets under his arm before they took him to the road. He could sell the umbrella for 7s. 6d. (About 37p) he added, the corsets for 2s. 6d. and the hat for 1s. 2d. he said,
A police sergeant arrived and took him to Otley police station, where the man said he was James Jefferson, a 21-year-old coal miner.

At his trial at Leeds Assizes his plea of guilty was changed to not guilty on the judge's instructions, after the court heard medical evidence that he was unfit to plead because his mind was liable to wander and he was having delusions. 

On July 20th 1908 Jefferson was convicted of murder and sentenced to death, but his appeal on the grounds of insanity was successful and he was committed to an asylum.

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