Sunday, 29 July 2012

Weekend at Gargrave

Gargrave (Lovely Gothic sounding name) is a small village on the A65 about 4 miles out of Skipton in North Yorkshire. We camped at Holme house Farm just south of the village.

Robert Story, the Gargrave schoolmaster-poet, described the village in the 1820's as:
"Situated in the very centre of a district remarkable for its romantic beauty. A bridge, rather elegant and somewhat large for the stream it bestrides, connects the two parts of he village which would otherwise be separated by the river. On the south side of the river stands the church, the square and tall steeple of which is seen above the trees that surround the quiet burial ground. Along the north side the principal part of the village extends; some of the cottages with clean whitewashed fronts, some covered with ivy or other evergreens and some again with flowering shrubs. A branch of the Queens highway passes through this part of the village, and thus, whilst it detracts something from the seclusion, is the means of making its charms more widely known"
Guess which is my van

 We arrived late Thursday evening and were greeted by a nice cup of tea from Betty. We had decided we were going to use the big awning this weekend, it had not been used for nearly 2 years and we wanted to check it ready for Whitby (94 days to go) It went up quite quickly considering and so I nipped into the village Co-op for a bottle of Whisky and we had a few friends round to help drink it.

Friday we had a drive into Skipton, and did a bit off shopping as always there was a good Dales Market on.

Friday night we all assembled at Richard and Marion’s for the evening get-to-gather (Booze up)

At St Andrews Church Gargrave

 Saturday we walked along the canal to Gargrave and to St Andrews Church the West Tower dates from about the 16th century and the rest from 1852, designed by Rhode Hawkins an architect in the heroically ornate Gothic style
At St Andrews Church Gargrave
At St Andrews Church Gargrave
On the way back we stopped at The Masons Arms pub for a quick pint of Black Sheep, and to book Sunday Lunch.  Link

On the way back along the canal tow path we met a barge full of Pirates, and been wearing my purple Pirate Shirt we waved and cheered one another in a friendly Pirate sort of way. Unfortunately, I was not quick enough to get my camera out in time for a pic.

Saturday night we partied in Richard and Marions van and Sunday we did have lunch at The Masons Arms, before a Wet pack up and heading for home.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Ready For Work ?

Nice sunny day drove to work with car windows open, when I got to my first client he was loading his car, I said Good morning and he asked me What was the music I had on in my car. I told him the Sex Pistols, he said he Thought it was a bit early in the day for the Sex Pistols! I said listening to the Sex Pistols gets you fired up ready to work. We then spent the next 20 minutes talking about our youth, DJing in pubs, and the seventies in general.
By the time we had finished neither of us felt like work anymore !

Saturday, 21 July 2012

21st July

Thanks to my Mum and Dad for having me
My Mum, Dad and Granny about 1967/8

Thanks for all the presents and cards and the virtual birthday cards/wishes. Sent on line.
Favourite card
 Trouble with getting older is you have to make your own Birthday Cake, but hay that means I put the Absinthe in.
Please join me in some virtual Absinthe Birthday Cake

The recipe will follow in time for Whitby / Halloween

Friday, 20 July 2012

Life Insurance. End at Whitby

Its getting near my birthday and Ive started getting junk mail for Life Insurance.
Image from Sun Life
 Michael Parkinson wrote to me (not personally of Corse) trying to sell me some. He said. Only the young think they’ll live forever. Those of us who are older – and a bit wiser – know better. Ehh NO Michael, when I was in my 20s I thought the world would soon end in a nuclear war.  Now I am told that I will live 10 years longer than my dad did. Anyway he went on to say Average funeral costs are £3091 and people do not want to burden their family with that. Okay so not financially, but I have been thinking about my funeral lately.

I know my Step sons read this so here goes. This might be more than the £3091 ! !

Pathologists ?
When the pathologists have finished with me and any remaining good bits have been recycled, they can pop me back in the fridge until next Whitby Goth Weekend, Spring or Autumn. Then transport me there by whatever means. My body is then to be placed in a replica Viking Long Boat with all the necessity tinder and firewood, set adrift on the evening outgoing tide on the River Esk. As music is played from the banking, I drift down the river through the harbour.

Image from the Mirror
 An archer is to fire a burning arrow into the boat to light the pyre, whilst “Some Kind Of Stranger” by the Sisters of Mercy rings out. The boat will drift out into the North Sea as the sun dips in the horizon and the fire lights the night sky, until it burns out.

P.S. You are all invited

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Things That I Have Never Done And Do Not Want To.

Eaten a McDonalds
Watched a football match, either on TV or at a field  # see note below
Bungee Jumped………! what with my Positional Vertigo !!
Bought a Bee gees or a Michele Jackson record.
Smoked a cigarette, OK I tried 1 drag only at about 8 years old that was enough.
Eaten Escargot, I do not like snails in the garden let alone on a plate.
Died Young

# Note:- I did once play football at school. I was the last one to be picked out of the ones that were not picked for the big game. I was put in goal and was watching a big truck go up the road when I noticed the ball had gone past. Apparently I should have stopped it and they all started hitting me
I decided that it might be best if I did not go to games again, and so for the next four and a half years I took myself off to the liberty instead ! I just kept my head down and stayed quite.
In the 5th Year I had History in the liberty, 2 weeks before I was due to leave school a new games teacher came into the liberty, looking for anyone who should be in games, he looked at me even though I was trying to sink below my books and asked. Who are you ? I replied and he ranted I have never seen you ! When do you do games ? ~ Monday afternoons.  By now he was rather red in the face and sort of shaking, the rest of the History class were in hysterics  as he shouted I want to see you on Monday ! ! ! ! ………….. I took Monday off.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Gothic Plants Part One Trees and Conifers

Whilst there are endless volumes written about Gothic Music, Fashion, Architecture etc. there seems to be little on Gothic Gardening. So I am starting a series of posts on what I consider are Plants suitable for Gothic Gardens. Of course this is my own view with facts that I have learned from my experience as both a professional Gardener and my interest in things Gothic.

Trees form the backbone to any garden setting and thus are often responsible for the first and lasting impression made when entering a garden. I have chosen trees that I like for their structure often with a combination of gracefulness and elegance

L to R. Cedar, Yew in back ground, Rhododendron and Cedar in lawn.

ARAUCARIA (Monkey Puzzle)…………. Older ones form great shapes.
CEDRUS (Cedar Tree)………… Regal, elegance, robust yet graceful. Cone bearing 

image from Google GINKGO biloba

GINKGO biloba………. One on its own, a personal favourite a conifer with wide leafs not needles  and is deciduous, in other words an outsider, misfit or non-conformist. That makes it defiantly a ‘Goth Tree’ in its own right.
QUERCUS robur (Oak Tree)………… The most regal of trees
SORBUS aucuparia (Rowan Tree/ Mountain Ash)……… Steeped in folklore, mystery and legends
TAXUS baccata (Common Yew)…….Graceful yet strong, every part is poisonous except for the flesh of the berries. Tips of new leafs (needles) are used in cancer treatment medicine.

And a couple of Chav Trees, just to be fair and fun.

ACER pseudoplatanus, (Sycamore)………… The Collage definition of a weed is *A plant growing in the wrong place* and the standard example is a Potato growing in a Rose bed and a Rose growing in a Potato field. ………So there is no right place in Brittan for the Sycamore to grow, it certainly is too big for most gardens. In native woodland it outgrows our native trees and starves them of light and rain. It hosts only a fraction of the types of insects that the Oak does. It should not be anywhere near car parks or cars as they secrete a sap that dulls paint, and whist this sap is not actually poisonous it is disturbing to Bats……………. A CHAV TREE !

CUPPRESSOCYPARIS leylandii  (Leyland Conifer)…………It is not the trees fault. It is the people who grow it and who do not look after it right. Leylandy can need to be trimmed 2 or 3 times a year to make a really nice hedge, but if left to its own devices it will run riot. There actually have been ASBOs served on owners of Leylandy hedges  ………. A CHAV TREE  !

I have not filled this blog with pictures that are not mine, so please use Google for images

Next time Shrubs

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Kirkstall Festival

Today we went to the 32nd Kirkstall Festival held as always in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey. It had been about 15 years since last went to the festival, and how had it grown ! There were 3 Stages, 2 Arenas and 3 other performance areas. Just about every possible taste was catered for with sets from Brass bands to Rock bands ( TIP. keep an eye or ear open for GLASSBODY ) and from Gymnastic displays to Orchestra and Circus.
Kirkstall Abbey
We managed to avoid the Leeds Morris Men >>> Its just a phase <<<
but unfortunately missed the Birds of Prey flying display.
 As well as loads of catering outlets again covering every taste regardless of culture, age or dietary needs. There were many trade, charity and community stalls.
 One of which was St Stephens Church for their Roof restoration appeal, were you could buy a tile for the roof and stick a small tile on the roof of a model of the Church.
Tia Greyhound Rescue's stall. 

Of course my favourite stall there was Tia Greyhound Rescue from where I got; a felt fridge magnet, black tassels and 4 more Greyhound pin badges. Chris is addicted to tom bowlers and today was extremely lucky coming home with lots of useless prizes, all except a bottle of wine.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Rural Exploration UK

Every farm has its graveyard where old vehicles and machinery lay abandon for years.

These where on a farm not too far away form York,

Interesting gate opening winch

Youll have a job to find the farm….. we did !

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Whitby Scampi for Dinner Tonight.

Hummmm…………….. Scampi

HUMMMMMMM……………….WHITBY………115 Days to go
Sorry for the short post, I m cooking dinner

Friday, 6 July 2012

One Thing the Supermarkets Cannot Control

Over the last 20 or 30 years countless local shops and trades have been put out of business by the supermarkets. It started with the high streets shops~ Butchers, Bakers, Chemists and Greengrocers were all powerless and unable to compete with supermarket prices.
Pic from Google
The next wave of small business to be targeted were the Clothes shops, Insurance Brokers, music stores and even Garden Centres.
 Then, this year under the guise of “A family festival celebrating all the best things British” one supermarket tried to stage a Music festival at a Stately home near Leeds.
Pic from Google
Pic from Download
And two days before the event had to cancel, blaming the forecast rain, (If I remember rightly) that did not stop Download last month………….I wonder if the tickets were not selling to well ?

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

More Pictures of St Michaels Church

Coxwold North Yorkshire
The earliest church on this site dates from the 757 AD. Previous churches were replaced by this medieval perpendicular style building.

 A rare Wooden Cross about  200 years old

Gargoyles on the roof

Monuments inside to the Belasyse (Belasis/Bellasis)-Fauconberg-Wombwell family. Who were the Lords of the Manor of the Newburgh Priory estate

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Weekend at Coxwold.

Took lots of pics of Byland Abbey and the Churches in Helmsley and Coxwold, which I will do full blogs on later.

Had a quick trip to the DV8 Market, I got a Tee Shirt and I bought Chris a lovely skirt. Also we got some delicious buns from Cute ‘N’ Creepy Cakes.

The White Horse at Kilburn

St Michaels, Church Coxwold

Byland Abbey

Cakes from Cute ‘N’ Creepy Cakes

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