Monday, 30 December 2013

A New years` message

I might not get on here tomorrow so I will leave you with this.


Sunday, 22 December 2013

Pink Peg Slax

What a great Winter Solstice I had. Nice pub, The fleece in Farsley. Great Music thanks to Pink Peg Slax, a Rockabilly band from Leeds, which was a bit of a change for me, although I have seen them many times over the years. And good conversation with mates old and new.
Pink Peg Slax

Friday, 13 December 2013

Another Week in Diary Form

Monday morning: knees killing me (See my last blog, Quite a weekend, for reason)
Work…… leafs, leafs and more leafs.

leafs, leafs and leafs
Tuesday: knees feeling a bit better, but still got Saturday night in my head, which does make work more bearable. However cutting a long hard Hawthorne hedge whilst singing “Should I Stay, Or Should I Go” (The Clash) Doesn’t help to get it straight though

Wednesday night a 5 band gig in town, Ashestoangels + Dead + Bad Pollyanna + Chasing Dragons + Pscyhobabylon. The venue was sold out a comment that was made by the singer of Ashestoangels, but as I said a bit too loud “NO IT`S BAD POLLYANNA WHY IT`S SOLD OUT!!!” Anyway as regular readers may have guessed in my opinion the best band there was Bad Pollyanna by a long way. Normally in the UK the lower age limit is 18 in pubs or even 21 in some clubs, but tonight it was only 16, this been because the average age of Ashestoangels fans is 15 so the bar staff where checking IDs before serving alcohol to the younger looking ones. That, of cause did affect me.

Ashestoangels & fans Pic pinched from Andrew Nash
However in-between the last 2 bands a friend and I were talking to Olivia the singer in Bad Pollyanna who was quite upset that she HAD been asked for ID at the bar and because she was in her stage cloths had none with her, she was refused alcohol! Been ever the chivalrous gentleman I went and bought her a drink. Later I received a hug so it was well worth it.

Olivia with drink. Pic from Jack Howard
Thursday started with a long motorway drive to Scunthorpe for a funeral of an honorary aunt, Googles directions were right till we left the motorway and it said “Go through 2 roundabouts” it should have said take 2rd exit! as a result of which we only just made it on time! It was one of those funerals with only 8 mourners there.

Honorary Aunt, Veronica
After that we drove up to York for lunch and then to The Haunted House, 35 Stonegate where there was a Night Yule Market. More at WWW.HAUNTEDHOUSEYORK.CO.UK

Night Yule Market, York Poster
Finally back home for a rest. The weekend starts on Saturday.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Quite A Weekend

In fact you could say a weekend and a half !
Thursday the whole of the UK was hit by strong winds and rain, like a fool I went to work but only stopped for 2 hours. Later when I took some rubbish out to the bin I found that the back window of my car had been smashed I think something must have hit it in the gales. So ringing my insurance company and no one could come till Friday morning.
Pic from Whitby Holiday Cottages
Then the postman came and we had a letter telling us that a horary Aunty had died and the funeral is on next Thursday but 60 mile away in a town called Scunthorpe. Later in the day we saw the floods down the East coast caused by a combination of the wind, rain and a spring tide  

Pic from Whitby Holiday Cottages
Friday I had an eye test and need new reading glasses, at night Chris came out with me to see Rhombus and The Last Cry. Two of my favourite bands of the moment. Supported by Jordan Reyne It was really great to have my wife with me at a club.

Pic from Rhombus
Saturday night was Flock but on my own, we had Cold in Berlin, Berlin Black and Partly Faithful. I have seen all these before and really like Berlin Black. After the bands comes the records and as usual Paul and Howard played great music and somehow I went from taping my feet and nodding my head to actually been on the dance floor for the first time in 29 years I`m not too sure how that happened but I when I realised I remember thinking “Going to be sore in the morning” Still I danced like it was 1984! And no one seemed to mind.

Pic from Berlin Black
My knees and ankle survived and on Sunday I felt alright too, witch was a good job as I was on Granddading duties.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Brookside Nurseries 1904-2013

Ross and Linda`s Retirement Party 30/11/2013

On Saturday night the wife and I attended the retirement party of my ex bosses Linda and Ross Burkes whom had owned and run Brookside Nurseries (That`s a Garden centre to some) from when Linda`s dad died in the 1960`s till now

Ross and Linda`s Retirement Party 30/11/2013
The party was held in the Nursery which made quite an interesting venue.There had been a Nursery on the site in various guises for over a hundred years starting with a Greengrocer who grew the vegetables he sold in his shop.

Me talking to a friend
I had worked there for three and a half years 1998 to 2002 before starting my own Gardening business

Ross and Linda`s Retirement Party 30/11/2013
As at these type of events there was food, a bar and a band. Speeches were made and a lump came to many a throat.

L to R Ross, someone giving a presentation, and Linda
I wish Linda and Ross “A long and happy retirement” they were good people to work for.

Grooving In Green + October Burns Black + Auger at Carpe Noctum, Leeds

I had looking forward to this gig ever since I knew about it, but on Saturday morning I didn`t feel up to it especially with having to wor...