A Photo a Day in June …… June 25th

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This is my granddaughter Natasha’s bicycle ……… and I am rather envious.

I have always harboured a dream of owning a similar bicycle …….. preferably a gorgeous old Pashley, with a wicker basket on the front.

In a perfect world, I would be cycling along a lane in glorious sunshine. Wearing a flowing flowery frock, with my dog Betty and a bunch of tulips in the basket ….. all smiles and peacefulness and bicycling bliss.

With my arthritic knees and general  ‘knackeredness‘, the reality, I fear, would be somewhat different ……….

 

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A Photo a Day in June …… June 24th

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Low tide on the River Ouse at Goole, East Yorkshire.

Goole is the UK’s  furthest inland port and is capable of handling nearly 3 million tonnes of cargo each year. This makes it one of the most important east coast ports in England.

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A Photo a Day in June …… June 23rd

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Betty,  surveying her new domain from our bedroom window at my son’s house.  We don’t have any stairs at home, so she is fascinated by all the things that are now  BELOW her.

I’m sure that she thinks she’s the  ‘Queen’  and so being higher than we mere mortals is her rightful place in life …….

 

 

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A Photo a Day in June …June 22nd

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I’m afraid I am 4 days behind with my  ‘Photo a Day’ Challenge. This is because I have been away ‘Teenager sitting’.

My son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Tracey, have been having a weekend break, camping at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough and attending the  ‘Cock of the North, Motorbike Championship’.

This, of course, meant that my three teenage grandchildren would be left, unsupervised, in a huge, three storey Victorian House ….. (Think of the parties !) 

So ……. I was invited to look after the house and contents ….. including the kids !

I left home on Thursday as Chris and Tracey were planning to leave bright and early on Friday Morning, so Betty kept an eye on all the luggage just in case I forgot her. The photo shows her sticking like glue to my handbag ……  hehehe.

 

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I will try to catch up with all the missing photos over the next couple of days ……

 

 

 

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A Photo a Day in June ….June 21st

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The pretty market town of Beverley in East Yorkshire, has many delights. The jewel in its crown is surely the magnificent Beverley Minster, but it also boasts North Bar,  a 15th century gateway to the town and many old buildings and quirky little lanes.

It was founded in 700 AD and was once the tenth-largest town in England and the inspiration for the naming of Beverley, Massachusetts and Beverley Hills in California.

And ….. it has other little surprises dotted around its streets and buildings.

Above you see a photo of two paintings, placed high on a wall above the busy pedestrian precinct in Butcher Row.  They are high quality reproductions of original paintings by Fred Elwell, who was born in Beverley in 1870. He married Mary Dawson, who was also an artist and they lived in the town, at Bar House, North Bar.

Beverley and the surrounding areas were a great source of inspiration for them both and, on his death in 1958, he bequeathed many of his works and those of his wife too, to Beverley Art Gallery.

Beverley Art Gallery and Beverley Civic Society worked together to ensure that the people of Beverley could enjoy the paintings in settings that had inspired the artists and so now 22 ….yes 22 .… of Fred and Mary’s paintings adorn the highways and byways of this lovely town.

I have not yet managed to see all of them, but here are two I spotted yesterday, they were both painted by Fred Elwell.

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I do hope you will go  ‘Painting Spotting‘  if you are ever in Beverley …… a map of the locations of all the paintings can be obtained from the ERYC Tourist Office or the Beverley Art Gallery.

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A Photo a Day in June …. June 20th

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The photo shows two traditional ways of keeping cool in the hot weather …………….

 

The paper and bamboo fan must be over 15 years old and is a little rough around the edges now.  It was given to me back in my  ‘dog-grooming’  days.

One extremely hot summer’s day,  my co-worker, Pat and I were struggling to cope with the heat of the grooming salon. We could not use electric fans because the combination of hot dog dryers, sweaty bodies and flying dog hair, would have soon resulted in the two of us resembling  ‘Chewbacca’ …… or some type of brush and comb wielding werewolf.

Anyway, it seems that one of our clients noticed our predicament when he dropped off his dog for grooming. ……… well, two lobster-faced ladies standing in a pool of perspiration was not easy to miss …….

This particular client was one of our  ‘regulars’  and knew us quite well, so when he returned a couple of hours later, to collect his pet, he brought two of these fans.  A white one for Pat and this red one for me. Apparently he worked for the airline and so had an abundance of these wonderful, traditional Japanese fans.   (We really did have the loveliest clients)

And, oh my goodness, the fans certainly helped. We kept cool and relatively hair-free !

Now, I have no idea if Pat has still got her fan, but, as you can see, mine is still going strong and has survived two house moves.  And, although its getting rather tatty, I would not part with it …..it really does work and has helped me keep cool on many a hot day and looks elegant, too !

Sometimes the old ideas are the best …….. I wish I could get another one ……..

 

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A Photo a Day in June …. June 19th

 

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19 days ago a very kind neighbour gave me some seed peas.  I carefully planted them in two long planters and protected them from the birds and squirrels with netting ……also given to me by the kind neighbour.

Sadly, my dreams of eating gorgeous little peas, straight from the pod, will probably never come to fruition.  A couple of plants are doing well, but the majority of green shoots are being munched by the dreaded slugs.

I refuse to use nasty chemicals to kill them, I have a dog and there are many other neighbourhood pets and slug pellets are poisonous.

My flower garden is also suffering and I have lost many precious plants, so I had to fight back somehow and I am happy to report that I have had a little success with a container of yeasty liquid, which I sink into the ground ……. the slugs don’t seem to be able to resist it and leap to a watery death, rather like lemmings.  I guess I will have to try it in my planters, too………..

So, because my photo of the peas is so disappointing, I bring you some pics of these glorious SWEET PEAS. 

They were also given to me by a kind neighbour …… I’m very lucky, aren’t I ?

 

 

 

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A Photo a Day in June …. June 18th

 

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY ……….

to my dear old Dad and all the other fathers, whether they are still with us or not.

 

 

 

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A Photo a Day in June …. June 17th

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Well, I did tell you that there is always something going on in Skidby village, didn’t I ?  And the Annual Scarecrow Festival is no exception.

No doubt I will be posting more information and photos of the event, as it happens ….but the advertising posters are going up everywhere at the moment, so I thought I would give you a  ‘heads up’ !

And here are a few photos from previous Scarecrow Festivals ….

 

 

 

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A Photo a Day in June …. June 16th

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This is a bangle that I found recently, in a charity shop.

 

It was a most serendipitous find as, on inspection, I discovered it was made by  ‘Chrysallis’  and is called  ‘LUCKY STAR’ …..

I adore it, not least because of its beautiful simplicity, but because of the sentiment it carries.

Apparently, according to legend, this symbol was designed by Pythagoras and represents perfection and the mysteries of the Universe.  It will guide the wearer in times of darkness and enable the stars to determine ones good fortunes.

Well ….. I am not at all superstitious, but I find the whole idea rather charming and it makes me realise that I should   “Thank my lucky stars”  more often.  We all should !

I have so much to be grateful for, so many  blessings ….  family, friends, enough food to eat and a roof over my head. And in these times of darkness, sorrow and terror, these blessing become even more important.

So, today and every day, I’m going to endeavour to be thankful for everything I HAVE, because the things I DON’T have are not important.

Why not count your  ‘Lucky Stars’  too …………………. ?

 

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