Category Archives: Days out

A bowing bay

I got quite a surprise on Thursday morning. It had snowed overnight and quite heavily, so at last the excitement had arrived in my part of the world. I don’t seem to remember, when it last snowed heavily in 2019, … Continue reading

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Just as well I decided today was the day to charge my car battery. At the time of writing, I’m waiting for the announcement that England is once more to go into lockdown, the kind of lockdown we had in … Continue reading

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‘A lot more’s been happening in 2020 than ….’*

I haven’t blogged as much this year, neither writing nor reading. I can hardly say it’s because of my busy social life, though in some ways it is. For example, the world has opened up in as far I’ve been … Continue reading

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Christmas 2020

Overall, our Christmas has not been terribly different from other years. While we didn’t get to visit Granny and Granddad, we still went for a post lunch walk. The biggest difference, all told, was the temperature. It was bitterly cold … Continue reading

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The boom of traffic!

Now, if you’re like me, you enjoy a walk in the countryside for its tranquility. It’s certainly better if it’s possible to conduct a conversation without shouting. However, I’ve been on two walks this week where the traffic gave a … Continue reading

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Seize the day!

I’ve woken in the middle of the night! I can’t say it’s because of excitement about Britain having entered another lockdown but this time round I imagine it will feel a lot less peculiar. No, I think the reason I’ve … Continue reading

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Summerfield Nursery

I can’t remember why I was attracted to follow Summerfield Nursery on Twitter but perhaps it had something to do with the fact that it sells hardy perennials. In any case, on Sunday they tweeted that they were open and … Continue reading

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A glorious September morning

My daughter had asked me if I could drive her to school yesterday, as a treat for her birthday. Being on annual leave, it gave me the opportunity to treat myself as well. Over the past six weeks, I had … Continue reading

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Commonwealth War Graves Harrogate

Last year, I enjoyed visiting two sites through the Heritage Open Days scheme. I may never even have heard of the places we visited had they not come to my attention through being listed on the website. Such is the … Continue reading

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A walk along Ripon Canal

I was recently introduced to wetlands near Ripon, a small city in North Yorkshire. In spite of going to nearby Old Sleningford Farm for six years, I still don’t know the area terribly well, because we have largely driven to … Continue reading

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