Off to the Seaside

Back when the album photographs were taken, an annual holiday was not to Spain or Morocco or Florida but to the seaside. For people living in Yorkshire communities such as the ones my ancestors came from that mostly meant going to the Yorkshire coast for a week of maybe two if they were [...]

2023-01-31T17:11:25-05:00Tuesday, January 31, 2023|England, Family History|

Utherdale Tales – The Wedding Party

These two photographs were on facing pages in the Tyke family album but there was no indication of date, location or even if the occasions were linked. Had the chaps taken their ladies for a picnic in the countryside? Was this a works summer outing from a small business ... such events [...]

2023-01-28T13:40:08-05:00Thursday, January 26, 2023|England, Family History, Nostalgia|

Rescued Photographs

Over a long lifetime I have gathered (moss and rolling stone etc) odd items from aged relatives. Now I am an aged relative myself, I have looked out a couple of old photograph albums that came to me from relatives in Leeds and which have gathered dust and been unopened for maybe [...]

2023-01-30T15:32:09-05:00Wednesday, January 25, 2023|England, Family History, photography|

Nostalgia – Origins

This will be the third year we have not travelled abroad and next year it will be four when (we hope) a safe visit to chums and relatives in England might just be possible ... sorting out old photographs I happened on a few nostalgic images from (relatively) recent visits. [...]

2022-02-02T19:05:32-05:00Wednesday, February 2, 2022|England, europe|

The Harrogate “Tut”.

This quotation from a book J and I are currently reading is directed at Yorkshire friends who will, I hope, instinctively know the lady in the last sentence. For everyone else, even those poor souls who do not know where Yorkshire is, I am sure that you will be amused. The book [...]

2021-09-02T18:54:47-04:00Thursday, September 2, 2021|commentary, England, Food|

Chez Nous

We have a much loved etching by the English artist Graham Clarke hanging in our dining room ... admire it every day. This is another of his works that pretty well sums up life for us these days - apart from the thatched roof. No complaints.

2021-07-14T12:42:08-04:00Wednesday, July 14, 2021|Art, England, flowers, Garden, Gardening|


On Golden Cap, Dorset One from the archives ... a beautiful day's walking on the Dorset cliffs back in 2012 with my sister. Clearly it gets breezy up there.

2021-06-13T05:50:32-04:00Sunday, June 13, 2021|England, Landscape|

Storm’s a-coming

Dorset 2012 This was on the Jurassic Coast one summers day nine years ago. Its had been gloriously sunny up to this point but photographically this was the star of the day. I don't recall getting wet but my sister's car was nearby. [...]

2021-02-12T17:02:12-05:00Friday, February 12, 2021|England, Landscape|

Fantasy Greenhouse

Memory Sunday #19 This is somewhere in Somerset that we visited in 2012 ... I might even kill someone to be able to play in a greenhouse like this one. The rhubarb forcing pots are appealing too.

2020-10-18T06:00:24-04:00Sunday, October 18, 2020|England, Landscape|
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