Sunday, 1 July 2018

June 2018 - Photo Scavenger Hunt

Last month I commented that I was just back from a holiday in Norfolk and most of this month's pictures were taken on that holiday.

1. Yellow Flag Iris

One of my favourite wild flowers is the Yellow Flag, such delicate veining and markings.

2. Start with a T… - Turkey (I suppose Norfolk Turkey)

Our holiday cottage had a large grassed area which was often occupied by 3 turkeys, a male and 2 females. The male was magnificently coloured and could be quite intimidating, although with a beak like that I don’t think he would have delivered much of a peck.

3. Lilac

I couldn’t find any lilac bushes to photograph. I have always been hopeless at naming and matching colour shades. Apparently lilac was first used as a description of a colour in 1775. In today’s technical era apparently lilac is now Hex triplet - #C8A2C8 or RGB (200, 162, 200) and there are sub variations of Pale Lilac, Rich Lilac, Bright Lilac and French Lilac.

So ignoring all of that here is a picture of Primula vialii where the red buds clash with the (?) lilac flowers

4. Start with a G…………… - Godwit

The marvellous Pensthorpe Natural Park near Fakenham has a large walk in aviary with a collection of birds that nest in Norfolk. It includes this long beaked Black-tailed Godwit as well a Turtle Doves and Bearded Tits. The birds are amazingly tame and you can get very close to them.

5. Silver

This is the silver altar frontal given to the church at Sandringham by an American millionaire. The silver altar and reredos were presented to Queen Alexandra by the American department store owner, Rodman Wanamaker, as a tribute to Edward VII. He also presented her with the silver pulpit. Apparently he is no relation to the acting Wanamaker family.

6. My own choice

Two contrasting pictures from the National Trust Estate at Blickling, Norfolk. The first is the temple in the garden surrounded by flowering azaleas. The second the Family Mausoleum in the woods in the form of a pyramid.

Thank you to Kate at for organising and providing the inspiration.

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Monday, 28 May 2018

May 2018 - Photo Scavenger Hunt

Well another month has gone by and it’s time to post my Photo Scavenger Hunt pictures. I have an excuse for being late this month, I have only just got back from a week's holiday in Norfolk.
1. Cool

A beautiful view across Black Moss Reservoir on the Pennines near Marsden, Yorkshire. It was a fine sunny day in early May with a cold (cooling) breeze!

 2. Disaster

Certainly a disaster for James Craven who died at the young age of 35, but a reminder for all of us of our mortality. Churchyard at Sinnington, Yorkshire


 The River Wharfe rushing through the The Strid at Bolton Abbey, early May as the trees were just beginning to leaf up.

4 Fence

 Two sides of the same field at Bishop Wilton in Yorkshire, I really want to have the two donkeys but they wouldn't come anywhere near me when I was near the fence! Though I still  prefer the geese to be on the other side of the fence.

4. Prickly

A trio of Hedgehogs on a coat of arms for a Mr Harrison at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Supposedly a herrison is Norman French for a hedgehog so is often chosen by the Heralds for the Arms of Harrison.

6. My own choice

 A bridge within the World Museum at Liverpool decorated with Chinese Lanterns leading to the entrance to the Terracotta Warriors exhibition.

Thank you to Kate at for organising and providing the inspiration.

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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Coverham Church

Coverham Church sits on the side of the road about 2 miles to the West of Middleham above the River Cover. Coverham is a village comprising a number of farms and no obvious centre. I had recently seen the list of Churches Conservation Trust Churches in Yorkshire and though it was time I visited a few of them. The church at Coverham was declared redundant in 1970 and being vested in the Trust in 1985.

The church sits about 150 yards along a shortish path from the road with the graveyard which is still busy being near the road and the lych gate. The churchyard is being grazed by sheep with lambs who weren’t particularly happy that I was there disturbing their peace

Inside the church there is a west facing heraldic window which is called the Coverdale window. This commemorates Miles Coverdale who was the first to translate the Bible into English. It is conjectured that his name is derived from this valley and that he may have originally come from these parts. The window was made and installed in 1878 and incorporates Coverdale’s Arms as Bishop of Exeter with a picture of his Bible and the arms of local landowners. Although it features a lot of blue and red decorations there is a rich purple background to the coats of arms.



Dearden Arms as identified by the hanging strap.

Another colourful feature of this church is the tiling behind the altar and also in the chapel of the south aisle, which was given in 1878 by the Lister Family who were then living in Coverham Abbey.


A small piece of the chancel decorative scheme of plaster work still exists but mainly the plaster has been hacked back to expose the stone. I think the colours and the pattern have been chosen to complement the altar tiling scheme. It must have been striking as a complete decorative scheme


There is an old water cistern in the vestry which has cast decoration in the sides.

Scratched into the east jamb of the church door is a floriated cross on two steps which the church guide says is a re-used gravestone. I can’t see anything which leads me to believe this statement.


In the older part of the graveyard was this rather tall and elegant memorial. Again the church guide suggests that this memorial is for a horse-trainer, but a 19 year old like Benjamin Thompson would be more likely to be a stable boy than the owner of a training yard. I notice in the bottom left of the picture is a jockey’s cap and whip, so maybe Benjamin was a jockey. Either way it is a very expensive and elaborate memorial with a beautiful carving of a horse in its stable.


I have looked at the 1871 Census and Benjamin Thompson was a 13 year old stable boy working for Thomas Dawson a Scottish racehorse trainer who had a yard at Tupgill, Coverham. He employed 46 men in his training establishment, mainly stable boys.

Monday, 30 April 2018

April 2018 - Photo Scavenger Hunt

Well another month has gone and it’s time to post my Photo Scavenger Hunt pictures. The truth is I haven’t really got any. Lots of good intentions to get out there and to take some pictures to match, but so far I have only taken one to meet a category and that’s not good enough.
I realised Kate had already posted her six. I try not to look and see what others have done before posting my own, so here we go, late as usual.

1. Swirl

A yellow Chrysanthemum out of a bunch I bought at the supermarket with the swirl of petals in the centre

2. Rock

I went to the Alpine Garden Society’s Show at Chesterfield earlier in the month. There were some amazing miniature rock gardens in various categories, this is one of them.

3. Wood


This one must be easy but having not taken anything to meet the category I was struggling for a picture taken during April. In the and I remembered I had been looking at this maze or labyrinth that was fairly newly (this century) laid in the floor of St. Mary’s Church in Barnard Castle, and yes I spent time following round the edges of the dark strip and contemplating.

4. Letter

This fills the bill, firstly I was thinking because the Royal Cipher of King Edward VII was beautifully cast in the front of the box but then secondly it’s because that’s where letters go!

5. Balance

Total failure on my part, I trawled back through the rest of this year and then all of last year and couldn’t find anything.
So here you go, the balance point on the East Coast Main Railway line between London and Edinburgh, 200 miles to go to either destination from the middle of nowhere! 
And I've just realised it isn't which just makes it even worse!!! Well it's close to there anyway.

6. My own choice.

I was in Manchester on a wet day last week and ended up in the Central Library. There on the stairs was this colourful Bee nearly 3 foot tall. Bees are very much a theme of Manchester occurring in the crest of the City’s coat of arms and on various other items of civic pride.

Thank you to Kate at for organising and providing the inspiration.

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Saturday, 31 March 2018

March 2018 - Scavenger Hunt

1. Hole

Well that is actually blue sky! Viewed through the lead pipe on this Gargoyle of Driffield Church. One of the sunnier days of the month.

2. Making

 Apart from a mess I rarely make anything. This is a Yorkshire Tea Loaf that I made a few years ago now (it was consumed long ago). I have to admit the picture featured in a different Scavenger Hunt then.

3. Reading Now.

The books I finished reading in March, minus one that was passed on before I decided to do this. I try to alternate between fiction and non-fiction. It happens I have read three detective stories set in the early part of the 20th century and two biographic natural history stories during the one month. The missing book was Death in the Stars by Frances Brody. I tend to buy remaindered or second hand books.

5. Black & White.

A pile of straw bales in a field at Reeth following a modern trend to decorate what are fairly unsightly objects in the countryside.

5. Starts with an H...

    Hiker in a Hole

My friend having just put his foot through the snow on a small patch of snow above Reeth on Thursday this week.

6. My Own Choice. 

An Easter Bunny, I heard baaing over the wall and expected to find a young lamb, but nearest to the wall was this rabbit. What I expected to find was.

Thank you to Kate at for organising and providing the inspiration.
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I hope you all have a Good Easter.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

February 2018 - Scavenger Hunt

1. White

A sculpture at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park “Litter” by Leo Fitzmaurice. Cast in bronze and painted white. Fitzmaurice saw what he took to be a field of white rabbits but on investigation they were the bags discarded after having eaten the picnic. These are just two of maybe a dozen "rabbits".

2. Metal

The controls of a 19th Century railway engine in the National Railway Museum.

3. Camouflage

So where we have a picture of a hoarding round a building site. So not really camouflage, merely masking the site from view. But there is an imitation blue plaque on the hoarding.

So who was Norman Wilkinson? 
Wikipedia comes to the rescue: Norman Wilkinson CBE RI (24 November 1878 – 30 May 1971) was a British artist who usually worked in oils, watercolors and drypoint. He was primarily a marine painter, but he was also an illustrator, poster artist, and wartime camoufleur. Wilkinson invented "Dazzle Painting" to protect merchant shipping during World War I.”  So this is an example of Dazzle Camouflage, which works well at sea but not so well on a British street.
I didn't even know that there was a word "Camofleur" .


4. Begins with a...J

Junk generally refers to rubbish, trash or items of little or no value. Junk may also refer to Junk (ship), a type of Chinese sailing vessel

This boat “Sea Song Sang” is moored on the Ouseburn in Newcastle upon Tyne. It looks as though it is falling to bits. It is one of the props of Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books, although I didn’t realise that until I got home.

5. Bud

I had lots of ideas for this and eventually ran out of time and inspiration. This was a friut tree in an old walled garden. It was the one without a name tag. The Named ones were wonderful old varieties of apples. I guess this wasn’t an apple because the buds had not started burst on those.

6. My own choice

In early February I did the classic walk from Malham. When we got to Malham Tarn the closer half of the lake was frozen over and, after a morning of clear blue skies, the clouds were beginning to fill the sky and block the sun. It was a great day out walking

Thank you to Kate at for organising and providing the inspiration.

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Wednesday 7th February Malham

Wednesday was looking as though it would be the brightest day of the week. So I had arranged to make an early start and go to Malham with two friends.

We left Malham and walked over to Janet’s Foss, it was sunny and the ground was still frozen. There was a scattering of snow on the ground.

At the waterfall the splashing water had coated twigs at the side of the falls.

We then walked up the snow covered path to Gordale Scar. We had no intention of climbing up the scar as we thought it would be too icy and there were indeed icicles hanging off the rock faces. Some of them were several feet long.

We retraced our tracks and followed the path up the side of the scar. On the top there was more snow lying than we had seen at lower levels.

 View down to Gordale Bridge,

and to Hawthorns Lane.

 On top there was more snow and some of it had drifted


They say Belted Galloways are hardy and certainly they were getting down to the grass underneath the snow.

As we approached Malham Tarn the cloud was beginning to build up and the crystal clear skies of the morning were gradually being reduced.

At the Tarn itself the ice was covering about half of the lake. There were a few Goldeneye diving in the clear water at the other side, but too distant for a photo.

We then descended by the side of Malham Cove and back to the village for a cup of tea and a tea-cake