Tuesday, May 23, 2017

King King Again

Danielle, Paul and I went to see King King [third time in a year] again at Fibbers in York. What a great band they are, up to standard and wildly received by all there [except Paul].
Then back over to Manchester for the new work. Even the River Irwell has been cleaned up a bit now; the city used to turn its back on it.

I wrote this having walked with joy from Victoria station past the Cathedral in the wonderful regenerated Manchester that is a great inspiring place. Then this morning I woke to the news of the bomb that had killed and maimed in that very area. No words ...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Leeds - Triers

I took the car into Leeds for a service and had a walk around. This magnificent Victorian building is a wagon hoist from the old station. Although when it was in use I am sure it was given barely a second glance amidst the steam and smoke and noise, it stands now with all the solid dignity of the Roman gate at Triers; I admit it is a bit of a stretch of imagination but that is what imagination is for ...

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Rowan sent us this video of her rowing at the University, she is in the white T-shirt, second from the camera.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


I came across this scene in Harrogate; lovely May sunshine, an Oak tree coming into leaf, sheep relaxing in it shade. It is a great time of year.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Book Group - It Can't Happen Here

In Book Group we discussed It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. This is a novel written in the mid 1930s by the Nobel Prize winning novelist. It is about the rise of an ignorant populist fascist President in the US; unbelievably prescient.

Whilst Danielle was in her meeting in Harrogate I took a walk in the woods and found these exposed tree roots.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


On Sunday Danielle and I rode over to Harrogate Quaker Meeting House where Danielle had a meeting. It was a lovely day, head-wind out tail-wind back, which is the best way. Red Kites are two a penny in this part of Yorkshire, there were seven in the air at once over the showground which is where I took this shot.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Next up on the walk was a huge quarry that was very active and not a little awe inspiring. The footpath on the map actually would have taken me over a 40 metre cliff, so the quarry is obviously growing.