Friday, August 30, 2013

happy birthday... Hirstie...


                                                 SO THIS IS WHAT IT'S  LIKE EH??? Thanks for the bd wishes.Good job Paul on beating H to the punch.

Except when I am with my Buddy

Birthday Boy and Buddy.

Ain't life wonderful?

This evening, Management (She Who Must be Obeyed), otherwise known as Jen, summoned me out to the back deck where she had erstwhile been chatting with No.1 daughter. She gesticulated (as only Jen can do) towards the back of the garden. Behind our home is a pond. Lo and behold, a mother egret was in the process of teaching her youngster to fly. She (and I'm assuming it was Ma and not Pa here - cos I know naff all about birds) would take off - extremely gracefully - and fly perhaps ten yards before setting down on some severe pond weed. The youngster then stood on the pond bank, presumably doing the egret brat equivalent of, "Muuuuuuum! I can't!!!!" and then would take to the wing, performing a pathetic circle over the pond and returning to base point. This went on for perhaps half an hour. Then, of a sudden, the youngster performed the egret equivalent of a 'sod you' and took off, clearing the houses behind us (well over 100 yards away) and leaving mum on her pile of pond weed - presumably thinking, "Thank God for that!". Sadly, I did not have a camera to hand and, if I did, it wouldn't have helped because I don't have the resolution for close-ups at that range and I'm a bloody ignoramus when it comes to pics on the net! The sun set, meanwhile, which takes place behind our shack daily - whether we want it to or not - was delightful!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A touch of summer wine

Recent pics of visit to Holmefirth. Nora Batty's and below, Compo's house have been turned into a museum of three floors exhibiting many of the props used in the episode from 1973 to 2010

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Think I am ok now for posting, slight senior moment there!
Just read the silly answers section, very good, which got me thinking of a recent edition of University Challenge, forgotten the teams but the team which won is the one of interest to me and they will appear again as they won. The captain of one team was MORLEY and he bore an uncanny resemblance to Derrick Morley former prefect and head of Howe. I  know most of you hear are "youngish" but if anyone has any knowledge of this, I am thinking "grandson" He really looks like Derrick who was also a very clever boy!
I believe Derrick was found and declined to join us, probably due to the fact that some juniors found him slightly arrogant and a bit of a bully, with maybe scores to settle!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Friday, August 09, 2013

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

An appeal for ideas whilst visiting York

Hello Fellow Bloggers from the North

I am off to York soon and will be doing the holiday thing with a friend of mine, although my friend lives there she does not drive and is not used to doing the tourist thing.

Please could anyone suggest the top places to see around in and around York - I have been before but not planned things to do so here I am thinking ahead :)

Thanking you in anticipation


Saturday, August 03, 2013

On the Buses is Back!

Well,  maybe not the corny old series from way back but cameras are filming East Yorkshire buses to make a reality TV to be shown on Channel 5 next year.    So keep an eye out for spotting some of yor old haunts Paul.    Mrs L and I may even dig out our bus passes for a chance of becoming TV stars.

Hey up Alex


Once upon a time, in the Kingdom of Heaven, God went missing for six days.
Eventually, Archangel Michael found him on the seventh day, resting. He enquired of God,
'Where have you been?'
God pointed downwards through the clouds.
Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, 'What is it?'
'It's a planet,' replied God, 'and I’ve put LIFE on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance.'
'Balance?' inquired Michael, still confused.
God explained, pointing down to different parts of the Earth. 'For example, North America will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while South America is going to be poor; the Middle East over there will be a hot spot, and Russia will be a cold spot. Over there I've placed a continent of white people and over there is a continent of black people.'
God continued, pointing to the different countries. This one will be extremely hot and arid while this one will be very cold and covered in ice.'
The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to another area of land and asked, 'What's that?'
'Ah,' said God. 'That's the North of England, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful people, seven Premiership football teams in the North West alone, and many impressive cities; it is the home of the world's finest artists, musicians, writers, thinkers, explorers and politicians. The people from the North of England are going to be modest, intelligent and humorous and they're going to be found travelling the world. They'll be extremely sociable, hard-working and high-achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as speakers of truth.'
Michael gasped in wonder and admiration but then proclaimed,
'What about balance God, you said there will be BALANCE!'

God replied very wisely,
'Wait till you see the bunch of tossers I'm putting down South to Govern the country!'

Friday, August 02, 2013

The AAZHAAWE (Which translates to 'Come Across' in Ojibweh-Words I haven't used for years)

I just returned from 3 days bouncing (literally) around the island of 'Georgina' in my 'Little canoe'. This ferry is free to walk on traffic and is completely operated by 'native' crew who have an efficient but laid back approach. While landing the captain gave a short but extremely load blast on his horn. The two man crew rushed to the front and looked for any danger in the water. The captain then blew the horn again and stepped out from the bridge pointing and gesticulating to the front (this ship really has no front it just depends which way it is travelling, even the navigation lights switch automatically) Finally he yelled to a younger 'Indian Maid' standing at the front, ready to disembark and said 'Call your sister'...