Today I saw a railway van

This morning dawned cold and foggy in North Yorkshire. Mrs O was off to Skipton to revel in yarns and I was going north on to the fells for some autumnal photography. Both film and digital cameras were packed along with the obligatory Fat Rascal – an essential for any foray to the fells. Alas, […]

Yorkshireman made environment

Apart from the forces of nature, most of this island presents itself as adapted by mankind to suit its needs of the times. I studied the aspects of our intervention and shaping of the landscape for my degree but on a short trip up to North Yorkshire to the spawning grounds of the great industrial […]


Over the long weekend in Harrogate, I took off to explore the Valley Gardens and the thick woodland towards the upper reaches of this jewel of a green lung right in the middle of the town. Mrs O was not at her best and had decided to stay indoors knitting. She does not like scary […]

I had forgotten…….

I had forgotten How beautiful North Yorkshire is at this time of year How much I like Fat Rascals and Curd Tarts and Mrs O does not How dysfunctional the service can be at Bettys (Harrogate) How the service can be at Bettys when done properly as on Sunday night How the Pump Street bakery […]