Oh my goodness! This is my first post of 2023! A very belated Happy New Year – well I have been super busy these past four weeks, I know for a lot of people January seems to have 586 days but it has honestly flown by for myself.
What have I been up to? Well lots! From visited Castle Howard, Beningbrough Hall to visiting art galleries, museums and historic places.
In the coming months I am going to an Ice Trail, a short break in the Lake District and more drone videos & images to take.
Back from a visit to Derbyshire and Leicestershire with lovely weather for the most of it! I’ve just got back so not had time to sort all the images I took out but this one I wanted to show you. A beautiful stag in Bradgate Park on 21/12/22. I didn’t see Father Christmas but I’m guessing he was in the cafe with a hot chocolate before the big day!
“I’ll overcome Silent songs I’ll be humming on ‘Til you sing along Come as you are, ignited Some lights are a different kind Never burning out Darkness and dust Quiet shadows are dancing now Asking for my hand I’m hanging on fine I’m trying to make sense of it all Trying to understand Do you ever wonder what it’s like Losing what you cannot be without I will keep running I try I’ll overcome Fading stars echo Reminding us they know We’ve come too far to let go Don’t let go.”
Another absolute freezing week! There has been some really sharp frost recently but no snow here in North Yorkshire. Hoping for a bit of the white stuff for Christmas day but we’ll see. Have a good week and keep yourself warm.
“Frost grows on the window glass, forming whorl patterns of lovely translucent geometry.
Breathe on the glass, and you give frost more ammunition.
Now it can build castles and cities and whole ice continents with your breath’s vapor.
In a few blinks you can almost see the winter fairies moving in . . .
An absolute freezing week! I’ve managed again to get another nasty cold/chest infection, I’ve had it 5 days and been struggling at work so decided to stay in bed for 2 days. Feel so much better now thank goodness.
So, sorry no new icy weather pictures yet, instead another bit of drone flying from a few weeks ago.
In the last week of October, I visited Nunnington Hall. As always it was beautifully decorated with all things Autumn. I even came home with a few windfall apples to make into a lovely crumble for tea.
Well October flew past very quick, didn’t it? I’ve been so busy that I have lots of images to process and share with you.
I visited York Minster and its sound and light projection – Platinum and Light.
The new installation was created by award winning artists Ross Ashton and Karen Monid, who created the spectacular Northern Lights projection and sound artwork, which ran at the Minster in October 2019.
The new show takes inspiration from Her Late Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It uses precious metals through the ages, including gold, silver and platinum, to journey through key moments in York’s and the Minster’s history and their royal connections.
The events will help raise funds for the Minster’s current project to conserve the medieval St Cuthbert Window, which is one of the largest surviving narrative windows in Europe, and the stonework of the surrounding South Quire Transept.
I have a few short videos to put on here at some point, keep checking back to see if I’ve added them!
Another fabulous Autumn Day this sunny Sunday. York is so busy today; we have the Yorkshire Marathon, Wire Ghosts in the City, York unlocked & York Textile Artists at the Cemetry with the theme of ‘Spiral’ which I visited today.
“The first “open buildings” weekend – La Journée Portes Ouvertes – was held in France by the Ministry of Culture in 1984. The following year the French Minister of Culture proposed that the project be internationalised under the Council of Europe. The Netherlands held their first Open Monumentendag in 1987. Sweden and the Republic of Ireland joined in 1989, and Belgium in 1990. London Open House started in 1991 and there are now 60 Open House cities around the world that attract visitors from far & wide. In 2022, York joins the Open Door and Open House cities in showcasing our urban landscape, buildings old and new and also open spaces.
I haven’t been to the White Horse at Kilburn for quite a few years, so I decided to pay it a visit.
As I arrived the sun disappeared and got decidedly windy! But as I climbed the steps and arrived at the top the sun peered through the thick clouds across North Yorkshire.
I will have another visit soon as I have a few days off next week!
Kilburn White Horse is the most northerly turf-cut figure in Britain and one of the most famous landmarks in North Yorkshire. It’s easily visible from the south, below Sutton Bank, and while it’s difficult to get a sense of its scale from the path on the escarpment edge above, there are steps down the side which give a closer view.
The horse dates from 1857, when the outline of the horse was marked out by the Kilburn village schoolmaster and his pupils. The horse was then cut into the limestone underneath – to make it more visible today, chalk chippings are added at intervals.
The White Horse is 314 feet (96 metres) long and 228 feet (70 metres) high. In fact, 24 people could sit on the patch of grass which forms the horse’s eye (though please don’t)