Salisbury and “Aunty Olive”

When ever possible we try and visit “Aunty Olive”. I’m only doing speech marks around Aunty Olive as I’m sure there is a degree of separation from that title and Mairi (so she’s Mairi’s mum’s Aunty) but she’s awesome so we just say she’s Aunty and live with it.

This time during my Nan’s 80th trip we spent one day driving to and enjoying Salisbury. We met up with Olive and Ian. At the time Salisbury Cathedral were exhibiting Sophie Ryder’s Giant Rabbits, and as you well know I love some good sculpture being from Castleford home of Henry Moore.

We also went round the outside of Salisbury Cathedral which architecturally is stunning mixing many different techniques and styles. I hopefully captured some of it’s awe and wonder.

Giant Rabbit 1Aunty Olive, Amelie, Mairi, BobbieA ring a ring of...rabbitsA ring a ring of...rabbits2A ring a ring of...rabbits3A ring a ring of...rabbits4BobbieSalisbury CathedralSalisbury Cathedral 2Salisbury Cathedral 3Salisbury Cathedral 4Salisbury Cathedral 5Giant hand...Salisbury CathedralGiant Rabbit 2


A family visit to Goddard’s house

Some times the greatest treasures can be on your backdoor. Living in or around York you become numb to the history all around you. Bobbie has been around old things (Roman walls, ancient buildings, Victorian landscapes, me etc) for as long as she can remember and although some things fill her with wonder,  history doesn’t quite do it for her and I suspect that’s because she lives in a city surrounded by Roman walls and enough history for a county let alone a city.

Be that as it may, the wife and I attempt to take our kids to historic places all over the UK. That means not forgetting to do so in our own city of York. Goddard’s House is the newly opened home of the famous Terry’s family of chocolate factory fame.

The bellow images are of our visit, they had games available to play on tables which was of great fun to Bobbie, Amelie and National Trust properties don’t get on just yet but she’s mellowing slowly.

Highlights picture wise

  • The Terry’s mixed drops with 1930s decor behind looks awesome
  • The fact that, not only did they make chocolate oranges…they made chocolate APPLES!
  • finally the Terry’s ash tray.

Anyway click below and enjoy…Sorry for the lack of activity on this blog.  I’ll work my way through the back log now I’ve taken loads of pictures but had no editing time, I’ll catch up. 

Terry's ash tray (remember them?)Terry's carsSome Terry's chocolateMagical 20s like displayTerry's chocolate boxThe hand I had...Amelie, Mairi and BobbieChocolate orange or chocolate appleGames to play at terry'sPullman carriage no lessToy trainbagatelle gameSales and Marketing Terry's style

Commonwealth Flame and first meal – Wales Holiday Part 1

Day 1 Commonwealth flame (in Congleton, Cheshire and our first family meal in Wales)

Sorry this has taken so long, I went to Wales ages ago…here are the photos of our first day watching the commonwealth flame in Congleton and us getting to Wales and doing something.

That something was going to Llandudno and up the Great Orme tramway – it was ace, we also got two vintage Porsches climbing up the hill which made for an excellent photo.


Commonwealth flameWaitingTramPlease queue HereBobbie and Mummy on a tramCable cars on the top of The Great OrmeBig Cross on The Great OrmeTram, 2 porsches and a walkerTram away

BTCC at Oulton Park

Tiltshift BTCC Oulton parkFor the penultimate day of our Holiday we left Bobbie with her Grandma and Grandad and went to see the racing cars, not the F1 in Canada but the British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park.

BTCC meetings also include other races from Ginetta, Renault Clios and on this meet classic super tourers!

So here are the photos from the day, featured are Ebay Motors, STP racing, Dunlop tyres, Honda Yuasa Racing, Ginetta, an Ice cream van and loads more. just click a thumbnail to see more details.

Dunlop Tyre ready to go in the pitsEbay Motors quadBack of Honda Garage during pit walkDriver paradeFirst BTCC race 1First BTCC race 2Icecream van stuck in mudCilo CupGinetta Safety CarSTP Racing garageJunior ginetta front panel damageCilo Cup CarPeugeot 406 classic Super TourerAlfa Romeo classic super tourerA Classic - BMW M3 super tourerVauxhall vectra super tourerFord Mondeo classic super tourerNissan Primera super tourerFord Escort RS1800 super tourerBMW 318iBMW Super TourerVauxhall super tourerRenault LagunaLast BTCC Race 1Last BTCC Race 2Oliile JacksonHunter AbbottLast BTCC Race 3Last BTCC Race 4Last BTCC Race 5Last BTCC Race 7

Bike Show at Squires Cafe, UK

The only place where walking round with a mug of coffee is the coolest thing in the world.

September 29th Bobbie put her shoes on her head and we set off for Squires cafe

This strange place is located near Sherburn in Elmet and on this day they had a bike show. We met up with my parents and had a little day out in the summer sunshine (despite it being the back end of September). Because it was so sunny it didn’t make for the best light for taking photos but think I did alright.

All taken on my D3000 with a 18-55mm lens and edited in Raw format only.


...and shoes on your head...Bobbie in October 2013BSAOrange flame motorbike detailBikes 1Bikes 2Mod manDon't cross this skull

Lakes Holiday 2013: Day 6

The weather on this day was not brilliant but still warm and we went to Bowness and while there went to the Beatrix Potter Experience and then later to the AWESOME Wray Castle.

So in Bowness the Beatrix Potter Experience can be found, a fairly large building housing all sorts of scenes from Beatrix Potter’s books. This was better than it sounds really, it did include a working veg garden that then feeds the cafe downstairs (genius idea).

The funniest thing was the huge number of Chinese and Japanese tourists that were also in attendance, now we thought “oh we will get Bobbie a book, from the store..” £6 I think, but it was nicely presented and we will give it to her later. The Chinese tourists in front of us in the queue had their shop assistant reply “…ok that’s £116 please” £116 on Beatrix potter things!!!! Long live the Chinese economy!

Anyway moving on, we then visited the little known National Trust property Wray Castle, this was our find of the holiday. I feel I should first explain what exploring properties with a little child is like.

The child will want to run about, no matter how good the Property management, the little child will find something to grab, tug, pull, knock, ruin or otherwise destroy items. This becomes an issue when visiting properties that are preserved for the nation.

Now we were expecting the very same experience here, Bobbie would enjoy it for a bit but after 15-20 “No don’t touch that”‘s she will get annoyed and then it’s tears and paddy time. Wray Castle couldn’t be further from this experience.

From the off they said to us “just let her run free, just watch her on the stairs but she can’t do much damage” we were confused but went into the first room which had massive building blocks and we spent 30 minutes making towers and having so much fun. We then went around the rest of the castle with fun and toys in most of the other rooms. It was so refreshing to have an National Trust property with kids truly at it’s heart and I thank the NT for making it that way but also plead for them to market it more!

And thus ends the Holiday blogs… coming up, how to play the drums and what a difference a manager makes.

To see the rest of the pages in this blog click on the links below:
Day 1&2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

A Flying GooseBobbie and Peter RabbitLooking in through the windowMr ToddLittle pigsBeatrix Potter sculpture 3Beatrix Potter sculpture 2Beatrix Potter sculpture 1Old brownMrs Tiggy-WinkleWhen a cat and a bear have teaBeatrix Potter pondThat naughty PeterKicked outMy princessWray CastleWray Castle view 2Wray Castle view 1

Lakes Holiday 2013: Day 5

Day 5

Another picture perfect day arrived and we went to the small railway on the lake and then the Lakeland Motor Museum.

The train was great and Bobbie is now old enough to get excited about a train and she seemed to really enjoy it. The Lakeland Motor Museum was small but a great way to spend a few hours (even with a screaming child). My favorite picture is Bobbie next to the Pet cars used in Top Gear, it gives a real sense of scale.

At the Lakeland Motor Museum we also got the chance to see some of the Bluebird road and water record holders, it was stunning to see them in real life, the Bluebird car was the stuff of legends for me growing up so seeing my toy in true scale was very special.

We once again went swimming on this day.

If you want to see the other days see the links below

Day 1&2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 6


Bobbie loving a steam trainRelaxing holidaySteam train!Old motorcycle suspensionTriumphAustralian fire engineBentley"File up here with Shell"BSA logo1 person car - car before it's time.Police spec MGAlfa Spider (not running obv)Bobbie next to the famous 'Pet' carsAllegroFord escort mk1Bluebird 1Bluebird 2Bluebird (boat) 1Bluebird (boat) 2

Lakes Holiday 2013: Day 4

And Day 4 approached and the weather was PERFECT, warm but not too hot and blue skies.

To that end we set out early to go to Dungeon Gill Force (waterfalls) which was a tip off from Len (my father-in-law) who recommended it. We climbed towards them at like 9am and only climbed a little of the possible full distance (see picture of hill of which I climbed oh 10% of the picture). The heat was quite intense even at that time in the morning, so we decided to descend and journey to Coniston.

Coniston (or Lake Coniston) is where the world attempt for the fastest speed achieved on water took place, it eventually killed it’s previous title holder Donald Campbell. We ventured to this place to have a spin around the lake in an all more sedate mode of transport, a steam powered boat. We did drift over the place Mr Campbell died which was odd but thankfully his body has now been removed from the lake.

If you want to see the rest of the days holiday click on the links below

Day 1&2
Day 3
Day 5
Day 6

And here are the images enjoy.

Dungeon Ghyll WaterfallsUp hillDungeon Ghyll Waterfalls 2Dungeon Ghyll Waterfalls 3Lake Coniston 1Lake coniston 2Lake coniston 4Fly eye in Bobbie's eyeOn steam powered boatBluebird boat house and jettySteam powered boat coming inFront of Coniston steam powered boat

Lakes Holiday 2013: Day 3

Day 3 of the holiday consisted of a visit to Hill Top house which is Beatrix Potter’s main residence now owned by the National Trust, then went to the Aquarium. A visit to Fellfoot Park was next, this is a victorian park owned by the National Trust (you’ll see a theme here) and then we went swimming (not owned by the National Trust and not in the Aquarium).

Hill Top house was a great National Trust property and allowed you to go around Beatrix Potter’s farm house as if her and her husband had just popped to the shops after afternoon tea. You can see drawings and letters just lying around, it really is a magical visit if you get the chance but get there early as the car park is small and you are given a timed ticket to enter.

Next on to the Aquarium to see some fish and other animals – this was expensive but worth it. Bobbie loved it, Mairi has a picture of me and her dressed as lobsters.

Next was a visit to Fellfoot Park, this was mainly a relaxing time as Bobbie was sleeping (spark out after 3 days of nonstop fun!), we then had an icecream at the shop and headed home. The park was a great expanse of open space that headed down to Lake Windermere.

We then went for a swim, of which I have no pictures but the swimming pool was awesome and often had less than 3 families / groups of people in it. This meant it felt like a spa pool.

If you want to see what we got up to on other days click on the links:
Day 1&2
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6

Check out the photos below and enjoy.

Maira and Bobbie outside Beatrix Potter's houseInside a flowerSparkle Pirania SparkleLook at this fellaWindermine from FellfootBobbie sleeping in FellfootFellfootMairi and Bobbie at FellfootWindermere 3