Merry Christmas Everyone

Well, that’s 2018 nearly over, and this will be my last post until Friday 4th January. I’m not a great winter photographer, so I can’t offer you any stunning scenes for this article. The picture you’ll see below was taken from our garden on a Read More …

The Vic Brown Trilogy

Working class boy makes good, whilst struggling with his emotional development, could be a good way of describing the novels written by Stan Barstow about Vic Brown. The three books in the trilogy are A Kind of Loving (1960), The Watchers on the Shore (1966), and The Read More …

They Shall Not Pass!

National Novel Writing Month is over for this year and, after some frantic last minute writing, I managed to limp over the fifty thousand word line for the second year in a row. It’s been a useful exercise and I got quite a few ideas Read More …

Pictures of the Week: Golden Hair, Blue Eyes

Preserving the Past. I’m lucky that so many of our old family photos have survived. They bring the story of my ancestors to life in a way that official documents cannot do, and provide some clues to the type of people they were. But, although Read More …

Barking

It barely seems possible that we’re so near to Christmas. Yet the festive season is starting to close upon us. Last weekend I was involved in my first proper Christmassy thing of the year: the indoor fun dog show for Ryedale Dog Rescue. I spent Read More …

Spanning The Years

Rediscovering the past: Recording the Present. I’ve always had a fascination with the past. Whether it’s railways, history, folk music or classic English literature, I’m always looking backwards. Ever since I was child I’ve heard stories about my family. I have a burning need to Read More …