Saturday, 8 August 2009
Why not take a short break and join in the fun!
Monday, 6 July 2009
The sheep are being shorn and the hay is being reaped.
July is the seventh month of the year in the Georgian Calendar.
6th July Thomas Moore executed by Henry VIII
Birthstone Ruby Red
Horoscopes Cancer and Leo
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Thursday, 4 June 2009
In his festive form the 'Green Man' seems to be a harbinger of spring, a celebration of regeneration. Right across the country you may come across him in other forms, from leafy faces carved into cloisters to local plays, or as the Green George, a relative of our patron saint.
Where is the Green Man hiding in Guisborough?
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Sunday, 31 May 2009
During the Bank Holiday nearly 5,300 visitors used the lift. In times of recession Saltburn really needs to rely on the tourist industry to generate income, which in turn generates jobs.
Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Kirkleatham Museum and the GREAT STAFF at the cliff lift with whom I have had the pleasure of working on this great historical event.
Thursday, 21 May 2009
From left to right the buildings are Rokeby Villas, Balmoral Terrace, the Zetland Hotel and Britannia Terrace.
In the foreground we can see the Halfpenny Bridge and to the left of the image is the Albert Memorial which was once the portico of Barnard Castle Station. The paths are well laid out but clearly visible as the planting of the grounds is in its infancy.
- one or more tall trees
- a hedge
- well-stocked borders
- an area of lawn, part of which could be a flower meadow
- a nettle patch
- a compost heap
- a rock garden
- a pond
- a pile of rotted or rotting logs and branches
Friday, 15 May 2009
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Spring is the season for the bluebell yielding the most glorious spectacle in the botanical world.
Bluebells are shade evaders, taking the chance to grow and flower before the trees are in full glory.
The Elizabethan herbalist Gerard knew it as the English Jacinth, or Blue Harebell, and believed the flowers had 'a strong sweet smell, somewhat stuffing to the head'. The pear-shaped bulbs once generated starch to stiffen Elizabethan ruffs, while the flower stalks were used as a glue for binding books or fixing arrows.
Take a visit this month to Nature's World and view their wonderful display.
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Paradise reclaimed. Heaven on earth. Why not visit and spend a glorious day at Helmsley Walled Gardens. What could be more relaxing than sun and the beauty of the restored gardens whilst reading Frances Hodgson Burnett's 'The Secret Garden'.
Yesterday I bathed in it's full glory.
Set in the grounds of Duncombe Park the gardens are gradually being restored to their former glory.
Check their website for further details.
Friday, 8 May 2009
Why not visit Tockett's Watermill, nr Guisborough on Sunday the 9th May? (Open between 11am and 4pm)
A 4 storey corn mill built in the 18th Century. Completly restored in the 1990's, with an 18-ft pitchback waterwheel, three pairs of stones and a full set of ancillary machinery. A fully operational mill, producing flour available at Saltburn's health food shop. The flour makes a wonderful loaf.
At 9am on the eve of Ascention Day stakes are driven with an ancient mallet into the foreshore below the high tide mark near Boyes Staithe in Whitby harbour. Then osiers are woven among the steaks to form a 'hedge' strong enough to withstand three tides. This done, the baliff of the Court Leet of Fyling blows the horn and shouts 'out upon ye, out upon ye'. The penance 'hedge' is a token, but the belief is that if the hedge is swept away by the tides, the tenancy will be lost.