Sunday, 31 August 2014

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Teenage Kicks


Here's one I made earlier (Holmfirth Art Exhibition)

Solar Powered Caravan Cinema

Seats 8, Solar Powered Caravan Cinema. Now touring the UK......briefly

To and From

Found this old milestone on Blackmoorfoot Road. Most of them have had the place names defaced in case the Germans invaded...this had been re-engraved

Thursday, 28 August 2014


1st 1938 edition of Action Comics, featuring Superman, sells on Ebay for 3.2 Million Dollars

John Stocks, Turnpike Labourer

On the trail of my Great, Great Great Grandfather, Turnpike Labourer. He lived in Crosland Moor probably  worked on the Wakefield to Austerlands Turnpike. The milestone I found in the grass on Blackmoorfoot Road is on the route............
The wonderfully named Refremey Haytack was John Stock's wife......


Blackmoorfoot Mile post.....


Hidden away in the grass on Blackmoorfoot Road is this very weathered milestone for the Wakefield to Austerlands Turnpike. The sun was out, so I tried to draw the letters and numbers. Hard to see what's engraved and what's chipped off......

Sunday, 24 August 2014


Turkish women defy Deputy PM's suggestion that they should show their chastity by refraining from laughter and smiling


If you were a cheese, what would you be? I'd be a crumbly Lancashire

Zebra Monkey Foxtrot

Off Duty Police Officers dressed in monkey and zebra onesies apprehend burglar at Coventry supermarket

Choco Pie

South Korean activists launch 10,000 balloons filled with "Choco Pies", sweeties banned in North Korea as symbols of capitalist decadence............

Coal Mining Down Under

Green Alarm as Coal deposits found Great Barrier Reef.........

Saturday, 16 August 2014


Now recognised as a word in Scrabble (get the F on a triple letter score) 


News of the Stews Summer Special

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Doors and Balconies

Xabia, Costa Blanca: Ornate wrought ironwork ("rejas"), carved timber and stonework on balconies and doorways

Get Thee to a Nunnery

Xabia Convent, Costa Blanca

Spanish Scarecrow

Xabia, Costa Blanca.......straw-hatted scarecrow in allotments under Montgo

Euro Lamps

Thought provoking day on the 4th August, 100 years on. Gran Harvey would have been 3 years old and  Nanna Nield would have been 6 when World War 1 was declared......

Hurricane Bertha and The Other Side Of the Standedge Tunnel

Thar she blows! Hurricane Bertha welcomed us back to Blighty. A whole bucket full of water fell whilst we were away....but at least it didn't rain properly until we hit Yorkshire at the other side of the Standedge Tunnel!


Actually, couldn't fault frills whatsoever

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Zig Zag Bricks

Yorkshire Wolds Bike Tour: I loved the zig- zag brick pattern on this Georgian house in Bempton, which had two sections of local chalk either side of the chimney breast....

Flamborough Fish Shed

Yorkshire Wolds Bike Tour: This black-painted timber shed in Flamborough had a rusty orange corrugated iron roof and its own fish weather vane. It was a windy day, blowing me downhill to North and South Landing....

Titchy Church

Yorkshire Wolds Bike Tour: titchy church at Fordon.
Note bike and  bench too hot to sit on (painted black)

Stone Head

Weaverthorpe village in the Yorkshire Wolds. It has a Norman church perched on top of the hill (worth the ride up) above the duck pond...and this funny little chap peeps at you near the door...

Well, Well

Burton Agnes well, water pump

West Lutton well, water pump

Black Jack Thwing

Yorkshire Wolds Bike Tour: Thwing village pump, known as "Black Jack". During WW2, it's ironwork was saved from being melted down by being hidden in a barn. Rediscovered under the hay in the 60s, the timber, black-painted pump was restored to its former glory

Broad Beans

They may have luxurious fur-lined pods, but they still take some shelling.....

Yorkshire Wolds Bike Tour

Great cycling chez Nick 'n' Sue. Allez Les Broad Beans....harvested in between!