Thursday 30 May 2024

“The sea is their grave but this Memorial sculpture is, in many ways, a headstone for the lost trawlermen”

I have always been impressed by the architecture in the centre of the maritime city of Hull, especially the old buildings with their carvings and statues.

On a wet and windy day, unable to visit the Ferens Art Gallery or the Princes Quay shopping mall with our dog, we took a short walk by the Humber Estuary and revisited St Andrews memorial for lost trawlermen.

The Humber Bridge is clearly seen from here (photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Installed around a paved circle, information can be found  about the history of the fishing industry of Hull and its workers

Beautiful swathes of wild flowers have been sown around the site

Some interesting information about the work of a Bobber and three trawler tragedies can be found here:

The Life of a Bobber – St. Andrews Dock Heritage Park Action Group (

Triple trawler tragedy: The Hull fishermen who never came home - BBC News

Saturday 4 May 2024

The Georgian Bath House

We are frequent visitors to the small market town of Wetherby, West Yorkshire, where we often take a route which crosses over the bridge and then walk along the River Wharfe. 

 On the other side of the river, we noticed some benches and on this trip we decided to find this spot. This is how we discovered the Jubilee Gardens and, what's more, within the gardens we found a Georgian Bath House. In the 18th century bathing for cleanliness was not a thing. The Bath House was a popular remedy supposedly to help with anything from headaches to impotence. The pool was fed from a spring and was surrounded by a walkway with areas for changing clothes and taking a break from the cold water. The building is no longer used as bath house, but the park is beautifully planted with, at the time of our visit, spring flowers and the benches are a splendid place to watch the river.

Thursday 4 April 2024

Easter break

It wasn’t to be.

To get away from the crowds on Easter Sunday, we embarked on the Hutton circular walk which I found on the Facebook page Summat to do.

Sadly, the heavy rain of the previous night had turned some of the route into a quagmire making it impossible to continue after the first gate. Did I mention we had our little dog Freddie with us, who doesn’t like his paws cleaned at the best of times.

We had our coffee break on the huge village green at Hutton Cranwsick

The walk will have to wait until the ground has hardened up a bit.

After lunch, we set out to Danes Dyke Danes Dyke ( and made our way through the woodlands to the beach. The sea was coming in so we couldn’t stay there long.

Next stop Flamborough South Landing.  We have often taken the grandchildren along the Sculpture Trail there which has fallen into disrepair. We made for our favourite bench which gives a spectacular view of the area. A landslip meant that the usual route was blocked off, but we managed to find a diversion to reach the spot.

The land slip

On Monday, some family joined us for lunch and we visited Hornsea

Tuesday turned out to be the very best of the weather. Warm and sunny, we walked along the Bridlington promenade from North Beach to the Spa and returned via Bridlington’s working harbour. Here we met a man preparing and selling jet which he had found along the coast. The untreated stones looked like lumps of coal.

Although we spend many hours in this area, we always find new things to see and visit.

Sunday 17 March 2024

Prisons and prisoners


Fortunately I’ve never been in prison and furthermore hope I never will. However, I have recently seen and read about this topic and it has made me think about the the whole institution

Firstly, I watched Prisoner, a danish production of 6 episodes on BBC4 and iPlayer. This follows the stories of four prison officers and their interactions with the inmates while they are striving to keep the prison from shutting down to keep their jobs. At the start of a shift, the prison officers greet each other with “Have a boring day” wishing for calm in an environment like a pressure cooker where anything could cause an explosion. Sometimes brutal, often thought-provoking and always compelling.

Next, I read a book by Andy West entitled The Life Inside A Memoir of Prison Family and Learning. This gives a different take on prison life. The author comes from a family with members who have done time. Andy teaches philosophy in various prisons and uses ideas from philosophers to initiate discussion with the prisoners about their lives inside and and listens to their emotions. In parts sad, in parts funny, it makes you consider the demise of prisoners and prison officers and even empathise with them.

I do enjoy reading about topics that broaden my outlook and written from the point of view of others and outside my experience. How about you?

Thursday 15 February 2024

Winter Break 2


Our second winter break took us to Cumbria.

En route we stopped at Kirkby Lonsdale

The roads to our final destination of Millom were winding and went up hill and down dale allowing us vistas of the beautiful countryside. We didn’t know until after our visit that this is the birthplace of the poet Norman Cornthwaite Nicholson OBE (8 January 1914 – 30 May 1987) whose writing career spanned from the 1930s until his death in 1987. Nicholson is best remebered for his poetry but he also wrote novels and plays. He wrote in his attic of his home, a Victorian terraced house and tailoring shop at 14 St George's Terrace in Millom and is known for the straightforward language and his content which reflects the local industries and culture of his area mining, quarrying, and ironworks—the dominant industries in Millom at the time.

This abandoned house was opposite our guest house

Also in Millom is the Hodbarrow RSPB Nature Reserve situated on a coastal lagoon which is located on the site of a former iron mine but the approach was too muddy.

Just down from Millom is the village of Haverigg, which lies on the Duddon. The small seaside fishing village with its dunes and waterpark has a restored lighthouse.

We took a picnic Lake Coniston where we spent a day

On our way home we stopped at Morecambe

and Clapham

and at a retro tearoom at Gargrave

We were lucky with the weather in North West UK in February.  The rain mostly held off and, from time to time, the sun even peeped through!

Wednesday 17 January 2024

Winter break

A few days away took us to the North East coast to Sunderland.

En route, we stopped off at various places; the market town of Thirsk in North Yorkshire, then on the Fish Quay in Hartlepool and Seaham in County Durham.

The trail along Fish Quay is called the Monkey Trail. We looked up the reason for the name and then realised that the house outside which we parked paid tribute to the legend of the Monkey Hanger with its many ornaments. The link for the interesting details of the legend is here

We also stopped at Seaham where there is an oversized statue of “Tommy”, a First World War soldier by artist Ray Lonsdale. We had a drink at the Armoury Cafe whose walls were adorned with murals of various wars.

Arrived at our hotel The Seaburn Inn on the sea front at Sunderland, in Tyne and Wear, where dogs are welcomed with treats and a sausage for breakfast. The hotel is part of the Inn Collection and often offer off season breaks at excellent rates.

A pleasant walk along the front brought us to Roker Park

The Winter Gardens and Museums look interesting but travelling with a dog means that we do miss out on certain things.  So here we are at Barnes Park which was laid out in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is the largest urban park in Sunderland.

Far too soon, it was time to make our way homewards and stopped of in Yarm, originally a Roman fort situated on the River Tees. A walk along the river was too muddy an option so we spent some time in the picturesque High Street which has retained its Georgian architecture. Most of the shops and eating places had signs saying dog friendly.

We would certainly return to the area.

“The sea is their grave but this Memorial sculpture is, in many ways, a headstone for the lost trawlermen”

I have always been impressed by the architecture in the centre of the maritime city of Hull, especially the old buildings with their carving...