Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Puffins Galore

Puffins Galore, or whatever the collective noun is for Puffins, is a project which has installed 42 sculptures of Puffins along the East Yorkshire Coast from Bempton to Spurn Point. 

Every Puffin has been beautifully and creatively decorated by a different artist with their interpretation of one of three themes:

·         Endangered species of the area

·         Global warming and green energy

·         People and stories of the area

Each sculpture has been sponsored by a local business.

Here are a few examples.  I have seen many more, but often so many people were taking selfies that I couldn’t get near!

No.19:  Sea Heroes by Katy Cobb (Hornsea Promenade
Gardens)

No. 18:  Puffin Power by Lynn Hollingsworth (Hornsea Promenade)



No. 05:  Cliff by Kathleen Smith (North Marine Promenade, Bridlington)

 

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Resuming holidays abroad

After all the worrying about queues, cancellations and Covid documentation, our journey to the Algarve went without a hitch.

The villa in Praia da Galé was just as advertised and my concern over the pool being too cold, as only heated by the sun, was unfounded.  The three generations of us got on without falling out.

So, after all that anxiety, I definitely needed a good holiday and that is exactly what I had!

This branch of the family had been travelling for 15 hours but insisted on trying out the pool which was illuminated at night

The villa was on three floors and accommodated ten.  The front and back terraces always gave much needed shade.  The barbeque and the ping pong table were well used.

It was enjoyable to walk the short distances to the beaches, shops or restaurants and look at the varied styles of houses with bananas, palms, lemon trees and giant cacti in their gardens



There were various small beaches nearby, some rocky coves and others stretches of golden sand.  Being on the Atlantic, there were lots of water sports and good waves for surfing.


Armação de Pêra






Many houses have window frames painted yellow or blue



Typical Portugese pavements made from mosaics  

For night life, Albufeira was 9 km away.  Here lots of bars, shops and restaurants were to be found in the narrow streets.   Two outdoor escalators took you down to The Strip where live bands played.  The Old Town was quieter and we saw England's Lionesses beat Germany in the finals.  

It was all over too quickly but our memories will remain with us.


Monday, 23 May 2022

The Secret Garden

On the way to the Yorkshire coast, we often stop at the tranquil Buddhist centre at Kilnwick Percy in the Yorkshire Wold Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre. A walk round the lake, a picnic or a drink in the friendly World Peace Café is a welcome break. 

This time we visited, the usual car park was full and we were directed to the overflow. This happy accident brought us to the woods which is the entrance to a walled garden which we hadn’t previously known about. We met a man foraging for the leaves of various plants who explained which were edible and how to use them.  This peaceful haven with its ponds and benches has two paths, a inner and outer path, encircling a circular lawn.














 
 Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Yom Hashoah – 27th April 2022 / יוֹם הַשּׁוֹאָה 5782


On Wednesday 27th April at 7:30pm, the UK Jewish community will gather to remember together the loss of six million and to pay tribute to the Survivors and Refugees for the remarkable contributions they have made to the Jewish community and wider UK society.

The theme this year is

Remembering the past

 honouring the memory

shaping the future

Many events are taking place to promote this.

The Talmud says:  As long as someone’s name is remembered, his name will live on forever.   To remember the past, I am lighting a yellow candle to honour the  memory of  Welwel Wajman of Lodz, Poland who was murdered at Chelmno in 1943 aged 28  …. for being Jewish.

May his memory be a blessing.  יהי זכרו לברכה

Shaping the future is proving more difficult when senseless killings, prejudice and displacement of people are still occurring.  

This year each candle lighter has been sent a sunflower seed, which happens to be the national flower of Ukraine.  The flower produces many more seeds to ensure the future of the species.



Sunday, 24 April 2022

Yorkshire in April

 No wonder it's known as God's own County!

Just wanted to share a few locations worth a visit if ever you're in the neighbourhood.


Hornsea


 Valley Gardens, Harrogate





 Garden of Serenity, Harrogate







Golden Acre Park, Leeds





 
Burnsall, Yorkshire Dales




 






Parcevall Hall, Skyreholme, Yorkshire Dales

 

Parcevall Hall is the retreat house of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds.

 

Saturday, 5 March 2022

Six on Saturday: “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina.


Here are my SoS

My first two choices herald Spring for me:

Flowering Blackcurrant 

A pot of Bellis





The next two have given colour all winter so deserve a mention:

Hebe

Saxifraga


Some Ammi seedlings potted up - sown in October

I have searched near and far for Corydalis without success, so I was delighted when a member of our gardening group brought me this plant which he "found" in a field near his home.

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The Propagator generously hosts Six on Saturday.  Click on the link to his blog to see what he and his followers are growing and doing in their gardens this week.  Perhaps you feel you could add your own six too.

Keep calm and garden on



Saturday, 22 January 2022

Six on Saturday - “Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle" Barbara Winkler

“Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle … a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream.”  — Barbara Winkler

It’s been bright and cold but that’s much better than dull and damp. I scour the garden for signs of life and I am reminded what bloomed in the garden last year.

No exciting offerings here, but they gladden my heart. 

Winter Jasmine continues to brighten up the entrance.

The first Bellis flower which promises more to follow.

Calendula grown from seed.  Lots more seedlings in the wings awaiting the warmer weather

Polyanthus also grown from seed a long time ago

The variegated Vinca Major has clambered up the fence

The Abelia is a good doer and has been flowering since July

 Bring it on!

The Propagator generously hosts Six on Saturday.  Click on the link to his blog to see what he and his followers are growing and doing in their gardens this week.  Perhaps you feel you could add your own six too.

Thanks also to the contributors who have cheered up the bleak winter for me.



Puffins Galore

Puffins Galore, or whatever the collective noun is for Puffins, is a project which has installed 42 sculptures of Puffins along the East Yor...