Monthly Archives: December 2015

A Merry Ripon Christmas

A Merry Ripon Christmas!


A very Merry Ripon Christmas to everyone out there, whoost so-ever you may be (to borrow Alan’s language). Indeed, a very merry Ripon Christmas to you all.

Boxing Day Pint at the Bull in West Tanfield; cheers!

Boxing Day Pint

What is Christmas all about?

The baby Jesus nativity scene, Christmas Eve, St Mary's church, North Stainley

The baby Jesus nativity scene, Christmas Eve, St Mary’s church, North Stainley

What is Christmas all about? It’s about the birth of the baby Jesus of course. But it’s also about a load of other stuff and if you don’t go to church much, there are a whole load of other reasons why it’s still the best time of the year!

Happy Christmas stories

Happy Christmas stories

Family. Staying healthy, and looking after those who are not so fortunate. That’s what Christmas is about – and there is nothing better than a happy Christmas story!

Finding your electric toothbrush!

Finding your electric toothbrush!

Going to church, seeing your neighbours and exchanging gifts with the ones you love – everyone in our house got a new electric toothbrush – except me, and I lost mine to boot, finding it in Salford only on the day before Christmas Eve. Woop!

It’s also about spending some quality time at home, in front of the fire, with a satsuma, some walnuts and a tonne of thornton’s continental chocolates.

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It’s also about stuffing as much food in as is absolutely possible in 48 hours


….until the shops are open again!

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And then it’s about sitting back and relaxing, looking after those that need some TLC.

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Ripon Floods - The River Ure, Boxing Day 2015

Ripon Floods – The River Ure, Boxing Day 2015

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and I look forward to being more creative with my blog photographs in 2016 – perhaps I may even get a 28mm lens that enables me to open things up a bit more….

A very Merry Ripon Christmas





The Jolly Fisherman, Craster

National Trust - Dunstanburgh Castle

National Trust – Dunstanburgh Castle

The Jolly Fisherman in Craster is my new favourite lunch spot, even though it’s a 2 hour drive from Ripon.

The Jolly Fisherman, Craster

The Jolly Fisherman, Craster

Craster is such a lovely spot, looking out over the North Sea to the National Trust Dunstanburgh Castle, this is a fantastic walk before a huge lunch at the Jolly Fisherman.


Great to see the family and meet up for fun and food, i will be coming back to this lovely fishing village in the summer of 2016, with a 28mm lens to capture the scenery.

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