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Ripley Show gets better every year

Last year we went to Ripley Show for the first time, it was fantastic and we made a date for the calendar to be there again in 2016.

Ripley Show gets better every year.

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Well that date arrived, faster than you can say ‘organic produce’ so we packed up our picnic and made the most of another beautiful Yorkshire day; and I am proud to report that Ripley Show gets better every year.

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There’s something for everyone at Ripley Show

The cattle this year were amazing, this beautiful Aberdeen Angus was my favourite beast of the whole show, majestic and absolutely huge!

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The animals are great, especially the pigs and sheep, but the tractors and assorted old machinery are also well worth a look including the carriage driving and vintage cars.

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No excuse for many similar pictures to last year!

– all in a all great day out, Ripley Show gets better every year!

Ripley Show gets better every year

Ripley Show gets better every year

Well done to all the organisers, exhibitors and competitors.

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2017 is already in the diary.

Usha Gap base camp

Camped with our mates in Swaledale again last weekend at this fantastic campsite.

Usha Gap camp site is a winner, even when it rains!

Usha Gap camp site is a winner, even when it rains!

Usha Gap base camp

The weather was horrific, but when did that ever stop anyone having a good time?

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Campfires, wine and some nice steaks on the barbeque – so no worries re a damp night under canvas, this is the place to be!

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And when it stops raining you can take a lovely 5 mile walk up and down Upper Swaledale, taking in Muker and other villages; there is always the ‘Farmers Arms’ in Muker – a 10 minute walk away if you can’t face getting the washing up done.

Usha Gap is a great camp site – no electricity, you are back to nature and near some nice new toilet and washing up blocks on a family run friendly site in deepest North Yorkshire dales.

What ids not to love?

Book here…..http://www.ushagap.co.uk/

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Ivy House Farm, Borrowby

Being Archers Addicts and living in North Yorkshire, we had to get down to Ivy House farm, Borrowby near Thirsk this Sunday to make the most of ‘Open Farm Sunday’ and give us some perspective before the 7.00pm Archesrs broadcast shattered our dreams and told us how David would have done it…

What a lovely little farm this was; just up the road from Thirsk and a nice spot to stop before going on to Sutton bank for a walk.

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Ivy House Farm was a fitting setting for a family day of fun with small children and animals running around in equal measure.

Foe me, the pigs were the stars of the show, both the noise pink ones, and the hairy more laid-back variety – they are such fun to watch and loved to perform for the camera!

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Poultry young and old was also everywhere you looked…from the chickens in the yard, having a dust-bath before being chased by kids, to the chicks only a few days old, being passed around by eager hands.

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All in all, a lovely afternoon, well done to the workers and owners, a lot of child-friendly hard work had made this farm a nice place to visit – and it’s always good to understand where your plate of bacon and eggs started off.

 

 

 

 

Chiswick salmon en croute

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Chiswick is not a particularly famous corner of the world; a district of west London, and part of the London Borough of Hounslow[3] it contains Hogarth’s House, the former residence of the 18th-century English artist William Hogarth; Chiswick House, a neo-Palladian villa regarded as one of the finest in England; and Fuller’s Brewery, London’s largest and oldest brewery.

But now, it is more famous for Chiswick salmon en croute.

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And this is the man that made it famous…

Here is a man who know's how to entertain Here is a man who cooks a mean salmon en croute

Here is a man who know’s how to entertain
Here is a man who cooks a mean salmon en croute
London W4, Saturday 2nd May 2015
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Historic figures who lived in Chiswick include the poet Alexander Pope, the Italian revolutionary Ugo Foscolo, the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro and the novelist E. M. Forsternone of these can hold a candle to our family members, who in their own Gavi-fuelled way have contributed far more to the cultural fabric of the local community.

And here they are…

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Chiswick occupies a meander of the River Thames which is heavily used for competitive and recreational rowing, and Chiswick itself is home to several clubs. The finishing post for the Boat Race is just downstream of Chiswick Bridge.

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I don’t know if salmon swim in these waters, I suspect that is rather unlikely – we are not in the highlands of Scotland here, none the less, Waitrose down the road is stocked with our aquatic friends, and they can be purchased and wrapped in pastry to form the infamous national dish of W4; Chiswick Salmon en Croute.

And the kitchen environment is so important if you are serving up a masterpiece….

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Chiswick has a number of named sublocalities: Bedford Park, Grove Park, the Glebe Estate,Strand-on-the-Green and those with named tube stations Turnham Green, and Gunnersbury.

Other parts of the W4 postcode area, including Chiswick Park tube station, Acton Green, and much of Bedford Park are in theLondon Borough of Ealing.

I hope you found these pictures and reflections on Chiswick to be of some comfort in getting you through a very long election day in the UK!

 

Gleneagles is worth a visit

Gleneagles is worth a visit

I had never been to Gleneagles before, I am now asking myself, why I had to wait 52 years to come to this hotel in rural Perthshire, Scotland

… It’s amazing.

Gleneagles is worth a visit; in fact I would say it’s a hotel worthy of the group it belongs to; ‘ One of the leading hotels of the world’

Says it all...

Says it all…

The hotel is traditional, formal, relaxed and modern, all at the same time; the staff are so good, you want to take them home and have them organise the week ahead…

An amazing hotel, by any stretch of the imagination.

An amazing hotel, by any stretch of the imagination.

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The food is amazing, especially the breakfast, best savoured with your friends on a lazy weekend morning…

The Hattons and Bramwells, guests of Kinetic for the S.O.A.G. Balll, a night to remeber!

The Hattons and Bramwells, guests of Kinetic for the S.O.A.G. Ball, a night to remember!

OK we had to have one colour shot for those Duck Eggs!!

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The Rooms are amazing

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The bar is amazing, before dinner or after, with or without a dinner suit, the fantastic staff are on hand; and they really know how to make a lively Bloody Mary.

A special place for special people

Time for a spicy bloody mary…

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GleneaglesAnd I never even took the golf clubs, with my handicap it would have been an insult to the truly beautiful surroundings.

Of course any trip is really made by the people you are with, and in this case our hosts were fantastic. Thank-you so much for a lovely 24 hours of total decadence.

 

Waiting for the 11.00am all clear on the Centenary course

Stunning Perthshire countryside beyond the three championship golf courses…

Everyone was queueing up to play the Ryder Cup course, it’s the lovely established King and Queens courses that do it for me.

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To finish, this is truly a special hotel, I have driven past it so many times, I cannot believe I have now found it.

We will be back.

Once you enter through these doors, you become rather relaxed.

Once you enter through these doors, you become rather relaxed.

In the short time you have on this earth, irrespective of whether you play golf or indeed do not; everyone should go and stay at Gleneagles for at least a nightL1001831 L1001827 L1001824 – it truly is well worth a visit!

 

 

Significant Snacks of no fixed abode.

David St cafe, Holbeck, Leeds

David St cafe, Holbeck, Leeds

 Significant snacks of no fixed abode.

Food is so important to me; love it, hate it, you can’t ignore it….as Eddie Chilcott always said at Oxford (was that really 33 years ago?)

So let’s start with some amazing fish and chips; one of my favourite significant snacks.

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Fish and Chips at 149
Friday is allways about Fish and Chips
Bridlington, 12th May 2011
iPhone 3GS, 3.85mm, f2.8, 1/15 sec, ISO 125

 

London Hotel room, a memory stick, an animal chocolate bar and some asprin; that was my dinner. This picture was taken on an apple iphone 4S, at 1.00am on the morning of the 30th November 2011. That was a significant day, it was the day that I sold Brilliant Media to MediaCom

London Hotel room, a memory stick, an animal chocolate bar and some asprin; that was my dinner.
This picture was taken on an apple iphone 4S, at 1.00am on the morning of the 30th November 2011.
That was a significant day, it was the day that I sold Brilliant Media to MediaCom

Significan Snacks of no fixed abode.

This blog post is indeed allabout significant snacks of no fixed abode; snacks that have played a major part in my life, snacks, meals, blowouts, morcels; they are al important in making up the fabric of my life.

Start the day with an egg Breakfast, Yorkshire, Nov 2013 Leica M 50mm f1.8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200

Start the day with an egg
Breakfast, Yorkshire, Nov 2013
Leica M 50mm f1.8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200

Not fancy restraunts, not entertaining on a grand scale, not expenses or treats; no, I am talking about the important stuff that fuels the working day;

pies,

breakfasts,

lunch at your desk,

snack on the run,

food of no fixed abode,

food that gets you ftom A to B.

This Pork Pie was balanced on the dash of a BMW 330d in May 2011. Significant, shot in Sainsbury's car park, Macclesfield the day i learnt my mum was ill.

This Pork Pie was balanced on the dash of a BMW 330d in May 2011.
Significant, shot in Sainsbury’s car park, Macclesfield the day i learnt my mum was ill.
At times like this, there is only one sort of pie that will hit the spot.

and hit the spot, it did.

and hit the spot, it did.

 

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a tart for all seasons

a tart for all seasons