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.
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.
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!
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.
No excuse for many similar pictures to last year!
– all in a all great day out, Ripley Show gets better every year!
Well done to all the organisers, exhibitors and competitors.
Camped with our mates in Swaledale again last weekend at this fantastic campsite.
Usha Gap base camp
The weather was horrific, but when did that ever stop anyone having a good time?
Campfires, wine and some nice steaks on the barbeque – so no worries re a damp night under canvas, this is the place to be!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
But now, it is more famous for Chiswick salmon en croute.
And this is the man that made it famous…
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. Forster; none 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…
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.
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….
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.
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.
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;