Category Archives: Yorkshire

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

A fantastic beach with not a lot happening
Saltburn-by-the-Sea

In addition to below, back in January, we had another trip to Saltburn-by-the-sea with some old mates yesterday.

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

I didn’t have my Leica with me, but could not resist updating this blog post with some snaps images from my iPhone, because whichever way you look at it, Saltburn-by-the-sea is a crazy old North East seaside town, I just love it.

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

The old cliff tram lift; Saltburn-by-the-Sea

We had a trip out to the seaside today, to Saltburn-by-the-Sea. What a charming little spot in the middle of nowhere, just the sea, a pier, and the best fish and chips you could ever hope for.

Last days of 2016

Now we are counting down the last days of 2016. So I went out with my camera in daylight and at night to catch the beauty that is all around us in North Yorkshire.

Frost crunching underfoot and gripping the trees

Thousands of stars in the sky

Crisp cold air and freezing breath

Its all here, and it will still be here in 3 days time when it’s 2017.

 

Stag of North Stainley

I love the Stag of North Stainley; a sculpture constructed entirely of bicycle parts, creating our village symbol, the Stag of North Stainley and the Staveley family; made by local folk to celebrate the Tour de France passing through the village in 2014.

The Stag of North Stainley comes alive at Christmas time with a red nose and the village Christmas tree lit up in close proximity.

Stag of North Stainley

Thought you may like some snaps I took of the Stag of North Stainley today.

 

 

Light of the world

Today I love you iPhone 6s

Today I love you
iPhone 6s

Vibrant scenes and interesting art installations at MediaCityUK coupled to a tour of local festive lights in my own village this weekend highlighted to me that we sometimes miss the real meaning of Christmas, when it’s right there under our noses.

Leica M 240 Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH 24sec, f4.0 ISO 200

Leica M 240
Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH
24sec, f4.0 ISO 200

I was wondering around and about my village in the cold cold dark evening and it struck me that some of my neighbours have the most amazing Christmas light shows, lighting up their houses like beacons of celebration at this festive time.

Light of the world, Leica M 240 Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH 24sec, f4.0 ISO 200

Light of the world
Leica M 240
Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH
24sec, f4.0 ISO 200

The same can’t be said for the church, standing all forlorn and unlit in the sodium glow of the streetlights as the occasional car whispers past through the cold night.

Surely it should be the church that is lit up at this important time for Christians?

Light of the world Leica M 240 Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH 16 seconds, f4.0 ISO 200

Light of the world
Leica M 240
Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH
16 seconds, f4.0 ISO 200

Light of the World

(Greek: φώς τοῦ κόσμου Phṓs tou kósmou) is a phrase Jesus used to describe himself and his disciples in the New Testament.[1] The phrase is recorded in the Gospel of John and again in the Gospel of Matthew. It is closely related to the parables of Salt and Light and Lamp under a bushel.

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Didn’t mean to be too philosophical on a Monday morning, but it seems to me that the actual meaning of Christmas gets lost amidst the constant rush for consumers to consume anything and everything in a frenzied rush against a corporate calendar leading to a peak of bloated exhaustion.

Light Installations, MediaCityUK

Light Installations, MediaCityUK
iPhone 6s

This holiday season, I want to be happy and healthy and spend time with my family; three things that I have not always achieved individually or collectively at various points over the last 12 months.

So let there be light in the world, lets get back to the meaning of Christmas and let’s follow the star as it shines in the East.

The star that shines in the East Leica M 240 Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH 24sec, f4.0 ISO 200

The star that shines in the East
Leica M 240
Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH
24sec, f4.0 ISO 200

Wensleydale day out

The sun was shining and the wind was blowing, Masham sheep fair had been ticked off and it was a Sunday; it was time for a Wensleydale day out.

Bolton Castle always offers some amazing photographic opportunities; so this time we ventured into the castle as well as out and about walking between Aysgarth falls, Redmire and the surrounding lower Wensleydale rolling dale.

Looking towards Pen Hill, Lower Wensleydale from Bolton Castle

Looking towards Pen Hill, Lower Wensleydale from Bolton Castle

What a great place to visit, if you live round the corner like us, or you are coming from farther afield – Wensleydale is absolutely beautiful, unspoilt and full of interesting history.

Bolton Castle, Wensleydale

Bolton Castle, the perfect place to start a Wensleydale day out.

It’s not the first time I have featured Castle Bolton, bit on a sunny day like this, there is no better place to be with my Leica.

I hope you like my pictures.

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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.

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

The Silver Swan. Over the last century this swan has become the icon of The Bowes Museum. The Silver Swan dates from 1773 and was first recorded in 1774 as a crowd puller in the Mechanical Museum of James Cox, a London showman and dealer.

The Silver Swan.
Over the last century this swan has become the icon of The Bowes Museum. The Silver Swan dates from 1773 and was first recorded in 1774 as a crowd puller in the Mechanical Museum of James Cox, a London showman and dealer.

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard is a lovely afternoon out, especially if it’s throwing it down outside and you are new in town – as we are today.

The Bowes Museum is situated in Castle Barnard, a true jewel in the landscape

The Bowes Museum is situated in Castle Barnard, a true jewel in the landscape

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

What an amazing treasure trove of art and many other beautiful things!

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

The Museum is a truly imposing building and houses a treasure trove of art, the background to this amazing collection is below – I would recommend anyone to pay a visit!

Background to the Bowes Museum

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New Light Exhibition and  Prize

We were lucky to get in and see the last day of the the New Light Prize Exhibition, which had opened in October 2015 at the Bowes Museum and now I think moves on to the Mercer Gallery in Harrogate and then onto London in June.

I only took a couple of snaps but found a link to this year’s Exhibition where all the work can be viewed on the What’s New page.

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

Art in the New Light Exhibition; The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

The Robert Mapplethorpe Exhibition on level two was an added bonus –

Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

The magic in the muse is an interesting display that is on until April 2016; for any lover of Mapplethorpe, or great portrait photography, then this is a must also visit!

Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

 

 

 

 

Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

You can see what’s on here Bowes Museum I can’t praise it highly enough, we bought a six month pass and will be back again very soon.

I hope you like my pictures and I am pleased the Bowes museum also have shared some of them, indeed feel free to spread the word!

Snowy Wensleydale

Snowy Wensleydale

Its’ my 53rd birthday today and no better place to be than a snowy Wensleydale. Castle Bolton to be precise.

Castle Bolton, Wensleydale

Castle Bolton, Wensleydale

Castle Bolton is one of my favourite spots and the prospect of parking up here for a five mile walk along the tops on a snowy Wensleydale Monday is about as good as it gets on your birthday!

The beautiful sheep guard the cold and empty Castle Bolton, Wensleydale

The beautiful sheep guard the cold and empty Castle Bolton, Wensleydale

We have done this walk before, Castle Bolton walk (March 2015) but not with the snow and the cold that we experienced today – and the conditions made it so much nicer, crunching through the snow rather than sloshing through the mud!

Castle Bolton opens to the public from Valentines weekend – we are making a vow to get there this year, it certainly looks like a place we should be visiting, although not being part of the National Trust, it has eluded us for many a year.

As one of the country’s best preserved medieval castles; originally built as one of the finest and most luxurious homes in the land, the castle bears the scars of over 600 years of fascinating history. The castle is still in the private ownership of Lord Bolton, the direct descendant of the castle’s original owner Sir Richard le Scrope.

The countryside above Lower Wensleydale is beautiful; set off walking in a westerly direction from the castle and you can’t go wrong, today the views were beautiful, even with low heavy cloud, as we looked towards Askrigg and Aysgarth.

One day I would like to turn north and head up over the top to drop down into Muker and Swaledale; not today, but perhaps armed with a better map and some sunshine, that is something to aim for in the spring!

Anyhow, enjoy the view, there’s nothing better than a bit of snowy Yorkshire on a Monday; especially a Monday where you are a year older and wiser.

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Flamingo Land 1978

It’s good to start the year by looking back  -especially if you are looking right back to Flamingo Land 1978. Not something I intend to do a lot of – but when you find something old, it reminds you how important it is to think long term, invest in relationships and stay in touch with people even when you aren’t on facebook and are pretty rubbish at christmas cards.

Flamingo Land 1978

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

I just found these pictures, from a Flamingoland 1978 Roundhay School trip.

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

David Waring, Roundhay School.
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Taken in summer 1978 on a Kodak Instamatic; not bad to say they are nearly 40 years old – and have weathered the storm probably better than some of my classmates – I hope they are all happy and healthy; we had some great times and I remember this day as one of the best!

Roundhay School, 5th form class of ’79

I think this was the summer before our O Levels; probably all aged 14 or 15, some where to leave the following year, others to stay on and do A levels at Roundhay, leaving aged 18 in 1981.

Where are you now Paul Dowson, David Waring, Janet Williams, Nicky Hurst, Martin Smaller, Arthur, Louise and Anna?

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978 on the train

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Chris Broadbent and Paul Dowson – Flamingo Land Roundhay School Trip 1978

A Merry Ripon Christmas

A Merry Ripon Christmas!

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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

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….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

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Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

I took these pictures at Fountains Abbey yesterday, they reminded me of the words to one of my favourite Frank Sinatra songs

“Autumn Leaves”

The falling leaves
Drift by my window
The falling leaves
Of red and gold

I see your lips
The summer kisses
The sunburned hands
I used to hold

Since you went away
The days grow long
And soon I’ll hear
Old winter’s song

But I miss you most of all
My darling
When autumn leaves
Start to fall

Since you went away
The days grow long
And soon I’ll hear
Old winter’s song

But I miss you most of all
My darling
When autumn leaves
Start to fall

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And that is the end to this musical blog post.

 

Studley Royal rutting

Everybody is out this weekend looking to photograph some Studley Royal rutting.

Seeing some Studley Royal rutting yesterday was the high point of a man-flu laden weekend. A short walk on an autumnal Sunday in this majestic space was a lovely way to get some fresh air and see the beautiful deer inhabitants of this great park.

Studley Royal Deer

Studley Royal Deer

Lots of deer on view as well as all the best Autumn has to offer, some words below from the NT website.

Autumn at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

 © Richard Jemison

Autumn has arrived with an explosion of colour in the garden and deer park at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal in North Yorkshire. Known for its autumn colour, the grounds are breath-taking each autumn, and this year is no exception.

The months of October and November are perfect for a walk through the acres of red, orange, gold and green woodland which surrounds the ponds and canals of the Georgian Water Garden. Run through the crunchy fallen leaves, find the biggest conkers and acorns, and discover some fantastic fungi from shaggy inkcaps to chicken of the woods!

Use one of our wildlife spotter sheets to discover birds that make the estate their winter home, spot which deer is which by the colour of their rumps, and take a look inside a fallen tree to see what bugs you can discover.

Please remember that during the months of October, November and December it is the annual deer rut in the park. The mating season can make the male stags and bucks aggressive and territorial so make sure you keep your distance and do not approach the deer.

We’re open every day apart from Fridays in November, December and January.

The daddy sits on his own

The daddy sits on his own

 

Oh deer…. here are my more inferior snaps

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey/wildlife/

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Studley Royal Deer

Studley Royal Deer

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The daddy sits on his own

The daddy sits on his own

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Ripley Castle in Monochrome

Ripley Castle in Monochrome

Ripley Castle in Monochrome

We popped to Ripley Casttle this afternoon and took some simple mono images, I hope you like them.

Ripley Castle in Monochrome.

I was messing around with mono filters and so have some different types of contract – let me know what you think?

Ripley Castle is a lovely spot, OK it’s a honey pot for tourists, but the guide was excellent and the gardens and deer paark are a joy; I just can’t wait for next year’s show….

http://www.ripleycastle.co.uk/

From their own website – Ripley Castle and Gardens, situated 3 miles from Harrogate in North Yorkshire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is an historic attraction open to the public all year round and makes for a fascinating and entertaining day out, in a beautiful location.

The Castle also makes the perfect setting for any corporate entertaining event whether it be a meeting or dinner. The setting is stunning, the service is friendly and efficient, and the catering is exceptional.

So here are my pictures, all taken on a rather overcast Sunday afternoon on a Leica M type 240, with Summilux 50mm 1:1.4 ASPH lens at ISO 800

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Nunnington Hall is fabulous!

Entrance to Nunnington Hall

Entrance to Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall is fabulous!

Nunnington Hall is fabulous!

Nunnington Hall is fabulous!

Nunnington Hall is a proper great day out for all the family – on a recent visit we reflected that we have not been back here for about 20 years; while the the children are all grown up now, there is still so much to do for a couple of empty nesters!

Something for everyone at Nunnington Hall

Something for everyone at Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall has beautuful gardens that have something for everyone

Lovely wild frowers at Nunnington Hall

Lovely wild frowers at Nunnington Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Famed for its picturesque location, organic walled garden with spring-flowering meadows, flamboyant resident peacocks and a changing programme of exclusive and high profile art and photography exhibitions, Nunnington Hall offers something for everyone to enjoy.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nunnington-hall/

There is a lot of stuff for kids in the grounds and gardens – especially liked the working ‘cutting’ garden part with a mud pie kitchen and potting sheds for the children.

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The male and femaale scarcrows in the cutting garden are a sight to behold!

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Wild flowers provide a home for all the insects and butterflies, some of which are amazing even on a rather overcast last day of August.

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The peacocks roam free in the grounds, both males and female with her two little chicks tucked under the wing for safety.

Mother Peacock at Nunnington Hall

Mother Peacock at Nunnington Hall

 

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One of the highlights is the amazing Carlisle Collection of miniature rooms on the top floor – these incredibly complex room sets were put together with such skill it is hard upon examination to differentiate them from the real thing – I took some pictures below of the study, the nursery and one of the sitting rooms.

Carlisle Collection at Nunnington Hall

Carlisle Collection at Nunnington Hall

The Nursery - Carlisle Collection at Nunnington Hall

The Nursery – Carlisle Collection at Nunnington Hall

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The National Trust have a changing programme of exhibitions in our Top Floor Gallery. This year including, the British Wildlife Photography awards, World War One Centenary, Children’s Illustration, Matt the Daily Telegraph Cartoonist and a new feature – Art for Christmas.

Inside the house there is a lot to see

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And outside, the walled gardens include a lovely open tea room area as well as the riverbank and lawns with ample spots for picnics and easy access to the grounds from an adjoining carpark via a small footbridge over the river.

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All in all a great day out on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and away from the tourist traps of Kirbymoorside and Helmsley.

Well Done National Trust – nothing changes in 20 years, and that is a good thing!

Easy to get to via the A170 in North Norkshire

Easy to get to via the A170 in North Norkshire

Rievaulx Terrace – not too exciting…

Rievaulx Terrace is not the most exciting NT trip we have taken; in fact it was a bit of a let down.

I would go as far as saying the artwork on the woodland walk was probably the highlight…

Artwork in the woods

Artwork in the woods

 

 

Rievaulx Terrace – not too exciting…

Apart from a couple of views of the Abbey coupled to two tired old buildings at either end of the terrace, there is not a lot happening.

Rievaulx Terrace - not too exciting...

Rievaulx Terrace – not too exciting…

On our quest to take in all 25 national Trust properties in Yorkshire this year, we have to visit the good, the bad and the ugly…

Rievaulx Terrace - not too exciting...

Rievaulx Terrace – not too exciting…

This terrace is tedious, I think you will agree having looked at these snaps.

It’s almost as though the NT felt they had to get one over on the Abbey in the bottom of the Dale below – would have been better not to bother in my humble opinion.

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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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Whernside with @MediaComUK

Whernside with @MediaComUK

Whernside with @MediaComUK

A top team of walkers from MediaCom Leeds toppled the Yorkshire Three Peaks this weekend – I joined them for the middle peak; Whernside.

Whernside with @MediaComUK

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So proud of these guys, raising money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance – walking 25 miles in 11 hours and taking in these 3 beauties, as well as dragging me up the middle one – well done!

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Ripley Show is a great day out

Ripley Show is a great day out!

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Held on the second Sunday in August; we were at Ripley Show today, Sunday 9th August 2015 from 9am till late,  and what a great time we had – Ripley Show is a great day out!

As always, the animals are beautiful, but it’s people watching that makes the day,  Yorkshire folk at their best; judging, relaxing, exhibiting and enjoying a day in the country, God’s finest indeed.

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The show venue is Ripley Castle Park, Harrogate HG3 3EA.

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The show is organised by The Ripley and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society, a member of the Yorkshire Federation of Show Societies.

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The show represents the local farming and country community and the organisers are very grateful to Sir Thomas Ingilby Bt for permission to hold the show in the beautiful grounds of Ripley Castle.

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There are many animals on show including the following classes – I hope you like some of my photos, and make a date for next year!

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Heavy Horses, Hunters M&M, Children’s Classes
(showing & jumping)

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Companion Dog Show, Dog Agility, Terrier Racing
(entries on the day)

L1002979 L1002977 L1002976 IMG_5662 IMG_5661 IMG_5660 IMG_5659 IMG_5658 L1003053 L1003052 L1003051 L1003049 L1003047 L1003046 L1003044 L1003039 L1003038 L1003037 L1003036 L1003031 L1003033 L1003028 L1003024 L1003022 L1003020 L1003018 L1003017 L1003016 L1003014 L1003012 L1003011 L1003009 L1003005 L1002996 L1002995 L1002993 L1002992 L1002991 L1002990 L1002985 L1002984 L1002983 L1002981 L1002980

Sheep, Cattle and Pigs

L1003100 L1003099 L1003098 L1003097 L1003095 L1003094

Vintage Machinery and Tractors

L1003093 L1003091

Yorkshire’s largest and finest display of Vintage Tractors

L1003143 L1003141 L1003140 L1003139 L1003130 L1003128 L1003127 L1003126 L1003125 L1003124 L1003123 L1003122 L1003121 L1003120 L1003114

Horticulture, Produce and Handicrafts

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