C’est God’s Own Country, n’est ce pas?

C’est God’s Own Country, n’est ce pas?

What I love about living in North Yorkshire is how incredibly fortunate we are to live just a few steps away from this. God’s Own Country.

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This was the weekend when Yorkshire showed her petticoats to the world. As ‘Le Tour’ passed through our back yards and the Royals and the Red Arrows graced our local stately home of Harewood House, I realised that Yorkshire was batting her magnificent eye…

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Joe’s Letters, WWII: “Dortmund - ‘coned’ in spotlights!”

Joe’s Letters, WWII: “Dortmund – ‘coned’ in spotlights!”

One of my Uncle Joe’s letters will be posted to this Blog each and every Friday until they are done. Please see below for a link to Joe’s full story and the other letters in this series so far.

Joe and crew have experienced their first few bombing raids over Germany, the first of which ended in disaster. Joe is flying out of Chedburgh in Suffolk, New Year 1945.

 Letter 102; 2nd Feb 1945

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My younger self

 That’s me, right in the middle of the back row. I think this was Christmas 1989. My beautiful nan, Lily is still alive, although looking slightly confused!

My younger self

 That’s me, right in the middle of the back row. I think this was Christmas 1989. My beautiful nan, Lily is still alive, although looking slightly confused!

Me & Mine 2014; June

Me & Mine 2014; June

No sooner have we hailed the arrival of June, than it is over. This was a busy month, with school activities running in top gear and our garden renovations also peaking. It is hardly fathomable that only three weeks of the school year remain. Three weeks for my 7 year old to find new faces with which to sabotage every family photo. family storiesThere has been much basketball this month, following the…

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Joe’s Letters, WWII: “Tickets for the Panto”

Joe’s Letters, WWII: “Tickets for the Panto”

It’s Armed Forces Day tomorrow. Please spare a thought for our servicemen and women, past and present.

One of my Uncle Joe’s letters will be posted to this Blog each and every Friday until they are done. Please see below for a link to Joe’s full story and the other letters in this series so far.

Joe and crew have experienced their first few bombing raids over Germany, the first of which ended in…

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The Longest Day, the Longest Wait

The Longest Day, the Longest Wait

June 21st 2014 will go down in my family history as a summer solstice to remember.

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My Uncle Joe (left) and ‘Smokey’ Joe Lee, aged 18, 1944

The longest day signalled the end of the longest wait. Two families that had not met for 70 years were finally reunited.

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At the 11th hour, I had received an invitation to join 160 World War 2 veterans from Bomber Command at their annual reunion at…

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Putting the Fun into Fundraising

Putting the Fun into Fundraising

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We are hugely lucky to have an active PTA at our local primary school, and a community of families who are, on the whole, eager to spend their money and join in.

It’s Summer Fayre (or Fair) time (depending on your way of thinking), and the gazebos were out in force yesterday for the event.

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What I love most about these occasions is that they will be firmly implanted memories of childhood for my…

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Joe’s Letters, WWII: “A weekend in Liverpool”

Joe’s Letters, WWII: “A weekend in Liverpool”

One of my Uncle Joe’s letters will be posted to this Blog each and every Friday until they are done. Please see below for a link to Joe’s full story and the other letters in this series so far.

Joe and crew have experienced their first few bombing raids over Germany, the first of which ended in disaster. Joe is flying out of Chedburgh in Suffolk, New Year 1945.

 Letter 101; 30th January 1945

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Joe’s Letters, WWII: “Plenty to chin-wag about”

Joe’s Letters, WWII: “Plenty to chin-wag about”

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It seems fitting to be posting one of these letters on the anniversary of D-Day. Lest we forget…..

One of my Uncle Joe’s letters will be posted to this Blog each and every Friday until they are done. Please see below for a link to Joe’s full story and the other letters in this series so far.

Joe and crew have experienced their first few bombing raids over Germany, the first of which ended in…

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Devil in the detail

Devil in the detail

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I have no idea why I photograph some of the things I do, but there are just moments occasionally, usually when on holiday, that I see an object which is just so quintessentially characteristic of that time and place, that I have to capture it on film. For some reason they are often (but not exclusively) door-related.

These two say ‘Corsica’ to me.

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 These, Brittany (or at least ‘France’).

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