EllandJuly 8, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C
Harry's house, then Grandma's and then camping by Elland
Harry's house, then Grandma's and then camping by Elland
We enjoyed the cold crisp Winter weather today, before our imminent journey to the Tropics. Me and Solana went for a walk in the park, where we enjoyed making snow angels and breaking ice with sticks.
We've all now finished work/nursery for 4 months - having a bottle of Champagne to celebrate tonight!Read more
All my days I've heard of these people. Uncle Jimmy, Aunt Iris... Now we share meal, lounge, heart.
All my days I've heard of these place names: Bradford, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, the Moors. Now they rise and fall before me, literally up hill and down dale.
We have visited birthplaces for parents and family, playsites of children now past, gravesides of young and old.
It's very full of heartfelt wandering and wondering.
We stayed at a small campsite beside the Cock O The North pub. We ended up staying a whole week here as we gently recovered from all the frenzy of Europe. Jimmy drove us to see lots of family sites. We also hired a car for three days to see Haworth and York and revisit Hebden Bridge.Read more
We celebrated Solana's 4th birthday at the weekend. She knows that we are going on our "Big Adventure" when she is 4, so not long now - we fly out 5 weeks today!
How to make a Yorkshire city. Take Melbourne's Hawthorn with all its narrow wriggly streets and dense housing. Put it on top of Mt Dandenong. Add all 'Footascrays' factories down below. Leave it all out in the rain for 400 years. It's green and sandstone and chimneys and shopfronts all around.
The countryside though, well that's entirely God's sweeping hand, lightly decorated by our ancient stonewall fences and some bemused sheep.
Yorkshire making me: that's God's particular way in my story, in the forming and loving that flowed to me through many generations of Yorkshire folk. Here both my mum and dad learned simplicity, generosity, and striving. From here dad and five of his eight siblings stretched their wings globally through action in WW2 . That ultimately led to emigrating to Australia, which led to me.
Here mum and dad also learned faith in God's vast grace. That gift continues now as well.
I do so wish I could tell mum and dad what I'm doing and seeing and feeling. That opportunity has passed, as now they have both died. Yet for now I can still share with my dad's brother and mum's sister. The looks and mannerisms and values have all prevailed across the decades. I can still sense this distinctive Yorkshire life in them as we listen laugh and wander. And I sense this Yorkshire life in me, making me still.
Thanks mum. Thanks dad. Thanks God.Read more
Today we are heading back to Coventry. But before we do we are heading up to The Alexander Palace for breakfast and to see where TV began in Britain. Alexandra Palace is a Grade II listed entertainment and sports venue in London, located between Muswell Hill and Wood Green. It is built on the site of Tottenham Wood and the later Tottenham Wood Farm. Originally built by John Johnson and Alfred Meeson, it opened in 1873 but following a fire two weeks after its opening, was rebuilt by Johnson. Intended as "The People's Palace" and referred to as "Ally Pally", its purpose was to serve as a public centre of recreation, education and entertainment; North London's counterpart to the Crystal Palace in South London.
National Rail Alexandra Palace
London Underground Wood Green
Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust
800 (Panorama Room)
1,750 (East Hall/Ice Rink)
2,000 (Palm Court)
2,500 (West Hall)
8,250 (Great Hall)
1 May 1875
1873–75, 1980–88, 2016–17
(£36.6 million in 2016 pounds)
Owen Jones, John Johnson and Alfred Meeson
Kelk and Lucas
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24 May 1873
At first a private venture, in 1900, the owners planned to sell it and Alexandra Park for development. A group of neighbouring local authorities managed to acquire it. An Act of Parliament created the Alexandra Palace and Park Trust. The Act required the Trustees to maintain the Palace and Park and make them available for the free use and recreation of the public forever. The present trustee is the London Borough of Haringey, whose coat of arms shows lightning bolts depicting the Palace's pioneering role in the development of television.
In 1935, the trustees leased part of the palace to the BBC for use as the production and transmission centre for their new BBC Television. In 1936, it became the home of the world's first regular public television service. The broadcasting system was the 405-line monochrome analogue television – the first fully electronic television system to be used in regular broadcasting. Although other facilities soon superseded it after the war, Alexandra Palace continued to be used by the BBC for many years and its radio and television mast is still in use. The original studios 'A' and 'B' still survive in the so.
Breakfast was lovely as the owner of the cafe came out to talk to us and make sure we were enjoying our meal. We walked around the venue for over an hour before heading off to Stanstead to drop Miguel off. He is flying home to Xabia today. It will be sad to see him go. But hopefully I will see him in October after my cruise. We arrived back at Ritchie’s just after five o’clock and although we were going to take them out for dinner,we decided everyone was knackered so we ordered takeaway. By ten thirty I could not keep my eyes open so Ollie and I went to bed. He is such a lovely boy......
Week diary that’s goodnight from me. XRead more
This morning is sad to be saying goodbye to Rippendon and travelling down to Bristol to see Ann and Peter. Chris and Katie were up early as Chris is taking us to Stockport to catch the train. Katie gave us the biggest hug,I will miss them. We were quite early at the station so we purchased a coffe and ate our pork rolls we had made. Michael cooked a piece of pork yesterday with the best crackling ever. The pork now tastes a bit dry and uninteresting. Anyway back to the journey, it was straightforward no hassles and before we knew it we were being picked up by Peter in Bristol Parkway.
Ann was at the gym when we arrived but as it was a lovely afternoon we sat outside and caught up on all our news. Ann arrived home,showered and poured us all a G&T to start our visit off as we mean to go on. Michael and Ann prepared dinner a delicious whole trout cooked on the BBQ with lemon and herbs. It was cooked to perfection. In the evening the chocolate came out and we relaxed in front of the tv. A great end to a busy day. Goodnight dairy.Read more
We are having a day I. Bristol today as we are going to the Hippodrome tonight to watch the musical SHREK. We are doing the Harbourside walk today to take in the estuary and the boats and old marine buildings. We stopped for lunch at one of the restaurants and ordered two sharing boards with delicious dips and a hot cheesy dip. We ate far too much as it was so scrumptious. Ann and I celebrated our day out with a glass of Proseco. Why not ? We are on holiday. The walk was very interesting and took in a great deal of Bristol’s history. I also managed to catch a few Wallace and Grommets on the way. By the time it was time for dinner nobody was really hungry so we ordered another sharing plate. This consisted of a ploughman’s and nachos. Michael had started to feel queasy by this time as he had eaten too much bread and cheeses.
We headed off to the Hippodrome and had a drink in the bar before the start of the show. I felt sorry for Michael as he is quite tall and the seats in the theatre did not have enough room for his legs. So with his tummy cramping and his legs cramping it was not a good evening. Michael spent the second half of the show standing up at the back. The journey home was critiquing the show which we all agreed was not up our street. It was great for kids and more like a pantomime than a show for both adults and children. Plus the songs were not memorable and the story was too close to the film so no surprises. But I am glad I have seen the show. We all disappeared to bed as soon as we got nome, it was a busy busy day.Read more
What could be better than a day at the seaside. It was touch and go in the morning as the weather was inclement. But we decided that it was not going to stop us so we headed off to Barrow one of the nearest beaches to Bristol. It was quite an eye opener as when we arrived at the beach the tide was out. When I say out , you could not see any sea at all. It was on the horizon. Barrow is interesting as it has an old wooden wreck on the beach which can only be viewed when the tide is out so I was happy to be able to take photos of the wreck. As we could not find a decent place to have a coffee we set off for Weston Super Mare.
I laughed when we arrived as the tide was out here too but you could see that it was on the turn and starting to roll back to shore. We were lucky as Weston had their annual sand sculptures on show which we all wanted to see so we spent a happy hour strolling around admiring the workmanship. The theme this year was Barnum and Bailey. So all the structures were circus themed. The nice thing about lunch today was we had a traditional fish and chip lunch with mushy peas. You cannot spend a day at the beach without having fish and chips and an ice cream in a cone. It was great.
I have really enjoyed our day out. In the evening we had a smorgesboard of cheeses,onions,pickles and fruit. Then a night of relaxation. Another perfect day. Goodnight diary.
Weston-super-Mare is a seaside town in Somerset, England, on the Bristol Channel 18 miles (29 km) south west of Bristol between Worlebury Hill and Bleadon Hill. It includes the suburbs of Oldmixon, West Wick and Worle. Its population at the 2011 census was 76,143.
Although there is evidence in the local area of occupation since the Iron Age, it was still a small village until the 19th century when it became a seaside resort, and was connected with local towns and cities by a railway, and two piers were built. The growth continued until the second half of the 20th century, when tourism declined and some local industries closed. A regeneration programme is being undertaken with attractions including the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare Museum, Grand Pier and an aquarium. The Paddle Steamer Waverley and MV Balmoral offer day sea trips from Knightstone Island to various destinations along the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary. Cultural venues include The Playhouse, the Winter Gardens and Blakehay Theatre.
Partly owing to the large tidal range in the Bristol Channel, the low tide mark in Weston Bay is about 1 mile (1.6 km) from the seafront. Although the beach itself is sandy, low tide uncovers areas of thick mud, hence the colloquial name, Weston-super-Mud. These mudflats are very dangerous to walk in and are crossed by the mouth of the River Axe. Just to the north of the town is Sand Point which marks the lower limit of the Severn Estuary and the start of the Bristol Channel. It is also the site of the Middle Hope biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). In the centre of the town is Ellenborough Park, another SSSI due to the range of plant species found there.Read more
Ann is at the gym,Peter is out on business,Jos is off carting. Michael and I are home doing our journals and playing words with friends. Our lunch is already sitting on the cupboard ready for our healthy fruit and muesli lunch. This afternoon we are going to view the new house and this evening we are catching up with the Grouts for dinner. The weather has broken today and it is raining. It looks like it is clearing up so hopefully by this afternoon it will be sunshine and warm again. We are having a quiet day today as Peter and Ann have quite a bit to do regarding their new house. So we are catching up on diaries and having a rest.
This afternoon we were taken to see Ann and Peters new home. It is brand new, never been lived in and in a more central spot of Winterbourne. It is a lovely, well presented home and I can see Ann putting her mark on it and being very happy there. It was good of the. To show us as we are the first to cross the threshold.
What did we do on our last night in Bristol? We ate drank and were very merry. Peter and Ann took us out to dinner at The White Hart a pub restaurant walking distance from their home. I was very good and only had one G&T as wine gives me reflux. The meal was excellent and the company first class. It was a fitting end to our time with the Lockett’s. It was also great to catch up with the Grouts and Josh their son whom I met in Xabia.
At ren thirty I gave up and went to bed. Tomorrow it’s London. Xxxxxgoodnight diary.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Calderdale, CLD, Колдърдейл, کلڈرڈیل