Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Hope and Ruin

 Hope and ruin ' (Brighton)is a great name for a Pub , but was formerly called The Hope  which seems an odd name for a Pub anyway , unless it was once a Hope and Anchor. This is London by the sea  of course and this venue is open until 2am ever day and serves vegan food. It might do well in Filey as long as it served chips .
In Putney I liked the name of the  latest hoping to do well Cocktail bar. Its also open until the small hours  at least at weekends ,  with music , but no food, so hungry punters will have go to Pretos first .

I had just completed a week of Guided Prayer with a mentor, leading me  to think of Lectio divina, before coming away to London and Brighton. The contrast between the week of quiet and contemplation and the week of noise and contemplation  was not as stark as it could have been . Years of living in London did teach me to find soul food in the bustle. I can sit on a bus or tube and enjoy every minute as long as I have a seat , so fascinating to hear all the languages spoken , and the tourists  wondering where to get off, and the nannies with buggies all trying to fit in , but this only works for me if I find a green space , with  few people to recharge.

This year , though I lived 2 miles away and didn't know it, we found Fulham Palace and  gardens . Colin grew up 2 miles from Putney Bridge and never knew the place either.
Fulham Palace garden

I'm writing this watching the Chelsea Flower Show on BBC.
There's no way I could cope with the crowds there any more than I can cope with the daytrippers in Filey when the suns out, taking up all the pavements with so many dogs . People are the lifeblood of cities and towns however, and the  economy depends on them.
The Countryside doesn't manage itself, no more do the urban Green spaces like Fulham Palace gardens, but  both need to be a huge part of my SOUL FOOD, keeping me topped up with HOPE and away from RUIN.

A few quirky pics to complete my travelogue.

 Smart car covered in what looked like grass passes our bus stop at the Green Man Pub Putney .

 Green wall on this pub in Brighton , one day I WILL have one on my allotment shed roof!
If only!!
The Lords Prayer is still in the family.

 The cushion department in Peter Jones never fails to please.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Lots to be thankful for

Whats App for Birders
I was going to grouse about the patronising ticket collector here on Hull Trains but wont .*

I am thankful because

  • I instructed eldest child last night on the art of cutting Asparagus. She will have to take the spears this week so that more will come. I am actually excited at the thickness of the stems and the fact that I have kept the ridge weed free and watered , even though we have had no rain to speak of for 4 weeks. 
  • There is still standing water in the fields between Filey and Beverley , and in some places these near  scrapes are now temporary home to many vagrant birds,I saw an Avocet from the train window, what a treat! 
  • The latest FBOG/Grapevine  initiative  is great . I  receive sightings  of bird traffic through Filey on Whats App. You will be interested that I can report 4 Buzzards through East Lea an hour ago, and a Bluethroat last week .(I have always wanted to see a Bluethroat)
  • I like the new clock in Paragon Station 
  • Last week , a very busy one with the daily trips to irrigate my parched plot, I did an ecumenical  course in Filey at the Convent . Every day I saw a Spiritual Director who helped me to sort my Prayer Life out . It was the perfect run up to Pentecost. It sat well alongside the Archbishops' initiative Thy Kingdom Come .  I feel and know that it did me good!
  • I have started to wear my sandals 
  • LBNL the fields are looking so organized and full of potential. Spouse has just told me to look out of the window at a particularly attractive field of Potatoes, red soil of the fens , miles of farmland to each horizon . He knows me so well. 

Oh !I just have !
 He needs to remember that seniors may have their tickets and rail cards all ready on the table for him in the very same way as juniors could. We are not brain dead, or slow or thoughtless, but accommodating and forward thinking .

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Spiralizers and sycophants

I want the sycophants of Filey to like my neat spirals of butternut squash and carrot and courgettes as this family tries to enter the world of PC eating.

Don't believe that at all ! 
Ive bought one and I've tried it . Yes, it is very easy to use, every teacher , parent and child can use one because its just a giant pencil sharpener for softer things than wood and graphite, with a lethal Japanese blade and instructions to take care. Thankfully the one I bought cost less than £10 and might just come in useful for summer salads. Butternut squash masquerading as Pasta , I think not !

How easy it is for us all to jump on  bandwagons . I saw Mary Berry using a spiralizer  on TV so thought if she , sensible family  woman found it useful , so would I . She probably received a free one if she used in on TV, and anyway she is always cooking up feasts for her large family and acquaintances and seems to have plenty of housekeeping money and good health  considering how much butter, sugar and best steak and fish she uses. In contrast , I am cooking for one spouse every day , friends some days , and a family at occasional weekends . I have to avoid sugar, fat , limit purines (all meats),  bread and nuts , and all processed food all the time . Those are the base lines. It would take a team of Mary Berrys to cook up delicious meals every day , on a budget, with my parameters set by Filey Surgery .

Yesterday we had a curries  of Dahl and Hard boiled eggs , (Chicken type) Quorn Madras  and rice with plenty of Pataks Brinjal pickle for me. Spinach and rice  pie has become a staple. I am wonderful at transforming a tin of Red Beans into a chilli, and making thick soups to fill us up .Ive lost count of the times I've boiled up stalks and parings , odd bits from the allotment and made vegetable stock . Even then I need ginger or curry leaves to make a variation as a base for soups. I cant imagine life without tomato puree and onions .Oh! for Fish and Chips, olive oil, and pizza. Thank God I'm not having to cope with cooking for someone with IBS as well as my already narrow ingredient list. Thankfully we live in the 1st world,where we lack no good thing. 
Its just that I stupidly thought buying a spiralizer would widen up our choices . 

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Spring has sprung ,the grass is riz ..

We are on our way to London by the Sea *, and then London . In Brighton many people do not celebrate any Christian Festivals , so Its Happy Winter Holiday, Happy Winter Solstice ,  Happy Spring and  Happy Vernal Equinox. That is ALL PERFECTLY CORRECT. The seasons and the turning year have been vital loci and the Cycle of the Year,and have been so before Abraham was called out of Ur. For those of us in Temperate Regions of the Earth  I feel we are blessed to have four distinct 'Seasons', with or without Vivaldi and Robert Herrick.
This year we have not had a proper Winter on our Filey Allotments. 
  • The frosts have not come so all the slugs have been chomping away on my chard 
  • The water in the baths has not frozen so my duckweed mistake has not cleared up. Here I explain . I have a small pond , well actually a washing up bowl sunk into a cold corner behind the greenhouse. It was accidentally  colonised by 3 pieces of duckweed when I was careless in acquiring some frogspawn last Spring . I netted it all out into the water baths , but now my 3 pieces is now 3000 . I was hoping to have a goldfish or two in my water baths . I try to keep them on my plot as they eat some duckweed, and the mosquito and midge larvae which I hate , being  one who just cant afford to be bitten , and why I never go to Scotland after May . 
  • The grass on the paths has had to be mown since February
  • Geoff ,two plots away has overwintered some huge Echiums in his cold frame without fleece
  • The Green manure Phacelia is germinating nicely already between the rows of Autumn Fruiting raspberries
Self righteously I have sifted through every plant pot in our back yard which bear only last years compost and the remnants of the Pelargoniums and V bonariensis which never made it through . I'm blaming the Vine weevils which I have delighted to find like treasure and abandon to the Starlings on a saucer. 
Bernard has been at work in the greenhouse with Jeyes Fluid. I am self righteous for him , modest as he is with his thoroughness. 

He wants me to clean out the water baths but I am pretending I have not heard him. I have found dozens of Water Shrimps,Gammerus pulex swimming happily , where they have multiplied from the one or two which were hiding in the duckweed, and a surprising number of StoneFly larvae. I always hope for the ephemeral and thus eponymous Mayfly larvae , remembering a childhood of watching for them to emerge as adults by the River Dove (off )at Kirkby Moorside  and thus enable my father to tie the trout fly with the three tails . I am intrigued by the title of the newly published How to read water (from puddles to the sea). Its a book with my name on it. 

Its all change on Filey Allotments as plot holders move to smaller or larger bits of land , and we all settle into new relationships with our new neighbours. It doesn't take long to realise where one fits in the lines of measure, where 10 is optimum 
  • Tidy to messy line 7
  • Pristine to ragged edges 1
  • Quality of  maintenance of sheds 2(I have a new roof)
  • Provision for disposal of perennial weeds 10 (incinerator)
  • Provision for disposal of of rubbish 10 (Bernard and I take it all home)
  • Condition of soil 10
  • Condition of boundary fencing 3
  • Efficiency of water storage 7 (yet to put drainpipe on greenhouse)
  • Brilliance of planting schemes 10 in my eyes, 
  •  nod to companion planting 9 
  • microhabitats 10
  • Tidiest water bath lids 1(neighbour is 10+)

By doing the no-dig cultivation I hope to eradicate all weeds on my plot. Its very hard for me to weed. I did my Thesis on WEEDS, and they fascinate me to the point of tedium for others. Last year I was delighted when a Black Spotted Medick Medicago arabica appeared without permission amongst my Chard with several Violas and a Lobelia seedling , until I realised that my meticulous allotment partner emptied all his bedding plant containers and garden pots from home into our compost heap. My thick mulch round the Chard row had housed the seeded anomalies much to my delight . I am wondering where the piece of info that Twitch grass is killed by secretions from the Mexican Marigold has actually come from and whether it helps me at all .
So Im leaving you with a picture of a  tiny Pearlwort the weed of the Filey Pavements . I like it ,but it is an invasive species, and walking on it in trainers may transport the seeds everywhere.
*post started 2 weeks ago .

Friday, March 18, 2016

Get it mapped, Hull!

'Why not walk it map ' 
Been thinking about how great it was in London when the 2012 Olympics spawned some great spin offs for plebs and nerds like me.

I’m still using the excellent Transport for London ‘Why not walk it maps? These showed 10 min,15min, 20min and 25 min walks from concentric circles from a London Station .

I hope Hull already is past  thinking about it stage for its free maps. They will get people walking and show just how near all the venues and varied places of interest.
2013 free Hull Travel Maps now outdated 
Those given out a couple of years ago are great , but the bus numbers have all changed.

The Bus transport system in Kingston upon Hull is fantastic. Make the most of it!

The Interchange is efficient ,  but its coffee shops are awful-bring some better coffee in please ! I always have to walk over to Hammonds (House of Fraser), but the ambient noise and MUSAK in there is an assault on my senses.

  *NB .Croydon has tackled fights and nuisance at its trouble hot spots in West Croydon Bus Station, a minute from the area where there were riots ,by playing the gentlest of Classical Music . It must have a calming effect or they would not use it . 

The new online maps of Kingston on Hull  are OK . However , one in your rucksack can be much more manageable , and at present would attract a much wider take-up . I do all I can to find hotspots and places to recharge my phone, and  have a solar powered phone charger but nothing beats a piece of paper for me when walking around . Or put free charging stations in all coffee shops! Please Kingston upon Hull City Council  just update the fantastic maps you published in 2013.  I have known the city for over 60 years and am only just learning the street names around what is now termed (rightly) Fruit Market Area. Great little bus there from the Interchange too, as I accompany friend who cannot walk far, but it took lots of research since all the numbers have changed . Listen please, we have money to spend in the new Cafes, and will come again with more punters . 

Out of the corner of my eye yesterday I saw 2 painted gable ends . Well Done Hull , I’m ready to go and see them right now . I've always thought such street Art defined Belfast culture, and excited even further Brighton's and London's. 
Whilst Pickering is looking for vast funds to renovate its medieval wall paintings , the cost of actually painting new wall paintings on 21st Century walls in Kingston upon Hull has much more appeal to me . I remember sort of seeing the Doom painting high up in a Coventry church near the new cathedral  and wondering what all the fuss was about , whereas in your face new ones can be photographed for later touch ups instead of agonizing in expensive conservation . Please map them ! I do understand that maps go out of date very quickly . I'm hoping that in the years 2016 to 2017 and then onwards you will just update them every 6 months or so rather than printing millions the first time. 
These days , all my posters and downloadable graphics and stationery that I  designed  in Publisher for Word or Pages for Mac are stored for future use, and its never been easier . 
I'm just an amateur , you not telling me that the firm  who produced the 2013 Bus maps do not have a them all stored!! 
Better still use a Kingston upon Hull firm , or get the local Graphics students on to it . I hope that the hundreds of children taught by me to use Publisher in 2002 to 2007 in Hilderthorpe Junior School Bridlington will have still retained their skills.and updated them as DTP becomes so much easier. Even my under 12 grandchildren are about to learn coding . 
Outsourcing is all very well , but its time for my city to  show the rest of the world what it can do .

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Spray Can Mural

Would someone please tell me where this great mural is hiding ?

Just found it on Google Images by searching for SoHO.Its in Posterngate .

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Not being thankful

I'm pleased with myself. I've put all my OS Maps in numerical order and the right way up. I have very many more maps ,I love them . When Kirsty asks me what book Im taking on my Desert Island I am going to ask for the complete set of OS Landranger Maps.  I wouldn't mind a set of the Old 1 Inch to 1 Mile  as they take up less room . The OS have just released a digital map of Mars. I want it but don't need it. I am trying very hard not to buy books and maps . Google Earth is great , online text is sort of great , but one cannot replace the feel of paper , or parchment in the case of the Laws of the land, and hand crafted Title Deeds . 
I've enjoyed sorting my maps. Its a perfect wet weather occupation when spouse is watching Come Dine With Me or Rising Damp . I am near enough to hear that he's watching a re run of a re run of a re run, but far enough  away to be still a companion . So  S A D have I been, even with Brazil Nuts, that I have actually resorted to tidying and filing . Thankfully when it stops raining I  take my compost Bin Veg and fruit peelings  to the Allotment and sojourn there awhile in the Greenhouse looking at my rows of Leeks and Shallots and Garlic, and wishing that the Saffron Crocuses would look a bit more like the £12  I stupidly paid for them in my insomniacal spree on Amazon . Yesterday I took Cleo the borrrowed Westie up on the Country Park for the afternoon in the sunshine and sodden grass and deep mud. I looked over the bay , and saw such a change in Carr Naze as the winter erosion has deepened all the Run -off -gulleys in the Boulder Clay .

It wont be long now , well 3 months only , before I start my 2016 Plant Surveys again for NPMS. By then my allotment will be working hard to supply our vegetables , fruit , flowers and sanity. I will have got past this Doldrums period, where all the books I've read have been boring *.

For the last 8 months the furtherest I have been is Sutton in Holderness just 38 miles away . I have never been so near home for so long. Its all part of being a dutiful wife to a dear man .He cannot go anywhere much at present until the NHS either treat him or say NO to treatment . We can then get on with our exciting Life Together.   Small jaunts to exhibitions in London are perfectly manageable but trips abroad no longer are , and wild countryside and windswept Scottish Islands are a memory on Picasa.
So I've been and bought a map of Herefordshire. I've never been .  I've convinced spouse that the Mappa Mundi will be interesting and we can take some bus trips on our Passes along the Wye and Lugg valleys. Well be fine in the  Premier Inn, and I can get us there easily  with 2 changes on the train. My first Deputy Head at Belleville Junior Girls School , the redoubtable Miss Midwinter, came from Hereford and as this young teacher was jetting off to Norway and Austria she told me how lovely it was in her home county  , and I have remembered.
1972 revision

1989 revision
And here a puzzle for you if you too are BORED with Feb .Two Landranger maps of same area, my old one from 1970s and new one from 1990s.

*I've read 4 of the British Library Crime Classics so lauded in the press. They were OP because they were awful  , why did no one tell them , a case of the Emperors New Clothes of fiction .

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Filey and the Social Media

I was just talking to our Filey Library manager Ann Colling on this National Libraries Day. Ive just done a #Thunderclap for the day and amazed I even know what it is. We were remembering how we started on the internet. She like me spent lots of time in the Evron
Centre in Filey in the early noughties doing all the Computer courses  going , when Gina Robinson was the manager, and Win and Paul the trainers. I romped my way through Text Processing, Word Processing, Publisher and WebPage Building with Frontpage with hundreds of others from Filey who needed Skills for work . I found that my very first certificate in Jan 2000 however came from Filey Library. Its the BBCWebwise certificate for learning to use the internet. The librarians at the time  helped me to get my first e mail Account , and its the one I still use. In folder on my email account , I have the very first email sent to me by my son 4 months later in April 2000. Ann and I were saying just how far we had both come in the cyberworld, both in the world of Social Media, she doing the Tweets for @FileyLibrary, and me doing the Tweets for @FileyParish as well as Facebook Pages and Groups.
I follow this Filey Nature Facebook Group for  updates
Here on the Social Media I learn new jargon daily .That doesnt mean I use it. This is my first and last LOL. It has different meanings and I don't want to sign up to one of them. A long time single friend of mine said she  was ready for love again and her children told her not to 'go on Tinder Mum.'   I did really laugh out loud at that one, firstly because she is in  lots of networks and will  find a new relationship I'm sure, but more because I actually knew what the Tinder site was. 
Some people try and hide their lack of knowledge  by decrying Facebook and Twitter . I wonder if they would have waited 20 years before getting their first Telephone or TV sets? Most people however that I talk to in my circles in Filey, use the internet to some degree, maybe Skype their relations abroad and look up the best deals for Electric Kettles before going to buy one in Dixons . I was upset to be hoist on my own petard the other day when I was cross that one can no longer buy Premium Bonds at the Post Office . I had to break my own rule for not shopping online for amounts larger than £20 ,seeds from online Seed Catalogues, or booking a room on Premier Inn as I had to buy my bonds online from my Sitting Room having first registered and waited to receive the confirmation Letter and PIN. A palava indeed when Filey Post Office is so convenient and the staff helpful,now that  they realise I do not want to be asked if I  want anything else, Thank -You !

Filey Library and the ALC in Evron Centre (January 2016) run Computer classes. Anyone with an 8yr old Grandchild has help to hand for getting started too, as I'm told that in Filey Junior School classes network together on their Chromebooks, or are on Utube at home learning to update their MineCraft skills. My grandchildren receive discipline now , not by being sent to their room as I was (though loved as could read) but by  having the wifi switched off in the house.That will only do until they have 4G on their smartphones, when they get them !
How many of us in #Filey love seeing the BBC and ITV weather pictures tweeted from Filey like those of  @rich_cowling  , and many of those in the Tourist Industry here, a staple of the economy, tweet pictures showing the beauty of the bay with a link to their Cottage for rent .
 8 years ago when the @FileyParish and @Filey_UK twitter sites began, only a handful of Filonians used the app at all . 
Simon Rudiger who had been in the Web developing  industry before working in Filey Parish for 18 months  until 2009 ,trained me into all I know for FileyParish Facebook and FileyParish Twitter and FileyParishBlog (now archived but receiving 100s of hits a day ) . His advice still resonates loud and clear to me about broken links and clear guidelines for SEO (Search EngineOptimization), and using real names rather than avatars, and making sure pictures of FileyParish showed people  ,not Buildings. He did not overwhelm me with technobabble and cascading style  sheets, but like all good trainers kept it simple. 
Now we have Natalie Bosomworth and the FileyBay Today magazine. She uses Twitter and Facebook effectively, and has managed to get FBT a great  website (some in Filey would never pass the Paul Nash test) . 
Together with Twitterers like @Filey_UK 2600 followers, and @OfficiaFiley with 1700 followers , interest groups on Facebook and Twitter continue to grow  . 
Some of the best are @fileybirder, Mark Pearson, whose articles are often in FileyBay Today , and 2 of my favourite Favourite Facebook Groups FileyNature , a public group, and the have to join, but fantastic Photos of Filey Old and New , well managed by Steve Eblet and Stuart Bowes, Social Media , Social History at its very Best .
Facebook group for all who love Filey .

Monday, February 01, 2016

Had to go home


This is the first time I have ever been defeated by the elements. Years of Youth Hostelling in the days when the hostels were shut all day and one was not allowed to travel anywhere except on foot did not defeat me. I remember staying at the Lochranza hostel on the Isle of Arran where it rained all day every day .  My travelling companion and I could not stay in the hostel after 10am and before 4pm and had to tramp the paths. In those days the waterproof clothing was not so good as now, and certainly much heavier. Similarly in Iona last year , Rain !Wind ! Rain !Wind! for days, and yet well clad and warm in our light waterproofs it mattered not  for my sister and me.
Our Sheltered way to St Os

The gales here are still raging . I will not let Heart Patient spouse out . He can use the wall and tree lined path along the ravine to St Oswalds, a tunnel of calm and shelter.But Today was not a Choir Practice Day or a Church day , so even the short trip to the Paper Shop was a no go area .  Iona and Arran had no oases of calm out of the wind either but in Iona we could sit down with our backs to the rocks and watch waves and wait , and in Arran we  were young! 
Here in Filey -by- the- sea we remain indoors and see that the frail are not allowed out . We listen for slates falling from nearby roofs, listen to bulletins about fallen trees and watch the brackets holding up the TV aerial .
I knew a few hours in the sunshine would help my mindset today. I had the weather gear. My allotment is free from falling slates and falling trees. It was empty of punters today , beside  me and our Butcher  two plots away, or might have been our Electrician his identical twin. I cleared the end of last years composted manure onto my plot from  its pen. That took thirty minutes, The plot was so noisy. I could cope with that, corrugated metal sheets clattering are my boundary fences. Everything is an upcycle on this site. Except my Greenhouse, where I retreated for my cup of tea , sojourn and sit with the seed catalogues and last years seed  packet remains to enjoy and peruse. That is my special time on my plot. The GLASS was rattling , and I just couldn't stand the noise of it. It had already seemed a miracle that no panes had shattered so far, and when one goes and the wind enters the greenhouse, other panes follow. The slightest gap in the door was making it worse, and even shutting myself cosily out of the wind in my little glass house brought me no peace. I had to go home. I was too aware of frailty . 

So I packed up and departed, and walked all my mud into Filey Library. I am so sorry ! I forgot that even though I was not in my Work boots and had changed back into my Home boots the path to the road is filthy. All the mud gets into the grooves, and I forgot to paddle in the hug pondlike puddle by the Allotment car park.

Filey is a mess . The newly formed (I think) Keep Filey Tidy  group is doing a great job , but there is no point picking up all the litter until the winds have ceased. Wheelie Bins are being blown over and the litter bins are disgorging their contents as the bags blow out.

The gales are highlighters.They do show up the scale of the household rubbish incorrectly bagged and left , or dumped in the streets and not in the bins. Its always bad in the summer when the seagull population scavenges all the black sacks left by litter bins . Ill go and have a tidy up on my plot tomorrow!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

City of Culture &Donkeys on the green..

Donkeys on the green and Dogs in Filey Churchyard , have the same effect on Betsey Trotwood and the writer. 
Some things incense me . I always find people with their unleashed dogs in the Churchyard every early morning when I arrive before 9.30am to attend to the flowers. Carefully worded requests are cheerfully and blatantly ignored by parishioners. 
Barmston Drain Clough Road
Recalling a recent trip to the soon to shine City Of Culture I found myself being narked by things that are so avoidable and solvable .
I'll post  positive pictures first .

  • The Joy of Barmy Drain OKA Barmston Drain. Walking to the huge Household Warehouse in Clough Road to meet Sutton sister I walked from Newland , leaving the bus at the tantalising Lidl.  Barmston Drain is still a bit of the country in the City. There were no shopping trollies and bicycles in this bit, and it promised riverside plants , waterlitles and ducks , or seagulls pretending to be ducks. That was on a very gray January morning , and it brightened my mood.
    Look whats still selling just Breadcakes in Hessle road

  • Breadcakes are known as Baps in Filey, but they'll always be Breadcakes to me. Aunty Alice in the (Sutton)village used to send me to Mackmans on the corner of Church Street and College St , after it was Lassies, to get a couple of breadcakes. She had a neat way of slicing each one across about 3 times and filling (after buttering with the butter warming by the coal fire) with ham in one layer and Philadelphia in the next ,then cutting each breadcake into 4 for our tea. It was her version of the Club sandwich which she had eaten when she lived in New Jersey with Aunty Kathleen Bruce in the winter of 60/61. We were to benefit greatly from her sojourn in the colonies. She introduced many new things in to the Bruce diet, and family culture and we are often reminded of how beneficial it is when someone who has lived only in Hull is able to realise a wider world is out there if only for 6 months .

  • Oh the tiles ! Hull is full of Old Pubs ,often in dire need of restoration where the tilework is just Stunning . Forget the Georgian Society , and start thinking how to preserve all the wonderfully decorated buildings of whatever age 
  •  Firstly The Windmill Pub Witham Description: Windmill Public House
Windmill Pub Witham 
Grade: II

Date Listed: 21 January 1994
English Heritage Building ID: 387859
OS Grid Reference: TA1071229284
OS Grid Coordinates: 510712, 429284
Latitude/Longitude: 53.7482, -0.3226 
 and the pubs in the

 I noted the ceiling in my  old bank, Yorkshire Penny Bank at the very end of Savile Street,  now a popular CaffeNero. Thank God for the History lecturer at College who used to keep saying Look Up !Look Up!  I find such treasure above the many changed shop signs  in all urban streets  and shop interiors when plaster board has not lowered the ceilings. I don't really care if the Windmill Pub becomes a Greasy Spoon or a Cash Converter Shop as long as the workmanship and design of the tiles is kept . Coffee Shops from banks are perfect recycling .

Caffe Nero oka YPBank Savile Street Hull

  • Now for the GRIPE

Seated area next to Lidl and across from Asda

I took the bus to Lidl , not the Beverley High Road one but the Hessle Road one. The Hessle Road is one of the most historic roads in Hull , skirting as it once did the Fish Dock , St Andrews. Closed to shipping in 1975 as the Fishing Industry moved out of Hull as practices changed , the Hessle Road still remains as the homeground of thousands of families whose fathers, grandfathers and sons and brothers once did business on the great waters *. 

This is a great area of the Culture of Hull , and I hope that the most is made of it from what remnants  here and in other dock sites remain.

Lidl and Asda ,those monuments to the buying habits of  Supermarket Shoppers nationwide are not high on my list of Public Spirited members of the community
Here you see  the detritus of the 21st Century man on the Bayswater Omnibus. We are all to blame ! Councils do not employ men and women to pick up litter, parents do not seem to instruct their children to refrain from dropping litter and those with addiction Habits have not got the inclination to be tidy or sometimes even clean. The homeless would not sleep here, and because I did not have any strong gloves I darent not even pick the cans in to the bins (many metres away ).

I would expect that Asda an Lidl who thrive on the spending of punters like me who get the bus just next to this quagmire of filth ,would really help the community by DOING THEIR BIT. It would take 1 employee 30 mins wearing Strong Gloves and carrying a black sack  to clear this up, even if they had to do it every day . 
I ask You Lidl ,and I ask you Asda 
could you spare  someone from your store for 15 mins a day each , pay them top rates it's a dirty job , and see if you can make your little bit of the CITY of CULTURE  a little more pleasant and more CIVILISED 

*Psalm 107 v23 
They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;”
King James Version (KJV)

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Requisite for body and soul, Wydale , a perspective .

This post should have been published in September but AP died the day after I wrote it, so the converstion about Lacemaking was one of the last I had with her . Ive only just had the courage to post it .MMR

Requisite for body and soul, Wydale , a perspective 
Walled garden
For several years I have been able to keep my Aged Parent  happy by lending her my battered copy of the 100th Edition of Crockfords. She has loved looking up Clergy she has known  and seeing if they are still alive. She is 95 and now living in the past , but always likes to know about Wydale  Hall ,our Diocese of York Retreat House .  AP talks fondly of her time in the 1970s  helping out, when she was widowed , at Bishops House , IONA, (I like the linked review from a spiritual Tripadvisor), the retreat house for the  Diocese of Argyll and the Isles. She made lasting friendships, and was able to grieve , and helping with the menial tasks of a place of hospitality for Spiritual  refreshment and Pilgrimage  gave her time to re-focus and seek direction and Healing  for herself.

I am guessing, without Crockfords , that there must be dozens of Anglican Diocesan Retreat Houses still trading . Now I have issue with Crockfords , Why do they not have a page of Diocesan Retreat houses listed ? The Church of England Year Book has a list of Retreat Houses, including Diocesan ones but not specifically so .
Few Diocesan Retreat Houses actually advertise at all in the Online and paper Retreat Listings . I do not have time to wade through websites and check out mission statements .If its an Anglican House I can expect , not withstanding the beauty of our broadchurch , that all our  Diocesan Retreat houses being under Authority , are going to be offering Courses , Holidays , Quiet Days and Conference facilities that I can trust . So please Church House Publishing publish  a list in Crockfords, I am quite able to discern from there on , having passed the first filter. Reading the sparse PDFs of Synod reports which mention Retreat Houses I cannot believe that the Anglican church in the UK is trying to keep them as undiscovered gems, when the treasure is yearning to be shared.

So to Wydale Hall ,  my own York Diocesan Retreat &Conference Centre, a short drive from Filey , where I live and work and have my being.
Here on the North Yorkshire Coast , south  of Scarborough , and a part of the UK that is a holiday retreat for thousands, we are always getting mentioned in the Sunday Papers.  We are  a destination of choice, a place for a second home, a place with the best beach, the best fish and chips , etc, but this all comes with an infrastructure of Industry that has been finely  honed since the coming of the Railways .
The people of Filey and especially those in the Tourist trade , service a vast Industry .
From June to September we never take the car after 9am to Scarborough to the Building Society, or the hospital , M and S or Boyes (our much loved local emporium). We never go to our local greengrocer or butcher after 9.30am. The pavements of Filey are always four  abreast with happy tourists  with their children , mothers in law and dogs, enjoying a retreat of the seaside kind. Its the same all over this part of Yorkshire, beach or moor, dale or castle , we are a magnet for holiday makers, and proud we are that they all love us so much.

Wydale Hall then is where Filey Parishioners  love to go away from it all . We can go for the day to a Quiet Day , for Communion on the first  Wednesday in the month, for a couple of nights just re -charging our batteries. We can sign up for a course, or take our Youth Groups away for a break at the Emmaus Centre , have a Parish weekend , and all  just a short drive from home into a different world. Laughing lunches at Wydale are now being mentioned in our Parish magazine .

Every year in August a group from Filey Parish go for a few days holiday together, and this is open for anyone ,especially those who live alone and wants a break , or those who can’t do much but want to enjoy the views and not cook for a few days. Pat organises optional games and Rummikub in the evenings and makes sure all are included and special and those who want to walk have got company . Enough cars are taken so that everyone has a lift , and if a visit to Thornton le Dale is fancied, off they go and hit the Cake shops.

I have done much of my growing at Wydale . I remember the Quiet days that were led by Rev Ron Treasure in the 90s and 00s, where opportunities for counselling , Laying on of hands for Healing , and personal and private prayer times changed my life for ever. The same goes for Parish Weekends. It took a lot of courage for spouse and I to go to our first one. We didn’t want to go but felt we should join the rest of our homegroup. Twice , in 2010 and 2012 we were led by Rev Keith Powell , a Diocesan Renewal Adviser from Somerset . We were truly zapped in the most lasting (and anglican way ) no hype, no fuss , just good teaching and much Holy Spirit Power. The Parish Media Team blogged  through those times at Wydale, you may like to join us and see what the Lord Did with us, I have  put links at bottom of this post .  **

Diocesan Retreat centres, like  *Parcevall Hall for those in the West Riding are always Lovely houses in beautiful locations. They are all prayed in places and in my experience can  have an atmosphere of the aroma of God. They are places where the Holy Spirit dynamic may be ‘felt ‘. I find the atmosphere , fragrance , peace of God in Wydale, set in a hidden valley above Snainton, and yet is only half a mile from the busy Scarborough to Pickering road.

Yesterday I  went with Rev Liz Kitching to Wydale for the ride. She was taking her monthly informal Communion open to anyone there.
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Rev Liz Kitching  presiding over an informal monthly Eucharist
My beloved came too , and joined Liz for the HC. I wandered the grounds , got Mark the manager to show me the view again from the top bedrooms, sampled the coffee and sussed out any changes. I hadn’t been for 18 months since visits to Aged Parent in Beverley have taken so much of my time and head. I’d prayed for good weather, as I wanted to see the Labyrinth again in the walled garden . I rang my Telephone Prayer Partner Rachel in Nottingham first . She always keeps me in line, with her experience and good sense. On Bank Holiday Monday Rachel had been disappointed because she and her family , including small boy were due to have day out at her own Diocesan house Launde Abbey.It was pouring with rain so they couldnt go’ but I was told about last years Open day,with  Car Boot sale, Classic Cars to view, Games for children ,refreshments and Open Chapel . It sounded if the whole of Nottingham and Leicester go to - Next year Rachel !!  Wydale is different . I couldn’t work out where a Car Boot Sale could even go, but that is the joy of Diversity !
Bedroom View

Wydale was looking great, Mark the manager didn’t have to tell me about the Work Party that had done so much in August. I read about it from York Dioceses e-newsletter, and of the 55 people who painted and gardened . What a great idea thought I! A working holiday in such a lovely place .
Jenny and Judith were working in the walled garden yesterday  with new pink Wheelbarrow, they are Friends Volunteers. Jenny said that helping at Wydale was just what she loved to do following the death of her husband. The Wydale Gardener  Ken and Charlie the maintenance man  were making safe the handrails on the steps down from the terrace, and like Parcevall hall have Moles on the lawn !

There are lots of new touches in the Public rooms, and the bedrooms are all being updated as funds allow. The last manager Barry made positive  changes and this continues .His years of hard work were appreciated. Mark the new manager brings his own gifting and we in Filey will support him all we can . These special houses are such an asset and we need to use them and   publicise them .
The Lacemakers were just finishing their workshop together.
From all over the UK with cushions covered in bobbins and threads they had been updating their skills for a few days  with  tutors from Belgium . I’ll be able to tell AP all about that . She’ll  smile and tell me about her wedding veil of Brussels lace that had been her mother’s too in about 1908. We’ll talk about all the times she’s been to Wydale . She might say it belonged to her father, or that she had lived here once. I just go along with it .
Rural Deans and a bishop and lots of clergy were having  a meeting too, and lunch , only the ladies wore clerical collars , but none was our new Bishop Of Hull . We are longing to meet her . Rev Liz says she’s been to Westway Open Arms and she’s ‘fab’ !

So I’m sitting in my little office in this old cottage, thanking God for the central heating on today for the first time since June. The children go back to school here on Wednesday next , so town is still full of caravanners , day trippers and people in holiday cottages working out how to light the Log Burner and thinking where to dine out tonight in Filey.
We’ve had non stop visitors here since July knocking to say Hello! whilst they have a day out at the seaside.

A day or two In Wydale would make a good break,  the many trees around Wydale Hall will soon be thinking of shutting down for the winter as well, so all the views will change.  Jesus was very keen on being away from it all , and by God incidence my early morning Bible reading on my You Version Bible app yesterday was about having rest and refreshment.
‘The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of the people and not people to meet the needs of the Sabbath’ NLT Mark 2 v 27
‘Most of all we need to stop and pause and fill our cups with God, even if it’s not on Sundays or for an entire day. Making time to rest in the Lord can be really challenging, but the benefits of that are worth the effort’ from the Devotion ‘The lies of Busyness’ from www.timeofgrace.org

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*All I know from a visit to Parcevall Hall was that a mole came up through the lawn about a yard from where I was walking with my husband . It might not have been special for the gardeners , but it was wonderful for us.


Lots of places to sit 

Small Chapel

Jenny , volunteer gardener(holding Liz's Cleo for me)

Ken the gardener