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 toContinue readingStag of North Stainley
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 meaningContinue readingLight of the world
A Merry Ripon Christmas! 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 youContinue readingA Merry Ripon Christmas
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 walkContinue readingStudley Royal rutting
We have been camping again, following a great trip to Lightwater Valley while the tour was on, we have now returned and camped at Woodhouse Valley Farm, near Grantley, Ripon. It lookedContinue readingBeautiful Ripon
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We have been camping again, following a great trip to Lightwater Valley while the tour was on, we have now returned and camped at Woodhouse Valley Farm, near Grantley, Ripon. It looked close by on the map, but needed an extreme off road cross-country expedition to find!
The purpose of these trips has been to get in with the locals and find where to potentially buy a house - and finally move back to Yorkshire.
So what better way to get back into the swing of things, than to pitch up a small tent, get out your folding table and fry up some bacon and eggs, while reading the Ripon Gazette
Once you have had five coffees and the first roll-up of the day, then clearly it is time to pack up, get out and do battle - and that means heading into town on two wheels or four, the choice is yours.
Ripon is a city with an amazing cathedral and a propper working market square, the centre for all commercial and social activity. There is always something going on, a band playing, a fair, a market, or a protest or celebration of some sort.
Better grab a sausage roll from Greggs and a coffee from Costa, and just sit back and do some people watching.
On seperate weekends in June and July we have found ourselves caught up in both the Armed Forces Day and the festival of St. Wilfred, founder of the cathedral, when he and his monks are paraded through Ripon town centre, followed by an array of floats, bands and local dignatories.
I will upload some pictures at a later date.