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Friday Fences!

After last weeks pointless fence I have a very useful fence(S!) to share this week.

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All down the road are these

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outside every house for 1/4 mile!

I was so entranced by them I stopped to talk to one of the workmen and share my joy. He told me gleefully that when they had finished on this side of the road, they were going to move all the fences to the other side!


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Last week was all about a happy Nana and her 5 year old grandson Master H ,who came to stay. Exhausting but utterly wonderful. 14 hours packed with fun every day!

Our best day was the one we spent in Dalby Forest, walking, playing, paddling, footballing and picnicking. But all the days were great, and we laughed so much. He has such an imagination and his vocabulary is wonderful. A spare piece of bandage became the only prop we needed for a game of hospitals, until he thought to turn it into handcuffs- Nana you are under-arrested! Then I needed releasing and a large lego piece became his magic postcode (potion). The same piece of lego also served as a security door pass!

And he loves his books, and these are the only ones I have to share with you this week, very little time for me to read or knit!

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I love Hairy Maclary! and Scarface claw is a cat I wouldn’t want to meet. He loved the counting book with Little Bear- both these were charity shop finds. New Blue Shoes is one my boys had, recently surfaced in the attic with some old toys! It is utterly charming!

I took very few photos last week- too busy having fun and needing both hands and eyes in the back of my head, but here is

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H playing Shove halfpenny in the Beck Isle Museum

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Posing with a pirate at the Sea-life Centre In Scarborough. I finally got a sensible picture of him here only to realise that actually this one is H!

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And this he  drew for his Daddy- Oxford United beating Portsmouth 4.1! Oxford have just scored!

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Friday Fences!

It’s been a very busy week with Master H staying here with me- I am exhausted! We have been swimming-twice, played crazy golf, fed ducks-twice- , walked-lots, been to the cinema, played pooh sticks-twice, washed the car, played football, been to the beach and paddled,  visited a sealife centre – today is a walk , a picnic and a trip to the park. I am also nearly word perfect in the film A Knight’s Tale!

Meantime here is the most useless fence ever- I mean just what is it for?

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The wall is at least 7 feet high and there are just three panels! Any ideas?

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Friday Fences!

I have a favourite field with the tree in it that I am taking a picture of each month to map the changing year. The tree is in a valley, with a school field at one side and a field of sheep on the other. Clearly there needs to be a fence. In fact it is a double fence.

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But effective?

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Mama sheep is the wrong side! That’s her lamb on the right  bleating “What the****?

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The grass it seems was greener, or was she a sheep who didn’t want to be fenced in! What do you reckon!

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Some weeks life just doesn’t go the way you planned. Which is my way of saying that I am still knitting the same button band as last week! Instead I bring to the table this..

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A crochet granny stripe blanket for a Moses basket. I am reading the same book too, and all I can say is that is harmless tosh!

I am busy child proofing my house for a visit by Master H next week- that is making it safe for him, not guarding our stuff! So there may not be much else going on for a while. Will be back for a Friday Fence!

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Inspired Sunday!

I just love looking around churches and churchyards- the social history of ordinary people can be found here. Here’s a gem we visited last weekend.

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St Gregory’s Minster,Kirkdale, serving a rather big rural parish on the moors, is tucked away down a country lane. It is famed for its Anglo Saxon sundial now above the entrance to the church in the porch.

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Other carved Anglo Saxon stonework has been incorporated into the walls

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I also loved the carvings on the alter

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For more information on this church go here

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Friday Fences!

The linked series of posts at Life according to jan and jer called Friday fences really caught me unawares, and I have struggled to explain why such an idea really caught my imagination. Is it the anarchic nature of the concept- the contrast created by beautiful pictures of exotic locations and here a set of pictures of the ordinary made extraordinary because they are not the normal subject for photographs. I don’t know? I so wanted to take part but my impression was that there weren’t many fences in North Yorkshire, as our boundaries are marked with stonking great dry stone walls, huge boulders held in place by the skill of the wall builder , no cement in place, or hedges. I was reassured that Friday Fences was a loose title  and could include gates and walls.So I started looking, and always when I start really looking I find  things I never noticed before.

Last Sunday we set off,  Sunday roaming as Jen calls it        here          and  a description I shall hence forward adopt to mean those glorious outings when you just set off to see what you can see.

And with camera in hand I found

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my first fence up on the moors near Kirkbymoorside.

and a second fence nearby

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now these are useful fences but I can’t help feeling that the

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walls are prettier

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and frame the landscape perfectly

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and the moors are lovelier without fence or wall.

What do you think? And have you any idea why the idea of pictures of fences so thrills me? Mr E thinks I am weird as we know already, could he possibly be right?


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