Wool, Wiltshire and All Manner of Wonderful Things!

May Photo Challenge.

May has been a lovely sunny month , lots of outings and opportunities to take photos for the scavenger hunt organised by  Hawthorn . Just as well as the prompts were quite difficult; here’s what I have come up with.


As a child we would walk through Hagg Wood and collect armfuls of bluebells. Knowing how memory plays tricks I have not been back in case the bluebells were not there, as the forestry commission have cleared and replanted since I last visited. The bluebells are still there and there is this rather nice, I hesitate to call it a pond, it’s probably just a very big puddle, but it looks so cool in the woods and there is a track to the water’s edge where I think badgers might go for their liquid refreshment. I didn’t pick the bluebells, I grow them instead these days.


This was a hard one, and be warned the second of my two pictures is tragic also.

Another walk I went this month took me by the beck, this tree has fallen right across the footpath and you can see where branches have been sawn off to permit passage.

This next picture makes me very cross indeed.

Lying across the path in Hagg Wood by the field boundary was this poor little creature. Hard to think it was a natural end, and certainly a disaster for the deer.

Moving on swiftly, we come to Movement. It has to be

The Tour de Yorkshire, passing through town at the start of the month.

Fence. I love a good fence and I was jolly glad to see a sturdy one keeping these two in.

and the next has to be a typical Yorkshire fence if ever there was one. Frugal and very practical.

It works!

Next up is Spikey or Prickly. I took a lovely picture of brambles and wool caught on the thorns, but it wa hideously out of focus.

So instead we have a spikey fence. Readers from a long time ago might recall the saga of Wells Walk when a new homeowner tried to claim a very well used footpath as part of his land. Much legal shinanigins later he lostbhis court case and we the great unwashed won. Here is what part of his do not trespass fence now looks like.

Sometimes the little people win.

And now to my Own choice

I visited the Becket St Cemetery in Leeds to track down a family plot, no headstone. I explored afterwards as you do, well maybe you don’t but I do and I was rather intrigued by these headstones. They are known as guinea graves. Poor people who couldn’t afford a grave of their own were buried many to a plot in paupers graves. Sometimes several on the same day. However their families were given the option to buy for a guinea a chance to have their loved ones names engraved on the headstone. This is what these are, and there a lot in the cemetery as the workhouse was just opposite, now rebuilt on as part of St James’s hospital.

And my other choice because this might be thought a bit sad is this rather nice garden arch near the Newbridge Cottages.

leading to the railway line of the North York Moors Railway.

I hope you enjoyed my selection this month, and do please have a look at those taken by others.




Comments on: "May Photo Challenge." (28)

  1. We’ve had a similar to do with a wealthy landowner blocking access – he got rough justice by dying in a bad accident and the little people just formed a new path … Hurrah for us – I love hearing stories like that.
    So sad for the beautiful little deer and your cool wood looks really inviting today – I’m in Germany this week and it’s sweltering hot – even looking at the greenery in your photos makes me feel cooled down a bit 🙂
    Fil’s Place

  2. You’ve been busy. Lots of great outings!

  3. john scurr said:

    What a great range of pictures.
    I remember going to Hagg Wood in my youth, it was nearly always very muddy but I can’t remember a pool so I suspect a different wood. Mine was half way between Pickering and Thornton Dale. Your pictures brought back many memories of the years I lived in Thornton Dale – 1966 – 1984, even if I am still quite close at York. Thank you

    • You are in the right wood, it is off Ruffa Lane between Pickering and Thornton. I lived in Pickering and Thornton too. I lived in Thornton from 1967 to 1970, and my Dad remained there until 2014.
      Hagg Wood has changed a lot. The Forestry Commision did a lot of felling in the 1990s, and the footpaths all moved. I went back with Dad and he couldn’t find his way around, but you can do a circular walk still. I think the pond will become no more than a muddy puddle in summer. It wasn’t muddy when I went thanks to the dry May we have had.
      Thank you so much for reading this post and commenting.

  4. juliecaisey said:

    Great pictures – Oh that poor deer


  5. hawthorn-livelovecraft said:

    Sad photo of the deer, I have one of a fox that I suspect was a hit and run and it too is a sad one but at the same strangely beautiful to be able to get so close so such a beautiful animal. Thank you for sharing x

    • Thank you for this, I did wonder about including the picture, which I took in case it was something I should be informing someone about-apparently not.
      She was a lovely deer and it felt so sad.

  6. So sad about the deer but the other photos are all so lovely, what a variety.

  7. Hi Cathy, excellent selection of pictures. How sad that we both dealt with the death of gorgeous wildlife in our selections.

  8. Rosie said:

    Super photos! Love Cool and the Yorkshire fence made me smile. Hurrah for the little people. I’ve done Family History for many years but I’d never heard of guinea graves so I’ve learned something new today, thank you, I did have one ancestor end his days in a workhouse.:)

    • I think I had heard of the guinea graves but had never come across any. There are a lot in this cemetery and I found them very moving. Hoping to go on a full tour in September.

  9. Great selection of photos though sad to see the deer. I’d not heard of guinea graves before, despite doing three years of intense family history, might have a wander over to Becket Street sometime, see if there are any Bickerdikes there!

    • It’s a big cemetery. I contacted the chair of the volunteers who care for it now, and he was extremely helpful and helped me find my unmarked grave. It’s quite an oasis in Leeds.

  10. Great choices!

  11. Wonderful photos, all of them. So sad to see the deer but that happens and way too often.

  12. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    I like it when the ‘liffle people ‘ win’!

    • So do I. I walked that footpath as a child and to have some person come in and say it was his because he had bought a house alongside it was outrageous.

  13. Great photos; love the hand-made fence one; that really appeals to me as I used to make round and ready fencing when we kept chickens! I’ve not heard of guinea graves before; sounds a lot of money for that time.

    • The fence made me chuckle as I went past it and I knew it had to make an appearance in the challenge.
      It was a lot of money I guess a the time but cheaper than a plot. It meant that people were not forgotten, just because they were poor. According to the volunteer who told me about them one grave had 35 people in it. Imagine.

  14. A great selection of photos but seeing the poor deer made me sad 😦 I hate it when animals die, even if it IS natural. Well done to ‘the great unwashed’ for winning the fence battle – that’s another of my pet hates, people who think they can lay claim to what isn’t rightfully theirs. I had to initially smile at the piece about the graves – I first read it as ‘guinea pig’ graves and thought the headstones were a bit OTT! 🙂 A sad story behind them but still quite intriguing 🙂

    • Thank you. I couldn’t tell whether the deer’s demise was natural or not, that’s why I took the picture, just in case.
      The landowner was a real pain, he blocked the footpath and all ways on with it with everything he could. There were umpteen meetings and protests and court hearings before we managed to prove a right of way.
      Guinea pig graves, a bit OTT indeed.

  15. That was a tough scavenger hunt to be sure, but lovely photos minus the poor deer!

    • It’s good to be challenged sometimes and this month’s was, to make up for March which as a gift for me. Indeed , poor deer.

  16. What a range of subjects! Thanks for the warning, I could skim past quickly!

  17. I think your choice are very good, though your 2nd disaster one is quite distressing, but the first was not unlike my fallen branch (big). I enjoyed seeing places I’ve heard about from my hubby’s family & a few I’ve seen when we’ve been over on holiday. Thanks and take care.

    • Thank you, yes the deer was distressing. A fallen branch is certainly a disaster, in my case the problem had been dealt with when I got there.

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