I am ready for 30 days of random wildness, described thus-
What is a Random Act of Wildness?
A Random Act of Wildness is about making time to connect with nature around you, or doing something small yourself to help nature. Random Acts of Wildness are all about experiencing, learning about and helping your local wildlife. They can be simple, small, fun and exciting too. You can use our ideas as inspiration or get creative and make up your own. More details from Here
Anything from volunteering at a nature reserve to making a daisy chain. Simples.
I practised last week on the beach at Scarborough. There was paddling, rock pooling with a random Dad and his son, The Dad and I had a really good time and found a fish, a crab and lots of shells, which I got to keep because the Dad said his son would just chuck them away. Mr E pretended he wasn’t with me. There was fish and chip noshing and coffee drinking both in the sunshine and some Seagull watching.
My 30 days wild pack with seeds has not arrived so I have planted some others. I shall await the patch of ground with interest.
I have a few ideas of what I can do. I have been to the library and got myself a nice book of pictures and bought a book of local walks.
I am raring to go Wild. Unlike this chap who just wants chips.
Still open to some wild suggestions…
Spa Bridge Scarborough, taken January 2017
Ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, York, taken this month
Bootham Bar, York. The entrances to the old part of the city of York are called, Bars. In other UK cities they are also known as Gates. Confusing, but we Brits like to confuse!!
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Next week’s prompt is Nature.
Thursday was one of those glorious winter days. Out was the only option. The seaside the place to be.
But being January it was chilly. So our first port of call was the Rotunda Museum.
This building houses many wonderous things. The Gristhorpe man is a very well-preserved skeleton from the Bronze Age. One of the earliest tree trunk burials in the UK. There are exhibits from Star Carr. Back in the Mesolithic period the Vale of Pickering was one massive lake. Star Carr was a Mesolithic settlement on the shores of the lake. There are also many fossils found from along the cliffs. Totally fascinating. Oh and just my luck, this ceiling!
More information here. Cost was £3 and includes the Art Gallery and admission is for the whole year. I will be back. After that we had a stroll along the beach and coffee. We couldn’t resist taking this picture for our Dr Who grandchildren fans.
Back then up to town for a look around the shops. On route I stumbled across The Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre. This is free and run by enthusiastic volunteers. There was once a thriving ship building industry and more recently a thriving fishing industry ( maybe Brexit will see more fishing vessels in Scarborough again). There is a link to the Titanic and a lot of research material available. AND KNITTING. Ganseys to be precise. What is a Gansey? Well one of these.
A Gansey is knitted in one piece and keeps a chap very warm and dry. But more importantly each town and fishing fleet had its own pattern , so that if a ship was wrecked the fishermen could be identified from their Ganseys as belonging to the wreck.
You can just about see the patterns in my pictures.
More information on Ganseys Here and on the Museum http://smhc.hqtdevelopment.co.uk/women.html
After that I paid in some cheques and bought a single sheet. I think someone has been eating the single sheets, they all seem to have vanished. Homemade mushroom soup and a Yorkshire ham sandwich rounded off the outing nicely.
PS I won’t be knitting a Gansey. Much as I admire them the concentration required would be too much!