Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Last Cat of 2013

Even a temporary Christmas stall has taken the trouble to decorate the roof with a 'York' cat.

Monday, 30 December 2013

The Eagle Lectern

The base of the lectern in the choir of York Minster. It was presented to the Minster in 1686 and features a great eagle which holds the bible up on its wings.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Old Mill No 2

This mill stone is set by the River Derwent in East Ayton, and may even have been used in the Mill that you can see in the background.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Keep warm

Thank goodness she has got her scarf on, it is getting pretty cold.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Marygate Lane

This lovely old lane is in the city centre but tucked away out of sight and is unlikely to be discovered by the casual visitor as there are no shops nearby.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Brisk Walk

Boxing Day morning, time for a brisk stroll in the Yorkshire countryside to clear the Christmas cobwebs away.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all visitors to Ginnels Gates and Ghosts.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Christmas Knits

In the hospital where I work we have lots of knitted 'paper chains' which look great. We also have this knitted Christmas scene which I notice today has been locked behind a perspex sheet. Perhaps they went walkabout last night!

Monday, 23 December 2013

Lake View

We are forecast to have some wild weather today so I thought I would post a reminder of summer. Student accommodation at York University with a lakeside view.

Sunday, 22 December 2013


I think for once I am lost for words..................

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Old Mill

I happened upon this derelict mill a few miles from York and took a quick shot with the phone just before the sunlight vanished for the day.

Friday, 20 December 2013


Not something associated with Christmas but a great subject for an ice sculpture.

Thursday, 19 December 2013


Christmas shoppers amongst the ice sculptures at the Festival of the Angels

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

It's Snowing!

Well not really, the snow machine was in action in Little Stonegate for the Festival of the Angels last weekend. Come back tomorrow and Friday for ice sculptures.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013


This rather fine looking boat was moored up in the centre of York at the weekend. The owner is just popping out for his lunch.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Lost Balloon

Unusual to see this type of street art in York, at first glance I saw a lost balloon, now I am not so sure...

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Christmas paddle

These canoeist paddled past a couple of weeks ago as I walked along the Ouse. At least one of the boats had a fully decorated Christmas tree on board and most of the others had Santa hats or tinsel. No camera to hand sadly except on the phone.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Grass verge

This immaculate green sward made me stop and take a closer look, yup it is plastic grass.

Friday, 13 December 2013

All Aboard

All the luggage trolleys have their own spot marked out on the station platform so they are in the 'right' place when the train arrives. An early example of LEAN thinking!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Art of Conversation

So, would you be tempted by this sign to go into the pub for a pint?

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

New Busker

There is a new busker in town, mighty colourful they are too!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Lilac Welcome

Someone likes lilac, and so do I hence this picture!

Monday, 9 December 2013

Flame Sculpture

Take one tall metal sculpture, add a few flaming torches and the effect is rather striking.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

School Clock

This is the primary school clock in the village of New Earswick. Built in 1912 this school has been educating the youngsters of the area for over 100 years. The school master has a distinctly Edwardian look to him in his hat and breeches, no security cameras needed in his day.

Saturday, 7 December 2013


Teasels are an important winter food source for some of our wild birds, particularly the Goldfinch, and for this reason are encouraged to grow in urban nature reserves

Friday, 6 December 2013

Heading South

This is where I shall be this morning, heading out of York station on the London train.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Last of Autumn

Just a couple of weeks ago the Hospitium was surrounded by autumn colour. Not much is known about the original purpose of this building. It is close to the River Ouse so could have been a warehouse for St Mary's Abbey, or even a guest house. Nowadays it is popular wedding venue.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Nightime Great Gathering

Another shot of the Great Gathering at night. I loaded a large file so you can take a closer look if you wish. This shows L to R Sir Nigel Gresley, Dweight D Eisenhower, Union of South Africa and Bittern, plus a gaggle of admirers.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Fishergate Bar

Fishergate Bar used to be open to all traffic, now it is reserved for bicycles and pedestrians (not only those with small children in tow) only.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Summer Swan

A view of The Swan from the city walls taken earlier this year. The place to go for a well kept pint of Timothy Taylors Landlord in the lovely 1930's interior.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Three Essentials

Three essentials in a row in Tadcaster, Undertaker, Post Office and Coffee Shop. This PO is still open and providing a community service where so many have closed recently. Thankfully I have never required the services of this undertaker although I am sure the same applies to them. I can recommend The Tea Lounge for quick and friendly service, plus delicious cakes.
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