Monday, 21 April 2014

Easter 2014

Hope it's been a lovely Easter for everyone. Ours has been a bit mixed but the sun shone for Bob today so he spruced up his spring yellow bow tie for a trip out.

I've had & still got a bit of cold so have spent the Fri, Sat & Sun inside. Hadn't realised the oil was running so low last week and by Friday the aga was about out and all my Easter cooking and baking plans went out of the window with it. 
Fortunately the oil delivery came on Saturday and by Sunday heat and cooking facilities were restored!

I didn't mind staying in as the weather has been a bit on the grey and chilly side and I'm busy working on a project.

Felt a bit better today and the sun came out so off we went to York. I really wanted to get a picture of Cliffords Tower with daffodils but they had all finished, there are just a few bluebells on this pic.

It's Easter so we indulged in a lovely velvety hot chocolate at Spring Espresso.

There was a bit of a chocolate festival going on in York and some nice looking street food. I love these old Citroen vans, maybe I'll have a quirky van one day for a mobile coffee business.

Made the most of the nice weather with a walk around the city walls which I haven't done for a while.

I love some of the little houses and interesting urban street scenes you see from the walls. I will try to capture some other favourite snaps from different sections of the walls on another visit, the back of the Minster gardens being another favourite stretch.

Finished with a walk back along the river to the car. A lovely day only spoilt by some drizzly rain on arriving back.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Hornsea Pottery weekend and AGM - 5 & 6 April

Last weekend was dedicated to my fondness for Hornsea Pottery, to ooh and aah at lovely pots and maybe buy a couple of things for my collection.

This year we were actually at the old home of the pottery at Hornsea Freeport. On the Saturday the society members threw the doors open at one of the units for the public to come and see and buy original Hornsea pots.

These are some of the stalls being set up

The red arrow on this photo points to quite a rare tableware set called Ebony

I'm particularly partial to tableware as it's useful and I enjoy using it too. I bought a couple of Contrast soup dishes to add to my collection, they have a nice straight sided design

I also bought this bowl which was part of the Concept range I hadn't seen before and this splattered design is called Cirrus, it's a matt ceramic with a lovely, velvety feel and gloss inside.

One or two more stalls decked with decorative fauna and flora vases, pin trays, jewellery boxes, mugs and plates, so many items to feast your eyes on and all beautifully presented by society members.

On the Sunday we met again for our AGM which we always follow with an auction of sometimes rare pieces and then we let the public in again to buy more pots.

Here are some pieces from the auction table starting with some of the later items produced by Hornsea Pottery, the Lustre ware range designed by Robin Pavitt.

Some wonderful Muramic decorative plaques by the late great John Clappison and of course his very recognisable Heirloom pots.

Lastly a few nice vase samples, 2 rare ones at the back and the ship on the tall vase is hand painted, I think it went in the auction for about £50.
The eggs you can see on the pic above are some rare test pieces hand painted I think by the late Hornsea designer Alan Luckham, I didn't get a very good look at them though. 

We had a lovely 2 days of nostalgia and for any lovers or collectors of Hornsea out there I can tell you you haven't missed out as there will be another Nostalgia Weekend up at Hornsea Freeport at the August Bank Holiday weekend with an expert from the telly attending on the Monday 25th to do valuations. The event will be bigger and better than last years.

The Hornsea Pottery Collectors' and Research Society is always keen to have new members and it's only £15 per year single (£18 family) with 4 newsletters and a chance to attend meetings and selling events. You can find details on this informative website run by our committee secretary.
We have a Facebook page too, just search Hornsea Pottery Collectors and you'll find some fascinating pictures and information. We tweet too!

Friday, 4 April 2014

A few days escape to South Lakes

In desperate need to recharge the batteries I found a last minute deal on LateRooms for a hotel in Grange over Sands, South Cumbria, so off we set last Sunday. The weather was absolutely lovely for the 3 days before returning to this smoggy stuff.

The hotel, whilst a bit faded around the edges, offered us a super view across to Morecambe Bay from our top floor room.

Grange over Sands had a lovely little park with a great selection of ducks and geese for such a small park.

The wonders of nature with the curve in this tree.

Grange has a wonderful long promenade running by the side of Morecambe Bay and provides a lovely walk into the village and by the side of the quaint railway station.

I hadn't been to Morecambe before so we made a visit and bumped into Mr. Morecambe!

Morecambe had a very interesting piece of architecture in the form of the Midland Hotel, art deco style. A little faded at the edges but obviously had been very grand in its day. I love the curvature and clean lines of the building.

If you're into fabric like me and you visit Morecambe, you must seek out Warehouse 13. It doesn't look much outside

but go inside and you will find a lovely drink and cake

then you can browse lovely gifts and upstairs is an amazing selection of fabrics with a big table of scraps and top quality fat quarters for just £1.50.

No trip to the south Lakes is complete without a stroll along the edge of Lake Windermere.

We then took Bob for an ice cream as he was getting peckish but he's a bit of a rascal and couldn't eat it all so I had to finish it off!

On the trip back we stopped somewhere else I hadn't been to before, Farfield Mill at Sedbergh. It's a gallery, cafe, artists studios and craft demonstrations, mainly weaving. I wanted to see weaving but check before you go as weaving only happens on certain days and sadly not the day we drove back.

There's a lovely view from the top of the mill, it's on 4 floors.

Various weaving looms and gallery spaces.

I bought some locally spun and dyed wool.

The mill has a library section with donated art and craft books, lots of interesting books and some old out of print ones but those are quite expensive.

Thanks for sticking it out to the end if you made it!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Ukulele group identity

Our ukulele group is coming along quite nicely, not that we are much improved from when we first met just before Christmas but we do try!

I think at the last meeting we decided it might be a good idea to have a name and thus establishing ourselves as actually existing. I said I would have a go with a few ideas for a logo and I've scribbled down a few of the more obvious names like:

Bridlington Ukulele Group
Bridlington Ukulele Gang
Brid Ukes
Bridlington Strummers
Yorkshire Coast Ukes

And even a far out name like The Clambake Ukes. If you think this is odd, I looked in a thesaurus for a group or collective and the word "clambake" was there, it is an Americanism loosely meaning any social gathering (often by the sea), especially a noisy gathering...... hmmm, quite appropriate I thought for the racket we make!

Anyway we meet tonight so I will present the group with a selection and see what they think, here are a few