Bempton Cliffs Yorkshire

Bird nerd heaven! Bempton Cliffs is an RSPB reserve on the East Yorkshire coast and home to over 250,000 birds (and twice as many flies!!!).

Every nook, cranny, rock and hole is covered in birds, Gannets, guillemots, razorbills, puffins, fulmars and gulls of every type nudge, bump and bully to claim a spot. How they manage to breed, sleep, feed and rear young on these tiny patches is amazing.

neighboursThe gannets soar overhead often with mouths full of fish or nesting material.

gannet10The puffins find holes in the rocks in which to nest.

3Guillemots and razorbills perch on the edge.guuillemot1razorbill1And if the Yorkshire suns beats down a friend will always provide some cooling shade.


Yorkshire Sculpture Park

As you know I’m not much of an art buff but its been Half Term here last week so I took a day off so we could have a day out. The Yorkshire Sculpture park is one of those places that’s on your door step but you never get round to visiting so off we finally went.

The park is is an open-air gallery  showing work by British and international artists, including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. The park’s collection of works by Moore is one of the largest open-air displays of his bronzes in Europe.

There is plenty of works to see but the majority are piles of bricks or collections of metal along side pretentious descriptions of what the artist believes they represent. Personally I don’t get it but if that’s what you like then its fine by me. There were a couple we liked but the majority left me scratching my head.

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Where Did the Water Go

Yesterday I had to pop into town at lunchtime so I thought I’d park by the canal as there’s usually some ducks and geese around and I might get a few pictures.

Someone had pulled the plug and the canal was almost dry !!!! It seems they’re doing some repairs before the boating season starts.


When Thoughts Turn to Summer

As is the norm these days tomorrow has been given a name in the style of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Tomorrow is Sunshine Saturday when there is a huge surge of people going on-line to book their summer holidays. So with this in mind I thought I would just post a warning about the dangers of overdoing it in the sun.

Just remember to slip on a shirt, slap on a hat and slop on the sunscreen, you don’t want to end up like this 19 year old we met in Italy !!!!!!



Is Hello in Korean and today someone from South Korea visited this blog and became the 49th country to register on my World map. As there are 196 countries in the world (I include Taiwan as a colleague was from there and she certainly saw it as a country) that means at least one person from 25% of the worlds countries has read some of my ramblings.

So to each and everyone of you

Hello, Howdy, Guten Tag, G’Day, Hey, Namaste, Bonjour, Konnichiwa, Top of The Morning, Huomenta, Ahoj, Ola, Hallo, Kia Ora, Halo, Ni Hao, Sawatdee Kraup, Ciao, Marhaba, Bok, Gruetzi, Howzit, Selamat Pagi, hej, Halla, Kumusta Po Kayo, Shalom, Zdravo, Merhaba, Yassoo, Marhabba, Dzien Dobry, Sveiki and Alo

I apologies if I have forgotten any accents or have made a spelling mistake. I just wanted to say HELLO.

A Great Big Thank You

I’ve just noticed I have over 100 bloggers following me and I’ve had over 2000 views so a big sloppy kiss to all of you.

I’m sure its the pictures of cuddly dogs and jays that you really come to see rather than my inane waffling.

Thank You

Edge – Photography 101

The edge of Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales. A step too far and a 260 foot drop to the floor below.

Some of you may recognise it from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as one of our intrepid heroes camp sites.

With my Geography head on, it’s a limestone pavement made up of clints and grykes.

Close to the Edge

Close to the Edge