Saturday, 22 November 2014

Essence of November

Well, here we are at the weekend!  But today I am looking back to last Sunday, when son no.3 and I went out with our cameras on a damp, chilly November afternoon.  He had a photography project to complete for a university assignment, so I took the chance to go out with him.  He had a top-of-the-range camera (borrowed from uni) and I had my little camera with me.  I had a great time helping him to compose shots, and of course managed to do a lot of snapping of photos myself.  Some folks would have thought the weather and the light and the general dampness quite depressing, but is really is my favourite kind of weather for my favourite time of year.  And we had a lovely time chatting away, he really was super company.  At first he was a little self-conscious about taking photos if anyone was about but as soon as he saw his dear old mother taking her photos with not a care in the world he soon got into the spirit of things.
 
So here are some of the many photos I took!
 

 Walking down this footpath the trees looked glorious...






Misty countryside in all it's splendour...






Autumn leaves...





Fascinating fungi, I love their ethereal beauty...




Melancholy signs of decay...




Grand old houses...


"Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance.  What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?" -   Hal Borland

Have a lovely late November weekend!



Helenxx

Monday, 17 November 2014

Traditional street food

Hello again, hope you are well.

When we visited our local street fair at the weekend it was fun looking around the food stalls in search of all those treats enjoyed at such an occasion...


Mmm, candy floss...


Always baffles me how this is made...


And, for more years than I would care to remember, we have always bought a bag of two or these to come home with us...


Made by a local firm since 1888 to a traditional recipe...



Scrummy...


And, we would always buy these, Grantham Gingerbread...

image courtesy of Google


However, none were to be found on any of the stalls.  On further enquiry, it turns out that the owner of the firm which manufactured them passed away in the summer, and so has ceased to operate - such a shame after such a long history.
 
These biscuits are quite unlike any other ginger biscuits, they are pale (no syrup or molasses) and have a hollow but chewy centre.  And they are VERY hot and gingery. And scrumptious.
 
So now DD and I are trawling the internet to try to find an authentic recipe so we can have a go at making our own.
 
Will keep you posted as to our success (or otherwise).
 
What is your favourite traditional food linked to your local region?
 
Helenxx

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Fairground Art

Hello again.

When I was at school, I studied Art.  For my coursework, I completed a huge project on fairground art.  Imagine my surprise when my daughter, completing her GCSE Art course this summer, was involved in an almost identical project - 38 years later!  I have continued to be fascinated by fairground art, and so as our street fair was in town I took the chance to take some photos, and thought I would share them here.

Examples of traditional designs...



This particular ride has visited our fair each November since the 1950s and has been lovingly preserved by the owners...






Fun for the kids...


Modern techniques can provide some stunning examples...






Not for the faint hearted...



Even the lights are an art form...


Art really can be found in some unexpected places!

Helenxx

Saturday, 15 November 2014

All the fun of the November fair

Good morning everyone, hope you are all well and are having a great start to the weekend.

Here in my home town we have an annual street fair.  It dates all the way back to 1221 when the first official Charter was granted to the Lord of the Manor by King Henry III. 

Starting on the second Wednesday in November each year, the town centre is closed to traffic, the travelling showmen roll into town and set up an astonishing spectacle.  This goes on for four days and then, as quickly as it arrives, it disappears until the following year.


It is looked forward to by all the local folks, and is a key part of our shared community experience.  Even when I moved away for 16 years I would return home each November to experience the fair - no self-respecting person from these parts would miss it if they could help it! 


So, last night, my Darling Daughter, my bestest friend Sue and her Darling Daughter made our yearly visit to the fair.  And of course, I couldn't miss such a great opportunity for taking some photos!  So, sit back, grab a cuppa, and enjoy the ride as I share quite a few images of the sights and sounds we enjoyed last night!

First of all some white-knuckle, modern rides:

The Buzzin...

Stargate...



Skyrider...



Superstar...


Freak Out...


Superbowl...




A traditional ride but bigger - the Ferris Wheel...

 

Amongst all these very technical and very impressive rides, it is lovely to see that the traditional rides still make an appearance, and are enjoyed by thousands of people, young and old.

The Helter Skelter...


Golden Gallopers..


My personal favourite, the Waltzers. Sadly I didn't go on them last night (I usually do, never to old to rock and all that!!) as I was still feeling under the weather...



Scream if you want to go faster...


The Dodgems...


Chair-o-plane...

Such a lovely night out, lots of noise, colour, and best of all the company of lovely friends.

Have a great Saturday!

Helenxx