Thursday, November 1, 2012

Countersett, Wensleydale

With this picture of the Old School House, Countersett, I have to say a another farewell to Jorvik Daily Photo. My photo posting interests have had to switch to our Facebook page, Smalltalk Language Services which is featured on the right under the  You might be interested rubric. 

If you have time to call in to that page, please "like" it, and enjoy browsing the photos of picturesque places to visit within relatively easy reach of York. 

Best wishes to all.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Brimham Rocks 2

Not surprisingly, this site has been used on several films and TV series. If my memory serves me well, one of the early episodes of A Woman of Substance featured Brimham Rocks.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Brimham Rocks 1

About 30 minutes from Knaresborough is Brimham Rocks. Many of the formations have names, and I think this one is The Anvil.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The last trompe, Knaresborough

… at least for the moment, as we probably didn't see them all.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Knaresborough pub punctuation

A missing apostrophe is not the end of the world.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Down by the riverside, Knaresborough

… this time showing the viaduct from the other side.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Knaresborough Castle and Jubilee border

The ruins of the castle mentioned yesterday can be made out behind the trees. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cavalier, Roundhead and anachronistic Union Flag, Knaresborough

This amusing example of trompe l'œil refers to the English Civil War 1642-49, which saw Parliamentary forces under the unjustly maligned Oliver Cromwell taking on the Royalist armies of Charles I, who finally lost his head after the cessation of hostilities. 

Knaresborough was taken by the Roundheads, as the Parliamentarians were known, in 1646 and the castle destroyed in 1648, most of the stone being used to build town centre houses.

Monday, September 10, 2012

York goes wireless

Front drive and back garden views of what we are about to lose. 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Knaresborough 5

A surprising find on the riverside walk: a thatched cottage. Although this walk does follow the river, it is built up for about 500 metres, so the Nidd is out of sight at this point. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Knaresborough 4

Back down to the riverside walk for a shot with a Mediterranean look and evidence that even in the worst summer for 100 years, there were some gloriously warm, sunny days.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Knaresborough 3

The town features several tromp l'œils, some purely decorative and others with historical references, most of which I have not researched.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Knaresborough 2

The riverside walk showing the steepness of the gradient and an example of the black and white checks that are a feature of exterior decoration here in Knaresborough.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Knaresborough railway viaduct

At 12 miles from York and very near Harrogate, the quaint town of Knaresborough is a popular place to stroll around, with a good choice of cafés and the possibility of rowing on the River Nidd. 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

What goes up …

Soon to be no more, dismantling of the pylons on the Derwent Valley Railway Sustrans cycle path has begun. This is of particular interest to us, as the example in the photo is just 100 metres from our house.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Whitby whalebones

French visitors beneath the whalebone arch on the west cliff, with the higgledy-piggledy Henrietta Street below the east cliff. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

Beningbrough Hall 4

One of several "downstairs" photos.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Beningbrough Hall 3

Aptly, just in front of the café terrace.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Beningbrough Hall 2

The main door with a volunteer in costume waiting to greet visitors while another entertained them on the piano. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Beningbrough Hall 1

About 25 minutes north from the centre of York, but still with the city boundary, lies this 18th century house, now owned and managed by the National Trust. This is a view from just outside the walled gardens which we were privileged to enjoy without a single drop of rain.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Fossgate façades

A long view up Fossgate towards Colliergate and the central tower of York Minster.  The furniture shop on the right used to be a cinema, as you might have guessed from the façade. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Merchant Adventurers' Hall

The Merchant Adventurers' Hall, closed to the public the day this was taken and with restricted access to the gardens because of a wedding reception. More on the early 14th century building can be found here.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Books and bites

Right next door to yesterday's shop, in fact. The Hairy Fig has already featured on the blog. To the right is one of the several second-hand bookshops on Fossgate, and through the arch is  …

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ideal homes exhibition

A cut from yesterday's Foss Bridge brings you out opposite The Miniature Scene where the service is second to none. Sturdy play houses for tiny fingers are available as well as the more delicate for your eyes only collectors' models. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Foss Bridge revisited

This favourite view is enhanced by the lush foliage and overhang of flowers. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

View 2 from platform 3

… showing the curves. A similar view featured on Saltaire Daily Photo some time ago

Monday, June 4, 2012

View from platform 3

York, three times a lady - look hard through the open arch.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

New Foss bridge 3

Looking to the new development on the Hungate side of the Foss. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

New kid on the Foss

This detail of the bridge shown yesterday contrasts nicely with slightly older York Minster.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Foss Footbridge

A long shot of the new footbridge over the Foss, the smaller ofYork's two rivers. The building on the right, now offices and flats, was formerly a Rowntree warehouse. The Quaker family chocolate company was taken over by Nestlé in 1987. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Black Swan lunch table, Helmsley

À table ! A very generous "light" lunch with French visitors. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Black Swan Helmsley

Unless you've just done a long hike on the Cleveland Way, share your portions here; they are very generous. The Black Swan is so Breeteesh; the scones are as good as home-made and the unique blend of tea is deliciously refreshing - a must for foreign visitors.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Woollons and Harwood

On the same road as Monday's scarecrows, this kitchenware shop is a delight for locals and tourists alike. Woollons, founded in York in 1901,  have a second outlet in Thirsk, another attractive North Yorkshire market town.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

More house

In response to the interest in this Helmsley house, here is a fuller shot with the mini-spires of the church tower peeping over the top. Thank you for your comments.

Monday, April 9, 2012


Still Helmsley, an irresistible couple of characters watching the world go by. They must never get bored, as these gardens are on the path to the castle. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

For all the saints …

The elegant Victorian church of All Saints, Helmsley, seen from the top of the market square near the Black Swan hotel. The unidentified house sets off the church rather nicely. 

There has been a church on this site since before the Norman conquest, and the current one apparently replaced a 12th century construction, which would be unthinkable today.

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Borough Beck, running from the moors to the river Rye just below the town, adds to Helmsley's charm. Children find it irresistible, so young families should allow an extra half hour for their visit. 

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Helmsley Castle

A distant view of Helmsley and the castle from the Cleveland Way, returning from Rievaulx. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Rievaulx Abbey

An hour from York, on the edge of the North York Moors, is the lovely market town of Helmsley. The 6-mile return walk along part of the Cleveland Way to Rievaulx is well worth the time and effort, with lovely views in both directions and the reward of the abbey itself in its lush, wooded valley. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring crocuses, wintry tree

in Museum Gardens, with the multi-angular tower in the background.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Museum Gardens

Taken from the riverside path through the gardens. This is a favourite spot for wedding photos, though they are usually taken on the other side of the building.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Colour on Coney Street

A bit of warmth on Coney Street, worth enlarging for a better view of what's on offer. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hitting the nail on the head

The Last Drop Inn, a pub with a multi-layered pun for a name, has featured on this blog before. The clock with the hammer and nail belongs to Barnitt's, the home and garden emporium which occupies a large part of this side of the street. The labyrinthine premises are always worth a visit; if Barnitt's doesn't stock it, you don't need it. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Let the byre beware

The window-dressing in the centre of York is often eye-catching. This is Stonegate, between the Minster and St Helen's Square.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Murky Minster

A rather dull view of the Minster taken through the tinted glass of one of the York Wheel pods.