Cats

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.”― James Herriot, “Cats strongly believe that everywhere is designed for their comfort!”― Mehmet Murat ildan “The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal – or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be.”― Elizabeth Peters, “The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.” —Jules Renard “I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.”― Rudyard Kipling, Black cat or white cat: If it can catch mice, it’s a good cat —Deng Xiaoping “Having a bunch of cats around is good. If you’re feeling…

Hats

“Wearing a hat is fun; people have a good time when they’re wearing a hat”.    ~ Philip Treacy “And all your future lies beneath your hat”.    ~ John Oldham People, when they buy a hat, they can’t explain why they want to buy it or why they want it, but they do. It’s like chocolate.    ~ Philip Treacy “Whenever you wear your hat, your day will be special.”  ~ Margo Nickel “Personally I would never want to be a member of any group where you either have to wear a hat, or you can’t wear a hat.””~ George Carlin If you’re going to wear a cowboy…

Dogs

“What do dogs do on their day off? Can’t lie around – that’s their job!”  – George Carlin “A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.”  – Robert Benchley “I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.” – Rita Rudner “The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be.” – Konrad Lorenz “Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog….

Seas

“There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”Sarah Kay “Life is a sea of vibrant color. Jump in.”― A.D. Posey Limitless and immortal, the waters are the beginning and end of all things on earth.      Heinrich Zimmer The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.      Jacques Yves Cousteau To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim, the rocks, the motion of the waves, the ships with men in them. What stranger miracles are there?      Walt…

Horses

Who doesn’t like the noble steeds, the pretty ponies, the Drey’s? I used to ride when I was a little girl, and love to see horses when I’m out and about. Of course they love to be photographed too! “From horses we may learn not only about the horse itself but also about animals in general, indeed about ourselves and about life as a whole.”― George Gaylord Simpson “The horse. Here is nobility without conceit, friendship without envy, beauty without vanity. A willing servant, yet never a slave.” —Ronald Duncan “A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves –…

Photographers

Something different this week, so you can have a rest from all the edumacational history normally turning up in your feed on a Sunday. I’ve been taking photographs since I was a teenager, though only really started learning about photography 10 years ago. I love seeing other people when they are engrossed in taking photographs, and if I see someone so engaged, will take a picture of them if I can do it sneakily! So here is my collection of some of the happy people making memories, and a few who do it for a living. “It is more important…

Easby Abbey

Following on from our trip to Richmond Castle, Sophie and I went a mile and a half down the road to the ruins of Easby Abbey, and as you know, before we get to the pictures, we must first do The History Bit 🍪 ☕️ Easby Abbey, or The Abbey of St.Agatha is one of the best preserved monsteries of the Premonstratensian order. Premonstratensian is a bit of a mouthful, and I’d never heard of it so in case I’m not the only one here’s a quick run down of what it was/is. It’s full title is The Order of Canons…

Richmond Castle & Easby Abbey ~ 2013

I am going back in time now, to places Sophie and I went before BWP (before wordpress) as we can’t go anywhere as yet. But back on a sunny day in August, 2013, we set off to visit Richmond Castle and Easby Abbey just down the road from the castle. My camera was a Nikon D700, a bit of a gorgeous beast, but my treatment of my photo’s was a bit on the bright side, nevermind, we all have to learn and grow! But first, of course, we must do… The History Bit 🍪 ☕️ (long post alert!) Richmond Castle…

Bishopwearmouth Cemetery ~ March 2020

This was Sophie’s and my last outing this year, just after the keep 2 meters apart advice and just prior to the total lockdown. Because we couldn’t go anywhere in the car, we met up near where Sophie lives, at the Bishopwearmouth Cemetary. A quite appropriate visit for the time, as we will see in The History Bit. ☕️ 🍪 Between 1817 and 1860 the world had 3 cholera pandemics, but for our purposes we are looking at the 2nd one. After dying down by 1824, historians believe the first pandemic hung about in Indonesia and the Phillipines having started…