How I learnt to love summer

It has been the most gorgeous few days in Leeds. Temperatures have been in the late 20s and the sky has been clear and blue. I have been reveling in the weather…hopping on and off the Leeds Water Taxi, enjoying a drink on a deck chair by the canal, taking a walk as the sun…

I predict a Riot Grrrl

This past Saturday Leeds was host to Live at Leeds, a multi venue music festival featuring dozens of artists and genres. My overall review is simple – it was great. Well executed and lots of fun. I have been to a similar event in north London – the Camden Crawl. It works well in Leeds with…

Me and Handel’s Messiah

I went to listen to a performance of Handel’s Messiah at Leeds Minster on Good Friday. And it was great. It is a piece of music I have some history with. During GCSE Music we ‘did’ The Messiah. I remember vividly being taught about some lines that appear early on; “Every valley shall be exalted,…

“I need to walk across this town”

I am not sure how long I have really loved walking. But these days I consider walking to be one of my key hobbies, and a central part of how I keep myself well, both mentally and physically. Today I went out with my local Ramblers group. We started in the fabulously named Barwick-in- Elmet, a…

First greeting of the morning

There is a Henry Moore bronze sculpture in the centre of Leeds. It depicts a reclining woman. Until last summer I was living in Brixton, in south London, and most mornings I walked past Lambeth Town Hall. One of my former relatives was part of the committee that oversaw the building of the Town hall and…

Highway to Hull

In February I made my first trip to Hull, aka, City of Culture 2017. It was a fabulously beautiful, albeit windy day and I got a great impression. The friend I went with had read that on arrival visitors are greeted by volunteers kitted out in a City of Culture uniform and we were not…

“Flutes and low to the lake falls home”

I got started on my Yorkshire explorations on the first bank holiday of 2017 with a ramble starting in Ilkley. It is only about thirty minutes outside of Leeds and is just delightful! Lovely houses and other buildings and lots of nice and tasty looking shops and cafes. As I was there for a ramble…