Not only is the 1st August Swiss National Day but, more importantly for me, it’s also Yorkshire Day. So it was perhaps appropriate that I was back in my home town of Kingston-Upon-Hull (to give it its full title) to celebrate – and what a day I chose to be there. Now in its 4th year, the Humber Street Sesh is a coming together of the best musical talent in the area. It must be one of the biggest one day music festivals in the world, with over 180 bands or performers playing on 12 different stages or venues. It’s surely set to be a fixture on the Hull calendar for many years to come and a “must see” on everyone’s agenda when Hull commences their City of Culture celebrations in 2017.
Perhaps never before has the title of this blog and the copyright sign on the pictures been more appropriate !
…says it all.
The sign said: “Buy 2 pints and save yourself a trip to the bar.” So I did !
My daughter Jo with my niece, Jen, sister Karen, nephew, Peter, and his girlfriend, Lucy.
Alastair on top of Adam’s shoulders with (l to r) Jen, Peter, Lucy and Karen (indeed almost everyone around) enjoying watching him as much as the performers !
Now that I’m retired (I thought I’d pop that in, just in case I hadn’t mentioned it for a while 😉 ), I’m free to extend my trips back to the UK. This was the case last week, when I met up with some old friends in York and took the opportunity to go for a bike ride around the beautiful East Yorkshire countryside with my mate Pete.
During our journey we came across a field full of an unusual crop with bright purple flowers. We had no idea what it was but later research, by Pete and his wife Valerie, revealed that it was a Phacelia and possibly a Phacelia tanacetifolia. If so, this is a native of the south-western United States and northern Mexico, and is now often used as a cover crop, a bee plant and an attractant for other beneficial insects, like hoverflies, which are a natural biological pest control, because they eat aphids and other pests.
A well deserved pint of Sam Smith’s beer at the end !
These are wild plants which grow by the roadside in its native Europe, and are now common in North America, China, and Australia.