I remember my parents telling me that – ‘You were born in Yorkshire not in England.’ Rather sums up many of the views round here. We like to call it the People’s Republic of The White Rose. Surely it’s time for our county and our neighbours Lancashire to put two fingers up to Johnson in London.
So if Yorkshire did go it’s own way what could the world expect. Apart from weaponised Rhubard. Well as a taste, let’s see what Yorkshire has given to the world already…..
Wensleydale Cheese (Wallace & Gromits favourite)
The Bronte Sisters
The first ever full sized glider (50 years before the Wright Brothers)
The worlds loudest actor – Brian Blessed
The current Dr Who
Captain of the Star Trek Enterprise and the Head of the X-Men
And then we come to the really important stuff. The sweets…
Terry’s Chocolate Orange
After 8 Mints
See Yorkshire can be a driving force for good. A beacon of hope and rain. A place lost in time. Where chocolate is still seen as a staple food. Up the Great Republic.
Let’s be safe out there people … it’s madness.
The news is either full of stories about virus doom or virus induced panic buying. I kinda miss the ‘Britain has gone brexit bonkers’ stories now. So with the images of empty shop shelves, I ventured out to the supermarket with a certain amount of trepidation. My extensive survival prep shopping list was a loaf of bread, a pack of Curly Wurlies, a bottle of milk and tea. That will surely tide us through the end of days.
I arrived at 8.40am which normally ensures that I have the shop to myself apart from the three shop assistants. Not this morning. The car park was heaving. Is it the day before Christmas? Inside was not much better. Rammed with shoppers. Not seen a crowd like this since the ‘Everything for a Pound’ Store had a sale.
It was bizarre watching the frantic shopping. Trolleys rammed full. So many seemingly sensible people falling into the panic buying madness. But this was a very Yorkshire panic. People still had time amongst the panic to stop and talk about the weather. In other parts of the country items like toilet paper, hand gel and paracetamol tablets have been stripped as if consumed by a plague of locusts. Here those items were still well stocked. In fact I didn’t see anyone buying them. No the items of panic choice here were different
- The saver pack of soap bars (4 for a £1)
- Cadbury’s Chocolate
- Tins of mushy peas (one chap had a basket filled with just these)
- Custard powder
- Beer, lager and wine.
I have to say that if I was going to panic buy I would rather stock up on £100 worth of beer and chocolate rather than 50 rolls of bog paper.
My hand basket was easily filled with my items until I arrived at the tea section. No Yorkshire Tea. No pigging Yorkshire Tea. Stripped bare. Oh the humanity. I had to buy another brand. Bloody philistines. The virus crisis is so much worse than I ever imagined. Stand by your pitchforks people.
It’s Sunday so it’s time for your weekly fix of Switzerland.
Let’s start off with two really important facts about Switzerland
- They invented milk chocolate,
- They consume more chocolate per person than any other country.
Got to love them….
Another couple of random facts about this great country. As the country is completely land locked water is not something you necessarily associate with it.
But it has over 1500 lakes.
Water accounts for about 4% of its surface area.
It’s lakes and mountains just go hand in hand. To create wonderful, dream like world.
Chocolate, lakes and mountains. What a country.
Still not what you would call postcard Christmas weather yet. This is lunchtime. Having said that how often do we get the crispy white stuff at Christmas anyway in North Yorkshire. In the 17 years we have lived here I can only remember one White Christmas. However I can remember many like the photo above.
When I was a kid I remember one really heavy snow Christmas Day. I remember sinking to my belly and my wellies filling up with crisp snow. Can also remember Dad going out before lunch to join a number of other men trying to clear the footpath. He told me it was so that the kids could get to school. Strange as the school was shut for another week. It was also strange that the cleared path went in the opposite direction to my school. Bizarrely the men stopped when they reached the pub. Can’t think why.
Our son’s school has now broken up for Christmas. So if it does snow I won’t need to worry about clearing a path towards it. One thing I do need to worry about is another little tradition of ours. How to keep the pets off the Christmas Tree.
The cat likes to try and sleep in it’s branches.
“He is a very big boy, our biggest cat”
That is how his Vet described him. So he doesn’t make the best tree climber. We usually find the tree toppled over with a slightly confused cat underneath it. Then we have the mad dog. Captain Chaos loves a tree. So much so that he likes to try and relocate it to his dog bed. This normally results in the tree toppled over which makes it so much easier for the mutt to pull it. Lord knows what Team Gerbil would do to it.
So my chair has to be relocated next to the tree. So I can sit and basically fight off unwarranted pet tree attention. It’s only a matter of time before the tree is toppled over and I am underneath it. Bet I would get the blame for that. That thought brings a smile. When I was 5 or 6 my family would put a real tree up in the living room. The family comprised mum and dad, my brother, three sisters and a very big dog. A dog who once bit the postman and then bit the local bobby (policeman) who came to ask dad to better control his pet. The tree would be filled to the brim with decorations. Prize of place on the tree would be these little silver paper wrapped chocolates. Either in the shape of Santa or an Elf. From Christmas Day onwards we were allowed to have one chocolate decoration a day. But this particular Christmas someone helped themselves to a decoration early. Three days in a row. Unbelievably I got blamed for it. Then on Christmas day the real culprit was caught in the act. The dog. I’m still waiting for my apology.
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Apparently the 29th November is much more than Black Friday.
Its is also
- Flossing Day. Get in between those teeth.
- Electronic Greetings Day. I have absolutely no words.
- Buy Nothing Day. Given who slow our internet is and the lack of any money in the bank account this is a day I’m supporting wholeheartedly.
- Throw out your leftovers Day. If that’s my own cooked leftovers then it could also be Accidentally poison your garden wildlife Day.
- Customer is wrong Day. Otherwise known in Britain as trying to deal with British Telecom….
- National Chocolates Day. I’m happy to endorse.
- National Lemon Creme Pie Day. And another one I’m endorsing
- National Square Dance Day. And why not let’s endorse this one.
- International Service Engineer Day. Sorry can’t endorse this one as I’m still waiting a call after two weeks from a British Telecom Service Engineer.
- International Sinkie Day. A day when you give your Kitchen Sink a day off. As we are having Pizza then this will be observed.
Can we think of any other International Day we can introduce today. Maybe
- National Don’t Rain in Yorkshire Day. So far so good.
- International Burn Your Home Made Bread Loaf to a crisp Day. Already celebrated that one here today.
- National phone up British Telecom and get no answer Day. This is a daily event.
- International Can’t get your washed clothes dry Day. Yep getting behind this one.
- International Pour an ice cold bucket of water over your countries most self serving, lying and annoying Politician Day. In this country that’s renamed as National Slap Boris Johnson with a Fish Day.
- International Pets be nice to other Pets Day. My cat and dog are sponsoring this one.
It’s Swiss Sunday. Which means it’s Sunday and it’s time to indulge in a bit of Switzerland.
When my partner first took me to Switzerland I’m not sure what I was expecting. Mountains definitely. A beautiful country definitely. Brilliant transport without a doubt. Chocolate. Much Swiss cheese – probably. Yodelling – hopefully. Hardly any water – surely as it’s landlocked.
Now I can confirm it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on the planet. It has mountains – lots of them. The transport is beyond precise. It is Chocolate Heaven. Swiss Cheese is very nice. Yodelling does happen but Swiss Culture is so varied and puts our culture to shame. It’s still treasured.
But I was hideously wrong on the water assumption.
If water is your thing then Switzerland is perfect. Waterfalls, Lakes, Rivers, Rapids, Streams. All stunning. All with a unique Alpine Colour and Sound.
Lakes and mountains are the perfect combination.
One warning. The alpine water can be on the chilly side. Brace yourself.
In my voice – Tell me why
- My partner was taken from us when she was so young.
- The system continually fails our son.
- The Government can find billions to bribe other parties to keep it in power but can’t find the money to fund education support for the kids who need it.
- I don’t sleep anymore.
- They say the world is getting smaller yet I feel so isolated.
- Chocolate has so many blooming calories.
- Hair doesn’t like growing on my head yet it sprouts like an Amazonian Forest on the back of the my hands.
- The cat continually finds a way into the wardrobe.
- I can’t find any socks in this house.
- They never made a Captain Scarlet movie.
In our son’s voice – Tell me why
In our dogs voice – Tell me why
- My mum had to die.
- Both my grannies had to die.
- My hamster had to die.
- My girl cat who was like a sister to me had to die.
- I can’t read.
- Some people think I am stupid just because I am autistic and dyslexic.
- Shops have to be so busy.
- Hazard is leaving Chelsea.
- Do people have to kiss in films.
- Marvel Movies are way better than DC Movies.
- Most kids don’t like rock music.
- Broccoli wasn’t deemed an inedible plant.
- My Dad can’t cook.
I get shouted at for pinching socks.
I get shouted at for digging holes.
I get shouted at for eating garden tools.
I get shouted at for eating garden furniture,
I get shouted at for digging up plants.
I get shouted at for burying stuff like socks.
I get shouted at for pulling bits of the apple tree off.
I get shouted at for escaping.
I get shouted at for climbing in the hedge.
I get shouted at for eating cat poo, cow poo, sheep poo.
I get shouted at for pinching food.
My best friend isn’t with us anymore. I know I am a dog but she was a really cool cat.
In our boy cats voice – Tell me why
- My sister isn’t with us anymore.
- My best friend, the really lovely woman has gone. I miss siting on her lap.
- I get shouted at for missing the cat litter by several feet.
- I get really shouted at for missing the litter by so many feet I hit the wall.
- I get shouted at for sitting in front of the TV when a movie is on.
- I get shouted at for sneaking into the wardrobe and getting white hairs on all the black clothes.
- I get shouted at for falling in hot plates of food.
- I get shouted at for always tripping people up.
- I get shouted at for sleeping on the laptop.
- I get shouted at for sleeping on the toaster.
In our gerbils voice – Tell me why
- We don’t live in a toilet roll factory.
For us the perfect Sunday morning was a Swiss one. Maybe I should get sponsored by the Switzerland Tourist Board – any free bars of Toblerone would be happily received ….. in my dreams. Suspect that the Visit Yorkshire Team wouldn’t even give us a free stick of rhubarb.
A leisurely breakfast of hot chocolate, caffeine, freshly made bread, butter, various cheeses, fruit and birchermuesli. Sat by the lake looking at the Alps.
Then a short walk to the boat stop and wait for the precision perfect boat to arrive. Sometimes it’s a stunning Steam Boat.
Then sit and watch the world go by for 2 hours. Stunning views. An early wine or fresh peppermint tea. Maybe even some Swiss choir signing. Certainly some chocolate.