Holiday Day 2 - Part 2 (28 July 2015)

OK so this is what the Masham steam rally is all about, Steam Rollers, Traction Engines, Showman’s Engines, Steam Lorries.  Here are some photos of these fabulous beasts making their way through the village.  First is a 1929 Sentinel DG8 in the colours of Tarmac of Wolverhampton.

“Betsy” was restored by the late Fred Dibnah and was reportedly his favourite steam engine.  She was built by Aveling & Porter in 1910.

This beauty was originally built in 1911 by Burrell as a steam roller, before being converted to a general purpose engine named “Scout”.  Now named “Yorkshireman” it has recently been converted to a showman’s engine.

This is “Queen of Gt Britain”, another showman’s engine.  Built by Richard Garrett & Sons in 1919.

Built in 1898,  “The Duke of Ongar” has now been in existence across 3 centuries.

And now for something different… I wanted to try to capture the motion in the wheels as one of the engines went past, however I couldn’t have predicted what I found when I got home and started editing the photos.  In one I had managed to capture my son’s reflection perfectly in the brass hub of the turning wheel.  This one’s for you Ayrton - I don’t think I could do it again if I tried.

The driver of 1915 Aveling & Porter steam roller “White Rose” concentrating on getting her moving again after a brief pause for traffic.

A shot of “White Rose” herself…

Another crew guiding a beautifully careworn engine towards the village square.  This is No.682 built by J & R McLaren in 1899 and bearing all of those 116 years with pride.

Another look of concentration on the face of the driver of “Cressing Temple”, a 1902 Marshall general purpose engine.  There can’t be many people around who know how to drive a steam engine these days.

Just cruisin’ man!  The driver of “Sir John William” looks relaxed.

It’s dirty work driving one of these!

Holiday Day 2 - Part 1 (26 July 2015)

Saturday was the 50th annual Masham Steam Fair.  We headed for the village to wait for the procession of steam powered and classic vehicles to arrive.  A couple of vehicles were already in the village square when we arrived.  This Daimler SP250 was stunning!

We saw this AEC Matador passing through Thirsk earlier in the afternoon as we were heading back to the car after lunch in the pub.  We caught up with it a few miles further up the road as it chugged along at not much more than 30mph.  Danny is barely taller than one of its tyres.

One of the things that I find a little frustrating about preserved vehicles of all types is that they are often restored to a condition which is far from how they looked in daily use.  For classic cars, a pristine showroom finish is fine, as most of us would like our cars to  look shiny & new, but for working vehicles I think it’s incongruous.  I thought it was nice therefore to see that some of the owners of these vehicles seem to share that view and have allowed their vehicles to retain the patina of a lifetime of hard work.  This Bedford also showed a nice careworn look.

A lovely Mk.2 Jaguar turned up…

A smart MGB was tucked away behind one of the village buildings.

This 1925 Morris Country Bus was already a vintage vehicle when the first steam fair was held in Masham 50 years ago.

And then the paper boy arrived!

Holiday Day 1 - York (24 July 2015)

Bravely, or stupidly depending on who you ask, we bought a tent and decided to try a camping holiday this year.  We tried it out for a couple of nights a few weeks before, but this was to be our first full week under canvas as a family.  The weather forecast looked hopeful the day before we planned to leave, so I went online to book into the site we’d been to a couple of weeks before.  Oh no - no space available!  A rapid search found us a last minute alternative at about 7pm that night.  What a lucky break - the site was small, quiet and friendly with lovely clean facilities almost exactly halfway between York and Scarborough, the two main places we had in mind to spend time in during the week.  Wyse House Farm

After breakfast on our first day we headed into York for an activity filled day of pure tourism!  First stop was the Jorvik viking museum. Everyone else seemed to enjoy it, but I still feel the pain of that fifty quid entry fee.  It’s not the money, it’s the shock & disbelief that for that amount they managed to turn one of the most fearsome and adventurous people in European history into such a boring uninspiring experience.  I did take a picture of the detail on one of the Viking helmets.

After Jorvik we headed down to the river to hire a motorboat.  There’s something about this pub that looks really great so I had to take a picture even if I didn’t get to sample their wares.

The kids all enjoyed taking turns at the wheel of the boat which enabled me to take a few photos as we went.  This photo was taken as we passed under Skeldergate Bridge for the second time.

After the boat trip and an ice cream we went to the York Dungeon.  Only a little more expensive than the Viking exhibition, but what a difference.  OK so it’s more entertainment rather than  historical education, but it was fun and engaging and made me want to go back or recommend it to others.  The management of Jorvik really should take a look in here and think of how they could up their game. Everyone was starting to get a bit hungry by now so we went for something to eat and then wandered our way around the city for a little while, exploring some of the old narrow streets.  This is lady Peckett’s Yard…

We then made our way to the Shambles to join an evening ghost walk.  This photo was taken looking along the street while we waited.  

Believe it or not, nobody even asked to go into Chocolate Heaven!  If you want an entertaining evening walk around York, you could do far worse than join the ghost walk.  Great fun and good value for money.  Our guide Dan was thoroughly entertaining, and it’s a great way to see some of the old buildings of York.  We didn’t see any ghosts though.  This is Dan in the middle of one of his grisly tales in front of York Minster.  He’s not self harming, honest!

And that brings our first day to a close.

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