Life by Squares – B7

Here’s a new thing – two of us wandering around York! Hey-la, my wife is back from foreign lands and so we (after much dice-wrangling) went to walk around here:


As you can see, this square almost contains York Racecourse. We once went to an Eighties event there, which featured such luminaries as Marc Almond (Soft Cell), ABC (from my hometown of Sheffield), Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) and Altered Images (because who could forget Clare Grogan bouncing around the stage on TOTP). It was fab!

For today, we kind of decided on five photos each, with an equal number chosen by both of us, and we almost stuck to that. Here’s the first one from me – looking across Knavesmire from the road of the same name:


As you can see, there was a bit of a sun in the sky, which was surprising considering that the temperature is due to fall well into the minus tonight. And also – some trees. Make the most of these skeletal beasts because they’re going to get good and fat soon. Leaves ahoy!

My wife, who I shall henceforth call N, principally to avoid using a pronoun (my) that makes it seem like I own her, chose the next shot. It was taken on the same road, but looking the opposite way:


N says that it makes her feel like it represents an embracing, all-encompassing love. Nice!

Perhaps you have heard of the Internet of Things, which is “the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data” (Wikipedia). Well anyways, we’re still in the barcode era in York, as this photo from the southerly end of Knavesmire Road demonstrates:


Well, that’s why I imagine that this fence has been given a ‘QR code’. Darn it – I should have scanned the code to check – silly me!

Straight after that, N spotted something in the grass:


She loved that way that the colours contrasted with the grass. And maybe because it was lonely. Personally, I think it’s because one of her friends collects feathers and so N looks out for them for her.

Walking along Knavesmire Cresent, looking at the dinky front yards of the row of terraced houses, I spotted a cute rabbit, or maybe a big-eared mouse – I wasn’t really sure at first. As I was taking the photo I could hear N saying ‘oh, no!’ but I did it anyway. Here’s the result:


Cute, huh!

Nothing like a bit of blue sky, some gorgeous green grass and a smattering of perspective to change the subject. Here’s N’s choice for our next snap:


Had to do a bit of straightening up on that photo to get the tree to stand upright and stop the horizon from tilting, but I think it came out alright – what do you reckon?

The subject of the next photo is too small to be a coal-hole and too big for the mice to have built it, but one of these is a feature of every house on Curzon Terrace:


I have not the faintest idea what this is, but me likes it! Something to do with angels and horseshoes, maybe?

A lovely example, on Albemarle Road, of the kind of shiny foliage (holly leaves are another) that lasts all year round:


Isn’t that just lush!

And look at this for a great example of resilience, determination and tenacity from further up the same street:


Some may call that a weed, but we call it nature at her best.

And to finish off, I snapped me another piece of wall from up on Ovington Terrace:


I took it from an angle to try to give some idea of the three-dimensional (3D) nature of the marvellous texture there. Not sure if a 2D photo really does it justice. We’ll probably have to wait for 3D photography for that. Any boffins out there?

And that’s it for today – thanks for reading. Loves – R & N:



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