Ijo Pona is the Harrogate adventure blog written by a Funny Little Man. Andy is a freelance web designer in Harrogate and he is also a well-received sound artist and runs a mastering studio in Yorkshire. The Wire Magazine once described him as "... difficult to dislike." Still at my most enthusiastic and naive.
Funny Little Man – Harrogate
Kathryn turned another year over today — she grows in beauty every day and is a joy to be with. Gorgeous all-round life-companion, wife, friend & dog-walker she is everything to me; Kathryn, I love you.
We woke up around the same time, today —
09;her Birthday — and she was soon out of the door to her clients (hounds). I had to get her to open her presents as she was just wanting a nice cup of tea & a sitdown. Gift Enforcement had to metered out.
I have bought Kathryn a SONOS Play:1 and she seems to love it. Obviously, it will be playing more Hardcore Punk than Dub but then it is her speaker. I had a bit of fun setting it up the other day and loved the noise of the SONOS Smart Device.
I also got Kathryn a t-shirt from Major Tom’s Social — her favourite pub. It is a design by the talented Kate, who works there — she designed the image below and it is amazing!
… it is on a grey tee and my wife looks amazing in it.
We pottered around for a few hours and then headed out to a venue that was new to us — we had not been to Starling before but it had big boots to fill in Major Tom’s stead. The temporary relocation of Funs was welcome but … just a temporary phase.
The pizzas were good — some bits better than Tom’s and some bits worse than Tom’s. The staff were pleasant but anonymous — the vibe lacked and there was an event going on every room that made the group members look at you when you burst out laughing — and boy did we laugh; me and Mrs Backhouse were joined by Simon & Scooby — and for a brief period graced by the presence of Michelle & Reef.
We managed to cover everything from Health Care to Onion Sandwiches and we had established that I have spent too long in Harrogate.
But, the most important thing is that Kathryn went away smiling. She has really looked out for me over the past year and it was nice to spoil her. This was a small group of friends who came together to catch up — we all met at Tom’s (Si & Scoob & Me) and I think that is where the majority of our future liaisons will be — thanks Starling; you were awesome but not for us permanently, but a welcome break. Happy birthday Mrs Backhouse! x