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
So, what happened at the weekend? Quite a bit as it happens – I did not sleep so that meant there was a lot of w/e overtime put in.
I managed to re-haul my web design site www.treebark.design and I am quite please with how it looks. I have gone for a set-up that makes it easier to read and therefore slightly better optimised for search engines. It still has HTTPS (an SSL Certificate) so this means it will help with the rankings too. All in all I hope to have improved the set up and the flow of the site. Please, use this link to see what I have done.
Saturday was spent listening to music – something I find great joy in doing. I have quite a good setup (I inherited from a loved one) and a comfortable chair upon which to perch to listen to the music. See, I am on the mailing list of a PR firm based in Berlin – so I get a whole heap of avant-garde music to listen to and play on my radio show, The Parish News.
Saturday was a good day.
Sunday saw us in a bit of a panic – Kathryn had won four tickets to an (excellent) vintage fair in York. We only found out about it around 1am on Sunday morning! We contacted a few friends to see who was up for coming to York with us to take advantage of the free tickets and the voucher. Andy & Helen F were the first to reply in the affirmative so we met them at Harrogate Station and caught the soon to arrive train to York.
I managed to lose my bearings crossing the platform to the York Station’s exit – thankfully Helen was on hand to get us to Fossgate and The Merchant Adventurers Hall, the venue of the great vintage fair that we were destined for.
The vintage fair was called York Does Vintage – as run by the firm, Britain Does Vintage. They have a web site and I will post their banner below. But first I would like to witter on a bit about them – if you don’t mind.
Now then, I have never really been much of a fan of vintage clothing – I see it as a posh charity shop without the moral backbone. The clothes normally smell of piss and are always too small to fit my Tons-Of-Fun physique.
However, there was a class and elegance to the products on sale at York Does Vintage – the stall holders were all very friendly, polite and courteous. They went out of their way to try and help you.
Kathryn ended up spending a fortune on two jackets (Summer / Winter) and I bought a French Work Jacket for the token price of £15 – Bargain. Andy and Helen bought a few thing and we settled down for cake – a wedge of coffee and walnut cake with a strong brew to refresh us.
Then we hot footed it across town, via the Cornish Pasty Shop (Steak & Stilton for me, Cheese & Mushroom for Kathryn – Vegetarian for Andy & Helen). We called in to the York Tap on at the station to await on our train and sipped a libation – I can’t quite remember what I had to drink as I was running on vapours and was getting a bit confused.
We caught the train home and then met Scooby in Major Toms for a power pint and left as the quiz was starting. Scoob and me popped in to The Little Ale House on the way home: first impressions are that they do a good pint and the bar staff are friendly – we will call again when we have more time and I will write a full appraisal up here on Ijo Pona.