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A Good W/E

My sleep gave me respite and I managed to get up in to the Dales to visit my folks over the weekend, on Sunday. Michael (+family) & Alison were there and it was a good catch up. The reason for getting together was that it was Dad’s birthday celebration. He completes another year soon and he is looking forward to completely stopping work – he says he hopes to be out of agriculture by the…

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Christmas 2019

I am listening back to Geeks at The Gates on Harrogate Community Radio as I write this. It has been a Christmas that has been ruled by radio. I run a radio station in Harrogate, imaginatively called < a href="https://harrogatecommunityradio.online" target="_blank">Harrogate Community Radio. I spent a good time of the Christmas break at my folks sat in front of my Laptop scheduling the shows for broadcast. There was a good run of programmes and I…

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Dornoch 2019

We arrived safely home yesterday afternoon. We set off from Dornoch around 0730 and came in to Harrogate around 1600. It was dark when we set off and it was dark when we arrived home. But, it was great to be back in the Highlands of Scotland – Dornoch is a place loaded with memories. It was quite weird walking around thinking “Oh, Granny would …” at every memory prompt. Yet it was quite a…

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Christmas 2018

First of all, please let me start this blog post by wishing you — the reader of my blog — a very festive and fun-filled Christmas. We have spent ours up at the Farm, near Ripon with my Brother and his family, my sister and my folks — it has been a a good Chrimbletide. We feasted, we gifted we made merry. It was the first time I got to meet my nephew Ben — only two weeks old, bless him. He has…

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Our Trip To Manchester

Our trip to Manchester: Me and Mrs Backhouse visited my sister, Alison. Alison lives in the Chorlton area of Manchester and it is the first time me and Kathryn went over to take in the sites. We have been to her house before over Xmas 2017 — but — this was the first time we went on a jolly without the Parentals. We got there in good time on train and Alison met us at the station — we hot-footed it…

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H’ppy Birthday Dad

My Dad has a birthday today — he has reached the grand age of sixty four. I went over to the farm to see Mum & Dad and they seemed in good form. I bought Dad a copy of the Dartmoor Edition of the Tolkien Maps — similar to the Yorkshire Dales version I treated myself to the other month. He seems to like it. Dad has great memories of Dartmoor — he worked there during his time at college and…

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Fieldgate

The above photo was sent to me by my sister, Alison — it was labelled “Fieldgate 88.” Fieldgate is the name of the house where the two older people in the photo used to live. I have good memories of being there. I have put the photograph up here, on Ijo Pona, as a way of bookmarking it and ‘keeping it circulation.’ You never know, my niece may look back on this Blog and wonder what Uncle…

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Backhouse Field Trip

I thought about titling this post as “Family Camp” but then that would lead to all sorts of rumours about that time I went fly-fishing. Instead — I have called this post “Family Field Trip 2017” — for it is the largest gathering of our sect of family since Granny’s funeral at Easter. It was really great to see everyone and ‘make memories.’ There were a few cousins who could not make it due to prior commitments but there…

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Granny B

I am writing this late on Easter Monday’s afternoon — struggling to make sense of my emotions. The weekend got off to a hell of a bad start; on Good Friday my mum phoned to tell me that Granny had passed away peacefully, loosing her battle with Dementia. The end months were not graceful for Granny B — she was such a proud woman and it was sad to see her laid so low with an illness. She had…

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Mother’s Day 2017

It has been a hell of a busy w/e. On Friday, our debut Dub EP was released on major stores as a download. There are a few teething problems with the Beatport version but I have been assured by State51 Conspiracy that things are going to run smoothly from now on and it should be up there in a bit. I had a lot of fun making the EP and we are well underway for…

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