My friend Martyn Hudson has published a very special book called, on blackamoor. Martyn has an intimate knowledge of the moors, but more that that he has a deep love of the place, something which is very evident in his writing, as he takes us on a very personal journey through its unique landscape and history.
If you have any interest at all in the North York Moors or the history and folklore of a landscape, I would encourage you to read this beautiful book. Copies can be purchased here
Watch Martyn talking about the Moors for the recent Discover Middlesbrough History Month here
My multi-talented friend Graham Vasey has written a book. Graham is an artist, writer, photographer, countryman and fisherman philosopher, he also brews wonderful beer. I’d recommend you take a look.
The one positive thing to come out of lockdown for me is I have finally finished my book “The Fishing Flies Of A Teesdale Angler” in which I look at over 30 flies published by Robert Lakeland in the 1850’s. Within the book I discuss the flies individual history (many of which go back to the 17th century) the materials they were created with and how we can replicate these simple but effective fishing flies. It is available to buy directly from Blurb.com for £25 plus postage, but if people would like a copy please contact me, if I can order over 20 copies I can offer it at a significantly cheaper at £15 plus postage.
Graeme can be contacted via Facebook, Instagram or through his blog
My lovely daughter sent me these two images of cows on Saltburn beach. They were taken in 1915 by a photographer called John Cimon Warburg using the Autochrome Process.
The process, invented by the Lumière brother at the beginning of the 20th century, involved covering photographic plates with different coloured potato starches. The plates were first manufactured for commercial use in 1907
Mares’ tails and mackerel scales make lofty ships to carry low sails.
..lifted by chatting with Chris
A sign that the weather is changing
These maps from the British Library have been made available via Wikimedia Commons they were produced in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to assist in the calculation of fire risk insurance