The West Riding of Yorkshire, just 10 miles or so from home, some of the most picturesque and typical landscapes in Britain. I love it. The milltowns like Holmbridge here, just up the road from Holmfirth, of Last of the Summer Wine fame, is typical of a pennine hill village. The building adjacent to the mill in the centre belongs to Silvester’s motorcycles. Many years ago, 40+ infact, I used to watch the owner ride a Bultaco or Huskvana scrambling bike round the hills of north Sheffield. Scrambling, or motocross as it is now called, was quite big, attracting several thousand people. I loved the tramping around the hils and dales to get there with my Dad, we’d choose a rider, a number, and watch out for him however good or bad he was. Terry Silvester was either No 2 or No 22 and was quite good. He was probably my first ever sporting hero.
I often just take off in the car and explore the tiny lanes near to my home, many which I’ve never been on before but then end up somewhere familiar to me. The photo with the vehicles on is Woodhead Road between Holmbridge and the Woodhead Pass and is very steep both up and down over the pennines. The view of the fields and stone walls is just to the north of the quaintly named village of Upper Thong which, like our own village, is built entirely on a hillside.
I rolled into the village whilst listening to Wardance by Killing Joke. Anyone remember them?
Just a note about this blog, something has changed when I upload images in the “new editor”, the precise placement of images has gone wonky, they appear in the middle of the text now instead of where I place the cursor. Just a minor blip but considering the yanks have managed to land a Landrover or whatever it is on Mars, exactly where they wanted to do, it’s plain sloppy.
And…..one last thing, I just need all the politicians and religious bigots to take a long hard look at themselves and their colleagues and then look at the way the athletes from Russia, America, North Korea, Iran, India, Pakistan, Britain and all the rest of the world, conduct themselves. It’s not the people of the world who cause the problems of the world, it’s the politicians and religion.