Friday, 20 April 2018


Almond: how do you say this nut?

a) OL-mund?
b) AL -mund?
c) AR-mund?

Coming soon: Scone

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Alice Hogg

40s Keswick  cartoonist Alice Hogg's defiant housewife

Alison Hargreaves, First Woman to conquer Everest (Great Women Mountaineers no 5)

"It is better to have lived one day as a tiger than 1,000 days as a sheep" Tibetan proverb. 
Alison Hargreaves was the first woman to conquer Everest on May 13th 1995, alone and without oxygen. A successful summit of K2 was followed by her tragic death on the descent...

Proddy Rug

Old sacks and rags, all you needed for a proddy rug as long as you had a proddy (More objects from the Keswick museum)

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Britain's Rarest Fish

Exhibits in Keswick Museum included a Vendace, a fish found in Derwent Water and dating back to the Ice Age. Plus a mantrap for catching poachers. Ouch!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Great Women Mountaineers no 4: Annie Smith Peck (1850-1935)

Annie's looking cheesed off here because after she'd scaled the Northern-most summit of Peruvian mountain Cordillera Blanca and the Chileans had named it in her honour (Cumbre Aña  Peck) Fanny Bullock Workman disputed the height of the mountain to ensure she didn't get the women's altitude record. It's tough at the top....

Great Women Mountaineers no 3: Fanny Bullock Workman

Formidable Fanny had fantastic resilience to altitude enabling her to reach many peaks. Explorer, mountaineer, geographer, writer and cartographer Ms Workman also championed Women's suffrage whilst fiercely holding the women's altitude record.....

Are We Nearly There Yet? (Great Women Mountaineers No 2: Lucy Walker)

Lucy Walker & Co taking a brisk stroll to the top of the Eiger (1864)

Great Women Mountaineers no 1: Fay Fuller

Imagine walking up a mountain in this outfit! 
1890s mountain legend Fay Fuller did according to Keswick Museum!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Up The Matterhorn in a Cotton Dress (Lucy Walker, 1871)

Well if Lucy said she wanted to go up the Eiger I wouldn't have argued with her either.....

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

A Poem about Paul Young by Brian Bilston

From "You Took the Last Bus Home" by Brian Bilston. Described by someone as a cross between John Cooper Clarke and Frank Sidebottom.......

Monday, 2 April 2018

80s Pop Clue

The closer the knit, the tighter the fit....?

Titfer Tat- Guess the 80s Pop Star

This one's for Hokum's Jason and the Boo Sutcliffe Band....but who are they supporting at Holmfirth Picturedrome?? Miserable pouting lip shown larger than real size. Still has all his own hair and teeth......?

Friday, 30 March 2018

Fish Face Off (Post Brexit Fish no 5 & 6)

Imagine having eyes on the top of your head which can swivel and being able to swim like a fish. 
Oh, and being a fish.....(Dover Sole, Scottish Megrim)

Blood Roses -Battle of Towton, 1461

March 29th 1461, perhaps the bloodiest battle in English history took place during the War of the Roses on a bleak North Yorkshire plateaux. When Lancastrian arrows fell short, Yorkist longbow men send them back with the prevailing wind, to devastating effect. The Towton Battlefield Society runs walks of the site: walks from the Rockingham pub at Towton....

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Massive Medieval Village

A road upgrade between Cambridge and Huntingdon has uncovered a vast site with 6,000 years of history, including a medieval village, Iron Age henge monument, anglo saxon timber village and a Roman trade distribution centre......... see:

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Mary Rose Yew Longbows (for Debbie Palmer)

In 1545 the Mary Rose sank to the mud in the bottom of the Solent, which preserved 140 yew longbows.... divers said they came out looking like they'd just been cut from the tree.......

Friday, 16 March 2018

Post Brexit Fish no. 2: Mackerel

This one's for there a subliminal message printed on their backs??

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Post Brexit Fish no 1: Dab

The Marine Conservation Society urges post Brexit switch to fish from UK waters.
 Number 1 is the gorgeous North Sea Dab (sorry vegans)

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Stephen Hawking Tribute

With thanks to Caroline Page and apologies to The Clangers. Farewell to the inspiring Stephen Hawking, who died on Einstein's birthday.......

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

The New Tufty Club

According to today's Guardian, scientists think the return of the pine marten  could help save the red squirrel, reduced in numbers by the invasive grey squirrel.......

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Ugly Bug Ball #Bugstoo

RHS Top 10 Ugly Pests....or beautiful examples of the rich ecosystem?

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Hokum @ Hall Bower Defibrillator Benefit Gig

Thank you to Hall Bower Athletic Club for a fantastic evening....and to our brilliant Gig Artists 
Alf, Becky & Co aged 9-11 years, great work!

Friday, 2 March 2018

Eyam Flea Dusting

"A Derbyshire Almanac" by Paul Sullivan lists some old customs in the village of Eyam. Children pulled the stamens from daffodils and pretended to churn butter in the flower's trumpet...and wives dutifully swept their steps ("the dusting of the fleas") believing "if you kill a flea in March you kill a hundred". This being the village where Plague struck in 1666, courtesy of fleas..... 

Toys Rn't Us

Toys R Us has called in the receivers

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Beast From the North

For Brigid and friends in Scotland being battered by The Beast from the East.....Cu Sith is a mythical green phantom dog who haunts the highlands. Apparently wives were vulnerable to being abducted  by the green dog and carried away to fairy mounds to look after fairy children.....

Beast From the North

For Brigid and friends in Scotland being battered by The Beast from the East.....Cu Sith is a mythical green phantom dog who haunts the highlands. Apparently wives were vulnerable to being abducted  by the green dog and carried away to fairy mounds to look after fairy children.....

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Beast of the East

In honour of today's much trumpeted bad weather, blowing over from Siberia, here's the original beast, a Siberian Unicorn....fossilised remains of a shaggy rhino which may have had a big horn were discovered in the region. A local legend amongst the Yakut people tells of a " huge black bull" killed by a spear with a horn so large it had to be carted away on a sled..... 

Pepe's Finca

Pepe, our neighbour in Spain, brought round a huge bag of oranges from his trees....his fig tree was a knarled stump devoid of its canopy of green leaves

Spanish Acorns

Aromatic Mediterranean plants on our walk along the cliffs...lavender, thyme, rosemary and many unknown species, including miniature holly with acorns, which was a type of oak tree 

Roman Fish Food

Bagged Montgo at last,  735m found the remains of the fish processing works cut into the tosca stone wave cut platforms near the sea,  like giant baths

Green Lizard, Yellow Swallowtail

After a rocky ascent of Montgo above Xabia, Spain, we were welcomed to the summit by this yellow swallowtail butterfly.....m-agic m-oments!!

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Flip Flops at the Winter Olympics

Hats off (and shirts) to Tonga's Cross Country skier, PitaTaufatofua. After appearing bare-chested in sub zero temperatures, complete with flip flops and a grass skirt at the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang he managed not to come last! Asked about how he managed to cope with the cold, he said, "if my ancestors can sail across the Pacific Ocean for 1000 years not knowing where the next piece of land will be...then I can go though 25 minutes without a shirt on"

Spanish Fish

Fish with great Spanish names. My favourite is the "trembling cow"....

Friday, 16 February 2018

Skeleton Bob

  2010 Winter Olympics when  Skeleton Bob won Gold!! Also some strange happening from 8 years ago!