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Going back to 2011…

Unlike with yizhivika.com last year, when the day of the posting was restricted to photographs taken on the said day, this photo-blog has no such immutable constraints, so I’ve decided to revive some happy memories from 2011, and the following half-a-dozen photographs were all taken between June and November that year.

The first of them was taken on a lovely June day when I took my partner’s sister and brother-in-law on a guided tour of the Isle of Wight, taking the ferry from Portsmouth to Ryde, and then travelling down to Shanklin (among other places) where this picture was taken. I hasten to add that my Mandarin is somewhat limited, and my guests’ English was virtually non-existent, but never mind, we had a good time, and the day added to my already fond memories of the Isle of Wight…

Shanklin, 9th June, 2011

Shanklin, 9th June, 2011

The next three pictures were all taken in the following month on my maiden visit to North Yorkshire, at the invitation of a long-time friend who relocated to Richmond from his erstwhile home in Finsbury Park, north London, to look after his elderly mum. And what a revelation North Yorkshire was to me; we were blessed with fine weather for the four days I was there, and it was a beautiful place to be that July…

Passing through the village of Hawes, in North Yorkshire...

Passing through the village of Hawes, in North Yorkshire…

Sheep at Ribblehead Viaduct...

Sheep at Ribblehead Viaduct…

Tan Hill Inn, the highest inn in Britain, at 1732 feet above sea level...

Tan Hill Inn, the highest inn in Britain, at 1732 feet above sea level…

In the autumn of 2011, I made two visits to the Union Chapel, in Islington in north London, to see gigs by a couple of favourite women artists: the first, in October, featuring Tanita Tikaram (whose album ‘The Sweet Keeper’ is very dear to me) and the other, in November, featuring The Webb Sisters, a pair of fellow-Kentish lasses, who toured as backing singers for Leonard Cohen a year or two previously, and who do a divine version of Leonard’s song ‘If it be your will’…so here they are, on two autumn nights at that lovely venue…:).

Tanita Tikaram, and dig those red shoes...;)

Tanita Tikaram, and dig those red shoes…;)

Hattie and Charlie Webb at the Union Chapel, November 2011

Hattie and Charlie Webb at the Union Chapel, November 2011

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