Yorkshire folk and cycling fans watching the Tour de France in Yorkshire, July 2014. © J. Ashley Nixon
Happy Yorkshire Day! Here is a short selection of photos to celebrate the broad acres of the biggest county of England and its people, The Tykes, wherever you hang out in the world. Please visit my earlier blog post to explore eleven things to do on Yorkshire Day. A recipe for Yorkshire Pudding is included!
Yorkshire Dog: Arya the Airedale
After my early years in Haworth, I went to school in Keighley, Airedale. Many years later, in Canada, when my children begged and begged for a dog, I relented on one condition-I chose a right good Yorkshire breed. Arya the Airedale Terrier (the largest of the terriers) joined our family. Here she is as a puppy and she still often acts like one, four years later. A lovely, yet strong character dog carefully named after the most compelling character in Game of Thrones, Arya Stark. You can read more about Arya the Airedale here and here.
Yorkshire Roots: Haworth Moors
I was born and bred on these Haworth moors, a landscape made famous in Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Fond memories of my Mum and Dad, seen here with their granddaughter, Jennifer.
The photograph at the top was taken on The Headrow, Leeds amongst huge crowds out to see the first of two days of cycling in Yorkshire during the Tour de France, 2014. You read more about the Tour in Yorkshire here. And here is an article about beer and bikes.
This photograph, taken at The Grouse pub in Oldfield, Yorkshire shows off the fine selection of @timothytaylorsbeer including a special brew Le Champion made for the Tour de France, that ran two stages in Yorkshire in 2014. Landlord is their famous championship ale which, regrettably, I am unable to sup today all the way away in Calgary, Canada. Still, I have some good substitutes. One will be a nice pint of Show Pony, a delightful quaffing pale ale from Last Best The other is an IPA from Wildrose Brewery.
Yorkshire Art and Talent
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a fabulous place to walk around and explore some of the best sculptures in the world. Creations located in open-field and woodland landscapes include works of art by Andy Goldsworthy, Anthony Caro, KAWS, Sol Le Witt and Yorkshire-born Henry Moore. Two Piece Reclining Figure: Points (1969-70) is one of Moore’s beautiful bronze sculptures to see alongside the grazing sheep.
For more photographs of Yorkshire and other fine places, please visit J. Ashley Nixon Photography