There’s no place like home!

“What makes a great tour guide? In reality, a guide wears several hats, and most of the times even without knowing it. Guides are storytellers, entertainers, teachers.” ~ Sarbjit Gill.

Well, sorry to disappoint, but I only own one hat – not counting the wedding ones!

Today I’m taking the latest photo challenge literally, at least to start with. “Share with us an image, or two, or three, (or more!) of where you live.

I’m kicking off with a short video, after all, what is a video if not simply a group of photographic images that move?

I filmed it last week on a whim to send to my friend over the pond. It was never intended for WP, but it fits nicely, therefore please excuse my short commentary.

At the time, I was at home, looking out of the upstairs french windows (balcony doors) and I became fascinated with the way the snow-flakes were swirling haphazardly.

Picking up my phone, I stepped out onto the balcony and began to film a short clip, which includes the wintery view of where I live, my small farm in Yorkshire, England.

The remaining photographs are images that have featured here before, images that show places I visit, little pieces of history from my home county of Yorkshire. IMG_5646

Harewood House, dating back to 1759 and the home of the eighth Earl (2nd cousin of the queen) and Countess of Harewood, the Lascelles family. The family arrived in England with William the Conqueror, during the 1066 Norman Conquest of England

I last visited Harewood (15 minutes drive from my home) a few days before Christmas to view and enjoy the Victorian Christmas event. [A snippet of trivia, the Television series ‘Victoria’ was mostly fimed here].


Skipton Castle dating from 1090 and built on the site of a roman fort. A Civil War siege took place 1642-1645, the inhabitants, the Royalists were holding out against the Roundheads Oliver Cromwell’s parliament.

The castle, a half hour drive from my home has a fascinating history and was  covered here on WP during the summer, which was the last time I visited.

SONY DSCRipley Castle, a forty five minute drive from my home and another castle that daughter Sophie and I visited during the summer months.

The owners, the Ingilby family have lived in the castle since the fourteenth century.

In 1603 James VI of Scotland stayed here when he was en route to his coronation as James I of England.

The castle also has a hidden priesthole, what a find!  And, Oliver Cromwell was held here overnight at gunpoint by ‘Trooper Jane Ingilby’ !

So many images I could have included here, but that would have taken up too much of your valuable time. Nonetheless, I couldn’t possibly end this article about my home, my Yorkshire, without including my favourite place.

Just short of an hour’s drive from my home is the medieval city of York with its city walls, ancient streets and Roman remains beneath, the ruins, the digs, and the Vikings. A city steeped in history, a city that should be on the very top of your wish list of  places to visit in England.


The ancient street of Stonegate with a glimpse of the Minster beyond


The Shambles – the oldest street in England

© 2018 In response to the photo challenge Tour Guide

5 thoughts on “There’s no place like home!

    1. Certainly is and now I have the song in my head! “Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home” Then there’s this verse,

      “I gaze on the moon as I tread the dreamy wild,
      And feel that my mother now thinks of her child
      As she looks on that moon from our own cottage door
      Through the woodbine whose fragrance shall cheer me no more.”

      The vision I have of this scene I’m sure the author never meant to conjure up!

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