It's a cold raw day and I have just come inside from picking up fallen twigs which, when dry, will be good firesticks to light the woodburner. And just in case we have a cold Christmas I have ordered some heating oil to top up the tank. Belt and braces you might say.
Looking forward to more normal times now the vaccine is being delivered. I drank mulled wine with a friend out of a thermos this week while standing outside near a layby. We hope to be able to meet inside next year and laugh about it!!!
We are all probably buying more presents online this year and I have been busy posting my history books about Goole, Howden and Eastrington to different parts of the country as well as to Canada and US. I have also been selling them in a socially distanced way from the front porch here - buy a book and a jar of honey at the same time!! Contact me through my website howdenshirehistory.co.uk
But Howden shops can provide many of our needs and although these pictures show that the town is changing I think it has kept its Yorkshire pride and character.
I recently met a local farmer who greeted me with the familiar Ow do? to which I replied Not so bad. Few words needed.
Built in the 1890s as the Half Moon the 'Co-op' shop shown here has recently changed hands
| No yellow lines and the Midland Bank where I was taken to open a bank account when I was 16. No identity checks necessary - the manager then was part of the local community and knew everyone.|
|Some familiar faces on this picture of an Eastrington Show dinner|