Picnic in Swaledale – Easter’s gone by!

SwaledaleI was young once, I remember it well. Easter was an exciting time when family gathered at a favorite picnic spot on Easter Monday. We usually gathered somewhere in Swaledale. It was often cold, but we’d wrap up warm and lay a picnic blanket on the grass. The traditional feast was home-made Simnel cake, ham sandwiches and chocolate Easter Eggs.

A yorkshire tradition was ‘jarping’ hard boiled eggs. It was a very serious game and sometimes kids cheated.

Egg jarping is a traditional Easter game. In English folk traditions, the game has variously been known as “shackling”, “jarping” or “dumping”.

The rule of the game is simple. One holds a hard-boiled egg and taps the egg of another participant with one’s own egg intending to break the other’s, without breaking one’s own. As with any other game, it has been a subject of cheating; eggs with cement core, alabaster, and even marble eggs have been reported.

On the way home, after the picnic, we’d stop off at a country pub, where the kids would get a rare treat, a glass of Shandy (lemonade and beer mix). Wow, kids drinking beer now, especially here in the US would be CHILD ABUSE! I enjoyed this type of child abuse, and lived to tell the tale.

Years go by and things change. I still enjoy Easter. It’s much more formal and sophisticated now. I have a grown up daughter who is soon to be married. I’m cooking Easter lunch for her and her fiance. It’ll be fun Mimosa’s, ham, lobster mac and cheese, lemon asparagus. A lovely lunch, but I still miss those Easter’s gone by. I miss the greenery of Swaledale, the fun of jarping eggs, but most of all, I miss my Mum and Dad. I know they’re watching over me though. HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

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Colorado – It never lets me down

I was born and raised in England and lived in Shildon and Summerhouse, county Durham before moving to Brompton on Swale, North Yorkshire. I got married to a British Soldier and moved to Blandford, Dorset before spending a couple of years in Germany. Worthy Down, Hampshire and Chatham, Kent came next. All of these locations were great places to live, surrounded by beautiful countryside, but nowhere compared with Colorado. It never lets me down.

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The Glory of England

My Childhood Home

My Childhood Home

My mum worked here as a housekeeper.

My mum worked here as a housekeeper.

Many long happy days were spent on the farm

Many long happy days were spent on the farm

Easby Abbey - Richmond In 1977 I was married here.

Easby Abbey – North Yorkshire. In 1977 I was married here.

Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle

Richmond, North Yorkshire.

Richmond, North Yorkshire.

 

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Before I publish my book ‘Dead of July’, I am taking a trip down memory lane and remembering what made me the person I am today. My Childhood was spent in the North of England. When I visited my old haunts a couple of years ago, I realized just how beautiful it was, and how lucky I was to have started my life there. Over the next month or so, I am going to share more images of my past. I hope you enjoy them.

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