Just some random pics of creatures who share our lives (there is a black cat sirtting on Bill's knee too)....just thinking how lucky we are that they trust us after all the grief that humans give other animals...
High Bond End is a lovely
walled medieval road winding up out of town. One can imagine horses and carts trudging
up the hill… but I took a long hard look at it recently due to the
death there of Arthur, our cat, and was appalled at the
dangers inherent in it– particularly for pedestrians. That
stretch of road is extremely
narrow, and like a helter skelter which forces walkers to cross at
the most dangerous part because the already miniscule pavement disappears.
There are many walkers, including parents
with small children moving between town and their homes up the Ripley
Our lives are more and more dominated by traffic. The
road can’t be changed, but the regulations for it can. It should have a
lower speed and weight limit which should be enforced with cameras before there
are more casualties. Are we happy with the assumption that (ever larger) motor vehicles are ‘king of
Blogging has been on backburner due to so many mayoral activities, but here's a start of a catch up...Just found this pic of our supper with the local scouts at their camp this september...photo taken by one of the pack. Lovely evening with exploration of the woods, campfire, games and nourishing stew - great fun!
We were delighted by the support for this event - about 100 participants discussed where we should be setting our sights after an inspiring talk from Prof Gouldson. School staff supported us and a delicious vegan lunch was provided by Ryan, the school chef. These pics were taken by one of the students.
Shan Oakes was Green Party candidate for Harrogate and Knaresborough in 2015. She previously stood for Haltemprice & Howden for 2010 and in the 2008 by-election coming second out of 26 candidates.
Shan lived in Beverley from 1975. She taught English at schools in Hull and Beverley. This was followed by eight years championing child welfare, parent partnership and special needs for Humberside County Council and City of York education departments, and further work in the York Community Safety Partnership.
Shan then spent two and a half years living, working and learning a great deal in Uganda. She is a co-founder (with Bill Rigby) of Voice International, which promotes sustainability through education. In her MSc dissertation
(Education for Sustainability) Shan argues that diversity is fundamental to sustainability.
Shan works with organisations such as Friends of the Earth Transition Towns, the Earth Charter UK. Shan and Bill run an eco holiday house in York. They moved to Knaresborough in 2014 to be nearer some of their 11 grandchildren - who are a wonderful window into the future.