I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Monday, 11 January 2010

A REPUGNANT DAY (11/01/10)

 We experienced a gentle thaw last night with less gentle but continuous cold rain which lasted till lunch time. Went out this morning but it was barely light and to be honest thoroughly depressing. There is an area of York known as the Shambles, it consists of medieval buildings which have upper stories wider than the lower. So much so that they almost touch above the street. As an Advocate of HDR I'm angry that I didn't employ the technique to capture these.

The following pictures were all taken yesterday.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                             The Shambles..............Quite how these remain standing is a mystery. Walking along I can almost hear 'Gardyloo' and feel the contents of a chamber pot.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                            Things become less claustrophobic as we close the Minster.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                             It pays to be sober when navigating around here. Nothing is vertical.... Nor horizontal for that matter.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                             The Market, not well patronised by either stall holders or customers. Not surprised as it was freezing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                             This alley joins the market square to the Shambles. I feel as if these buildings are supporting one another, one goes they all go.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                              York Magistrates Court. Another fine edifice though much later and self supporting.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                              All Saints Church, a grand church in it's own right a pity it's so close to and eclipsed by the Minster.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                              Reflections in the river Ouse.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                              RECYCLING?.........Couldn't resist it, am wondering how they did. Why 'Gorgeous Staff' have any bearing on a used bike purchase is also open to debate.


  1. A great tour in pictures Adrian. Love the Shambles. Does make you wonder how it all still stands. Like the market shot too, brought back memories. I used to be a market trader years ago. Great fun, but tough this time of year.

  2. Gorgeous staff - LOL! Well, they say that sex sells! I can't say I disagree.

    I love The Shambles! How neat that the buildings almost touch at the top.

    I've seen so many cool things on your blog that I've never seen anywhere else - so thank you!

  3. Interesting pictures of the Shambles. I've been to York once... back in the early 70s. I remember the Minster.

  4. Keith, tis down to timber frame construction. lets it all wobble about.
    Penny don't need a bike........But maybe! Possibly a recycled sign from the brothel the council shut!
    Dawn, the place is full of everything. Am here for a couple more inclement days then have to work.

  5. Great pictures, you have the way with photography.

  6. Adrian. Lovely images of York's wonderful architecture and the City looks deserted. Enjoy the remainder of your stay and keep warm.

  7. I enjoy the variety in this post. Lots of different atmospheres and feelings . . . leaving one with a bewildered smile after seeing the bike notice.

    I've added a flipped image of the bench specially for male followers of PICTURES JUST PICTURES.


  8. Bob thanks.
    Brian, horrible weather but it keeps the tourists away.
    Lucy, dread to think where the sign came from.

  9. You're right about the weather and the tourists Adrian. I lived in York for 7 years and never saw the Shambles that empty. Great opportunity for photographs :-)

  10. Helen, I usually try to get out at first light. Sheets of ice and damp cold conditions gave me the town to myself. Waiting for the rain and sleet to ease then off to investigate Askam Bog.

  11. Great stuff Adrian. I feel I am walking along side you as we tour the city. We shall end up waiting for the next chapter like they did with Dickins.

  12. Trevor don't hold your breath.....I've been birding again!!

  13. I like the picture of the wintery trees reflected in the river,looks beautiful but cold.York,the old part,is so Dickensian ,I love it and visit when ever I go to England.

  14. Matron, I've been before but was put off by the crowds, it's great this time of the year if a little chilly.