Sunday, 31 January 2010

Favourite Photo Meme

This meme has been passed on to me from Kella at Kella's Musings on Growing Her Own, Wildlife and Her Brand of Parenting. As this is a gardening blog I decided to go with a photo of myself taken with my dad at a place called Appletreewick, which is in Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales. As you can see, I was about four years old in the photo, taken in the early 1970's, hence the quality. This is the place where I first learnt about fauna and flora so I thought it would be apt.

As a family we often used to take day trips to the Yorkshire Dales, and this is something which I now continue with my own family. Appletreewick is little over an hour away by car from where I live, and is a lovely peaceful place to go for a picnic by the River Wharfe.

Although called the Yorkshire Dales National Park, part of it is situated in Cumbria. The scenery is fantastic and it's my favourite part of the world.

In true meme style, I must now pass this meme on to some other people so here goes:-

Please note you are under no obligation to play along.


  1. How adorable and precious. I think part of the fun of these things is the memories. I would love a chance to tour some of those big National Trust/ National park, gardens again.

  2. Thanks Jo for tagging me, and for your kind comments. I will have a look through my archives to see if there is anything worthy... I won't know where to start! is there a specific number of people I should pass this on to?

  3. What a lovely photograph. Thanks for tagging me!

  4. Jo, Your photo is very special and quite appropriate for a gardening blog. Makes me homesick for the English countryside! Pamela x

  5. A lovely photo Jo. The very name Appletreewick conjures up all sorts of magical images and it sounds from what you say that it lives up to its name.

  6. Thats a really lovely photo Jo, full of memories.

  7. Hi again Jo, I've left you an award on my blog

  8. This is beautiful photo. I love how the tree reflects in a lake, but I guess that for you it has much more sentimental value than just a lovely nature.

  9. Such a sweet photo Jo. It must bring back such precious memories for you - and thank you for sharing.
    I like the idea behind this so I may just HAVE to give in to this meme, we'll see ...!!! Thanks for the mention dear friend, I'm chuffed:)

    Jeanne x

  10. Well, wow, what can I say - you read my whole blog right from the beginning today! I am honoured. I do hope to be feeling better soon and not writing so much, about my breakdown!! I am looking forward to getting to know you and your blog - great day to meet you that photograph is fab xxxxx

  11. I finished my Gold Duke of Edinburgh in Appletreewick. Have a lovely photo of me and my team outside the old red phone box.

    Lovely place. Thanks for reminding me.

  12. Jo, What happy memories you share!! What a wonderful way to learn about nature. Thank you for your well wishes.

  13. I love your photo - I have a feeling we may be of a similar era! Thanks for popping over to ayearinthelifeofaplot. I've been blogging a while on other stuff but wanted to see if I could keep up a year-long subject and the allotment seemed a good way to go. See you again soon.

  14. You really bring us through the memory lane on this Meme photo.... nostalgic !!

  15. I love these kinds of photos - makes you feel secure and takes you back to a time when there were no, or fewer worries and no stress - biggest question was fish fingers or waffles for tea....bliss!! Just doing mine now.... Cat x

  16. Oh the little 1970's sandals!

  17. It was fun looking through old photos for something suitable to post, Kat. It did bring back alot of memories.

    You're welcome, Rachael. No, there's no specific number of people that you have to pass the meme on to. I'm looking forward to seeing what you post.

    Thank you, Natalie. I enjoyed your follow up post.

    I love the English countryside, Pamela, especially the Yorkshire Dales. There is some fantastic scenery there.

    I think Appletreewick is a lovely name for a village, Anna. It sounds full of mystery to me.

    Thank you for the award, Kella, I will do a post about it shortly. I love looking at old photos, as you say, they are full of memories.

    I love photos of water where there are reflections, Vrtlarica. My kids have spent many happy days paddling in the shallower parts of the river.

    I liked the idea of this meme too, Jeanne. There were dozens of photos which I could have used but I thought this one was appropriate.

    Thank you for visiting, Carrie. It took me a little longer than a day to read your blog, but I enjoyed it. I'll be visiting again soon and look forward to following you on your allotments.

    What a lovely place to do your Duke of Edinburgh award, Stephen. I'm pleased my photo brought back memories for you too.

    The Yorkshire Dales is a wonderful place, Mary Delle. Totally unspoilt.

    Thank you for your comment, Countrymummy. I look forward to following your blog. I hope you will pop by again soon.

    Old photos do bring back memories, Bangchik. I should get out my old photo albums more often.

    That's why I like the Yorkshire Dales so much, Cat. My visits there, even now, are so stress free, it's so relaxing. I enjoyed your follow us post too.

    They don't make sandals like those nowadays, Linda, and I always had to get my feet measured for them too.

  18. Hi Jo

    I LOVE this photo. It makes me think of a book cover of a childhood memoir, and is very reminiscent of childhood for me too. I grew up in the wilds of the Lancashire moors, further south than the beautiful countryside you describe, but with a similar landscape. How lovely that you are still able to visit there easily.

    There is something so romantic about countryside reminiscences of childhood. I sometimes regret living in an urban place so my kids don't get all that green freedom that I got every day on the walk to school. It's one of the main things we get from the allotment - that feeling of open space and nature.

    Thanks for popping by. I have been out of action for a long time, as well as the obvious lack of gardening activity in winter. Well, for me anyway as I am most certainly a fair weather gardener!

  19. We live on the outskirts of Leeds, ReapWhatYouGrow, so although we're not far away from the hussle and bussle of a big city, the countryside isn't far away either. When I was growing up we had a wood at the end of our street and our house backed onto farmer's fields. Sadly, where the wood once stood there is now a housing development and office buildings and a motorway now occupies the farmer's fields. It's so disheartening to see alot of our contyrside being swallowed up. I'm sorry to hear that you've been out of action, but glad to hear that you're now on the road to recovery.


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