Archive | December, 2014

Let’s have a butchers …

31 Dec
Here is Princes Avenue’s sole remaining butcher’s shop, T L Norman. Now it’s been called T L Norman for longer than I’ve lived in Hull but Mr Norman retired a while ago and it’s now run by some body else. Looking for something to say about this I found that there used to be six butchers on the avenue, I can only remember two others. They are now either a café or a bar along with just about every other shop that used to trade in this street.

This miserable year appears to have run out of days … more of the same tomorrow then! Oh and remember; “Better the butcher than the meat.”. 

Two statues

30 Dec
Continuing in the vein of stuff that somehow didn’t get posted earlier here are two statues from Beverley Minster. On the left King Æthelstan who, I am informed, came along to Beverley Minster to see the tomb of Saint John of Beverley (shown on the right as a bishop) before going off to kill a few hundred Scots and Danes, which was the style at the time. Both statues are made of lead and painted to match the stone interior, they date from the 18th century. Beverley Minster owes a lot to these two, King Æth. for his “pious munificence” and St J. for his bones which brought in the tourists, erm sorry, pilgrims.

Here’s one I did earlier

29 Dec

Somehow this one didn’t get posted in August when I took it. It’s underneath Chanterlands Avenue rail bridge. It was at about this time (and those of you with a weak stomach may wish to leave now) that the local rag ran a story of “inch long maggots” falling from this bridge onto the heads of unsuspecting pedestrians. It seems the rail company (or the Council, it was never clear who) had put up netting to keep pigeons from nesting but which instead trapped said birds (I saw at least two there may have been more) and led to a prolonged death by starvation and with the warm weather an inevitable host of maggots which left the rotting corpse when ready to pupate, falling like some biblical plague on the sinners below. The Council was informed and the Council sent an officer round to inspect and to write a report and then the Council undertook to study the report carefully and the Council said it would take swift and appropriate action should it be deemed necessary …

Some scrapings from the bottom of the barrel

28 Dec

I’ve not been out and about much lately what with colds, seasonal social interference aka Xmas, looking after a large black dog and so on. So I’ve been sifting through pictures taken earlier this year and came across this bunch all from Humber Dock Street or nearby and all pretty similar so I thought I’d bunch them all up in one big post. The first two are the Minerva which I have shown in daylight here and here.

Below is the award-winning restaurant 1884 which I posted just before it opened here.

Thieving Harry’s I posted recently here.

Sign of authority

27 Dec
Tucked away in a little brick hut and behind steel grills the harbour master’s office near Drypool bridge is a reminder that, from the Humber to the northern boundary of the city of Hull, the navigation authority on the river Hull is Hull City Council. HCC’s website informs us that “A harbour master is on duty from three hours before high water (HW) Hull (Albert Dock) until HW or later if required, except Sundays” and that the HM is responsible for the operation of the movable bridges that link both halves of this fair city. Actually I don’t think the harbour master works from this building any more as his/her address is the Guildhall, Alfred Gelder Street, and given that hardly any navigating seems to go on nowadays the post must almost be a sinecure. 

Festive fun

26 Dec

And how did you spend your Christmas morning? Why trying to identify this fungus since you ask. And did you succeed in your mycological quest? Erm, no. The best I can come up with is that it’s a bracket fungi (well, d’oh!) possibly an Alder Bracket though, as all the guides say, identification is tricky.  These guys are sprouting out of that dead chestnut tree I posted a while back on the ‘decay’ theme day .
Here they are with a bit of colour.

The weekend in black and white should be here if it hasn’t been consumed by all the seasonal goings-on.

Dolls are for life and not just for Christmas

25 Dec

Thank you Margot for this image of poor neglected Louise.