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Albert

3 Mar

Albert has had to wait six years for his appearance in this blog due to a slight aversion on my part to anything batrachian. It’s been three years since my last toady post so allow me a small indulgence while I clear these old photos out of the waiting list. This fine fellow squats (he may have hopped off by now; it’s been a while!) by the entrance to the Pearson pub on Princes Avenue. If you have no idea what Hull’s Toad fixation was consider yourself lucky and count your blessings.

Airy BnB

17 Feb

The massive influx of visitors to the cultural offerings has led to an extraordinary demand for accommodation. This radical solution offers fine views of Pearson Park and excellent transport facilities.

The Florist

10 Jan

This was taken in December when it seems there was a market for wreaths of holly and mistletoe and other Yuletide paraphernalia; how long ago that seems now. Hollyhocks is on Princes Avenue and seems to be blooming.

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.”. 

Over the shoulder shot

23 Aug

Is there some photographic etiquette about these things? The guy with the expensive camera and tripod and all the trimmings seemed to be taking an age to get it just right, whereas yours truly just pops up points the damn thing, checks it’s somewhat in focus and click and moves on. Today’s image is from yesterday’s Vista Festival on Princes Avenue. I’d never heard of it before but it turns out to be a once every two year thing where they close off the road and have poetry readings, singers, pottery stalls, arty stuff, dancing in the street and so on. Not everything was entirely crowd pulling; this poor guy was playing away and no-one seemed to pay him any attention save  a guy with a tripod and a weird guy who just popped up and took a photo and moved on. 
A goodly crowd turned up braving the Bank Holiday Weekend weather of sunshine and heavy showers. 

Artlink

28 Jul

Artlink seems to have been going for as long as I’ve been living in these parts. It’s a sort of community arts thing with a gallery in what was part of the methodist church on Princes Avenue. I’m not much taken with the idea of community art (the two words just don’t sit together for me) and I have not set foot in the place. I did read recently they got some money from whoever doles out the stuff these days so they’ll be happy for the time being and nicely set up for the culture fest that arrives in two and half years time.
Art work with arty symbols
Arty gates

Pauline Gift’s Shop

16 Jul

If you peer closely you can still make out the name Pauline gently fading with the passing years. That would be Pauline Gift, who died two years ago. She ran this shop on Princes Avenue for over 20 years and other shops before that. You see I have a problem with this; when she died they kind of made out she was some sort of eccentric legend, they even made a play about her. Now she seemed pretty ordinary to me, shuffling her stock on a bicycle down Prinny Ave seemed normal to me anyways, she was just a nice lady. And this will always be Pauline’s Gift Shop.