Friday, 20 November 2009
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Inside the inviting foyer, TV screens provided up to the minute information about the Theatre and its history. Many programmes and leaflets were displayed on every wall.
Looking around, there were plenty of seating choices, comfy armchairs and settees or if you wanted something more formal, there were tables available with menus and condiments sat on each. Additional menu items were displayed on blackboards at the bar.
The Ladies That Lunched and What They Ate!
Drinks ordered, time to look at the menu and try and choose from the many mouth watering dishes. Also time to chat and wait for our food. Incidentally ordering and paying was at the Bar, in return you were given a number for your table.
What arrived was SPECTACULAR!....................
Mediterranean Vegetable, Avocado and Buffalo Mozzarella on Ciabatta Bread.
Sirloin Steak served with Hand Cut Potato Wedges, Cherry Vine Tomatoes and Red Wine Sauce
A Cafe Bar to recommend the food was outstanding, the service excellent and the prices extremely reasonable.
Written by Sue Raphael's Mum - October 2009 - Kingston Upon Hull
Monday, 1 June 2009
Kingston Upon Hull
We parked our car conveniently at Walton Street Park and Ride and caught the bus to Costello Playing Fields.
Raffi could not believe how many pink ladies there were on the bus!
The main entrance was a pretty sea of pink teeshirts..all ladies, all ages.
Raffi soon made a bolt for it across the playing fields drawn to the boys playing ball like a magnet.
Raffi's task was to collect pink fluffy bits! He found plenty.
This lady was responsible for arranging Race for Life in Hull and all the hard work her team of helpers provided before, during and after the event. A minutes' silence to remember those lost to cancer preceded the warmup.
Finally, at just after 11.00 am, the race started to rapturous cheers as the staggered runners and walkers set off.
Snaking around the outskirts of the park and out onto the streets of Hull.
Final picture, and she made me look twice...! Wow could not walk 5 metres never mind 5 km in those heels! Scary!
Really well done to everyone who took part, enjoyed the day so much. Lots of good feeling and tons of credit to the people of Kingston Upon Hull and their incredible generosity to cancer research (estimated £266,600).
Sunday 31st May 2009 - Costello Athletics's Ground.
Friday, 22 May 2009
Intermittently the sun would burst out of the clouds with some quite powerful rays. I removed my coat several times!
Finally, the moment I had been waiting for, sitting once again sheltering from the rain in the greenhouse, the sun suddenly flashed out with the rain pouring down, and YES .. a rainbow appeared and what a fabulous sight, I do love rainbows! I could see the whole arc with all its colours quite vividly.
By the time the camera was ready, the sun was beginning to dull and the rainbow starting to fade. I stood on a wobbly chair to take these pictures looking over several other peoples backgardens in the Newland part of Kingston Upon Hull.
This was the very first snap I took, and I think the best.
Rainbows are quite common here because of our unpredictable weather systems.. no two days are the same. The weather forecasters have a terrible time predicting anything.
Friday, 15 May 2009
Bleak now but I have fond memories of this place, the smells and the noises. The men shouting to guide the cars onto the ferry. Rushing upstairs to get the best seats... packed like sardines! Fighting the howling wind that beat your face when going on deck!!
The seats look wet and lonely.
The once vibrant busy brewery and the world famous toilets stand empty and silent. Brewing commenced here in 1985 and ceased 1989, then restarted in 1994 and ceased again in 1998. The brewery has since been removed and is now part of the pub.
Just a few of my nostalgic experiences, I have no photographs of my trips across the River Humber all those years ago but there are a few to be found on the web.
Have you been on any of the 3 ferries that crossed the Humber?
Do you use that expensive bridge 7 miles upstream, or do you drive the entire way round across Goole bridge?
I miss the ferries do you?
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
I am fairly easy going when it comes to shopping, I am quite happy wandering round stores hunting for bargains, checking rails for anything 'buyable'. It does tend to be like a rather large 'jumble sale experience', shopping in T.K. Maxx with clothes dotted all over the already crammed store. Access with wheelchairs and buggies is impossible down the narrow aisles full of trolleys spewing clothes. If you are an unusual size.....very small or very big T.K. Maxx is like an Aladdin's Cave, although you have to hunt for standard sizes. I have found that if you are patient and are prepared to rake....you WILL get yourself a super bargain...
Most parents like myself, tend to drop children at school and then make a quick dash to the town to shop, childless and stress free. Time is ALWAYS limited and always precious. I shall NEVER shop first thing in the morning at T.K. Maxx in St Stephen's Shopping Centre, Hull again.
Can you believe how ridiculous this is..... the changing rooms do not open until 10.30 am in the morning!!!! Have I missed something here, isn't this a clothes shop, selling to the public, and opening at 9.00 am? What an absolutely ludicrous situation. When I asked an assistant, the curt reply was Head Office were not prepared to put extra staff on for this purpose???? The assistant also very professionally told me that "I need to go to the toilet" !!!!! (did I really need to now that!)
So me and my trolley load of bargains never made it to the changing rooms, or the unmanned tills, my money was better spent in Dorothy Perkins.
Thumbs DOWN T.K. Maxx.
Not a pleasant shopping experience.
Sunday, 3 May 2009
Raphael, Sally and I had come specifically to watch a group of Cheerleaders, named THE HONEYS. They danced their energetic routine outside Piper Club, the weather was just perfect.
The music was loud, the crowd were happy and the girls had fun. Nice one HONEYS!
Rounding off the afternoon, 70 golden balloons were released with people given the chance of winning £200 of shopping vouchers. The wind was strong and gusty and the balloons snaked up the side of The Piper Club and away into the distance very quickly.
The aim of this event was to promote the businesses lining Newland Avenue, by providing a loyalty scheme and discounts to compete with the local supermarkets. I wholeheartedly support this attempt to preserve the "English Local" and I too *Love my Local* and shall continue to shop on NEWLAND AVENUE, HULL.