22 June 2017

Pleasantness

Skinningrove
In times when the news is bad, it's nice to think of nice things. Be it the bonfire of a block of flats, the suicide of a sixteen year old girl, the stupidity of a hapless prime minister or the cowardice of urban terrorists - it's easy to get sick and tired of all the bad stuff. Better to think of nice things.

So I am going back to the many photographs I snapped last week up there on the North Yorkshire coast in order to find a bunch of random pictures to share with you. Nice pictures of nice things untainted by the bad stuff. Sometimes I wonder why I keep on tuning into the news. Invariably, it just fills us with despair.
Me with my family
Staithes
Seagull at Redcar
England Coastal Path
On Saltburn Pier
Purple orchids on Easby Moor
Saltburn Pier

22 comments:

  1. Your pictures are always well-received here, YP, especially in these days of sadness.

    Your landscape looks so much like ours. It lends credence to the theory that the UK and Canada were once joined geographically (even though I checked the map and you were on t'other side of England from us ... relatively speaking it would've been just a hop, skip and jump away from what is now eastern Canada).

    I'm trying to look for the beauty as well. It's there. Do you know of the blog klahanie.blogspot.ca? He just wrote a very nice piece on finding the good.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I shall go over to that blog Jenny. Thanks for the heads-up.

      Delete
  2. I hate to be picky when you're looking to be upbeat but isn't that a "gull"?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. As you are Yorkshire Pudding's ornithological adviser, I bow to your superior knowledge Red.

      Delete
  3. Hello YP! I don't know if my previous comment went through, as I had to go through a rigamarole to get into my old account. In any case, hello from across the pond. I saw from a blog post in 2015 that you were in Seattle. I was in England last autumn, and will be again this summer, but unfortunately will not get to travel up to Yorkshire. Confound it! I do hope our paths cross some year. (Any chance you're going to the Cambridge Folk Festival?)--Farida

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Farida!
      Hello old friend. When I was in Seattle it certainly crossed my mind to seek you out even though our blogging connection had faded. I hope you are all well. Your daughter Lucia must be such a big girl now.

      I don't intend to go to The Cambridge Folk Festival. Will you be storytelling there...or puppeteering?
      Fond regards,
      Neil

      Delete
  4. Thank you for posting these photos. It's important to see the good side of life.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Pictures like straight out of a postcard album or from a "Yorkshire's Finest" calendar!
    I shamelessly admit to escapism, be it in the shape of books, my favourite computer game, looking at pictures from Yorkshire or simply living in my happy bubble with O.K.
    But I still make it a point to watch the main news on TV here when I can, and read my weekly paper, as I think it is important to be informed.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You seem to have got things in a nice balance Meike.

      Delete
  6. With regards to the news I find it a dilemma, wether to keep up with things or stick my head in the sand. At age 71 in many cases it seems that I am watching the same thing that I have watched over the years just repeating but in a different overcoat.
    I like to be happy and cheerful and usually I do manage this so your pictures have got me off to a good start today.
    I particularly like the knitted fish.
    Briony
    x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The knitted fish desperately needs some dental work.

      Delete
  7. I am another lover of the knitted fish! I hope it is retrieved before the elements destroy it

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was nice to see that the knitted images on the pier had not been spoilt by passers-by.

      Delete
  8. I dread the news these days as so many terrible things seem to be happening one after the other. However I have also found so many people have been extra kind, especially when they see me out with my disabled mum, getting her to appointments. I hope your break did you the power of good, despite the sad news you came home to.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. All this bad news, it certainly causes soul-searching. With the summer heat it also provided the context for Maisie's suicide.

      Delete
  9. I'm a bit of a newsaholic but I'm trying desperately to find a cure.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Go cold turkey Graham. It's the only way. But you might have withdrawal symptoms - the shakes and night sweats when you wake up shouting "Brexit!" or "The Mexican Wall!"

      Delete
  10. Terrific photos, as always! I love the knitted shark. As for your family members, they all have such a vacant expression...

    I have the same response to news: Why? (And this is coming from a former newspaper reporter and editor.) I think it's all about balance. Take in enough to stay informed, but not so much that you can't enjoy life.

    As for the suicide, well, some things just have to be borne, don't they? I'm still so sorry about that.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are right - my family do look empty-headed don't they?

      Regarding balance, I rather suspect that there will be many people out there for whom the news is a very real threat to their psychological health.

      Delete
  11. Beautiful 'cheering up' photographs YP.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would rather look at a purple orchid than the burnt-out shell of a tower block.

      Delete

Mr Pudding welcomes all genuine comments - even those with which he disagrees. However, puerile or abusive comments from anonymous contributors will continue to be given the short shrift they deserve. Any spam comments that get through Google/Blogger defences will also be quickly deleted.