Hull Fair is Europe’s biggest travelling fair and has been coming to Hull for over 700 years. The whole town stops what it is doing and goes to Hull Fair for a variety of reasons which include food from burgers to in the last few years Indian and Chinese cuisine. Then there are the rides and stall which range from hook a duck and shooting ranges to children’s big wheels and bombers for the more adventurous of us.
One of the weird but true facts of Hull Fair is the official ‘Fair Day’ is the eleventh of October, which happens to be my husband Chris’s birthday. He always said Hull Fair happens every year on his birthday. As part of a ‘Hull’ tradition everyone gets together with their friends and family to visit Hull Fair. I say part of ‘Hull’ tradition, people from all over come to the Fair.
I heard just last week a family with relatives overseas had organised their holidays around the fair as they were originally from Hull and loved the fair when they were here. As a family we all arranged to go in various groups, our daughter Lou and her husband to be took Theo on the first day. Theo walked into the salon when Lou works and told her he was going to the fair after she left work last Saturday.
This made her laugh as he is only just 4 and he definitely knows what he wants so they took him for a walk round. She told me how much he enjoyed it and had been taken again by his uncle later in the week. It finally came to our turn to take him which was the last day of the fair and our only opportunity to go as it had been a busy week as usual. Theo has a very busy social life and had a party to attend so instead of Friday night stay with granny and gramps he was coming to us after the party.
Lou dropped Theo off and said she will meet us at Hull Fair. Off we went in the car. As we are local we know all the little back streets for parking and have a favourite street called Selby Street. It brings back a lot of childhood memories of the journey to Hull Fair as our families used to walk the same way as we do now. Down Selby Street and over Waliker Street bridge, straight onto Walton Street where the fair is based. Theo’s only little so a short walk to the fair was a good idea as walking round the fair can add miles to your trip.
We finally made it to the fair around five and began walking down Walton Street which is the street the fair is on at the bottom there is a large open area used for markets and parking for the KCOM stadium on match days or event days. Walton Street is just over half a mile long and the space at the end where the fair rides are situated is sixteen acres which is a very large site for a toddler to walk. The rides start around half way down the street and as soon as Theo saw the kiddie rides he was off.
Come on gramps can we go on this ride? First ride was the kiddie wheel, as he was getting on another little girl wanted to get in the same carriage with Theo. We thought she was a bit scared to go on her own and Theo did not mind.
Next was the monster truck ride. Theo loves Blaze and the monster trucks so as soon as he saw this ride he thought he was going on Blaze LOL. As we walked around he saw the Coca-Cola truck, anything to do with cars will do for Theo. We had a candy floss break next just for a bit of a fair food. In case you don’t know what candy floss is, in the USA it is cotton candy which is whipped sugar with colour and put on a stick. this has been a fair staple since we can remember and probably a lot longer. We walked up to the other end of Walton Street to meet up with Lou while sharing candy floss which was by the way was really sticky. Next ride of the night was the hot air balloon ride which went up in the air. Lou asked Theo shall I come on this with you? Theo’s reply made us all laugh. Why would I mummy! Well he is four now!! Next was the worst ride of the night an old battered fun house which was no fun at all, so next! Theo spotted the ski jump in the distance so we had to race to this with him. He wanted his mummy on this ride with him but it stated on the notice no adults, sorry mummy. Mummy got her chance to go on a ride with Theo on the next ride though…….. Here come the Dodgems.
The airplane ride was a particular favourite as it was from another favourite of Theo’s, Planes and his plane of choice was Dusty. Another fun house was next as the last one was such a bust.
He went on again with mummy. He does love his mummy. Finally my favourite time, time for food! On the menu tonight for Lou and I was vegetable noodles and sweet chilli sauce. Chris opted for the traditional cheese burger. We could not get Theo to eat fair food as he was too excited to go on more rides and had eaten at the party any hour or so earlier. We received a phone call from Chris’s brother and his family to meet us at the children’s helter skelter. We arrived and more or less walked up at the same time. By this time Theo was starting to get a bit tired, he must have walked a good few miles around the fair. Even though we had just met Dave and Claire and the kids I said we probably would not be able to stay much longer as Theo was getting tired. We walked around for about anther half an hour while the girls went on some of the adrenaline fuelled rides. Kids are crazy at fair, well teenagers they want to go on the biggest, the tallest and the fastest ride there is. Just like us when we were their age. Now it take going to Disneyworld to get me and Chris on this kind of ride. The final ride of the night for Theo was the biggest fun house on the fair. I suggested it might be a bit big for him and he burst into tears. Granny I am four now I am not a baby he said! Ok if Aleesha and Ebony will take you on you can go but you must hold hands all the way around. Ok granny I promise. Slightly worried I let them all go. He went on the fun house, held the girls hands and came off safe and sound. Phew! We left Dave, Claire and the girls walked back up Walton Street without forgetting to buy an Owlet balloon for Theo. You have never seen a child look so happy as Theo looked when the man handed him that balloon. About a half hour later we were back home. I would usually say into the warm but this year was a weird year for fair weather. We have a saying in Hull ‘here comes fair weather’ as every year for as long as we can remember it has turned colder, rained and blown a gale all on the week the fair comes to town. Not this year, when we left home for the fair it was 24 degrees centigrade and when we returned it was 21 degrees centigrade. Chris and I have never experienced this weather on fair week in our lifetimes!! So all in all time spent with the family at ‘Hull Fair’ was time well spent. Just another reason I love being me.
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As you may know Chris and I travel or rather go on holiday each year and we have started to venture further afield each time we go. If you read my blog you will have heard of some of the stories of our escapades. We always try to do something cultural or off the Beaten Track. As we were in Dominican Republic, our trip of choice for this holiday was to visit Scape park.
Scape Park is located in Cap Cana resort about an hour away from Punta Cana. It is a natural theme park with lots of things to bring out the adventurer in you. It’s like an adrenaline junkie Park you can do various adrenaline fuelled activities such as swimming in a cenote (a fossilised sink hole), there are caves to explore, zip lining, rock climbing and so much more. We heard about this trip when we were looking around for trips on trip advisor. We booked to go and signed up for a swim in the cenote, now filled in with water the clearest blue water in this case.
We were picked up by coach for this trip and travel about an hour to reach Scape Park. It’s about million square metres in total for all the different activities. We went to get all bands and information from the reception when we arrived. Then we waited for our guides and 10 minutes later the guide appeared and began showing us around. He began by showing us the plant life around the path, the variety of Native vegetation is amazing. The path meanders deeper into the forest and you simply follow your party.
You followed each other’s footsteps as you get further and further into the park deep into the forest but luckily you have a guide showing you which way to go we walked for about half an hour and came to a bridge across a road running through the park. The views from the top of the bridge (mainly tops of trees) was beautiful. You could see so far from up. From there we started to walk up hill and we could see rocks and caves as we walked further on. We were sort of on the top of a large rock hill or a cave, quite high but not a mountain high. We had been walking quite a while by now and it was boiling hot so obviously the mosquitos were making a meal out of us.
You could literally see the bites on Chris’s body increasing the further we walked. Not to say I did not get bitten, you can draw dot to dot on my back, it was not pretty. As you can imagine we could not wait to get in the water. Finally we started to hear the guide talking about the Cenote and the crisp blue water. Just up here he said! Up Where? This sort of hill. Then he hit us with this enormous ladder down to the Cenote. There was literally hundreds of steps down to the cenote but finally we could see it. It was more beautiful than you could imagine. It was about fifty metres wide, thirty metres across and twenty metres deep.
As soon as we arrived we were stripped down and straight into the pool. It was freezing, as you would expect it to be but always hoped it would not be. We had a couple of hours free time while we were there. We just bobbed around in the water for most of this time as it warmed up the longer you were in there. The water was so clear you could see all the way to the bottom and could swim with your eyes open all the way to the bottom, If you could hold your breath that long! On these trips you have various photograph opportunities so we had our guide take photos.
This actually turned out to be a very good choice as we have had not had any luck finding the videos we took from our day there, really hoping I have not deleted them. We spent one of the best days of our lives here and it was an experience swimming in a fossilised sink hole as for all we know it could have ‘sunk’ with us in it. We were really glad it did not LOL!! I did not realise at any part of my life i would do some of the things i have done over the last ten years but this is definitely one of the most memorable.
Loving being me (loving being adventurous me)
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In some way,
I will make my name,
Stand out but not in shame.
I lived through shame,
I died through shame,
I am reborn,
I am myself.
When i needed you,
Because you needed to,
You take all of me,
You take care of me,
You just let me be,
I have been on holiday all last week so thought I would get loads done, writing, researching you know all the things you don’t always have enough time for. Did i do that, well kind of. I did get my website updated with a bit of help from the tech guys at WordPress (thanks). I am very impressed with the look of the website at the moment. i also got quite of bit of writing done. I have recently discovered i can write poetry and i have some pretty nice comments on my work so far. I am also in the process of writing a my second poetry book to follow Love Scares Me which I have self published on Amazon.
Along side the poetry books i am writing a children’s book based on myself and my grandson and our adventures in a magical land. I look forward to writing as i find it a release for me whether it be poetry or blogging or children’s stories. I find it really relaxing until today. I am always hearing from people, bloggers, blogging groups when you blog you should ‘blog about something you love’ or ‘blog about something you know about’ but what about blogging directly out of your own life.
You know when you have one of ‘those’ days. I thought i would give you an insight to one of ‘those’ days in the go to girls life. Today has certainly been one of ‘those’ days. It is a Sunday here in sunny Hull which started my day off great. Then after i got up i had arranged to go to look at a wedding dress with my daughter. Yes, my only daughter is getting married…… Yay. There has never been a prouder mother. But back to the story i am sure i will tell you a lot more on wedding preparations as and when they happen.
Upon my return i had planned to get back to writing and then realised i did not have a blog in my mind to write. What i mean is every time i have ever wrote a blog i always have a day or event in mind and this time i never. Usually if this happens i have a look in my photos and a story will be there hidden in the thousands of photos in my library. I have some of my photos filed and in the correct folders and years etc. Then i have another lot of photos which are in folders dated but not labelled correctly.
This obviously makes finding and choosing stories very difficult. The story i wanted to blog about today was when Chris and I went to Scape Park in The Dominican Republic. However my usually good filing system had other ideas for me. I spent about an hour looking for the photo’s i wanted, on mine and Chris’s laptops, old and new. I still have not found them, then Chris said we only took video’s on this trip. AAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
What?, I mean, What? AAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!! thanks for remembering after we just spent all this time looking for the photos!!!!!! Anyway I still have not found them. I did locate a memory stick which had the ‘trip guides photo’s’ on it. I will use these for the Scape Park blog but will continue to look for the others. Does anyone have any good indexing apps or software they can recommend for me as I need to get my ‘house in order’ I really need to index my photos and blogs etc. My day did not get any better from there.
I have recently ventured into the world of Facebook, if you read my blog often you will have seen the recent blog asking for advice on the pro’s and con’s of Facebook and i am beginning to this the cons’ outweigh the pro’s by far. So far i have been in ‘Facebook jail’ 3 times and am currently unable to post any links to my blog. I have joined several blog groups to try to increase my viewers and followers and have just been accused of ‘spamming’. I had no idea what spamming was and had to ‘google’ to find out. How can i be spamming if i don’t know what it is?
Apparently really easily!, by putting my website link on a Facebook group i am spamming others in the group although the other members of this group are able to post their website links with no punishment from Facebook. I literally don’t get it! What am i doing differently to other members. So currently i am in Facebook limbo! I have a page called The Go To Girls Blog and a group called Blog Yourself but i cannot link my blog to them on Facebook. What makes it worse is there is no way you can actually speak, text, or email Facebook.
If anyone has any tried and tested ways of getting in touch with Facebook let me know. Even after I decided to have a moan on my blog (sorry) it still did not get any better as i tried to login to my Amazon account on my new laptop i could not remember the login details and had to get the information i needed from my phone, which is not as easy as copy and paste on my laptop. After all has been said and done i have a massive headache and i am back at work tomorrow.
I know you don’t have to tell me i should be grateful as these things are such ‘little stupid things’ to moan about in the scheme of things in the world today. I am so grateful to be me i have a lot to be thankful for but just needed to get this off my chest before my head bursts with stress. When i think about all the things i have to be grateful for i thought i would include them in the pictures for the post. I am suddenly smiling and my headache is subsiding. Who would have technology? I still would! If any one has any comments or solutions to anything in this post (apart from shut up! LOL) please comment below.
Still loving being me (although slightly moaning)
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Love always The Go To Girls Blog xxx
I am a force of nature,
I can believe it, never nurtured,
There is no where I haven’t ventured,
Yet I always make my way forward.
I wont be silenced,
They have tried through violence,
I can take care of my own,
After all the years I have shown.
I am a force of nature,
You wont scare me I am fearless,
I will die trying to save,
Anyone I care for from the grave.
They know upon me they can rely,
As I have shown how hard i try,
They could never be safer,
To them all I give my life.
This will probably be the easiest blog posts I have ever written as it is about one of my favourite people in the whole world. Can you guess who? Chris, my husband.
For some time now Chris has been venturing into the realm of social media, you would not think a few years ago he did not even know how to turn a computer on. He started his own YouTube channel Travels of a Tiger. The name was an easy choice as he is a massive Hull City Football Club and we have been doing a bit of travelling over the last ten years or so. Hence the name was almost wrote for him Travels of a Tiger.
He travels quite a bit as a driver around the UK (Mainly the Northern half of the UK) and for his own safety bought a dashcam. Driving for a living Chris comes across a wide variety of people causing risk to life and limb and has even been involved in quite a serious accident with a girl racer on a tight country lane.
This girl would of died if it had not been for Chris’s quick reactions and experience. This crash was one of the contributing factors of him getting a dashcam in the first place.
Keeping a record of these things led ultimately to him opening his YouTube channel Travels of a Tiger. This allowed him to show the world how dangerous some peoples actions on the road are no matter how seemingly small. He began simply by recording day by day life on the road and then uploading them to Travels of a Tiger. He sees all sorts of drivers on his travels including red light jumpers and near misses. He began grouping the videos together by category to make the videos longer for YouTube.
He also began using his social media channels, Twitter @hullbornnbred & Instagram @hullbornnbred to spread the word about his YouTube channel. For a while he just got likes and the odd retweet, slowly he has been building his own internet brand as we all do. As we live in Hull we have a local paper called The Hull Daily Mail which has recently changed its online paper to @hulllive and Chris occasionally sends them pictures of traffic jams etc. as they are happening. He had a few pictures used in @Hulllive news articles. Credit for them allowed him to increase the flow of traffic to all of his media channel, which is always a good thing.
A couple of days ago Chris received a follow request on Twitter from @Sophiekitching who is working @Hulllive asking for him to follow her so she can direct message him regarding one of his videos. He did as she asked and what happened next was another little step in his journey onto building his own brand. She liked the video he made of him stuck in a country lane with a tractor. He had to use all his skills as a driver to navigate passed this tractor and recorded his self doing it on his dash cam. Sophie said people are interested in this kind of video and would he do an interview for @Hulllive.
You can click the link below to read the article published on @Hulllive.
As you can imagine I am so proud of him, he is really working hard to make a name for himself. I hope you will all support him in his efforts to get his channels out there and be as supportive as his family has been. Subscribe to Travels of a Tiger – Like his videos, tell him, Its just a click on a button. Thank You.
Another reason I love being me
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Love always The Go To Girls Blog xxx
My thoughts are deep,
My thoughts are dark,
Where do they come,
From straight out of the dark.
I walk through life so interested,
I still find my way,
Why does the dark follow me,
what do I see in the dark?
They are the Nighthawks,
The spiders in the trees,
In the dark I have night terrors,
They’ve gone on forever.
They hurt me,
They haunt me,
My thoughts are deep,
My thoughts are dark.