Two great YouTube tours of York #Yorkshire

I enjoyed this film tour of York and Yorkshire made by an American tourist.

Not quite sure when it was filmed. Any guesses?

And this home movie of a visit to York is great for Sixties fashions!

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The beautiful English village of Leefdale seems reassuringly tranquil. But appearances can be deceptive.

Sharon guards a dark family secret.

Barbara is fighting to save her marriage.

Zoe is trying to sort her life out.

Louise is desperate to be recognised for who she truly is . . .

Unaware of the profound effect it will have on her and the rest of the village, estate agent Sharon Makepiece arranges the sale of Leefdale’s Old Rectory to Dylan Bourne, an art therapist and professional artist.

The Old Rectory is the finest house in Leefdale. Its renowned gardens are crucial to village plans for winning the Magnificent Britain Gardening Competition for the fifth consecutive year.

Barbara Kellingford’s father, Major Howard Roberts, is chairman of both the parish council and the Magnificent Britain sub-committee. While Barbara struggles to hang on to her husband, a top Tory politician, her father is embroiled in a bruising struggle of his own with the new people at The Old Rectory.

Zoe Fitzgerald is a drama therapist. Her role is to change lives, yet it’s her own life which needs to change most.

Louise Makepiece is determined to realise her dreams. But first she has to force her mother to leave Leefdale!

Dylan Bourne’s new job is killing his Art. And his romantic obsession seems to be affecting his judgement.

Barbara Kellingford knows that time is running out to save her husband’s political career.
Meanwhile, the tabloids are circling.

Leefdale. A story of inclusion and exclusion; local and national politics; press intrusion; the healing power of Art and the complex nature of love.

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Can you imagine York Minster made out of flowers? #York #Yorkshire

Can you imagine York Minster made out of flowers?

This fascinating film clip from 1952 shows you how it’s done!

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7 Easter stories you might have missed

Easter Greetings!

In the News

My early morning cup of tea and stumble round the Internet has turned up some interesting stories for Easter. The Mirror is offering Top facts about the Easter bunny and the origin of chocolate eggs and hot cross buns and The Guardian has Giles Fraser explaining why “it’s complicated”.

Is there really an Easter Bunny?

I’ve never had any difficulty believing there are fairies at the bottom of the garden and every Christmas Eve I follow Santa on his Internet journey across the world but Easter Bunnies???

If you read The very strange history of the Easter Bunny you might see this silly, little cartoon character in a whole new light.

Are these the oldest uneaten chocolate Easter eggs in the world?

Probably everyone has heard of the York chocolate manufacturers, Rowntree and Terry. This is a charming tale of two chocolate Easter eggs made in the 1920s and still uneaten to this day.

A Terry’s egg was given to the York Museum after the boy it was intended for died before Easter arrived in the 1920s. And a Rowntree’s egg was bought by a 14-year-old boy for his mother in 1926, but she kept it as a keepsake and later presented it to the museum. Now both uneaten 1920s Easter eggs are on display in York.

Could this be the largest chocolate Easter egg ever eaten?

There’s no larger egg than that laid by the ostrich and this sumptuous offering from Hotel Chocolat is an exact replica. The egg comes with 27 luxury chocolates and six small golden eggs hidden inside the packaging. That’s over a kilo of chocolate – and only £75!

Are cream eggs getting worse?

I thought it was  only me thinking that Cadbury’s cream eggs weren’t as nice as they used to be. But Ellen Scott writing in the Metro has ranked not only my one-time-favourite cream eggs but several others in her list of  Easter eggs and chocolate, ranked from worst to best.

Looking for a cheep(!) and cheerful way to keep the kids busy in the Easter break?

Children’s illustrator Tom McLaughlin provides a step-by-step guide to drawing Easter chicks in this attractive article in The Guardian. Hours of endless fun for all the family and not a chocolate in sight!

Hope you’re enjoying your Easter weekend.

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