I was trying to find a theme to tie these together and write a witty post, but the only common thread is that they are all things I love dearly.

phone sparkywillis

Out with Sparky and Willis on the hillside.

phone band

A brass band playing in Meadowhall shopping centre on the run up to Christmas last year. I love brass bands – the music they make seems to summarise Yorkshire emotions – and hearing the strains of Christmas carols drifting towards me as I walked down the mall was simply magnificent.

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And, to finish, one of my favourite pictures ever. My boys, plus dog, ready for a rampage round the woods at Oakwell Hall on Christmas Eve, 2008.