A dull and dripping morning. A wren investigates the top of the beech hedge. The heron is a regular morning visitor, perching halfway up one of the trees on a quiet bend of the beck. At this time of year we often have several blackbirds in the garden, most of them male. There’s an undercurrent […]

The Baines Family, 1912

While researching the life of composer William Baines for a college project in 1972, I was lucky to be able to interview a number of his contemporaries including a friend of the family, Nora Naylor. Mrs Naylor who lived at 45 Cooperative Street, Horbury gave me this photograph of the Baines family, sent as Christmas card c. 1912. It looks to me […]