“Northern Big One” – Subaru Car Show at Lightwater Valley

2 car shows in 2 weeks! Today, on Father’s Day, we went to the Northern Big One at Lightwater Valley – a car show for Subaru owners and enthusiasts. We went in convoy: Dad in the “blue car from the video”, me in Dickie, and Andy in the black car “from the video”. The show was a bit smaller than we had expected but there were plenty of good Scoobies to take photos of. We took Bilbo and Daisy the Shar Pei puppy so they had a nice day out. I would say it was better organised than the Modified Car Show, but I was disappointed by the lack of stalls: I need me something Subaru-branded!

Anyway I took loads and loads of photos. Here are a select few!

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I think this might be it for car shows this year. Soon it will be time for a different kind of show – the Village Show! But fear not – there will be updates about Dickie and our car-related escapades too. I’m hoping to do an update about Dickie Mk II when I get round to it… and of course, come August, there will be the excitement of the second Ring trip!

Until next time.

Katy and Dickie x



My Apple Trees

For my birthday last year I got two apple trees (I think you might be able to see it here), a Katy (obviously!) and a Bramley. This year the Bramley has had an infestation of aphids – and they’re proper making my skin crawl. I’ve dosed the tree with soap and water and will see what it’s like tomorrow.

My Katy tree however appears to be unscathed! Possibly Katys aren’t very tasty. I don’t know. But while messing around with my camera I found some cool pictures showing a nice development of the tree:

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But we’ll see!

Until next time.

Katy x

A Rainy Day Recap – A Break from #summerschoolmadness

It’s been a while since I’ve done much blogging. I work in a company that runs summer schools so naturally we’re entering our busy time! Since I’m in recruitment, this is pretty much the story of my life – getting emails like this:

Activity Leader wants time off

I’ve been in my garden/greenhouse today a bit, though it has been raining on and off all day, which isn’t exactly ideal. I had managed to get quite wet walking Bilbo so I thought I might as well continue as I started.

Can you tell the photos I took on my iPhone and the ones on my DSLR?

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Top marks for anyone who can name everything in all these pictures! We had home grown turnips with tea – and I can’t tell you how pleased I am that I can actually grow cabbages! I’m sure loads of people will think that’s the saddest thing they’ve ever heard, but after last year’s brassica-related incident with horrid beasties, to see hearts forming on my greyhounds makes me rather excited! My potatoes look to be coming on well and I’ve about got everything set up in the position I want it to be.

Just need some sunshine now! I’m sure this time last year it was hot, sunny and dry.


Modified Car Show Pics

I’d like to think the Allanbys are seasoned car show-ers. My childhood was spent in the back of a Sierra Cosworth or maybe even a 16i, trekking from our little home in Yorkshire to the ends of the world, or so it seemed. We would go to Cornwall, to Wales, and up to Aberdeen in Scotland. We showed the cars in classes and Dad would have a stall selling his Philloy stuff. I remember I used to be in charge of selling Ford badges – I think at one Ford Fair I made a right killing on my badges: £60 for a ten year old child is pretty decent (and to be honest I think it was way more than that!). There was a lady who had spied an opportunity in the market, capitalising on the bored children and mothers not into cars, and she had a huge Beanie Babies stall that Mum and I used to spend a lot of time at, once we’d given the show a good once-over (still into cars, first and foremost).


Last weekend we went to Pickering Modified Car Show in the showfield. I went in Dickie and Dad took the black car with Bilbo sat in the boot. I wish I’d taken a picture! I took a load of photos from the show. In all honesty, it was a bit of a teenage boy type show: a lot of the ‘hear the Vtec kick in bro’ going on. I went essentially to look at Subarus. Inside the arena (big shed) there was a bit more unusual stuff; the black Mustang was getting a fair bit of attention. Unfortunately we went into the shed just at the time they were having some sort of mini-rave with the DJ from the George Hotel in Malton.

Here are my pictures! There are lots of Subarus – some are a bit garish and a bit tacky, and some shouldn’t look good but kind of look amazing. For more Subaru pictures be sure to check back next week after I’ve been to the NBO this Sunday!

I spy with my little eye a Philloy tank!

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