Friday, 28 August 2009

Ryedale Recipes

If you fancy cooking some traditional food after a visit to Ryedale Folk Museum, then the book Ryedale Recipes by Peter Brears is ideal. There was plenty of food around today, Kevin Sims made a ham mushroom and pea pie with jacket spuds in the White Cottage, whilst Peter was busy in Stang End with chicken, bread cheese and vegetables. In the Tudor Crofter's cottage Emma Hirst was cooking small mint pancakes, a joint of bacon and vegetable stew. As yesterday, all was made to a very good standard.

Jonathan Severs

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Cooking the Medieval Way

Today, staff and volunteers were cooking at the museum using traditional methods.Trout, rabbit, pigeon, turnip stew were all being prepared by these enthusiasts.

Jonathan Severs

Pigs & Poultry

Last Friday I took a few pictures of some of the museum's livestock. The Lincolnshire Curly Coated pigs and Gloucester Old Spots have grown since the last blog entry The Light Sussex and Marsh Daisy hens are laying and looking well. On 24th August the Muscovy duck hatched 10 eggs and we now have 10 lovely ducklings.
Jonathan Severs

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

French Day

The Alliance Française is an international organisation with branches in many countries all over the world.
Its aim is to promote the French Language and Culture.
The York branch, affiliated to the ‘Federation Britannique des Alliances Française’ (AF UK) was established in 1994 and is a registered charity.
In York, the Alliance promotes the following activities:
Cultural activities:
· Our regular monthly meetings take the form of illustrated talks in French on topics of general, cultural and current interest, or the showing of French Films.
· Social events, or soirees, are also organised to promote social gathering of Francophones and Francophiles alike.
· Special events, like the ‘Bastille Day’ at Ryedale Folk Museum, are the perfect opportunity to meet new people, to experience aspects of French culture in a fun way.
French Language Classes:
· All our classes are led by native French speakers. Courses are offered at all levels, from beginners to advanced and run during the day or in the evenings.
· We also offer 1-2-1 tuitions that are tailor-made to suit the specific requirements / needs of our learners whether preparing for a job interview, a French exam at school, or a move to a French speaking country.
· Business French and intensive courses can be arranged on request.
From October 09, we hope to run 2 new projects: a ‘French Drama Group’ and a ‘French Choir’.
We are also looking into ‘French for mums and toddlers’.
So if you would like to know more, get involved, or become a member, do not hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you, , email; tel: 01904 65 68 27 .

Friday, 21 August 2009

Prize Giving At Tractor Day July 2009

Here is some footage of the prize giving from Tractor Day 2009.

Lyke Wake Walk August 8th 2009

Earlier this year, I came to the museum and we were wondering what we could do to raise funds for the Harrison Collection. I came up with the bright idea of completing the Lyke Wake Walk. This made sense, after all Ryedale Folk Museum had had the collection of artefacts donated by the Lyke Wake Club, and there is even a building named ‘Fat Betty’ after one of the stones en-route. Andy and Mike also appeared at first to be enthusiastic, but after some thought, they both declined to take part. Maybe they were wise to do that?

The initial plan was for me to do the walk in June, Andy was co-ordinating volunteers and staff to meet me at various check points along the way. Unfortunately this attempt was unsuccessful. I had really bad blisters on both my heels, I got sunstroke and the compass decided to spin round in circles after the Lion Inn. So I sacked it and was returned to the museum by Judith in her 4x4.

Everyone thought I was mad when I said I was going to do the entire walk again. Some said; ‘Just do the second half mate, it’ll be enough’. No, the Lyke Wake Walk has to be done in one go, from Osmotherley to Ravenscar in its entirety. On August 8th, in just over 17 hours I did it.When I stopped for a bit of dinner at the Lion Inn, Blakey , I got a shock to see an R.A.F search and rescue helicopter parked outside. Upon entering the barman did not know what made a ploughmans lunch so if you read it mate,here are the ingredients:Bread,cheese, pickle, apple/beetroot, and maybe some tomato and salad. It is not unknown for some kind of meat to accompany this delicious dish; . It is traditionally washed down with a pint of good ale. I was fortunate to meet Mike and Tim from Kent, who accompanied me after the Lion Inn, I’m always nervous on that section as I find it easy to go wrong, but it was ok this time. There was much bog to cross, I was up to my waist in mud several times, but I finished it. It was dark by 2200 hours, I’ve never been as glad to see my fiancé Suzy and my son Tom when I got to the end. Now I’ve got to collect the sponsor money… Hmm wonder if I should do it again next year?

Jonathan Severs
Volunteer at Ryedale Folk Museum