Otley, Ilkley and Betty’s.

Good Friday arrived and we thought we would have a drive over Yorkshire way. I had done some research and found out there was a good bike shop in the market town of Otley. My other half enjoys road biking and mountain biking so armed with this info, I can coax him to take me somewhere which might coincidently also have a lovely vintage shop say….or a pretty tea room. πŸ˜‰

So off we sped over the moors along snow drift cleared roads ( My those drifts were high!), big blue sky full of puffy white clouds and Jake Bugg playing on the car stereo.Happy days!

Otley is a thriving market town in beautiful countryside only ten minutes from Leeds. The river Wharfe passes along the edge of Otley and there is a rather unusually named park which runs by its side. Titty Bottle Park was so named in Edwardian times due to nannies perambulating their charges up and down the river side path.
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In Otley we had a nosy round the market, found the bike shop ( which went down very well with the bf by the way) and I purchased a couple of gorgeous tea cups from a darling little vintage shop called ‘Browse time’ , a treasure trove of old books,mismatched crockery and even retro sweets. Then we went for a sandwich in a cute little coffee shop and gift shop called Heebiesnear the market.Children may enjoy Heebies as it is an official stockist of Harry Potter merchandice.It even serves Butter Beer.:)

Colourful cactus garden in Heebies.
Colourful cactus garden in Heebies.

Seven miles from Otley is the equally picturesque Ilkley. Ilkley is a spa and festival town under the wild and beautiful Ilkley Moor. It also has its own 1930’s built lido. The lido is unheated though so we thought we would give that one a miss! Maybe in the summer time hey……
My actual reason for wanting to visit Ilkley is that I had heard that there was a little vintage tea rooms there. Unfortunately when we got to where the tea rooms were supposed to be ~they had shut down. So sad 😦

Ilkley is however one of the homes of a popular Yorkshire institution Bettys bettys 016
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The first Betty’s tea rooms was established in 1919 in Harrogate by young swiss baker and confectioner Frederick Belmont who fell in love with the scenic Yorkshire countryside.These were eventually followed by others in York, Northallerton and Ilkley. Betty’s are a delighful combination of switzerland and Yorkshire. The tea rooms in Ilkley have an elegant interior with mirrored walls,art deco lamps and the waitresses wear clean crisp aprons,buttoned up blouses and vintage brooches. We did have to queue twenty minutes for a table but the delicious tea and cakes we ordered were well worth the wait.:)
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Rhubarb Crumble.
Rhubarb Crumble.
If you ever go to Betty's you must try a Yorkshire Fat Rascal. ;)
If you ever go to Betty’s you must try a Yorkshire Fat Rascal. πŸ˜‰

HOpe you are having a lovely Easter weekend.X

The Pendle Snow Witch.

The country is suffering from a severe lack of spring time. Snow drifts in March! Bitter cold winds. Only a few miles up the road friends have been completely snowed in on their farm. Here in Clitheroe we haven’t had it as harsh as most of the country.I think our little town is kind of protected by the looming presence of Pendle Hill.

Pendle from my work today.
Pendle from my work today.

Pendle Hill is famous for its links with The Pendle Witch trials of the seventeenth century. Back in the 1600’s just being old, haggered and the owner of a couple of cats proved rather suspicous ( good job i’m alive and kicking in the 21st century then!) , eleven people from settlements in the area were condemmed to death after being accused of and put on trial for witch craft.
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The farm I grew up on at the foot of Pendle Hill.
The farm I grew up on at the foot of Pendle Hill.

I wonder if the shadowy specters of Alice Nutter and co still roam the hill side with their familiars? The eerie thing is occasionally as the last snow melts in the gully’s , a strange apparition appears on the hillside……..
A witch sometimes  appears on Pendle as the  last snow melts.
A witch sometimes appears on Pendle as the last snow melts.( Pic by Jack Barns)

Maybe she will materialize again this year πŸ™‚

Cats Sleep Anywhere.

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Quite often I come home from a days work to find our cat Tibbs snuggled up in various places around the house. She seems to pick a different ‘favourite place’ every couple of days even though she has a perfectly good fluffy pink bed of her own to snooze in. Her sleeping habit’s inspired me to look up this poem ‘Cats Sleep Anywhere’Β  by Eleanor Farjeon.

Cats sleep anywhere,
any table,any chair
Top of piano, window ledge
in the middle, on the edge.
Open draw, empty shoe,
anybody’s lap will do.
Fitted in a cardboard box,
in the cupboard with your frocks.
Anywhere! They don’t care!
Cats sleep anywhere.

Eleanor Farjeon ( 1881- 1965)

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Jake Loves the Lakes.

‘The Lake District’ is a National Park in Cumbria on the western side of North England. It is made up of over 80 mountain lakes, glacial tarns and man made reservoirs. The Lake District is home to England’s highest mountain ‘Scafell Pike’ and England’s deepest lake, ‘Wast Water’ and is classed as an AONB ,( Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Over the years we have visited several times with our dog Jake. Jake has become a bit of a ‘Wainwright Bagger’ of lakes and tarns, insisting on paddling/swimming in as many as he can. So who better to show you the beauty of ‘The Lake District’ than him. πŸ™‚

There are lots of dog friendly camp sites in the Lakes. :)
There are lots of dog friendly camp sites in the Lakes. πŸ™‚

Ullswater lies in the North East of the Lake District and is nine miles long. It is sometimes compared to the lakes of Switzerland.
Ullswater lies in the North East of the Lake District and is nine miles long. It is sometimes compared to the lakes of Switzerland.

Thirlmere is a reservoir serving the city of Manchester. Helvellyn peak looks over the west side of the lake.
Thirlmere is a reservoir serving the city of Manchester. Helvellyn peak looks overthe west side of the lake.

Windermere is the largest lake at 11 miles long.There are several islands in the lake. Jake got chased by some grumpy swans!
Windermere is the largest lake at 11 miles long.There are several islands in the lake. Jake got chased by some grumpy swans!

Wast Water is beautiful and remote.Here is Jake on the banks with his finds, a stick and an oxygen mask!
Wast Water is beautiful and remote.Here is Jake on the bank with his finds, a stick and an oxygen mask!

Ennerdale Water shimmering in the early morning sunshine.
Ennerdale Water shimmering in the early morning sunshine.

Beacon Tarn near Coniston is not accessable by road. We loved this little tarn tucked away in the fells.
Beacon Tarn near Coniston is not accessable by road. We loved this little tarn tucked away in the fells.
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Coniston Water is the straightest  of the lakes, which is what attracted Donald Campbell to attempt the world water speed record in his boat, the bluebird. Coniston was also the inspiration for "Swallows and Amazons".
Coniston Water is the straightest of the lakes, which is what attracted Donald Campbell to attempt the world water speed record in his boat, the bluebird. Coniston was also the inspiration for Arthur Ransoms, “Swallows and Amazons”.

Tarn Hows is actually a man made lake once owned by Beatrix Potter. There is a pretty  path all the way round which is perfect for prams and pushchairs.:)
Tarn Hows is actually a man made lake once owned by Beatrix Potter. There is a pretty path all the way round which is perfect for prams and pushchairs.:)

Brothers Water is a small lake in the eastern region of the Lakes. It is home to a rare species of fish called , the schelly. I hope Jake didn't swallow any!
Brothers Water is a small lake in the eastern region of the Lakes. It is home to a rare species of fish called , the schelly. I hope Jake didn’t swallow any!

Jake surveys his kingdom  from 'Barrow' where you can see two lakes, Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water.
Jake surveys his kingdom from ‘Barrow’ where you can see two lakes, Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water.

Derwent Water is one of the most scenic of the Lakes ( Gorgeous !).
Derwent Water is one of the most scenic of the Lakes ( Gorgeous !).

Of course there are still several lakes and tarns Jake hasn’t crossed off his list yet. Hopefully he may get the chance to do a few more this year. πŸ™‚

Here are a few dog friendly camp sites we have stopped at in the Lakes.


Lanefoot Farm Camp site, Thornthwaite.
Coniston Old Hall camp site, Coniston
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Sykeside camp site, Brotherswaterhttp://www.sykeside.co.uk

Eggcellent Easter Ideas !

Love all these Easter gift idea’s , much lovelier alternatives than buying from the supermarket. Take a look at Iris’s web site.X

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Make Easter a great one! Hello everyone πŸ™‚

We have lots of Easter bakeware and goodies to help you out. First up, our hen silicone mould. Oven safe too. Just add melted chocolate to make gorgeous chocolate hens!

Chicken Mould

Make your own Easter Eggs this year? This gorgeous egg is made by Kristy Giblin. Thank you for sharing your wonderful make with us πŸ™‚

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We have 2 egg moulds available in mediumΒ (Β£4.50)Β and largeΒ (Β£5.50). Each medium egg measures approximately 50mm in diameter and is 65mm long and each large egg measures approximately 75mm in diameter and is 95mm long.

Easter Egg Moulds

It has been rather manic at the Baked By Me HQ. Incredibly thankful that you love our Easter themed jars.

Mini Eggs Cookie Mix

Comes with easy baking instructions. Just add an egg an butter to make 18 lush drool worthy cookies. Check them out!!

Mini Eggs Delight Cookies

They are seasonal though. So do not wait…

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Carnation milk jelly :)

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Here is a pudding my mum used to make my siblings and I when we were little.It is incredibly quick and simple to whip up and children will love it.:)

I was only reminded of it whils’t glancing through my copy of ‘ Miss Dahls Voluptuous delights’ by Sophie Dahl. This is a lovely cook book by the way! In it I found her own family version named after her sister Clover.

Clover’s Carnation Jelly

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Serves 4

1 packet of strawberry jelly
125 ml/half a cup of hot water
1 can evaporated milk
slices of strawberry
swirls of cream and curls of grated chocolate to decorate if you wish.

Dissolve the jelly in the hot water.when cool, whisk in the evaporated milk until thick and frothy.Leave to set for at least two hours.Decorate with whatever you like! Sophie says the camper the better πŸ™‚
I kept mine simple, strawberry slices and wafer daisies.

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Enjoy x

Down the dog friendly local.

I don’t know about you but sometimes of a weekend afternoon the other half and I ( and the dog ), like to wander down the local for a pint or two, or several. πŸ™‚ We are lucky that our local ‘The New Inn’ is a only a short stroll through the park, which means it is easy to incorporate Jake’s ( our labrador ) walk. We usually bump into some fellow dog owners putting the world to rights over a pint of postlethwaite’s and Jake knows he will no doubt get plenty of fuss and a few treats to boot.

A great selection of Real Ale's ( photo taken from the New Inn facebook page.)
A great selection of Real Ale’s ( photo taken from the New Inn facebook page.)

The New Inn is a proper Real Ales pub with a varied selection that change regularly.My other half is a big fan.I’m more of a cider drinker myself and sometimes they do have more than Strongbow on tap.I am quite partial to a Ruby Tuesday! No food is served however.Just the usual crisps, nuts and er pickled eggs.Note to readers, if your for some reason tempted to buy a pickled egg and then have second thoughts about consuming it and hide it in a cupboard in the back room,Les the landlord will not be pleased.A-hem. πŸ™‚ Of course what we like the most about our local is that dogs are always made welcome.Here are a few pics from yesterday afternoon.
Dog at our feet~Molly,Ted ( with the scary eyes!),Jake and Becky.
Dog at our feet~Molly,Ted ( with the scary eyes!),Jake and Becky.

Molly and Ted again.
Molly and Ted again.

It's a great idea to take a collapsable water bowl to the pub.Thirsty work you know! This ones from Mountain Paws.
It’s a great idea to take a collapsable water bowl to the pub.Thirsty work you know! This ones from Mountain Paws.

Becky with her human Gaynor. :)
Becky with her human Gaynor. πŸ™‚

We met two springer’s,another labrador,a greyhound,a collie cross,two border terrier’s and two jackadoodle’s!
Do you have a dog friendly local? Let me know any recommendations you may have……………x

On the tea cup trail in Skipton.

As I have a week off work ( Yay! ), I thought it would be a good opportunity to go hunting for some vintage tea cups to make into candles.I decided to take a bus to the Yorkshire town of Skipton which can be a bit of a teacup mecca.Today was no exception. πŸ™‚
The First place I had a wander round was Skipton Antiques & Collectors Centre on Cavendish street which is an aladins cave of vintage treasures on three floors.I could probably have just confined my search to here! I fell in love with two cups and a dainty tea spoon ,then scarpered before I blew my budget in just one shop!

Skipton Antiques Centre.
Skipton Antiques Centre.

Next stop Emma’s Apothecary in the Craven Arcade. I love this enchanting emporium that brims with lotions and potions,cake stands and bath bombs and pretty vintage and shabby chic inspired loveliness. Of course I ended up purchasing goodies here too.:)
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Skipton has several charity shops spread around the town centre.They are always worth a nosy if your hunting for teacups. πŸ™‚
Tia Greyhound rescue charity shop on the High street.
Tia Greyhound rescue charity shop on the High street.

A charity shop with a difference is The Birdcage also situated on the High street.This is more like a vintage store which holds sewing and rag rug making classes and other crafting courses in the back of the shop.
The Bird Cage
The Bird Cage

Today in Skipton there was an Antiques and Collectors Fair in the town hall. I think these are held quite regularly as most times I’ve visited there’s been one going on.I had to go in for a rummage!
At the Antiques fair.
At the Antiques fair.

For a spot of lunch I went to The Three Sheep Tea Rooms. Who could resist a cafe with floating tea cups in the window. :). I had a bowl of very tasty pepper,tomato and lentil soup with some crusty bread.
Three Sheep Tearooms.
Three Sheep Tearooms.

Other shops I had a nosy in were Sue’s Collectable’s and Wash House Antiques. I also treated myself to a birdy top in the sales at New Look.A pretty successful shopping trip all round!
Some of the pretty purchases I  got today.
Some of the pretty purchases I got today.I especially love the cute deer tub ( by sass & belle, from Emma’s Apothecary) and the bunny egg cup i’ve made into a candle.

My New Look bargain Β£5.
My New Look bargain Β£5.

Spring is in the air :)

Its been a grand couple of days weather wise.My camera and I have been out and about in the hope of capturing the first signs of spring.As of today I would say Spring really has arrived. The first snowdrops, crocuses, primroses and of course celandines are in bloom. The rays of sunshine have actually felt warm on your face. And the call of the curlew is a sure sign that winter is nearly over.

Snowdrops.
Snowdrops.

Standen Hall.
Standen Hall.

Lambs Tails.
Lambs Tails.

Crocuses.
Crocuses.

Robin.
Robin.

River Ribble.
River Ribble.

Ducky.
Ducky.

Little lambs.
Little lambs.

Nuthatch.
Nuthatch.

Oyster.
Oystercatcher.

Grey Wagtail.
Grey Wagtail.

Jakey in the park.
Jakey in the park.

Primroses.
Primroses.

Leaping salmon (LoL)
Leaping salmon (LoL)

Hope Spring has arrived for you all, wherever you may be. :))

Mad March Teadance with a Steam Punk twist.

Today I had the surreal experience of running my Tea cup candle stall at a Mad March Tea dance ~ with a Steam Punk twist πŸ™‚
I had never heard of Steam Punk until the lady who organized the event in aid of Fairtrade fortnight asked me and my teacups to attend…..
Steam Punk in the dressing up sense seems to be a mixture of Victorian costume with a sci-fi element.Here are a few snaps I took today.
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As you can see it was all very Jules Verne! I wish I had taken more pics but I was doing a roaring trade on my stall.Yay πŸ™‚
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Myself and Lisa, who sells lovely tiles and tags ( including some darling Alice In Wonderland ones below) probably didn’t get steampunked enough. But we sure know what to wear next time………x
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