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. 😉
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.
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.:)
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
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.:)
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 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.
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……..
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’ 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.
‘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. 🙂
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. 🙂
Here are a few dog friendly camp sites we have stopped at in the Lakes.
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!
Make your own Easter Eggs this year? This gorgeous egg is made by Kristy Giblin. Thank you for sharing your wonderful make with us 🙂
We have 2 egg moulds available in medium (£4.50) and large (£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.
It has been rather manic at the Baked By Me HQ. Incredibly thankful that you love our Easter themed jars.
Comes with easy baking instructions. Just add an egg an butter to make 18 lush drool worthy cookies. Check them out!!
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
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 🙂
I kept mine simple, strawberry slices and wafer daisies.
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. 🙂 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.
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. 🙂 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.
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
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. 🙂
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!
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.:)
Skipton has several charity shops spread around the town centre.They are always worth a nosy if your hunting for teacups. 🙂
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Hope Spring has arrived for you all, wherever you may be. :))
Today I had the surreal experience of running my Tea cup candle stall at a Mad March Tea dance ~ with a Steam Punk twist 🙂
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.
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 🙂
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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