Wow we are really rushing through October! Everyone has been up to some good stuff this month. So please make yourself a nice hot drink and settle down for a read of these lovely blogs. ♡
Apparently BottomlessBrunch is the New Afternoon Tea ! Kellie gives it a try. Yum. 🙂
In the past when Wil and I have driven to the Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge, we have arrived there completely frazzled, because our old sat nav loves magical mystery tours. Or we just couldn’t find the place at all! Happily on Saturday the Gods did not conspire against us, and we pulled up in a sunshiney Hebden before ten in the morning.
Hebden Bridge is a market town in Calderdale. , famed for its independent stores and creative community . Artisan shops and pavement cafes adorn the cobbles and Victorian terraces cling to the steep hillsides. On a bright September morning, it really did look like we had arrived in the ‘Happy Valley’.
As we were accompanied by a certain ‘ hungry black labrador’ , I suggested we stop by at The Lamppost Cafe for coffee and flapjacks for us…and a pup cake for him. On the Lampposts facebook page it says ‘Because every dog deserves to feel special and be treated so! Don’t tie your best friend to a lamppost, bring them in The Lamppost!’
Hugo and new friend ‘Lucky’.
Waiting for a Pup Cake.
Help yourself to water for your doog.
We loved the rustic decor in this very dog friendly cafe, and it was fun choosing Hugo a mouthwatering muffin from their impressive pup cake collection. It’s a pity he wolfed it down before I could get a picture ! His new friend Lucky was most happy to pose though. Isn’t she adorable. 🙂 Lucky is sat on a hessian coffee sack , which you can help yourself to, if your dog doesn’t want to lie on the wooden floor. I really enjoyed my fruity flapjack and the coffee was good too.
After a wander round the shops and the market ( I found a lady who makes felt fairy lamps ~ Christmas present sorted for one goddaughter! ), we had lunch at Green’s ( a veggie cafe) and then went for a walk by the canal.
We headed in the direction of Hebden Bridge’s neighbor Mytholmroyd, where poet Ted Hughes was born. Along the way there were were many barge businesses and floating homes.
On the outskirts of Hebden Bridge a rust coloured sculpture of a hawk, roosts in memorial to the Yorkshire born poet. I’m not sure it looks hawk-like enough. What do you think? Hughes first wife writer ‘ Sylvia Plath’ is buried in the churchyard at nearby Heptonstall.
Mid afternoon and Hebden Bridge was crazy busy , so we left the town and headed for nearby Haworth, another Yorkshire parish with famed literary connections. But first we stopped off for a walk on the rolling moorland above Oxenhope. Hugo decided to leap onto this wall and nearly ended up in the steep ravine below, tangled with the purple heather and brambles. Luckily he decided that running amongst the rushes was just as much fun!
Beautiful Haworth is still so evocative of its famous residents, the Brontes. Surrounded by wild moor land , Haworth’s cobbled streets are brimming with old fashioned shops and is little changed from the days when Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell lived with their father in the parsonage , now a museum.
I love the cute shops in Haworth and make no apologies for buying a couple more Christmas gifts. I just couldn’t resist and ‘ Wave of Nostalgia ‘ especially, really drew me in.
There are lots of Tea shops on the cobbled main street, but Wil can certainly recommend the Jamaican Peaberry Coffee from 10 the coffee house, where all coffees are freshly ground to order. As you can see the African Lime cake we shared is tiny! But I’m kind of glad, as it has been my only cheat in a fortnight of abstaining from cake, pastry, crisps , bread and chocolate …..so far. 😉
It’s been a few years since I have wandered round the wonderful Bronte Museum, and on this visit I contented myself with a stroll in the garden and a quick glance in the museum shop.
I’ve already decided that I would like to return soon and follow in the footsteps of the Bronte’s ,up onto the South Pennine Moors, via the path that passes the parsonage. Watch this space. 🙂
Sunday Sevens this week seems to include lots of pub walks! Last weekend we picked up Hugo from the kennels after our London adventures. It was good to be reunited! Happily he seems very chilled in kennels and when we picked him up he was lounging around in his bed as usual ! We took him to Burnsall in The Yorkshire Dales and walked along the river to nearby Appletreewick, where we had a pub lunch. We certainly enjoyed the sunshine and Hugo had a good dip.
Fast forward to Good Friday and our friend’s traditional Good Friday Walk dawned wet and grey. Despite this it was apparently the Best turn out ever. Yay ! We had a good amble over to the village of Mitton , where we tried to get all the dogs together for a picture and had an easter egg hunt in ‘The Aspinall Arms’ beer garden. That was for the kids, not the dogs! 😉
Yesterday morning did a few jobs in town and enjoyed a delicious Red Berry and Hibiscus Tea and a chocolate dipped granola bar in Escape Coffee Bar. Was soo yummy.
We also went for a pub walk ( surprise! ) to Pendleton and found that the village pub ‘ The Swan with two Necks’ was all decorated up for Easter.
Sunday Sevens is a collection of 7 or more photos from the past week and was devised by the lovely Natalie at Threads And Bobbins .
Hey and welcome to March Links& Likes. I thought I would include some pretty pictures of mad March hares frolicking around with not a care in the world. If only our lives could be as carefree as these beautiful illustrations. Anyway without further ado….
Naomi tells us about The Joy of Gorse and how the shrub’s sunshine yellow flowers can be made into a fresh and delicious cordial. 🙂
Louise follows in the footsteps of Peakland writer Roger Redfern and finds that things haven’t changed all that much ,since he published his own rambles in the 1960s.
One of my favourite travel boggers ‘Mary’ from Travels with the Blonde Coyote hasn’t posted in a while, but hopefully that will all change now she’s introduced her gorgeous new dog pal ‘ Vida’. What a beauty! 🙂
Erin has visited the vibrant and colourful city of Lisbon. Me too please. 🙂
This fab post by Baked by Mummy Iris explores London’s Covent Garden. It looks like foodie heaven and certainly makes my tummy rumble. 🙂
Hey did you know that there is a A Cat ~^^~ who actually works in B & M Bargains??? Check out this cute Kitty !
And if your planning a trip to Iceland this year , here is a very useful blog to consult I ♡ Reykjavik.
Thanks so much for dropping by. If you have any blog recommendations, that you think I will like, please let me know. ♡
Ever since I heard about Millie & Ruby’s Dog Bakery opening in Great Harwood, I have been wanting to visit with my Black Labrador Hugo. As you can imagine this place is ‘Doggy Heaven’ on the High Street. A Bakery/Shop that makes tasty treats, biscuits and muffins especially for pooches ! All are free from artificial flavourings, additives and colourings and they are made with Rye Flour , which is wheat free and low in gluten.
The Bakery is named after the Owner’s two collies and you can see pictures of them on the ‘Millie & Ruby’s’ Facebook Page. When we visited on an incredibly wet and windy Saturday morning, the lovely owner was very welcoming and told us that Hugo could sample any of the various baked biscuits and treats in store. He was only to happy to oblige. 🙂 The little blue plastic buckets you can see are full of free samples.
Millie and Ruby’s sells allsorts of pet related baked goods including Apple , bacon & Cheese Bones, Doggie Donuts, Occasion Biscuits, Chocolate Cookies, Salmon & Catnip treats ( so Kitty isn’t left out of all this Puppy Love 😉 ), Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins and even bespoke Birthday Cakes.
I ended up purchasing Hugo some Chicken Liver Buttermilk Bones, a Paw print Cookie and a bottle of ‘Bottom Sniffer’ non-alcoholic Beer for dogs. I also bought a couple of doggy donuts for a friend’s hounds. The whole lot came to just over £8 so was very reasonable I thought. 🙂
So if you ever happen to be visiting Great Harwood with your four legged friend , make sure you bob by for a pup cake. Millie & Ruby’s is situated at 48 Queen Street and is open Tuesday to Saturday : 9am to 5pm. And if you are feeling peckish yourself, the lovely Finch Bakery is just up the road. 🙂
#photoanhour challenge. This Saturday just gone was their chosen day.I posted a photo of what I was doing on the hour every hour ,along with a few other folk on Instagram. Fancy seeing 12 or so random pics of my day………
8am. Breakfast today was a black coffee and a yogurt.
9am.Out with Hugo.We are in the grounds of Clitheroe Castle. Amazingly we had the keep to ourselves for a bit. Then bumped into a personal trainer working her client really hard.Although she (the client) begged us to rescue her,think she was joking.I hope.;)
10am. Looking for a Birthday present for my soon to be 6 year old niece.Finally decided on this butterfly dress,a book of childrens classics ( she is an amazing reader!) and another butterfly inspired gift.
11am. No shopping trip is complete without tea and cake ,especially from my home towns Alice inspired Vintage Tea Room ‘Callooh! Callay’. I like to come here for a Raspberry Almond slice and a pot of ‘Were All Mad Here’ fruit tea. All served in mismatched vintage china.:)
Noon. Checking the jungle of nasturtiums in my back yard for flowers. Found one! 🙂
1pm. I’m out with Hugo again,this time down the fields. My other half is working until five,but a few games of ‘chasing stones’ in the brook ,stops Hugo missing him.:)
2pm. Oh heck I’m at ‘Bowland Beer Hall in Holmes Mill ‘ yet again! Met a couple of friends for a quick lunch.This place is to handy as it is incredibly local to where I live. Here’s my fish finger butty.
3pm. Spending more time in the back yard with the pets ,before I go babysittin g for a friend.
4pm. Walking up to said friends house. I’m stopping over so packed a bag.
5pm.Took my charges up the Castle. We are checking out the view from the Keep. Clitheroe Castle is said to be the second smallest castle keep in England. We still get a good view from the top though.:)
6pm. Wil joined us up the Castle, then we took the boys to the park. Much fun was had on the swings,slide and roundabout.:)
7pm.Pizza in oven and train track built!
8pm. Goosebumps dvd presently being watched. The boys have conned me into getting some sweeties out of the cupboard. 😉
10pm.Two Hours later and kids in bed.Time to relax,put my feet up and enjoy a glass of wine.This babysitting lark is sooo exhausting!
Hugo is very lucky that the town we live in has an excellent dog friendly park! Some days we head down the fields to the river on our walks and occasionally we can be found whizzing round the Castle grounds.When I say whizzing, I mean Hugo is usually about a mile ahead of me.I most probably am trying to catch up with him…..or hyperventilating in a bush! Although today’s #BEDM prompt is meant to be TOP TIPS, I’m just going to show you a few piccies of my local park and tiny Castle instead….
This turret known as The Pinnacle is originally from the Houses of Parliament. Hugo is impressed!
Thanks for joining Hugo and I on one of our typical walks. 🙂
This post is for day 6 of #BEDM devised by Elizabeth at Rosalilium.
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