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Hebden Bridge and Haworth.

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’.

 

 

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Early morning in Hebden Bridge.

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!’

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A cafe that loves dogs…and their humans. 🙂

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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The Black Bull was where Branwell Bronte could often be found.

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.

 

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Text from Wuthering Heights.

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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. 😉

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The Bronte Parsonage.

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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.

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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. 🙂

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Sunday Sevens April 16th.

Hugo finds a beach !

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. 

Hugo looking handsome. 🙂
Good Friday Walk.

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! 😉 

Red Berry & Hibiscus Tea.

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.

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Easter Bunny. 🙂
Spring scene in Pendleton.

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 .

Hope you are having a Happy Easter. 🙂

Links & Likes March. ♡

Starlings and Hares by Rob Barnes.

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….

Gina put   The Kelpies

 

 in Falkirk on her visit list. I would love to see these Giant horse sculptures for myself. 

Fancy a walk that meanders through a pub and ends with a Waterfall?  Let Jo  show you the way.  

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. 🙂

Illustration by Lucy Grossmith.

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. 🙂 

Illustration by Louise Scott.

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.

Wendy Andrews ~ Dreaming of Spring.

Thanks so much for dropping by. If you have any blog recommendations, that you think I will like, please let me know. ♡

 

 

Millie & Ruby’s Dog Bakery.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 🙂

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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. 🙂

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Hugo, before wolfing down his Paw print Biscuit. 🙂

Photo An Hour Sat July 23rd.

Well its been a while since I joined in with Janey’s

  and Louisa’s

#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!

#BEDM Hugo’s Haunts ~ A walk in the grounds of Clitheroe Castle .

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….

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The park is full of beautiful blossom at the moment. 🙂
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The Band Stand at the park plays host to a few events in the Summer including The Castle Proms.
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The Castle Field is perfect for Sunbathers. 🙂
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Spring flowers are so colourful!
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Clitheroe Castle may be tiny but it has dominated the town’s skyline for over 800 years.
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The Keep is the second smallest surviving stone-built Keep in England. I don’t know which is the smallest!
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The Castle commands views all around.
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The Castle’s Museum is based in the former Steward’s house but Hugo is not allowed inside.
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A bonnie boy amongst the Bluebells. 🙂

This turret known as The Pinnacle is originally from the Houses of Parliament. Hugo is impressed!

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But is ready for another game of ball. 🙂

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.

Haweswater Gems.

Have you ever happened upon a hidden gem? At the weekend we stumbled across one. The remote and romantic looking  Haweswater Hotel  commands views over one of the lesser known lakes in The Lake District. It’s a beautiful country house hotel that looks down on Haweswater Reservoir. Haweswater began it’s life as a natural lake until in the 1930’s the surrounding valley (  and villages of Measand and Mardale Green) were flooded to create the larger reservoir it is today. Manchester Corporation built the lakeside road and the hotel replaced the flooded ‘Dun Bull Inn’. Haweswater supplies much of the North West’s H20. Of course it was raining buckets as we arrived! haweswater and 217haweswater and 222haweswater and 223haweswater and 221

Easter Sunday happened to be a cold, rainy and blustery day so it was with relief that we headed indoors into the bar/restaurant area , which has a huge double slate fireplace and is decorated in a fabulous art deco style. I loved all the retro prints adorning the walls and the little decorative touches such as the vintage luggage and fresh flowers. 🙂 The hotel apparently has many original art deco features from when it was built in the Thirties and the bar has recently been sympathetically refurbished to embrace its history. I am wondering whether it may have opened in 1937 perhaps?!

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Even though we hadn’t made a booking and just arrived hoping to warm up and shelter from the weather, we couldn’t have been made more welcome by the lovely bar staff.’ The Haweswater’ advertises itself as a haven for walkers  which is perfect as the area is a hiker’s and nature lover’s paradise. It’s also pet friendly and you can even holiday here with your dog. 🙂 I’m very tempted!

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We enjoyed some hearty pub grub for our lunch. Wil had the Venison stew and I settled for the haddock and chips which were both very good. And I definitely recommend the Courgette and lime cake that we shared for dessert. Very zesty and sublime. 🙂

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I must admit I was easily distracted whilst eating mine as we had a wonderful view of the lake. And on the sun terrace outside there was many a charming visitor. I spied Great Tits, Bluetits,Chaffinches,Nuthatches and to my delight a couple of the area’s native red squirrels. It looks as though the terrace and gardens attract plentiful wildlife.

 

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Just a couple more miles down the remote country road past the hotel is the southern tip of the lake. There is a little car park there and signage for various walking routes. With Hugo being on light exercise only at present we couldn’t really take him very far though.The Eagle Viewpoint sign certainly looks very intriguing! In fact the Haweswater area is home to England’s only Golden Eagle. The male eagle chose this scenic valley as his home many years ago and the RSPB man the viewing area. We will return!

 

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After taking a couple of photo’s of the lake we decided to head back along the country roads and  past our elegant yet friendly lunch host toward the village of Shap. On the way I made Wil stop off at Shap Abbey as it is somewhere we have seen signs for, but never visited. My pictures look deceptively calm as the ancient ruins were actually engulfed in blowy winds ,rain and sleet. Another gem we will have to revisit in nicer weather. 🙂

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What hidden gems have you discovered on your travels?