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Camping Trip ~ Yorkshire Dales.

June Β means dusting down the tent and heading off into the Yorkshire dales for the weekend. πŸ™‚ Β We picked Masons Farm at Appletreewick as it is a site we’ve visited before, enjoying its close proximity to the river Wharfe….and Β a couple of good real ale pubs.

Masons Farm is a friendly family run site with all the facilities you could possibly need, including shower blocks with hairdryers, a small shop/reception in a retro airstream van and a mobile bakery/coffee van that proves very popular on weekend mornings.

The shop/reception.
The shop/reception.
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The entrance to Masons Farm.
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Chickens and ducks roam freely.
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Appletree Van serves coffee and homemade sausage rolls and cakes.

The River Wharfe flows past the bottom of the site and is a haven for wildlife such as Herons, Kingfisher and Goosander, more of which in my next #30dayswild update! As soon as we had pitched the tent on Friday we headed out along the river to the nearby village of Burnsall with its attractive stone cottages,pub, shop and tea rooms. πŸ™‚

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River Wharfe.
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Hugo outside the pub.
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Enjoying a summer fruit cider outside The Red Lion.
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And back to camp for a bbq.

On the Saturday we turned left at the bottom of the site and walked the two hour gentle trek along the river, through Strid Wood and to the grounds of Bolton Abbey.We had lunch at the Pavilion cafe there and Hugo our black lab made the most of lots of dips in the river. πŸ™‚ In the evening we strolled to one of the two pubs in Appletreewick for tea. Both the Craven Arms and the New Inn serve food and are dog friendly.

Hugo making a splash.
Hugo making a splash.
Wood carvers shack in Strid Wood.
Wood carvers shack in Strid Wood.
Heritage beetroot and goat's cheese tart with  salad and new potatoes. My delicious tea at the Craven Arms.
Heritage beetroot and goat’s cheese tart with salad and new potatoes. My delicious tea at the Craven Arms.
Real Ales are popular here. :)
Real Ales are popular here. πŸ™‚

On Sunday morning it was time to pack up the tent and leave Mason’s Farm. We had a fab stay and I wouldn’t hesitate to book again. It was a perfect riverside camping experience. πŸ™‚ oooh and the campsite is all geared up for glamping too, renting out an Airstream , vw campers and bell tents. Something to think about! On the way home we decided to call in at Bolton Abbey again and take a few photos of the romantic ruins of the old priory. The Bolton Abbey estate has beautiful grounds, riverside,tea rooms, gift shop, kids welly walk, picnic spots and hiking trails. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Bolton Abbey and stepping stones.I  was too scaredy to cross them.
Bolton Abbey and stepping stones.I was too scaredy to cross them.
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Abbey steps.
Another Air stream at Masons Farm.
Another Air stream at Masons Farm.

Do you go camping and if so what sites do you recommend?

The Forbidden Corner.

Having borrowed my niece ( Imogen 3) and nephew ( Roman 5) for the day ,we whisked them off to a land of quirky castles, enchanted forests, underground tunnels and a mysterious maze. The Forbidden Corner near Leyburn in the Yorkshire Dales is a four acre garden of surprises to delight in and explore. The kids loved it though I suspect we enjoyed the day just as much as they did!

In The Dragon's Mouth.
In The Dragon’s Mouth.
Cheeky Cherub. :)
Cheeky Cherub. πŸ™‚

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Scary Skeleton.
Scary Skeleton.

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Tickets can be bought for The Forbidden CornerΒ  online here.. We had a fun and magical time. If you love Harry Potter, Alice In Wonderland and classic fairy tales then you will find this curious creation absolutely enchanting. πŸ™‚

An Autumn Stroll in Skipton.

Today the warmth of the sun coaxed us out of our home town and along the A59 to Skipton. I love this Yorkshire Dales market town with its cobbled side streets, eclectic independant shops, quaint cafes and brightly painted barges. We had a stroll along the canal and an amble round the shops and discovered a few new businesses that have opened since our last visit. Here are a few snaps of our day.:)

Moo to Milkshake !
Moo to Milkshake !
All Aboard !
All Aboard !
Beautiful Barge Art.
Beautiful Barge Art.
Skipton Canal
Skipton Canal
The Castle from the Canal.
The Castle from the Canal.
A swan peeks out.
A swan peeks out.
Siberian Hot Chocolate in the Russian Tearooms.
Siberian Hot Chocolate in the Russian Tearooms.
Scarlet Berries.
Scarlet Berries.
Sign for my favourite shop in Skipton < Emmas Apothacary.
Sign for my favourite shop in Skipton < Emmas Apothacary.
From where I purchased this blue birdie. :)
And I couldn't resist these gorgeous Xmas Cards. A little early but had to be done!
And I couldn’t resist these gorgeous Xmas Cards. A little early but had to be done!
A new vintage shop The Magpie that has opened. Lots of lovely things inside.
A new vintage shop The Magpie that has opened. Lots of lovely things inside.
New Pie and Mash shop and look at that Blue Blue Sky.
New Pie and Mash shop.
Darling Teacup I found today at Skipton Antiques and collectables centre.
Darling Teacup I found today at Skipton Antiques and collectables centre.

Glad you could drop by…..x

In The Craft Tent.

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At the weekend my friend Lisa and I shared a stall in the craft tent at Gargrave Show. I think our products complimented each others very well and of course it was nice to have such lovely company. πŸ™‚ Lisa and her partner Mark own a bespoke tile shop in Clitheroe Tile Productions and make beautiful ceramic tags, coasters, buttons etc with the left over materials. And I turn vintage teacups I source from charity shops and jumble sales into scented candles, pin cushions and trinket stands. We are neither of us experts at running a stall but here are a few tips we have learned from our own experiences and other stall holders.

Research the fair you would like to do. Visit the fair and talk to the stall holders. Is it busy?, is it well organized?, Is there a good atmosphere?

Check if tables and chairs are provided. They usually are but not always. If not a wallpaper table and folding chairs will suffice. Make sure you bring a table cloth to cover the table.

Lisa uses wooden boards with hooks to display her ceramic tags.
Lisa uses wooden boards with hooks to display her ceramic tags.

Don’t forget your float.Not everyone will have the correct change.

Bring bags and bubble wrap You can order both quite cheaply online. Quite often I recycle gift bags and carrier bags.

I have attached these pretty brooches to vintage playing cards.
I have attached these pretty brooches to vintage playing cards.

Print out business cards. with your website and contact details on. Put them on your stall and bob them in the bags too.

Price items up clearly. I usually dot cards with prices on around the stall.

The lovely ladies from Rhubarb and Cider display their cute birdies on a makeshift tree.
The lovely ladies from Rhubarb and Cider display their cute birdies on a makeshift tree.

Display everything to its best advantage. You can use crates and boxes to add height and depth. And show off your wares! I use pretty vintage china to display the vintage brooches I sell.

Be Chatty.:) Engage with potential customers and Interact with the other stall holders.Its a good way of learning about other craft fairs and you might make some new friends too. πŸ˜€

Lisa uses a cake stand to display her lovely ceramic brooches.
Lisa uses a cake stand to display her lovely ceramic brooches.
And here's a view of the showground with a couple of shire horses thrown in. :)
And here’s a view of the showground with a couple of shire horses thrown in. πŸ™‚

Hope these tips will help anyone who is considering doing a stall at a craft fair.X

Sightseers and Silver Linings.

It’s not often I get to see two great new films on dvd ,both in the same week.But hey I have been most fortunate in that in these past few days I’ve enjoyed watching a rom com about mental illness ( not two descriptions one would always put together I admit) plus a hilarious black comedy about caravan capers in the North of England.;)

The Silver linings Playbook stars the gorgeous Brad Cooper as Pat who moves back in with his parents after serving eight months in a mental institution for losing it and beating up his wife’s lover in the shower. Determined to get his life on track he embarks on a keep fit regime in order to win his wife back and escape from the family home and their obsession with american football. A chance meeting with a girl with some big problems of her own, Tiffany ,played by the Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence, results in a at first reluctant friendship. Both agree to help each other out,she will pass on a letter to his ex wife if he becomes her partner in a dance off competition. The result being that they each find their own silver linings.:)
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My favourite part of the film is Pat and Tiffany's dance entry. :)
My favourite part of the film is Pat and Tiffany’s dance entry. πŸ™‚

Sightseers is a British black comedy about a couples caravan holiday around the North of England.Chris wants to show Tina the places that hold most significance to him and Tina has never managed to get away from her domineering mother before so a road trip touring round the yorkshire dales and the lake district in his beloved caravan seem a great idea……
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But Chris didn’t reckon on annoying litter dropper’s, smug newer model caravan owners and over enthusiastic pooper scooper’s conspiring to ruin their road trip! A few deadly accidents soon occur.

Tina trie's to convey her feelings for Chris in a letter at Keswick Pencil Museum.
Tina trie’s to convey her feelings for Chris in a letter at Keswick Pencil Museum.

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One of the many amusing things about Sightseers to us was the fact that as occasional campers ourselves we have actually visited many of the locations in the film.The Ribblehead viaduct,Castle rigg stone circle,Fountain Abbey,the yorkshire dales, Keswick etc. Maybe we should hire a van and do our own Sightseers inspired road trip? In fact we were only in Keswick on Saturday! But Wil would not entertain a look around the infamous Pencil Museum.:( I shall have to write him a letter…..

Have you enjoyed any good films recently? Any recommendations?

Christmas in Kettlewell.

This year we decided for the first time to go away for Christmas. We booked a tiny cottage with a log fire in the Yorkshire Dales. We packed our wellies and headed for the lovely village of Kettlewell in Wharfedale.
Kettlewell is a very christmassy looking village with a couple of inns and lots of pheasants.The folk there are very friendly and everyone seems to own a couple of dogs……which was good for us as we took along our labrador Jake.Well Christmas would not be the same without him!

The Blue Bell Inn is dog friendly.
The Blue Bell Inn is dog friendly.

Both pubs in the village are dog friendly and popular with families and walkers.We ate in the Blue Bell and The Racehorses and they both served excellant food. If you like your real ales then both have a good selection especially the Blue Bell.
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We knew before we booked that we were unlikely to get any mobile phone reception in Kettlewell. Looks like the locals had given up on theirs!
A jar of mobiles in water!
A jar of mobiles in water!

The village was very prettily decorated with lights and christmas wreaths hung on everyones doors. πŸ™‚
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Kettlewell also has a couple of tearooms.I only tried out ‘Zarinas’ which serves a vast selection of teapigs teas and delicous home made cakes.
Zarinas.
Zarinas.

There is a very well equipped Village Store, a Youth Hostel, an outdoor shop and a picture gallery in Kettlewell too.It is very popular with walkers as there are hills to walk up with great names like ‘Providence Pot’but as we have an aging labrador we restricted most of our ramblings to around the village and along the river.
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one day we did have visitors. A couple of our friends bought their kids over and we had a lovely meal out and then did alot of splashing in puddles and admired one particular house which had a festive display of santas and snowmen.:)
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But most of the time we just snuggled up by the fire. πŸ™‚ I think we will definatly go away for Christmas again oneday.Kettlewell is somewhere we would stay at any time of year.
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What Should I take with me on My Christmas Break In TheDales ?

This year the boyfriend, the dog, and I are going away for Christmas. I’m quite excited as we are off to a cottage in the Yorkshire Dales.A roaring log fire,beautiful countryside and three pubs and a tearoom all on our doorstep.Yay!
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However I have on good authority that we will have no mobile signal in the village.Yikes! My boyfriend is very happy about this as he isn’t into social media at all.So whil’st he is cheerily pulling on his walking boots,I will be moaning the loss of Facebook,Twitter,wordpress and everything else I take for granted on my android phone. But not for long I hope! Instead I plan to make the most of an Internet free few days:

I hope to get out and about with my camera and see if i can take a few good wildlife shots like this picture of a bluetit I came accross on a walk back in October. πŸ™‚
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I definately have to catch up on my reading.’A Street Cat Called Bob’ has been waiting patiently on my bedside table for a while now. It is a true story about a stray ginger cat who befriends a homeless busker.Bob certainly looks a cutie on the front cover and his story is supposed to be an uplifting and heartwarming read.
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I make enough lovely fragranced teacup candles so I will have to pack one to burn myself me thinks : )
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Last Christmas my friend Fi got me this pretty cat brooch to make and I haven’t got round to it yet.So this is definatly on my list of things to do. I might also try making some pom poms! Yes I need to get a bit crafty!
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And of course everyone probably has at least one classic Christmas film they have never watched but really should.In my case it is an old movie called ‘Its A Wonderful Life’ starring James Stewart.I hope I can find a copy…..
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No doubt there will be quite alot of walking too and quite alot of sampling real ales in the local inns…and maybe some romantic evenings in by the fire πŸ˜‰

How are you going to spend your Christmas holidays?