Monday, 20 May 2019

Joy in the Everyday Ordinary - May, 11-20

Hi there everyone 😀
After our fabulous week away on the Llyn Peninsular we have spent the last week settling back into our normal everyday lives, filled with plenty of gentle pottering, especially of the gardening and crafting variety.

The weather has been a bit mixed, but on the whole fairly dry and there has been enough sunshine to make being outside a real treat.

We've had a family day out at the Statfold Barn Railway, met up with friends for tea and spent a day out with the craft stall.

Martin is at work this week so I am on a bit of a mission to catch up with everything, though I am hoping that there will still be plenty of time for pottering ...
Day 11 - Saturday and our first full day back following our week away. It was lovely to have chance to have a good look round the garden and see what's been happening whilst we've been away. Just look at the seed pods on this honesty. I already know where I am going to be sprinkling them in the autumn.
Day 12 - We were at the Statfold Barn Railway Giant Miniature Weekend this morning with mum and dad, David, Alison and the little man. His excitement and interest in everything at the moment is a real joy to watch. We spent a leisurely afternoon in the garden in the sunshine potting up the hanging baskets and summer pots.

Day 13 - We had a lovely, nice and steady day just pottering about at home ... holiday washing and catching up with blogging for me and car MOT and haircut for Martin. Then there was a very pleasant couple of hours sitting in the sunshine before planting up another summer pot ... it was just lovely. It was also great to see the first of, what I hope will be many, the pink stripy blooms on the Nelly Moser, which has taken a bit of a battering over the last couple of year. It seems she may be fully recovered.

Day 14 - It was yet another glorious day and, again, we spent pretty much all of it in the garden doing a few bits and pieces, potting on the seedlings, seeding the grass, a bit of pruning and generally tidying and plenty of chilling. The first of the Rhapsody in Blue rose, that we bought following an open gardens visit, is just starting to come into flower. In spite of some very hard pruning this looks like it is going to be pretty amazing this year, judging by the number of buds on all of the stems.
Day 15 - It was a full day of sewing for me, mainly inside, but I did manage to get in a couple of sessions sat out in the sunshine ... trimming, turning and getting ready for the next stage.
Day 16 - There was more crafting in the sunshine, amidst the chores, for me today.
Day 17 - It would have been Martin's mum's birthday today, had she still been here. We spent the evening catching up with good friends, Jo, Steve, Hannah and Megan. We had a lovely evening catching up, with lots of chatting about everything and nothing ... for one of the younger generation who takes millions of selfies you would have thought she would have managed to get us all in!
Day 18 - It was certainly a crafty week last week. Saturday was spent with Martin in the kitchen making up beeswax wraps in readiness for Sunday's craft fair.
Day 20 - Craft fair day! We didn't sell a lot, but we chatted to a lot of nice people, had lots of nice feedback about our stall and managed to cover our costs 😀

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Thursday, 16 May 2019

A Week in The Yorkshire Dales #6 - Janet's Foss & Gordale Scar

Hi there everyone 😀

We are just back from the loveliest week in North Wales, staying on the Llyn Peninsular, where we got to explore lots of new places that I'm dying to tell you about, but first ... here is the last post from our trip to The Yorkshire Dales back in March ...

It was our last full day and we’d got a last bit of walking on the cards. We wanted to have a look at Janet's Foss and Gordale Scar. We thought that walking from the cottage might be just a bit much for us today so we drove and parked on the side of the road in between the foss and the scar.
It was another grey and dull day, but at least it was dry and fairly warm so no waterproofs required today.
We started with the short walk to Janet’s Foss, which is literally just off the road. I’d wanted to walk here following watching one of Julia Bradbury walking programmes a while back and was not disappointed.
It was a beautiful spot and the water was crystal clear ...

If we’d walked from the village we would have arrived via the footpath at the side of the beck and we would both loved to have done it ... maybe next time ...
The view from the top was pretty impressive too ...
From the waterfall it it was a short walk up the road to the footpath to Gordale Scar ...
It’s a half mile walk from the road to the scar and it’s a really well defined and maintained footpath, though I am sure there would have been a lot more water around at the beginning of the week ...
As we were walking towards the scar we managed to get to see the second bit of blue sky that we’d seen over the course of our week's stay ...
It really does make a massive difference to how everything looks and feels, that little bit of sunshine was a real treat ...
The approach to the scar is impressive ... but as you round the bend and see the waterfalls it’s a really fabulous sight ...
At first it seems that there are just two waterfalls but as you walk on a little further the third slowly reveals itself to you ...
The footpath does carry on up the rocks of the scar ...
... but this was not for us today, though there were a fair few people making the climb up, including this older gentlemen with his little dog, who just hopped up there like a mountain goat ...
You can just about see him, in between the three waterfalls in the middle of the picture ... he's wearing a yellow hi-vis jacket ...
It was obviously not the first time he'd made the climb as he made it look so easy and a fair few other walkers, who had been procrastinating about the best way to go up, following in his footsteps.
Next we were back into the car for a drive up to the car park at Malham Tarn ...
This was the last short walk we had planned before having to pack up and leave The Dales. It looked a bit bleak from the car park and the weather was definitely coming in ...

As we crested the ridge the tarn came into view ...
... and we pretty much just walked to the edge and then back again ...

... and that was us for today. It was time to retire to The Lister for one last time for tea ...
... before heading back to Woodside cottage for a bit of packing before settling down for our last night in Yorkshire for now ... though I think it’s safe to say we will definitely be back.
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Monday, 13 May 2019

Joy in the Everyday Ordinary - May, 1-10

Hi there everyone 😀

If we are friends on Facebook then you will be more than aware that we are just back from a week staying on the Llyn Peninsular in North Wales, where mum and dad came to stay for a few days too.

We've had a week that has been anything but ordinary, managing to tick three things off my list of the 50 things I want to do before I'm 60 and I'm pleased to report that all three exceeded my expectations, two of which are more than likely to be repeated ... hopefully with blue skies and sunshine.

We all loved the Llyn Peninsular and I have plenty of places and pictures that I will be sharing over the coming weeks, but for now ... here are our highlights ...
Day 1 - We go away on Friday so this week was a case of Tuesday ... gardening, today ... ironing and cleaning and tomorrow packing and shopping. It was a lovely day and we would both much rather have spent it chilling in the garden, but there is nothing nicer than knowing that everything is done before going away. It makes home all the nicer to come back to. It looks like this beauty will come into its own whilst we are away ... this is the first of, what I hope will be many, frilly purple blooms over the summer 💜
Day 2 - Finally ... we managed to get to our favourite garden centre in time for the breakfast serving and what a treat it was too. Definitely worth the wait.
Day 3 - We'd both forgotten what a long old drive it is to this part of Wales. Although it's only about 120 miles it took us over four hours, though we did have a lunch stop on the way. Seeing our view out of our back door for the next week made it well worth the effort though 💜
Day 4 - Our first full day and we met up with some old friends for breakfast before heading out for a drive along the coast. We didn't intend to do the walk along the beach to Ty Coch and the lifeboat station, but having been faced with this view from the car park, we just couldn't wait to get on the beach.
Day 5 - Mum and dad arrived to stay with us for a few days today and we spent the afternoon visiting Plas yn Rhiw, the closest National Trust property to where we were staying. It is an absolutely lovely spot overlooking the coast and the gardens were small but absolutely stunning and full of colour. It was a bit dull for most of our visit but the sun did put in a brief appearance before we left.
Day 6 - Today I ticked off one of the 50 things I want to do before I'm 60. We finally got to go up Snowdon on the railway. It was brilliant and did not disappoint. Whilst we didn't have blue skies and sunshine, we did have clear visibility at the top and we both have already said that we'd love to do it again.
Day 7 - Today was our 10th wedding anniversary and there were a lot of Wow! moments. We all achieved and saw far more than expected when setting out in the morning ... but this view of Porthor Beach or 'Whistling Sands' took my breath away ... it's definitely one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever come across.
Day 8 - Today I ticked another thing off my list of 50 things to do before I'm 60. We got to visit Portmeirion. Whilst the weather was a bit dull, it was lovely and quiet and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Definitely another one for another visit with some blue sky and sunshine.
Day 9 - Today we spent the morning visiting Nant Gwrtheyrn, a heritage centre located in a former quarrying village on the northern coast of the peninsular. We had no idea what to expect but were very pleasantly surprised. The drive down was an adventure in itself and the views on the way down were spectacular.
Day 9 - Today we were heading for home and leaving via the bumpy drive to our holiday cottage for the last time. I somehow think we will be back and not before too long ... I hope.
Day 10 - Back home with some sunshine which gave us chance to have a good look at what has been going on in the garden whilst we've been away. This beauty looked amazing in full bloom in the sunshine.
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Thursday, 9 May 2019

A Week in The Yorkshire Dales #4 - Grasssington

Hi there everyone 😃

We are currently away for a week in North Wales, celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary, but do you remember our visit to Skipton, back in March, when we spent the week in the very lovely Yorkshire Dales? Well we decided to take a bit of a detour back to our cottage in Malham and call in at Grassington on the way.
After a drive around some very narrow lanes we managed to bag a parking space on the cobbles in the centre of the village ...
We were probably only there about an hour, which just gave us time to pretty much wander up one side of the street and then back down the other. There are plenty of little craft and gift shops for mooching ...
... what could be described as a real old Arkwright's store ...
... and plenty of pretty cobbled streets going off in all directions ...

We left Grassington and decided to take the longer way back to Malham, through Kinsley and Arnforth, where we barely passed a soul on the road, which was great as we just had to keep stopping to take in the views, which were spectacular ...

We did see plenty of sheep though, with some very heavy bellies, looking like they’d taken part in a colour run ...

We also had a real treat as we managed to pull up roadside and watch a sheep dog doing its thing.

A few minutes later and, not only would we have missed it, but we would have been smack bang in the midst of the flock as they were herded back up the road ...
We’d had another lovely day. Skipton and Grassington were both definitely worth a visit and the drive back over the hills was something really special.

We were soon tucked back up in Woodside Cottage in front the TV for the evening, looking forward to have a day closer to home tomorrow 😀

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