Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

A family holiday at the seaside can be fun with the older members reminiscing about bygone times while the younger members are experiencing those activities for the first time.

The weather, as always in the Yorkshire coast, is variable to say the least; we can have all four seasons in the space of an hour!  We had a glorious Summer earlier on and the forecast wasn’t great for the last part of August but we were treated to some lovely days and the heavy showers waited for night time. 

Sand, sea and all the S’s


Sleeping in, Swimming Pool, Swings and Slides, Skating at the Roller Disco, Skimming stones,

Scarborough Day Trip

 Open top bus

Peasholm Park
 Sailing (on a pedalo)

Sewerby Hall and Gardens
The Hall has just been refurbished but no photographs can be taken

 Shiver me timbers
 The walled garden

 A new born Alpaca with mum
  Over the years, we have entertained visitors from as far afield as Sweden, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Italy and Rumania and it occurred to me to begin a visitors’ book.  I found a suitable one in a charity shop.  It is actually a Hebridean one, but it is beautifully illustrated and does the job.

 Bet you're wondering what Hello Kitty wrote in the book

Friday, 1 August 2014

For Yorkshire Day I give you ..... Harewood House

It seems that 1st August has become Yorkshire Day so I have included some photos of a recent visit to Harewood House.

 The Stupa next to the Himalayan gardens.  Walk round it a few times for luck

 The knot garden planted up in yellow.  Kate and Will started the actual race for the Grand Depart of the TDF

 Every garden should have one!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Busman's Holiday

After judging and being judged by Yorkshire in Bloom this week, Friday was spent visiting gardens in North Yorkshire with our gardening club.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the outing and we returned laden with plants and ideas for our own gardens.
First stop was Rewela Cottage at Skewesby, home of garden designer John Plant

The front of the house gave no indication of what was to come and we were all impressed by the planting combinations and landscaping at every turn. 
 The outdoor kitchen

 The jacuzzi/sauna

 The potting area



There was a good range of interesting plants for sale to tempt us and we all succumbed!

Then on to the picturesque North Yorkshire, market  town of Helmsley. 
 Here we took advantage of the various eating places, market stalls, shops and antique fair before boarding the coach again for our next garden visit.

Terrington House, a former rectory, is the home of James and Linda Fenwick.  

The house is surrounded by gardens and features tennis courts, heated outdoor pool and, the pièce de résistance, a summer house decorated in shells by Linda Fenwick .

 The stunning ceiling of the Shell House

 North Yorkshire, not the South of France

 The vegetable plot

Just beware of Crumble the dog who makes quick work of any cake you place on the table!
Anyone else got some interesting garden visits to share?

Saturday, 12 July 2014

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thanks to Teresa Ashby at A Likely Story  for nominating me for this award.
So, here are seven snippets of information about me.
I collect bottles, mostly old but I have included some contemporary ones.  They are not easy to keep dust-free.

I do like to be beside the seaside and spend a lot of time there in the Summer at our holiday home.  We love to invite friends and family.  It’s a great place to chill.

My writing started when I retired at 60.  I have had quite a few short stories published and read out on local radio.  I even managed to present at a local literary festival.  In addition to this blog, I keep two other blogs for groups to which I belong: rainbow allotment and Paxton friday forum

Spiders in the house petrify me.  I don’t care how big they are outside the house, but once they cross the threshold I can’t take it.  I know it’s irrational, but there it is.  I couldn’t even manage a photo!
I love being in the company of my grandchildren; some who live near and others who live far.   Thank goodness for Skype. 
I help to produce a monthly programme for a local radio station.  It’s good fun and I am now brave enough to present live. 
Gardening is another passion.  I’m not the perfect lawn and manicured beds type.  I am learning about growing vegetables on an allotment for adults with disabilities where I volunteer, I am a judge for Yorkshire in Bloom and attend a gardening club and an enthusiastic visitor of other people's gardens.