Hello Happy Crafters!
I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and, against all odds, managed to avoid the rain apart from on one day. I thought you might like to see some photos (mostly poor quality due to being taken on a phone camera).
We stayed for 3 nights near Grassington which is a very pretty village in the Yorkshire Dales, Wharfedale to be precise. It was raining during most of the nights and on the surrounding hills but miraculously, we didn’t get wet once.
Unfortunately, while we were there, the village was always full of cars, which aren’t so pretty, but the bunting and flower boxes made up for that. They really make an effort in the Dales. There was an amazing little shop FULL of cross-stitch and embroidery kits. If I hadn’t gone away armed with two new kits, I would definitely have found plenty to try in there.
Can you see the Robin Reliant three wheel car on the right? When I was about 10 years old, my best friend’s Dad had one of these. I remember they had an accident in it when the front axle snapped! All escaped uninjured thankfully. I think you only had to have passed a motor bike test to be allowed to drive a three wheeler in those days (I could be wrong about that).
Quite quaint, isn’t it?
While out on a wander, we spotted this holiday chalet. Holiday chalet WOW! I’d be interested to see where they live when not on holiday. This chalet is fabulous! HUGE
While were in the area, we visited Skipton. It is a relatively small market town and I was struck by the number of charity shops there were. It was a lovely place which I hadn’t been to before with lovely friendly and welcoming local people. I loved the Craven Shopping Centre and the market on the cobbled areas in the main street. Here is the shopping centre, very light and airy.
I’m not usually into shopping centres but this one had some independent shops so it was a nice change from the usual boring diet of national chains which seems to fill too many towns in the UK (in my opinion).
I love the stone flooring.
And here is the wrought iron staircase outside.
There were lots of lovely places to eat out but we were recommended Bizzie’s and I’m a sucker for take-out fish and chips. They were lush
There was also a lovely canal, complete with a few narrow houseboats (one was for sale).
There is clearly a lot more to Skipton than we had time to see. We’ll definitely be returning to cycle along the canal tow path one day.
Next, onto Kendal where we stayed in the woods……and got bitten by insects…..and somehow I trapped a nerve in my left shoulder …..and sprained my ankle. More on that later….
We’ve been to Kendal many times before so we did a few walks around and about, especially near the River Kent. We crossed a lovely little suspension bridge (I have a thing about this magical feat of engineering).
The notice says “No more than 25 people to be on the bridge at any one time”.
We also walked up and along one of the local ridges to the triangulation point on the Helm, the highest point in the area with 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside. We did go on to spend time in Dumfries and Galloway which is beautiful but from this point on, there are no photos of my holiday.
Reasons? Well, I was already nursing the trapped nerve in my shoulder (diagnosis confirmed by my doc after I’ve put up with 10 days of pain before going to see him this morning. Well, us girls do have a high pain threshold, don’t we??) Then, when I came out of the shower one morning, I slipped on my flip-flop (stop that tittering now!!) and sprained my right ankle. So, I had bites on my right hand and arm, a trapped nerve in my left shoulder and a sprained right ankle. To be fair DH was more badly bitten than me and he was coping well. So what were we to do? We were on holiday…..get over it. Two days later, DH sprained his right ankle while walking, me hobbling , along a lane. We looked for pot holes or any reason why this happened….there were none. What a pair we are!
In my last post I said I would show a slow release of my work in progress on a new project, the one I was taking on holiday. Here are the first three days of work (rubbish photos) but I’m not telling what it is. Doesn’t look like anything at the moment
No more sewing was done after the first 3 days.
And finally, as I’m back home, an old photo of the cliffs close to my house. I like the sky on this one, typically British summertime sky.
I have missed so much that you have all been up to while I was away so it will be some time before I catch up with all my lovely bloggy pals. I’ll try to do that over the next few days. Don’t expect to see any sewing from me in the near future. At the moment, it just isn’t possible
Ha-ha! I was just checking this over before publication and noticed the sign in the centre of the first shopping centre picture. I didn’t notice that as I took the photo….ironic or what?
Have fun, Avis x