Sunday, 14 September 2008

Cottage Holiday 2008

Two whole weeks off work were spent in North Yorkshire and the Pennines.

The Old Telephone Exchange was our lovely base for the first week in a little village called Bishop Monkton about 10 minutes from Ripon.




The neighbours on three sides were sheep, we named our favourite ones Dolly and Molly.



And what about this? We walked passed twice before noticing it!




Bishop Monkton - two pubs, one shop and a very large privet hen.


On the first Saturday we spent a fun afternoon at Ripon races but didn't back a winner.

On Tuesday we drove to Harrogate (about 30 minutes). Had lunch in the bandstand at the beautiful park. The flower displays in Harrogate are truly stunning.




Apart from being famous for the wells it is also the place where Agatha Christie was found after her self imposed disappearance. She was staying at the White Swan Hotel and there is a plaque in the foyer. If you ever visit go in and have a peek - very intriguing.


And then I found myself in button heaven!

You get some very strange looks you know when you take pictures of buttons!



And, of course, you cannot go to Yorkshire without visiting York and the Minster.







And then it was time for cottage number 2 (our very favourite) Greenends, near Alston in the Pennines.

This time the neighbours are a little more exotic!




















This is certainly, for us anyway, more of a chill week. Although there are little towns nearby and about 30 minutes takes you to Carlisle and about an hour to Newcastle we don't venture too far. The stamps and watercolours come out and a book or two. Bliss.


Ah well, back to work tomorrow. Off now for a bath and an early night

11 comments:

Love to Doodle! said...

Oh wow...wonderful photos and such a lovely place/fab scenery - did you have SUN!!...we had an awful few weeks down south. What a cute button shop, I bet it was amazing to see them all....so many colours, shapes and designs....must have been yummy..hope you had a great time...I love breaks like that - we've been to York a few times xx

pinkpuppy said...

What a fantastic relaxing time you had surounded by sheep and look at all thoughs buttons in that shop wow!!

The hen in the hedge is brilliant.

Craft Fairy said...

What a fantastic name for a blog. You're a woman after my own heart.

Cambiel said...

Those a really lovely photos and give a great taste of the areas you visited. I bet you had to drag yourself out of the button shop - heaven indeed!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing your great photos with us Liz.
I've just tagged you - pop over to my blog for the rules.
love
Jen x

Jane said...

OMGosh Liz, I have spent many a pleasant hour in the places you have mentioned here {not seen that enormous privet chicken though LOL}
Jx

Cazzy said...

What a great holiday, I am envious. Love the photos.

bumblealsie said...

I am back in blogland after a severe life threatening bout of manflu. I need a break and would love to spend some chill time with a wooly friend.

SewDelish said...

Oh my goodness No wonder you were in button heaven! What a wonderful time!

xx

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