Friday, 28 November 2014

Hello! The weather here in West Yorkshire hasn't been very good the last few days. No sunshine, not even a glimmer of a blue sky. All grey, lots of drizzle.  Hopefully it's been a bit nicer wherever you are.

Last Saturday we took a road trip to the seaside. Leeds is so far away from the sea, but it is totally worth the long drive as the North has such a beautiful coastline and there are many places to visit. This time we headed to Saltburn-by-the-Sea, a town I'd only ever driven through on the way home from a previous trip to Staithes, but thought I must go back and properly explore one day.

Saltburn was originally a Victorian seaside resort with a long pier and the oldest water balanced cliff tramway still in operation today (although it being winter it wasn't running). It isn't a seaside town that is stuffed full of amusement arcades or rowdy crowds but has a quiet charm with lots of original period features.

First up was a visit to an Instagram chum Becky and her wonderful, quirky vintage tearoom The Sitting Room. We've been following each other for a while on IG and I've loved her pictures of family life on the beach as well as pictures of colourful cakes and vintage china in the tearoom. Located in the station buildings, the cafe is a charming mix of retro furniture, eclectic pieces and quirky touches. I especially liked the little details - the collection of vintage cameras on top of wall shelves, antlers with dangling neon pompoms and the vintage bar stool with painted green legs. The cake range is fab and Harry chose the rainbow layered cake. It was devoured in seconds. For me, it had to be white chocolate, pistachio and rose cake - it was unbelievably good alongside a cup of coffee from Baytown. The cafe was bustling and it was great to see it being celebrated as a favourite local haunt. We had a lovely chat with Becky, heard all about their cocktail nights and we thought we'll definitely be back next summer with our tent to go to one of those evenings! Next door to the cafe, Becky and her husband also run a cosy lifestyle shop that's stuffed full of vintage treasures, artisan pieces and original artworks.

We then headed off to the beach and enjoyed a long walk on the pier and seafront.  The beach is glorious, really clean and stretches for miles. There were lots of surfers taking on some big waves and kids playing football. Seagulls circled. But it all felt very laid back, a place to really relax. We sat outside at the surfers cafe and ate toasted sandwiches and drank hot chocolate for lunch. We didn't even need our coats on. The sun kept shining and the winter sky was beautiful to photograph. It was a perfect November Saturday. If Saltburn is a place you've never thought of to visit, I urge you to go. It's a little hidden gem on our Northern coastline.

Have a great weekend all. x

Folklings - 'Harvest and Gather'


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Life has been a bit exhausting recently. Work has been a hard slog with daily soakings and the inability to get warm from the damp. On Friday I felt like I was wearing a nappy all day as my bottom was that wet! Coming home to housework, cooking and helping the boy with his homework has left me feeling shattered and ready to flop down on the sofa, never to get up. Add in to this mix that the cat is ill and constantly has us up throughout the night means that we are permanently drained of all energy. So I'm behind with everything, including my contributions to the lovely Folklings site.

I have however, finally managed to send Annie over my piece for this week. Based around the theme of 'Harvest and Gather', it's a celebration of beautiful Autumnal vegetables and what to do with them. You can go check it out here. Hope you like it. x

This Is Your Kingdom


Thursday, 13 November 2014

I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to be contributing to the wonderful UK travel site, This Is Your Kingdom. If you don't already know this brilliant site created by Rebecca and Hannah, then do pop over there now as it's stuffed full of inspiring places to visit all over the United Kingdom. From country walks, art galleries, pub lunches, vintage shopping and glamping sites, there is something for everyone to explore around their county or further afield.

You can read a little interview I did over there and see what I shared here.. It's more from the wonderful market town of Todmorden including further adventures in Picture House Antiques and a visit to the fantastic vegetarian cafe The Bear.  Hope you like it! x

ps I've shared some extra pictures on this page as well as a couple of my favourites. Big thanks to all at Picture House Antiques and The Bear Co-Op who were all extremely obliging in my photography requests! 

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