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Tuesday, November 13, 2018


 This was the lovely view from our little house in Northern Ireland  in the little village of Ballintoy on the Causeway Coast.

That's it just right of the fence - a three bedroomed cottage. Very comfortable for our two week stay.
That's the village of Ballintoy , the bigger white buildings further right - two good pubs, no shops and a small cluster of houses.

When we arrived the field behind our house had just been ploughed and planted (with potatoes I think) but it was all  green with new growth by the time we left.
It was so lovely for these two city dwellers to look out towards the sea every day and soak in this lovely vista.

Below that church was the little Ballintoy harbour reached by a pleasant walk along the clifftops or alternatively through the village and down the lane. 

This was the view looking back the other way as you walked along the clifftop path.

The road past the church zigzagged down to the harbour past a couple of cottages with glorious views back towards Mull (I think ?) and a few other islands layered behind one another .

There were always a few tourists about but not too many at this time of year

The coast line about here is dotted with these little harbours though they are not used much these days I think. The sea is littered with rocks and safe passage would not be easy.

Our walk home back towards the village took us past a lovely tea shop called the Red Door just down a little farm lane where this delightful purple flower grew out of the rock wall.
The Red Door is the only tea shop for miles and hidden in a quite obscure position. ( a sign on the main road points it out - a RED door is a very good idea in the circumstances !)
Needless to say we became regular visitors and the friendly owner- operators soon became new friends and gave us all sorts of good tips on places to go as well as some interesting insights into how the "Troubles" had impacted their lives.


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


After a wonderful week in Grassington we moved on to Whitby.

Of course the draw to visit was its tie with Captain Cook.

 We rented an old fisherman's cottage right in the middle of the Old Town just in from the beach you can see in these two photos.

The previous two photos were taken from the other side of the inlet near these whale bones - a popular spot with terrific views …..

in both directions.

And here's a replica of Captain Cook's  ship "Endeavour"

Not full size so tinier than what to us was a small ship anyway to venture across such dangerous seas.

From Whitby we visited Castle Howard - very impressive

with lovely gardens though it was a very windy , freezing day which didn't encourage much exploration.

On another day we walked along the coastal path to Robin Hood's Bay.
First we climbed to the majestic Abbey ruins then starting off where you see that signpost in the photo below.

Six to seven miles along the cliff tops

on a clearly made and well maintained path with wonderful views.

Do you like Tony's new hat? 
He wore it every day from then on.
 He thought it made him look like a local !!

This was our reward at the end of the walk - the prettiest pub beer garden with a wonderful view.

The township of Robin hood's Bay was directly below - one road winding in and out .

Thankfully there is a bus to take you back to Whitby - a hugely overpriced tourist trap but this girl wasn't walking another 7 miles back !!!


Thursday, October 18, 2018


                                           Our lovely week came to an end all too soon.

I had read that the Craven Arms in Appletreewick 
( pronounced Ap-wick by the locals !) 
was a good place to eat so on our last day we set off to find it through more glorious countryside

and of course there were daffodils along the way.

The Craven Arms was easy to find

perched along the side of the road in what looked like the middle of nowhere.
No other houses or building except for the farms across the road and in the distance.

I love the way these pubs just crop up like this.

Warm and welcoming inside with a buzz of conversation and a glowing fire to take the chill out of the air

There were plenty of others there, most of them locals meeting for lunch or just catching up 

 It's a tiny place with not much room but we managed to secure ourselves a table and order our lunch.

I have to say that my only complaint about these pubs is not the quality of the food but its repetitive nature.
I don't need to read a menu they all have the same items on offer...

*Fish & Chips and Mushy Peas
* Steak & Ale Pie
* Lasagne
* Gammon, Eggs and Chips 
Scampi & chips
and if you are very lucky 
* Sausages and Mash  ( my fav !)

Never-the-less we ordered and were happy with our meals then we went outside to explore.

Inside we had seen a display about the construction of a building called a "Cruck Barn"

 a reasonably new building which is joined on to the rear of the pub building and is used for special occasions such as weddings.

We climbed up to the back car park to get a good view of it from the outside.
Its thatched roof is not made of the usual straw but is bracken I think.
A most unusual building.

Back out the front we came upon the first tree with new leaves we have noticed

and further down the road we saw some more

I love these pretty winding roads 

with more lovely views round every corner

Is it any wonder my heart belongs to Yorkshire ?


Sunday, October 14, 2018


An outing in the car today through beautiful countryside to Bolton Abbey.

You don't need sunshine, it's lovely in any weather.

The parkland around the ruin of Bolton Abbey is beautifully kept,

all part of the estate owned by the Duke of Devonshire who owns the lovely Chatsworth House in the Peak district

  Walking paths lead off in all directions along the river

making it a lovely destination for a day out with a picnic


 with plenty to see in and around the ruins of this huge abbey

which is surrounded by the prettiest graveyard

 beautifully manicured and decorated with large clumps of daffodils.

The more modern church nearby is impressive too

but you can't beat the original

and what a wonderful setting !