We have just returned from our Yorkshire holiday at my sister’s cottage in the Dales. It was lovely, wet but still lovely. I managed quite a bit of sewing (there are lots of new things to complete and list but I will wait until September, when the boys are back at school and I can feel a little more organised). I also spent time playing in Photoshop to come up with some new banners and tags.
I was quite happy with the above, until I loaded up the Folksy version and it just doesn’t match my shop and despite this being intended as a winter header the whole red and green thing (should they really never be seen?) isn’t working for me right now. So after a walk on the moors, during which I took this photo (on my iPhone in quite heavy rain hence the quality)
I decided to swap for my favourite Dales combination of greens and pinks
I’m still not sure but I will build a front page around it and then see how I feel.
One thing I love about being ‘home’ are the colours of the landscape and all the wild flowers. Even on a dreary day (and we did have quite a few of those) I find it inspiring. I managed to pick up this cotton lawn on a Fents shopping trip (there wasn’t a lot else this time, no lovely tweeds) and it’s colours really did make me think of the Dales. I’m planning a shirt for myself, when I find time to cut a pattern and loose the 5 lbs I managed to put on whilst on holiday 😉
We made ourselves at home at the cottage, I brought along some Postcarden matchbox cress sets for the boys to grow and we maxed out on the Red Lion’s takeaway pizza at weekends (remember that 5 lbs?!). Bettys also played it’s part in my weight gain, the odd fat rascal was devoured along with some of my favourite Florentines. In fact food in general is quite important to me, I like the memories involved in certain foods and I love eating nice food and especially in good company. M is quite different, although he enjoys good meals, he can also happily just eat for fuel, which I never could. A great example of this is on my ‘big walk’ day. I am the only one in our household up for very long walks, the boys are simply not ready yet and M would rather go out on his bike so as always on one day I planned a 15 mile hike up the hills on my own (in the rain I might add). I didn’t take a rucksack with us and so had to pack my lunch in the camera bag which has limited space. M suggested some of his protein bars and energy drinks but no, I wanted a sandwich, crisps, chocolate, water and
a compact biscuit and cheese selection complete with chutney, a knife and a wet wipe. I kid you not, I might have looked a bit of a prat whilst perched on a bench in the wind and rain by Grimworth reservoir delicately eating my cheese and biscuits but it did make me very, very happy half way through quite a sodden walk.
Despite the rain, it was great, I even took extra time to detour by Trollers Gill, not something I’d actually recommend in the rain when you are on your own as you have to clamber over the rocks of the old river bed.
This is the photo I took with my iPhone, whilst hurrying through attempting to keep my ankles unbroken and thoughts of American Werewolf in London out of my head. Not a great image but you get the idea of the scrambling involved.
We had some great family days out. Catching minnows at Ghaistrills near Grassington, picnicing with friends at Brimham Rocks, following the nature trail at Kilnsey Trout Farm plus Fountains Abbey and Mother Shipton’s Cave to name a few. We visited Family (lots) and even got to spend most of one day in Airedale hospital after M came of his bike quite badly and tried to headbutt a car (he’s fine but was very, very lucky). What I didn’t achieve was meeting up with any of my lovely twitter and blog world friends, there just wasn’t time and I should have organised it in advance. Next time it’s a must.
Finally, M turned 40 whilst we were away, the boys insisted on making him breakfast in bed (I knew he was planning a bike ride so couldn’t eat much, I persuaded them eggs would be good). They helped to cook it and decorate the tray in the way that little boys do. Bless.
I am behind in replying to comments at the moment, apologies, I’ve sort of lost my blogging mojo at the moment but today I feel like I’m returning to normal and no doubt once the boys are back at school things will shift back into place. I have lots to show so there is plenty to talk about as I start to change over onto my Autumn/Winter stock; I am quite excited, it is after all my favourite time of the year 🙂