Places to Visit: Mount Grace Priory, North Yorkshire

Mount Grace Priory 1Mount Grace Priory, which is just outside Osmotherley in North Yorkshire, is one of those places I must have driven by a hundred times before deciding to finally visit (only to realise I’ve been missing out all these years).  Continue reading

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May in a Sentence a Day

sentence a day.jpgI first came across this post on Natalie the Explorer’s blog and thought it was great. She, and some other bloggers, share their month in a sentence a day. I thought it would be fun to join in, though I’m not that good at limiting my days to just one sentence.  It’s good to look back at what I’ve been up to and makes me feel grateful for the good in my life.  So, without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to. Continue reading

Places to Visit: Kenilworth Castle

Continuing my trek through last years photos, I came across a rather cold day we spent at Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, one of our favourite places as we used to live just over half an hour away.  Despite the weather and the muddy wellies, it was still a great day.  photo

Kenilworth began life as a Norman Keep in the time of Henry I (1120 or so) and became a royal castle under Henry II. Over time, it was built up into an island stronghold able to protect Henry III (though it is no longer surrounded by a mere or lake). With each monarch, it changed. This can be seen in the Tudor Stables (which now house a rather tasty tea room) and the Elizabethan Gatehouse. The Gatehouse was built by Robert Dudley as a place for Elizabeth I when she visited. Walking around, it’s interesting to see the changes and imagine what it was like during so many key periods in my country’s history.  Continue reading

Places to Visit: Brodsworth Hall & Gardens

A few years ago, we joined English Heritage.  It was one of the best things we could every have done.  Every year, rain and shine, we find new places to visit and go back to ones we have had fun at before.  Going through old photos recently, I was reminded of Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, which we visited last summer on a slightly grey day.

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Brodsworth Hall is just outside Doncaster in North Yorkshire. It’s a Victorian country house built in the Italianate style and has barely changed since it was built the 1860s. When English Heritage took over the property in the late 80s, they decided to conserve rather than restore the furnishings, showing the house as it was, not what it had been. To see inside, you need to book a tour but it’s well worth it. To preserve the house, you can’t take photos but I can say it was fascinating to walk around, like going back in time.

After the tour, we spent the afternoon in the gardens, which have been fully restored as grand gardens in miniature and were full of colour.
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Places to Visit: Beamish Living Museum

Always one to ignore the weather when a trip out is planned, the recent half-term was no exception. I work on the philosophy that if it isn’t raining when you plan on leaving the house, you should just head out and see what happens. Which is why, with dark clouds covering most of the sky, last week we went to Beamish Living Museum just outside Stanley in County Durham – for about the 100th time (it’s one of my favourite places).

Just a few dark clouds in the sky...

Just a few dark clouds…

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Places to Visit: Middleham Castle, North Yorkshire

placestovisit2We are big ones in our family for making the most of the holidays and, with half-term coming up next week, the discussions have already started about what we are going to do and where we are going to go (with my daughter pushing for the seaside, because who doesn’t want to paddle and eat ice-cream in the freezing cold?).  It got me thinking about what we’d done last year, and how a lot of them are wonderful places that aren’t always first on a tourist to do list but are really worth a visit. So, starting today and periodically as I find the photos, I thought I would share them – starting with Middleham Castle in North Yorkshire, which we visited last summer.       Continue reading

Sunday post: I do like to be beside the seaside

We were lucky with the weather this week, though cold the sun shone most days.  Meaning I could take a walk along the local beach (well I say local, it’s a 15 minute drive so I think that counts).  There is nothing better to clear the mind I don’t think than looking out to sea.

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My Sunday Photo: Ships Rigging

You wouldn’t necessarily believe it looking at the clouds in this photo but it was a glorious day when we visited the Hartlepool Maritime Experience and toured Britains oldest floating warship, HMS Trincomalee. Every time I’ve visited I’ve tried to get a decent shot of the rigging. It’s never quite been as good as I hoped but I don’t think this is a bad shot…

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Emma x

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My Sunday Photo: By the sea…

At the end of half-term we won’t away for a few days to
South West Scotland, not quite sure what to expect as it’s not somewhere we’d been before but also because it was Scotland at the end of October. I expected rain. We got glorious sunshine. Plus a lovely beach perfect for hunting in rock pools.

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Unfortunately, the angle of the sun made most of my photos too dark but this one captures just how glorious the day and the view were I think.

Emma x

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My Sunday Photo: a spooky sarcophagus (just for Halloween)…

In keeping with the season, I thought I would share a photo I actually took this summer on a visit to Witley Court & Gardens and the neighbouring Great Witley Parish Church.

There, we were able to take a tour of the crypt – where this photo was taken and where I get to the “in keeping with the season” as the crypt, like this photo, was just a little bit spooky …

p.s. I’m also quite please how this turned out given it was behind glass – no glare!

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