Friday, 27 April 2018

Spring flowers and bunnies ..

Whilst the sun is still struggling to shine, and I haven't been able to get out into the garden to enjoy my flower pots as of yet...I have been able to enjoy some fresh cut flowers and the lovely Camellia plant that I received for Mothers day ,,,
Yellow freesias always make me think of my own Grandmother ...I'm not sure why as I don't ever recall her particularly enjoying vases of fresh cut  flowers as such.  ???  My  Grandma was a baker and loved to be in the kitchen with her pinny on baking trays of almond tarts, jam and lemon tarts, apple pies ...lots of scrummilucious sweet treats ..Grandma was very old fashioned,  she was of stern Yorkshire stock and  children were most definitely NOT allowed in her kitchen whilst she baked, we got to play outside and sniff the air, smelling  all that baking goodness before sampling the delights of Grandma's oven ...Grandmas traditional homemade jam tarts  were always my favourite,,,Heavenly!  That's one of the things  I remember about my own Grandma, baking not flowers so I'm perplexed as to why I think about her when  I see yellow freesias ...hhhmmm, curious...maybe I should ask my own Mum, prehaps its some forgotten memory that needs jogging back into place :)

I'm confessing to an unabashed, calculated, 'buy' of another bunny a few weeks ago :)
Mr Bunny was from Etsy and he  was cheap as chips and I thought why not! ...So I did! That's my up-front-honest-confession ...hahahaha... but ssshhhh lets not tell Hubby just yet ;)

In the reduced section of the seasonal aisle at the supermarket I found this little ceramic bunny...
£3 is all he was valued at, which I thought was a bargain ...but when I got to the service till he checked out at a further reduced mere £1 ...I almost swooned ...hehehe I would have gone back for more if there had been any ..hehe  My best and cutest  Spring bargain ever ...he looks happy on the fireplace mantel too...

The last week or two we've had a bit of a stinky smell in the kitchen ...I just presumed it was the kitchen sink drain all bunged up with something yucky and I've been pouring all sorts of detergents and bleaches down to no avail :( The other day I just happened to knock over one of Angel Mim's Easter boxes sat on top of the microwave ...poooohey!  I found the source of that stinky smell ...
Angel Mims very pretty glittery egg had split ...it wasn't hollow as I had presumed but hard boiled and Uuurrgghhh was it smelly...straight into the rubbish bin for that smelly sparkly egg and low and behold no stinky smell anymore! :) I cant believe how I've put up with that bad egg stinky without realising the cause ...and how much detergent and bleach I've wasted down the kitchen sink! :) :) hahaha  I may need to go buy some more flowers to freshen things up ..:)
Hugs Wendy x x

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Sunshine in Scarborough at last!..

We were excited to be woken up on Thursday morning with beautiful clear blue skies...Hooray...The rain has gone! As it was our last full day before heading back home we were up and out before those honking ducks could scare poor Angel Esther ...hehehe With the sun shining we headed to Whitby. Everyone one and his dog were out walking around the narrow windy streets of the quaint fishing town so we decided to avoid any Angelic mishaps and drove up to the Abbey ruins for a walk and awander :)

I cant believe how a bit of sunshine can make the skies soooo blue... the view looking down into Whitby was lovely...


We walked along the top of the cliffs through the church yard of the Church of Saint Mary...we even contemplated running up and down the 199 steps but thought ...Naaah, not today...hehehe :)
 
We spent a lovely day enjoying the sunshine, the views and the history of Whitby Abbey and Church.

We Kirby's  are creatures of habit, and we love our seaside town of Scarborough, each time we visit we go to the same places, do the same things, enjoy the same treats ..hahaha :) And our very favourite place to visit and enjoy a special treat is always and always will be...
The Harbour Bar! We just love it here, for me entering through the doors is like stepping back into my childhood...many a year the highlight of holiday visits was ice-cream from the Harbour Bar ...
Instead of the traditional 'Knicker-Bocker-Glory',  the Angels and I had 'Black Cherry Sundaes' and Hubby had a 'Banana-Split' ... we like to live life to the full ...hehehe :)  I barely managed to get a photo of my ice-cream before I was able to protect it from the eager spoons coming my way with gleeful Angel squeals! :) We enjoyed one final night in our farmhouse cottage before saying farewell to all the animals ...Angel Esther and I would still like a pony in the back garden ...we are working on persuading hubby..hahaha

I think I am finally all caught-up with our tales of adventures near and far... We have already booked our Summer holiday, we are staying in the UK this year and travelling down to the small picturesque fishing village of Port Isaac in Cornwall... we are all excited about that ...and hopefully a week of sunshine and blue skies ....with no rain !! hahaha ...I can but hope! :) :)
Hugs Wendy x x

Wet Scarborough Days ...

We were fortunate that the torrential rains had eased off by our second day and we only had wet drizzly weather to contend with...not enough to stop us getting out and exploring our favourite haunts..
Peasholm Park was looking a little bit 'worse-for-wear' after all the rain, but we still had fun walking around the boating lake jumping in and out of puddles. Peasholm Glen  was a little too wet and muddy  underfoot for my unsteady Angels ...also they are taller now, Angel Mim especially so, if she slips and falls I usually go down with her ...I didn't particularly fancy a mud bath..hehehe
We did manage to spot one of the many friendly squirrels though :)
We cant even contemplate going to Scarborough and not riding on the miniature steam train...
The ride is between Peasholm and Scalby Mills and is about a mile and half there and back and only takes about 20 minutes to complete the circuit...unless you are two cute Angels whose excitement makes the conductor/driver smile and he gives you a second ride ...and lets you wave his flag! ;) hahaha

The rain just kept on coming, so our 3rd day we spent time at the farm visiting with all the horses, watching some be groomed and exercised. We also went for a drive up and down the coast to try and find a dry spot to have a walk ...

Beautiful views at Ravenscar ...but still raining :( ...

Travelling from the North Bay of Scarborough, along the now opened coast rode ...Scarborough castle ahead ...

and now behind us as we travel further along the coastal road... there seems to be no escaping those dark skies and heavy clouds...

Even the Gannets and  Puffins at Bempton Cliffs had the sense to stay in their nests on such a wet and windy day...

Turning around and driving back into Scarborough we decided to drive up to Oliver's Mount..
despite the rain and heavy clouds we still managed to admire the beautiful views across the town down below..

Were all wet and surprisingly tired by late afternoon so headed back to the farmhouse. On the way back  we enjoyed an early fish and chip sea-side supper in paper wrappings sat in the car on the sea front ....yummy :)  When arriving back to the cottage we  settled in  for an evening of snuggles on the sofa, with  a hot chocolate drink  and some chocolate chip biscuits ...One very wet day ended and hoping for some sunshine in the morning.
Part 3 following on ... :)
 hugs Wendy x x 


Scarborough Travels...

How is it that once you are home from a little adventure ...its almost like you'd never been away? We seem to slip back into our normal routines if not easily at least with relief...and there was a lot of happy relief for my Angels who love their home surroundings and routines ..hehehe  We survived  our Angel Adventure to Scarborough, it was tiring and fun if a bit wet and chilly  :)  When left home on Easter Monday the weather was mild and only slightly overcast. As we crossed the border into Yorkshire we were greeted with heavy falling snow and a thick heavy, white mist ...so thick you could barely see the other cars in the adjoining lanes of the motorway. The snow soon gave way to sleet and slush and further on the closer we got to Scarborough we had torrential rains and flooding ....a foreboding for our little holiday or what?! hehehe
Stormy seas and heavy mists..
The seas were sooo rough that the waves were breaking onto the coastal road which was closed so we weren't able to drive along the front for the first day or so :(

Our destination ...The Farmers Cottage at Row Brow Farm, Scarborough...
I had to pinch this photo of the cottage from google as it was too wet and muddy to cross through the gate to take photos. The cottage was nearly 300 years old, it was cosy and quaint and traditional. It had the original wooden beams and floors ...that my Angels reeeeaally loved stomping and clomping along ..hehehe  It might have been a tad old fashioned in its decoration and comforts for some people but it was spotlessly clean and perfect for us, we had no worries about shiny, fancy furniture...it was like going to stay at your Grandmas house, warm and comforting :)

This is the view we had out of the conservatory windows when we arrived ...
Look at those black storm clouds ...you can see why I didn't get my own photo ..hahaha! :)

There was lots to see on the farm.... My Angels loved sitting in the conservatory watching the ducks splashing in the rain and puddles (although some of those ducks were a bit 'in-your-face' they would be waddling and  quacking gently as you walked across the farm yard and the next thing you know they are chasing you, honking and flapping their wings! We kept our distance from the ducks  and didn't get tooo close to them ...hahaha! Angel Esther was a teensy bit scared of the ducks ..hehehe) We walked over to the stables each day to see the horses and ponies.... aaawww  and now I really want my own Shetland pony ...do you think I could keep it in the garden shed if hubby fixed the roof??  hahaha  And whilst Angel Esther was frightened of the ducks, she seemed to love the horses, even reaching out to stroke one gently ... I think she wants a pony too ..hehehe   Angel Mim just loved the freedom to wander around the farm and look at everything. The farmer and his wife who lived next door to the cottage were very kind and helpful, nothing was too much bother...they even brought us a treat of duck eggs for our breakfast one morning which were very yummy :)

 I managed to get some drier pictures after a day or so ...we even had a glimpse of sunshine every now and then ;)

Had to add a photo of my brave Angel Esther saying hello to the horses :)
It's going to be another 2-parter! Sooooo many photos ...wet weather doesn't stop my camera from  clicking away..hahaha :)
more coming up ... Wendy x x

Monday, 16 April 2018

Edinburgh ...part 3..last one!

After enjoying our scrummy lunch we went exploring again...and found Greyfriar's Kirkyard, we had a little wander around but it was  icy cold and very wet and slippery underfoot  so we didn't stay too long and sadly the Church wasn't open for visitors that day so we couldn't warm up inside :(

Just outside the Kirkyard I was excited to find the monument to Greyfriars Bobby...
I can remember as a child watching an old black and white film about this sweet little faithful dog and I really wanted to see the monument to him :) Is it sad to admit that it was one of the highlights of our visit for me?? ..hahaha :)

We continued our awandering and found  the awesomely imposing 'Arthurs Seat'...
Arthur's Seat is only a relatively short walk from the Medieval Old Town and I think it is the same volcanic rock upon which the Castle is built. There are beautiful panoramic  views of Edinburgh to be had from the top. Sadly because of the snow the path was a little too wet and dangerous for your intrepid adventurers ...we just took pictures from the bottom ...hehehe  Our little map stated that  it was described by Robert Louis Stevenson as "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design" ...It actually looked like a mountain that my short legs could conquer on a good day ...  another place to add to our list  to  revisit in sunnier weather is required I think :)

Literally a stones throw from Arthur's Seat we found  the official residence of Queen Elizabeth  when she is  in Scotland,  Holyrood Palace...
It has been home to the Kings and Queens of Scotland since the 16th century and I would have loved to go inside and  soak up more history but sadly it too was closed for visitors, but we got to peek through the wrought iron gates.. :)

Just a little ways back up the Royal Mile is the Kirk of Canongate, where I think the Queen has her own pew when she goes to Church ...
...Yep, you guessed it ..it was also closed too!! So we couldn't go inside and have a peek :(

We saw lots of beautiful buildings and architecture everywhere we turned as we explored the Medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town of Edinburgh...
There is sooo much to see and do in Edinburgh , we really only managed a flying visit, there was sooo much we missed seeing...
We spent our second night in our marvellous hotel. Up and out after breakfast for a teensy bit of birthday shopping in New Town before we caught the train back home (fortunately the snow had melted enough for the trains to run safely so we didn't have to return on the coach ...thank goodness)

My Scottish birthday goodies..
A  gorgeous thick woollen, Scottish green tartan Tote bag , shiny blue 'pump' shoes, a box of yummy fudge and a pin cushion from Edinburgh castle ...
The tote bag came with a cute silver thistle kilt pin too..:)

I even finished some  stitching too....
"Mice in the sewing room" by Brenda Gervais... it was a sweet small little stitch, it helped  to keep me occupied on the journey there and back :)
So that is just a very brief account of mine and hubby's adventure to Edinburgh. We had a lovely short break away. I did miss my Angels but it was fun to run around visiting everywhere, something that is very hard to do with my sweet girls. Next time we cross the Scottish border we need to make sure the weather is warmer ...I really want to claim that I've climbed a Mountain ...Arthur's Seat is calling me back..hahaha
Hugs Wendy x x