Yes it is that time of year.
Sweet Daughter has gone back to school and is now is year 3!!
We ended the summer on a high note and took ourselves off to the seaside for a couple of days. We stayed in Scarborough first and visited Robin Hood's Bay and Whitby whilst we were there.
Scarborough was really lovely. I have never been there before and was pleasantly surprised. We had a gorgeous view from our hotel window and in the morning I was able to watch the sun come up over the sea. Seagulls squawking their heads off as they do at that time of the morning but it was just lovely.
Robin Hood's Bay is a place you will never forget. On its homepage, it has as its quote, "Sea, Sand, Secret Streets and Smugglers" which pretty much sums it up. I went when I was very young and have wanted to go visit it again since. Finally, I got my way and there we went as it is not very far from Scarborough.
The Bay is a stunning place with tiny streets and alleyways leading down to the sea. The cottages are tiny and so sweet. The shops are just lovely and I couldn't help getting a little driftwood boat and a beachhut for my sadly neglected bathroom.
We spent time just mooching around and admiring all the shop windows and peering into alleys and doors.
It really is the most prettiest place in the world to me!
We went to visit Whitby as well and took a trip around the Abbey. Such a gothic feature. Really stunning. It is hard to imagine that this ruin of a place was once filled with monks and worshippers and the building was ornately decorated.
The second night took us to York. Absolutely stunning place. Lovely quaint little shops.
And what would a trip to York be without visiting York Minster Cathedral?
I went into the Cath Kidston shop and bought a couple of teatowels and a little jug.
How good was I?? I wanted to go into Little Betty's Cafe but I did not dare to take Sweet Son in in case he broke something. I was desperate to go in as I believe they have a lot of original stitched samplers on the walls dotted round the place.
Ahh well, that is for another time.
On the way back from York we visited Beninburgh Hall and Gardens. This is such a stunning place. The gardens are beautiful and full to overflowing with flowers and fruit. Inside the house, which was very grand, they had kitted out the 2nd floor to accomodate preschool children. At one point Sweet Son did go through the rope barriers and set the alarms off!
Well, I just had to didn't I???
So then it was back home via Holmfirth. I was on the lookout for the Rowan Shop "Up Country". Found it but didn't go in. I'm saving my pennies for this wool:
Pure wool dk
I was in John Lewis and they had it in there and now I can't stop thinking about it. I was drooling over it for ages. The colours are gorgeous. Think Autumn. Think Plum and Damson and Spice and Glade... I am thinking about my next crochet project of course. I have almost finished the granny stripe..
Just need to do the final edging.
I have a load of pastels sorted out for my Sweet Daughter's ripple but I am desperate to get the Rowan and do one of these:
Maybe not as big...
Okay giveaway will be on the next post. I have everything sorted for it. Just need to upload pictures. Bear with me.
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