Sunday, April 24, 2011


Happy Easter all. I hope you are out or enjoying the nice weather we have been having in the UK. DH is home so we have been trying to spend some time together as a family.

On Good Friday we decided to head out to Skipton. I haven't been in years and it was so lovely albeit extremely busy. I think we will go again on a quieter day. I think it might be nice to stay there for a night too. Very pretty. Unfortunately I forgot my camera so had to rely on hubby's phone cam. Here are some pics:

We went up to the castle first. One of the prettiest castles I have ever been in.

skipton castle


Inside the Great Hall:


A view from the Watch:


Castle and gardens:



Castle Priory:


The canal walk was gorgeous. I love all the pretty barges. They are so colourful. I long to go on a barge holiday at some point in my life.

skipton canal


And on the drive out, we came across this little field of beautiful poppies:

Skipton poppies

We did go round the shops; the market was on but dh didn't take any snaps there. There was a fab wool shop called Purl and Jane which specialised in all sorts of hand dyed wools. I didn't buy anything this time but definitely will do next time I visit. Hope you enjoyed my little trip. It didn't end so well actually as we headed out toward Bolton Abbey but hadn't left enough time for it and so we stopped off for a drink and dd tripped on some cobbles and chipped her tooth! Apart from that all was well and we had a lovely day.

Just a quick stitchy update. I have finished Clare's RR piece:

Clare's  piece

This was so quick to do. I loved it.

And also here is my small start on Sampler Au Bouquets by Jardin de Prive:

April progress 2011

I am stitching this on Vintage Mocha and I love it! Thank you Leena for the inspiration.

Hello to all my new followers and visitors - there seems to have been a bit of a surge!! I am quite amazed actually so thank you very much and hope you enjoy your visit with me.



sylviesgarden said...

Eeee, I've not been to Skipton for donkey's years. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
I hope you are having a very happy easter.

Gillie said...

Gorgeous photographs, Hazel, even though it wasn't a camera! Busy? Doesn't look it, lol! Easter Blessings to you all.

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos Hazel, glad you had a nice time! Those poppies are glorious!

Love your start on the Jardin Prive design, V. Mocha is a great fabric choice with those thread colours.

Maggie O said...

Glorious, what a treat. With children there usually are some the chipped tooth will be associated with the trip to Skipton forever more. Building great memories.

Stitchin' Sweet Sue said...

Happy Easter to you Hazel. Lovely pics, looks like a relaxing and simply wonderful outing. So thoughtful of you to share, especially since we Americans have very few castles to admire:)

Catherine said...

Beautiful pictures of your day! Cute stitches!

Carol said...

Hope DD is ok after her fall.
I haven't been to Skipton, it looks lovely, must make the effort.
Really love your new stitching.
Carol xx

CalamityJr said...

What a lovely day! Hope your Easter is as beautiful and blessed.

Lesleyanne said...

Happy Easter. Gorgeous pictures from your day out in Skipton. Lovely stitching.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a lovely day, Hazel (well, other than DD's chipped tooth - ouch)!

Your stitchy projects look great.

Happy Easter!

Kathy A. said...

Skipton is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos.
I have a tiny start on Jardin Prive - still no 931 - I think it's a conspiracy lol.

Mylene said...

Great pictures of your outing, Hazel. Thanks for sharing.
Cute stitching.
A happy easter!

Margaret said...

I love all your pics of the castle! Beautiful place! Love your finish, and your new WIP is nice too! Hope you get back to that yarn shop for some wool -- sounds nice!

Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures of the castle! So beautiful!

Love your stitchy updates!

Happy Easter!

Lizzy Pizzy said...

Hi Hazel, I am a new follower. I found your blog via a 'stitchy' connection. Thanks for stealing your DHs phone to take some shots of your trip to share with us. I personally can't tell they are from a phone, they look pretty good to me. I love seeing the castle and grounds - not a lot of castles over here in Oz either.
Enjoy your stitchy updates too, have been seeing the lovely Jardin de Prive design quite a bit. There is a 'Sampler aux Bouquets SAL' (I am doing my best to resist)
Happy and blessed Easter to you and your family too
Liz x

Keri On said...

Beautiful castle and surroundings! Thanks for the lovely pictures! Your stitching is so pretty! Hope your Easter was grand!

Alix said...

I love the look of the new sampler you are stitching - will look forward to seeing it finished. Skipton looks lovely - shame about your daughter's poor tooth...

jane said...

Looks like a lovely day out, it's somewhere I keep meaning to visit, your pics make it look very appealing. Your Jardin Prive SAL is looking great.

Christine said...

Skipton looks lovely!
Great work on the RR and you Jardin Prive is gorgeous

mainely stitching said...

Oh my heavens, that castle is incredible!! Makes me want to go dig out all my books with castle scenes and just dive in ...

Sally said...

Lovely photos Hazel. Not been to Skipton for many years.

Lovely stitching. Love your Sampler Aux Bouquet

TeresaB said...

Looks like you had a lovely day, even if dd did chip a tooth there at the end. Great pictures! Love the new WIP!

Kate said...

Looks like a fine day out - hope your DD is recovered from her fall.
Super stitching on the RR and I love your new start.

Sheilasembroidery said...

Some lovely inspirational photos and lovely stitching, as usual.

Patty C. said...

Great photos of the castle - And the poppies - How gorgeous !!!

Just-Do said...

Lovely pictures, and thank you for this tour! One of the things I really like about England are all the old houses and estates.
I hope your daughter is okay now.

Julie said...

Lovely pics of your trip to Skipton, looks a lovely place to visit.

Clare's RR looks fab, a great start on Sampler Bouquets too.

Poor DD, i hope the chip isn't too deep and the dentist can help.

Michelle said...

Skipton looks amaazing! What a lovely trip (except for the chipped tooth!). Love your WIP, it's beautiful on that linen.

Libbie said...

I am so glad to see you out & about with your family enjoying the castle & the river! That is one thing we sure don't have castles :) I keep saying, "one day!" but I think it is a long time off with all these kiddos :) So I will just have to enjoy those castles through your picures.

Tatkis said...

Such beautiful pictures, thank you very much for sharing!

Best wishes,