Category Archives: Culture

Raithwaite Hall afternoon tea

Afternoon tea Raithwaite Hall near Whitby North Yorkshire

For the last stop on our mini-tour of England, we headed up the Yorkshire coast from Scarborough to just past Whitby. I'd been invited to sample afternoon tea at Raithwaite Hall. They've just hired Heidi Stevens, a former pastry chef on Sir Richard Branson's private resort Necker Island, where she created the afternoon tea menu for ...

Ox Pasture Hall hotel

Review: Ox Pasture Hall hotel and wedding venue, near Scarborough, North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire

After a week’s camping, culminating in a hard night’s partying, we were ready for four walls and a roof, a bath and a proper bed. It wasn’t time for home yet, but lucky for us we had been invited to stay at Ox Pasture Hall, a country hotel set in the North York Moors National Park, ...

Grassington Festival

Grassington Festival fashion: New Look paisley print kimono

After a couple of days in London, we jumped back in the car and headed back up north for our annual festival weekend. Although on the same weekend as the world’s most famous festival at Worthy Farm, we were going to Grassington, not Glastonbury. Still, there were fields and live music, and with my wristband on I ...

Colourful Norfolk

Cromer, Norfolk

We've just taken two weeks off work, when we planned to have a few days away camping and make some progress on the kitchen renovation. Unusually, wall-to-wall sunshine was predicted from day 1. We toyed with the idea of going away a few days earlier and for longer than planned. Pros of doing this = we could enjoy ...

Cabins and Covet, Ilkley

Covet, Ilkley

So, over the last few weeks I've had quite a lot of days and breaks away during various trips around Britain. I'm very behind with telling you about these places, so I'm afraid over the next few days you might feel like you're being taken on a whirlwind tour of the country. Today we're going back in time to ...

Joules summer festival style

Joules summer festival wish list

I've said before that I love how the number and range of festivals has grown in the last few years. When I was a student in the late 90s, it seemed like it was all - Glastonbury, parting with £200 for a weekend in a cramped tent, braving a mud bath and revolting portaloos - or ...

Cycling Cloughton to Ravenscar

Hayburn Wyke pub, Smugglers Cove, cycle route from Cloughton Station to Ravenscar

One of the (many) great things about staying at Cloughton Station, is that - unsurprisingly for a former train station - it's right on the former Scarborough to Whitby railway line. The train line opened in 1885 and closed 80 years later. It's now a peaceful track leading walkers, cyclists and horse-riders on a 21-mile trail never ...

Cloughton Station, Yorkshire

B&B and self-catering accommodation converted from a station house, train carriage and goods shed. Cloughton Station, near Scarborough, North Yorkshire

A couple of weeks ago my uncle took us all away to North Yorkshire to celebrate his 70th birthday. It's typical of his generosity and love of his family and a good gathering that he'd do that. It's just a shame the man himself was quite unwell over the weekend, because his charades demonstrations are legendary. Gestures ...

Eclectic home store: RE

RE eclectic home accessories store in Corbridge, Northumberland | www.angelinthenorth.com

At the beginning of our recent few days in Northumberland we stopped off in the small town of Corbridge. "We're here," I said, as we parked up in front of a rather uninspiring rural petrol station. My husband shot me one of his familiar "where have you brought us now?" looks. But wonderful things are yet more rewarding when ...

Ask Her Friends blogger panel

Ask Her Friends May blogger panel picks

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to join the bloggers panel at Ask Her Friends. (Even better that my name was put forward by one of my favourite bloggers Lisa). The idea is that, each month, AHF asks their bloggers to choose gift ideas on a particular theme. So May is my first month ...

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