Our first family break in Pateley Bridge

The Gamekeeper holiday cottage, Pateley Bridge, Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales. Rent from Gorgeous Cottages

Recently we went on our first family 'holiday'. It was just a few days away in Yorkshire, but still a noteworthy event. We stayed in Pateley Bridge near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, which is in Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Staying at The Gamekeeper cottage, we were not likely to forget that. Found a mile-and-a-half ...

Weekend at Oulton Hall

Review: spa weekend at Oulton Hall hotel, Leeds, West Yorkshire

My husband has never had any type of spa experience. He was even very uncomfortable having a massage from a physiotherapist after a back injury. When, in the past, I've said I thought he'd enjoy a spa day if he tried it his look told me I had a lot of persuading to do. But when I received an invitation to spend ...

10 reasons to visit Fodder, Harrogate

Fodder farm shop and cafe, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Have you heard of Fodder? I was recently introduced to this Yorkshire farm shop and café, and it went straight on my 'visit soon' list. Having read what they're all about and had a browse of their website I vowed to pay a visit the next time I'm in the area. Fodder can be found at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, North ...

Review: Keelham Farm Shop taste box

Keelham Farm Shop, Yorkshire

On Sunday morning I ate chocolate and marshmallows. And I did it for you, readers. I was reviewing a taste box from Keelham Farm Shop, one of the many farm shops that have flourished over the last few years, especially in Yorkshire. For many of us, it's becoming more and more important to know where our food comes from. We want a different shopping ...

Review: The Street Food Cook Book

Review The Street Food Cook Book

It's been great to watch the growth of street food in the last few years. Northern cities have definitely been at the forefront, and Yorkshire has embraced the trend with open arms. If you're a regular reader you'll know I'm a fan. The meals I've eaten from food vans have been amazing. Now a new book, The Street Food Cook Book, has pulled ...

How I’ll live more sustainably

Introduction to Ikea Live Lagom project

With a baby due in the spring, it really focuses your mind on what legacy our generation should leave the next. (Frankly, it's not looking too cracking at the moment, is it? But I'm hopeful). I think climate change is something we absolutely have to address seriously - now - but I appreciate it's not easy ...

Afternoon tea at Creams, Leeds

Afternoon tea at Creams, Leeds

A little while ago, the girls and I decided to try a new-ish tearoom in Leeds. Creams opened earlier this year in The Core shopping centre. It's certainly shaking up the idea of the traditional English afternoon tea. This is afternoon tea with added bling. As well as the familiar British afternoon tea - the triple tier of sandwiches, ...

Bloggers’ lunch in Leeds

Yorkshire Bloggers lunch at Kith and Kin Chapel Allerton

The latest #YorkshireBloggers meet was a few days ago in Chapel Allerton, a popular Leeds suburb. I hadn't been able to get to the last couple of meets, so I was looking forward to it. What I love about these lunch dates is the easy-going, welcoming nature of the group. Each time I go there are new faces ...

Anniversary in the Lake District

Cartmell Fell suite at Masons Arms, Strawberry Bank, near Grange-over-Sands, Lake District

Although our two weeks off work were typified by being ill (me) and grafting in the garden (him), we did have a few days away. First, we headed to the Lake District and checked in to the Masons Arms, a small pub with rooms at sweetly-named Strawberry Bank. It's pretty much in the middle of nowhere, ...