Category Archives: Yorkshire

RHS Harlow Carr gardens

RHS Harlow Carr gardens Harrogate
RHS Harlow Carr gardens Harrogate

As we were in Harrogate for afternoon tea, I thought it would be a good idea to call into the Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Harlow Carr. You know, to get some inspiration for our garden, which we've just started working on. I'm laughing to myself as I write that, because our garden - which is probably a misnomer ...

Afternoon tea at Betty’s

Review: Lady Betty afternoon tea at Betty's cafe tea rooms, Harrogate, Yorkshire
Review: Lady Betty afternoon tea at Betty's cafe tea rooms, Harrogate, Yorkshire

There can be few better ways to spend a Sunday in Yorkshire than sharing afternoon tea at Betty's. Betty's café tea rooms in Harrogate opened in 1919 and nearly 100 years later the brand is a phenomenon, with every branch marked by a queue of people outside. I'd been invited to Harrogate to try the Lady Betty champagne afternoon tea, which ...

Fire Lake Grill House at Radisson Blu, Leeds

Fire Lake Grill and cocktail bar at Radisson Blu hotel, Leeds, Yorkshire, UK

The last time I entered the ground floor of the Radisson Blu hotel in Leeds it was to meet family who were staying there for a coffee. It was a functional foyer; not a place to indulge or linger. That has certainly changed now. As I stepped back in recently to try out the new Fire Lake ...

The stunning new showroom of interior designer Rachel Usher

Interiors by Rachel Usher showroom at Bawtry, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Interiors by Rachel Usher showroom at Bawtry, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire

As soon as I walked into Rachel Usher’s new interiors showroom in Bawtry, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, I sensed something special. As we talked over a cup of tea, that thing I couldn’t at first put my finger on became clearer. It wasn’t just Rachel’s passion for design – many people have that – but the clarity ...

Elderflower foraging and meal at Crafthouse Leeds

Elderflower foraging event and meal at Crafthouse Leeds

In all my visits to the bars and eateries of Trinity Leeds, I hadn't until recently made it to Crafthouse. I'm pleased that my first visit was such a great one, at the fine dining restaurant's first elderflower foraging event. At Crafthouse and its upstairs sister Angelica, elderflower and gooseberry form a large part of the menu in the summer. ...

Life lately and finding space

Anderby Creek, Lincolnshire

My blog has been neglected of late. Letting go and accepting I wouldn't update for a few weeks - that I couldn't - wasn't easy. I haven't really had a dry spell since I started blogging more than three years ago. The first five months of this year have been demanding and non-stop at work, but now ...

The City Girls, Sheffield

The City Girls event Sheffield

I am so late posting about The City Girls' first event that they are well on their way with organising the second. Apologies. It was at the end of April when Holly-Lucy and Lorna finally saw the fruits of their labour, as their first blog event came to life at Bloo 88 in Sheffield. It turned out to ...

Bloggers lunch in Todmorden

Site Pizzeria, Todmorden, Yorkshire

I'd not managed to make the last #YorkshireBloggers meet so I was keen to make this one to catch up with the group. Plus, we were set to explore Todmorden, a place that was new to me. Todmorden is less developed and polished than its Calder Valley neighbour Hebden Bridge - but it's on the up. Like Hebden, ...

Element Jewellery exhibition

Element Jewellery spring 2015 designer jewellery exhibition

My friends at Element Jewellery have been in touch to let me know about their designer jewellery exhibition, taking place on Saturday. This independent shop in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, has an event like this every spring when they launch several new collections. Cool Brighton jewellers Alex Goodman and Nicky Morris - who make gemstone jewellery and contemporary ...

Rad Studio, Saltaire

Rad Studio shop, Saltaire, West Yorkshire

Just before Christmas I went to a fab little workshop where I made these origami diamond decorations. The workshop was the first held at Rad Studio in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, and it was perfect - we learned a unique crafty project, beer and buns were served and it cost just £8. Also perfect is this shop's stock. ...

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