Autumn walk at Swinsty Reservoir, North Yorkshire

While summer will never stop being my favourite season, you can't beat the colour show that nature puts on in autumn. It was a pretty spectacular sight on a recent walk around Swinsty Reservoir in North Yorkshire. Even on a slightly grey November day you could see every shade of brown, yellow, orange, gold and green. Swinsty ...

What I wore: festival wedding outfit

Monsoon Carmen embroidered dress worn at a North Yorkshire festival country wedding

We went to a fabulous wedding a few days ago. This family do was always going to be special - because it would be our son Sam's first wedding - but when the veil was lifted on the couple's carefully laid plans it was so personal, so fitting and so full of love that it is ...

Women in Business: Maud’s House

Maud's House lifestyle shop, Skipton, North Yorkshire

More than once, Skipton has been named the best place to live in Britain. And the North Yorkshire market town just got better with the opening of a new lifestyle shop which I dare say will make folk even prouder of where they live and content with their lot in life. Maud's House has been opened ...

Things to do in and around Pateley Bridge

Pateley Bridge, Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales

After blogging about the cottage we stayed in on our first family 'holiday' - a few days in Pateley Bridge - I wanted to let you know about some of the things you can do in and around this pretty North Yorkshire market town. Here's what we got up to. Walking As I mentioned in ...

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 ...

Family weekend in Scarborough

View of North Bay and Scarborough Castle from The Sands apartments, Scarborough

After a night alone in the Lakes just before our wedding anniversary we then headed to Scarborough, where my mum had booked the family into an apartment for the weekend to celebrate her birthday. I rather cheekily got married on her 60th birthday - she got two parties for the price of one! This time it was her turn to ...

Renne Jewellery

Helen and Annie Rennison of Renne Jewellery

With Mother's Day on Sunday, what better time to share this story of a mum and daughter who recently launched their first jewellery collection. Helen and Annie Rennison have always shared a passion for design and creativity and Renné Jewellery was born in early 2014. They'd been unable to find UK stockists of the old, characterful jewellery they were ...

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, ...

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 ...