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Sunday Sevens

Started the week with a little walk around Thornton Dale. The sun was shining and it was just lovely to be out.

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Along the beck which was full but not in flood.

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through the woods

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past the Hall, which used to be a fine hotel and is now a care home

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past a lovely garden with its own miniature village

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and along a lane past a field of wet and bedraggled sheep.Poor sheep.

On Tuesday we went furniture shopping in Leeds. I hate furniture shopping, we can never agree. I liked these sofas…

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But we didn’t buy! Ah well.

On Thursday we went to Malton, I needed a diary. I didn’t find one there but it turns out that The Works in Malton is closing down. NOOOOOOO!

On the plus side I had change from £4 for these.

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Now that was a Bargain.

Linking with Natalie at Threads and Bobbins for Sunday Sevens




Ellerburn to Dalby Forest.

Hurrah, with a bit of detective work and help from the East Yorkshire History Society who recorded all the inscriptions in St Hilda’s Ellerburn church and made a map so even this muppet could find what she was looking for, I  found the grave of my Great Great Great Grandmother who lived to the ripe old age of 92.

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Jane Stephenson, I think you must have been some lady.

And hurrah for Mr E who got into the church, only a big shove was needed to open the door.

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plain and simple inside

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whoops I left my red gloves in shot. Now it wasn’t so damp this visit because there had just been a funeral. And I will tell a little story about this, names changed.

We drove to Ellerburn this time because we wanted to walk to Dalby Forest and didn’t know how far it would be. It’s nearly a narrow single file road, so we had to wait 15 minutes whilst the cortege and all the mourners passed us . We explored the churchyard first and then the inside of the church. We must have been there a further half hour before we left to start our walk. Imagine our surprise when a car pulls up outside the church ( remember this is a hamlet of one farm and three cottages) and a chap jumps out. “Where have they taken Fred too?” he demanded.

How do you loose a hearse? We made some useful suggestions but had no idea really. Hope he found Fred.

Anyway onto the walk, back passed the fish farm, there was a car there this time so the dog wasn’t on guard duty.

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The beck is just as pretty as you continue along the valley. And I saw the first wild primroses  of this year, you may have to click on the picture to get it big enough to see.

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Go past this farm

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and you reach Dalby Forest. We think this strange thing is part of some water drainage thingy whatsit. Love to know if anyone has a clue.

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And does anyone know what this is?

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We had to turn back before we reached Dalby village, but we were now into familiar territory. The walk through Dalby Forest from Dalby being one of Dad’s favourite dog walks. Now all we have to do is rev up enough energy to do Thornton Dale to Dalby right through. We have done it once more or less, but that was 34 years ago when Mr T was in a push chair and I was in my 20’s!

Please feel free to leave a link to any walk related post you have written.



Thornton Dale to Ellerburn

This is the lovely new walk I mentioned in my February 15 for 2015 post. Come with me as I retrace my steps along the way. Begin at the church in Thornton.

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Down Priestmans Lane by the beck.

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Past the millrace

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and into the woods full of snowdrops

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The view across Ellerdale is lovely

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loving the way the trees encroach the water’s edge

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past the farm

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to the church

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past the two cottages

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and the tea room not yet open for the season

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to the old paper mill now a fish farm

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see the dog on guard!

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We have since been back to walk from Ellerburn to Dalby Forest, so more next week.

Hope you have some lovely walks this Spring. Love to hear if you do.


September photo show and tell

September has to be my favourite month of all. As the heat of summer subsides into the golden days of autumn, something stirs in the air. The garden goes into overdrive with veggies and fruit to harvest. And my mind turns to lots of new projects!

And then there is always the every day and the unexpected..

Here’s my September in Pictures. Do  click on them to see them bigger!  Let’s start with these..

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at one point I was picking this quantity on a daily basis. We have quite a lot of tomato soup in the freezer now. Oh and I am now getting this quantity just twice a week.

Then there were

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THE PLUMS. We ran out of containers to pick them into! So we have enough stewed plums for 16 plum crumbles, we got brownie points from friends, neighbours and work colleagues to whom we donated plums (off loaded!). We have plum chutney and

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Plum Jam. This much..

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And it is very nice though I say so myself.

There was the everyday of course. The walks in the field where my tree is. You can see how little rain we had this summer.

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I am very fond of the cows in this field. They are so pretty.

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Then there are our Sunday walks on the moors and in the dales. We went to Farndale this weekend. No daffodils but sheep as ever.

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Then there are the visits from and to my Dad. I pass this when I go straight from work to his.

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On the side of an old railway building- the station now being a house. The railway line long gone.

But what was unexpected? Well two lovely surprises. In the early part of the year I did a post about the village of Thornton Dale. I wrote about my ancestors who had a forge there and a son who became a vet. Well, two of the descendents from the family got in touch with me,after reading my blog, and I met up with one of them. We had a super time, comparing our lives, looking for and finding family likenesses. We share our 3x great grandparents. We went another walk around Thornton Dale, and Mrs C spotted this on the almshouses.

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now my 2x great grandmother was a Maw- so the question is – do I have a link? A project for the winter, perhaps?

Then an old school friend got in touch, organizing a meal for our school year- so much laughter, so many

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memories to share. And a super evening.

And then to new projects. I bet you knew I wouldn’t be able to let this new catalogue get passed me

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I didn’t

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Where’s my knitting needles now?

Joining in with Sophies photo show and tell

Love to hear what September has brought you.

Picture Postcard Perfect!

The village of Thornton le Dale is just a couple of miles away and has one of the most iconic cottages in the UK, not only on postcards but also on jigsaw puzzles, cross stitch kits, advertising material etc. But Thornton Dale has much more to offer than one cottage.

Let’s have a look around..

Here’s the cottage- does it look familiar?

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Over the road from the cottage is the Hall Hotel- nice meals, but also with an antique shop full of rustic goodies and a ceramic painting studio in the old stables. Sadly both closed when I dropped by yesterday, so no pics.

Up the hill from the bridge , is the church

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Now you may call me a tad prejudiced about this village. When I started to research my family history I found that my paternal great grandmother was born here.Her Dad was the local village blacksmith, maybe this one on the village green

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It is now a gift shop and cafe. ( I once had a summer job here and had no idea of a possible family connection)

It is fascinating to trace your family through the census information. Our humble blacksmith started by calling himself this, in the next census he was blacksmith and farrier, then farrier and vet and finally on the last one ,vet!  ( Self promotion!!!)  He had a large family, one boy and a lot of girls. The older girls went into service, the boy went to Leeds and studied to become a vet. My great grandmother became his housekeeper, before marrying when she became a lady of leisure! I didn’t understand tho’ why they were married in Scarborough and not Pickering until I found out that when they got married ,Pickering Church had the builders in doing restoration work! My Gran was a terrific cook, her lemon curd and Victoria sponges will be forever remembered by me. I think she learned these skills from her own Mum.

Anyway let’s move on a bit

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Don’t miss the motor museum- a must for chaps and lovers of  all things vintage

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We had a car like this when I was growing up. Dame Edna Everage is maybe not one of my favourite characters but she described it on a visit to Stratford upon Avon as a “real Shakespearean half timbered car”! And so it has been ever since to me!

Finally don’t miss this gem of a vintage finding shop.

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Well worth a visit.

Oh and my blacksmith vet great great grandparent is buried in the churchyard with his wife, his son the vet alongside, who never married and their young daughter who died as a child from the influenza.

Have you traced your family history- ;love to hear any stories. Also do you live anywhere which is picture postcard perfect?


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