Thursday, November 23, 2017

Week in the Yorkshire Dales - Day 7

We kept it quite on our last day. We decided to go into Hawes but it was chucking it down so we didn't stay very long. We went in a couple of shops and had a drink in a cafe, but then set off back to our cottage. We looked at some of the flooding - we couldn't decide if this lake was meant to be as big as it was. We got back into the cottage and watched films all afternoon.

We'd already booked a table in the Aysgarth Falls Hotel, which turned out to be an amazing pub and I'd highly recommend it if you're ever in the area. There's a cosy bar area which does bar meals, but we were led through into the conservatory, which is a really fancy looking restaurant. The waiting staff were all so friendly and enthusiastic. Prices were really reasonable though! We shared some flatbread and hummus, which were homemade and really delicious. Then Lee went for a pizza which was stonebaked and didn't have too much cheese on, and chips. I had a deconstructed chicken "pie". It was chicken, leek, and mushroom in the most delicious creamy sauce, with a puff pastry lid. I had heritage potatoes and seasonal vegetables with it, I couldn't finish it all. I also had wine. We didn't have room for dessert.

I was glad we'd booked as the place was really full, but very cosy and lovely. I'd go again right now if I could!

We packed up most of the cottage on Friday night so that we could set off early on Saturday. We had to be out by 10am, so we got going around then. We picked Ivy up on the way home, she was staying at my grandma's while we were away. I think she was glad to get home as she wouldn't leave us alone!

Some photos of our last day:

I was reading this book while I was away, I liked it. As always, my book reviews are found here

Lee had taken this jigsaw to do, it's retro sweet advertisements. He finished it really quickly though which was good! I sometimes join in but I didn't, I was doing other things

On the way to Hawes you couldn't see the hills at all

Very very grey and dull

I liked this map of the Dales - it stood out from the frame

This is the lake we weren't sure about. We were pretty sure it had burst its banks somewhere. 

I finally finished this cross stitch! I started it 2.5 years ago for our 10th wedding anniversary but had been putting off the back stitching around the bears. The pattern was too hard to follow so I just freehanded it eventually. Up close I think it looks ropey but from afar it looks ace. I also finished off part of the heart that I'd left undone. I can see mistakes but I know no one else can! We're going to get it framed. 

Here's me in the pub 

Here's Lee in the pub

And here we both are!

My chicken pie. To be fair th menu also said it was a "pie". It was so delicious

And here's my outfit - the stripy dress I wore recently and my pink cardigan from Sainsburys. I like the pink, I feel it gives the dress a real pop of colour. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Week in the Yorkshire Dales - Day 6

On the Thursday of our holiday we went to Grassington. I've been before, but it must be about twenty years ago now. I don't think Lee has ever been; I know I've never been with him. It was about twenty miles away from our cottage so a bit of a trek up hill and down dale, especially as we got stuck behind someone going really slowly. There were still floods in a few places but the weather had improved.

There's tons of interesting shops in Grassington and we went in loads. I even started Christmas shopping. We decided to have a pub lunch, so we both had fish and chips in the Black Horse at the top of the village. On the way back we stopped on the top of some hills to have some fresh air and a look around, it was lovely!

In the evening we had pancakes for tea. Lee had forgotten to get some kind of chocolate sauce so we made something by melting some dark chocolate into some warm cream, it was delicious. Pancakes are so easy, I don't know why we don't have them more!

On the way to Grassington

Following the world's slowest car 

I love the Dales and pictures like this show why

Enjoying a lunchtime cider

The very middle of the village

And down the same view 

This river on the way back was still really high and full

Another good Yorkshire view. I love drystone walls, they're amazing

Sheep on the actual road in the national park!

Lee up a hill

And finally, a not great photo of my pancakes - yummy though!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Week in the Yorkshire Dales - Day 5

The Wednesday of our holiday was a really busy day! We had a cooked breakfast at about 11am and set off out after twelve. We were planning to go look at Aysgarth Falls, Hardraw Force, and to go through Askrigg because that's where we spent our honeymoon in 2005. However, there had been a lot of rain overnight and several roads were flooded. We ended up looking briefly at the Falls, not getting to the Falls at all, and then went to the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes to look round the museum. The rain didn't let up for most of the day and the rest of the week was really wet too. 

There are two falls at Aysgarth Falls, one upper and one lower. The upper one is a bit of a hike but the lower one is just right on the bridge so we stopped to look. It was really full, a lot of water swirling over it. It looked vicious! We then tried to drive up to Hardraw Force, going through Hawes to do so, but the road there was blocked due to flooding, so we decided we'd go to Hawes for the creamery instead.

The creamery was really good. There's a well-stocked gift shop and a restaurant and a self-service cafe. The museum itself is about £3 each to get in, but it's worth it. There's a lot of the history of Wensleydale cheese and of the creamery, which was started when a previous dairy got sold. There's a Wallace and Gromit display and then you can see into the factory itself and see where they are in the cheese making process. You can pay extra for a demonstration of them actually making cheese in a small room, but we didn't bother with that. 

Then we went into the cheese tasting room which is AMAZING. There are honestly like thirty different types of cheese to try, a lot of Wensleydale ones and some other ones too. Lee doesn't like cheese, can you believe? So he didn't try any. I, however, tasted ALL of them except for a couple which had things like pineapple in. It was amazing, I was incredibly impressed. I bought some oak smoked Wensleydale which was really nice. 

After the creamery we went to Askrigg, which is a really tiny village but it was nice to see it again. We could even see the apartment where we spent our honeymoon. From Askrigg we could drive to Hardraw Force on a different road, which was still very wet even if not totally flooded. We decided to not walk up to the water because the path was too slippery. We did however head up very high and looked at the waterfalls coming off the hills and at one point coming through a drystone wall! It was a little bit terrifying at times. 

We headed back to Aysgarth to have cake in the tea room near our cottage which was open on this day. It was nice, but the owner was a bit dour. I did buy three books in there for £1.75 each! 

In the evening Lee made pan haggerty. It's a traditional north east dish that has a lot of variations. Lee makes the Northumberland variation which doesn't have meat in but is just onions, potatoes and cheese. He only ever makes it on holiday because it takes forever to make, but it's so delicious and well worth it. I can't remember what we ate with it? 

Lots of photos from this day!

I had respectable hair when I left the house, I walked literally over the road and looked like this when I got in the car. It was blowing a hoolie!

Aysgarth Falls looking the fullest and most vicious I've ever seen it 

Other side of the bridge to the above view 

This was the road to Hardraw Force from Hawes, but as you can see we had no chance of getting through

In the creamery

You might remember I went to a Butter Museum in Cork in Ireland last year, well the cheese museum was almost as good but not quite

A cheese press, I love old equipment like this

This guy is a local hero! They make a blue cheese named after him

Lee showing the size of these two cows in relation to him

More cheese, Gromit?

I want to watch the films now

Me and Wallace and Gromit

The factory itself

HEAVEN! The cheese tasting room. Everyone went round in a nice neat line

Flooding across the bottom of the valley

More river flooding

This is where we had our honeymoon, in the window to the right of the archway. The door wasn't ours, our door was about halfway along the archway passage

Rain, more rain

More flooding, I think we managed to get through this bit

A waterfall that wasn't there when we went back another day

Looking down into Wensleydale

I think this was the river in Bainbridge

We only just managed to get through this one 

And again, I only walked a few metres down the street and ended up drenched!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Lush bath haul

As I said, we had a huge corner bath in the cottage so I had planned ahead and went to the White Rose Centre a few weeks ago with my mum to buy some bath bombs. I don't go into Lush very often; I tend to stock up on Snow Fairy around Christmas and then never step in again. I also don't often buy bath bombs, so I let the very friendly staff member sell me a few. I love Lush staff members, they're always really friendly and enthusiastic, and they always know loads of stuff about the products.

I didn't take a picture of my entire haul, what kind of a blogger am I?! But here's a rundown of the ones we had.

First bath: Metamorphosis - this was a gorgeous bomb that started off dark grey. It made the bath water look filthy like I'd been wallowing in mud all day. It had yellow and pink in the middle and a layer of glitter. The smell is really nice - it's supposed to be black pepper and myrrh, it smells really warming and relaxing. I'd definitely buy this one again.

Second bath: Intergalactic - the water went a gorgeous blue colour and there is so much glitter in this bomb. I was covered in a thin layer of it and left it EVERYWHERE. It smelt of peppermint and citrus and felt really invigorating. I definitely want to use this one again. The glitter was so much fun in the bath!

Lee's bath: Rocket Science - Lee had his own bath on Tuesday afternoon, instead of just jumping in mine after me. He has really sensitive skin but the Lush stuff never seem to aggrevate him, which is good. I bought him Rocket Science, which is a smaller and therefore cheaper than the others. It still packed a punch though, Lee really enjoyed it. It is very lemony and turned the bath a gorgeous blue. Lee really liked it so I think I'll buy him a few for Christmas.

Third bath: Never Mind the Ballistics - This is a weird bomb! It's got a layer of moisturiser on top of one half, which melts and leaves the bath water really soft, making your body really soft. It did make the bath tub really slippery so be careful. It smells really orangey which I loved. I probably wouldn't buy this one again, though.

Fourth bath: Chin Up, Buttercup - I liked the smell of this but didn't think it was anything astounding. I also didn't like the bits of lavender coming off at the beginning and ended up scooping them all out. Within the bomb are little bits of moisturiser which melted eventually. I didn't really like them though. It's a shame because the lemon and lime scent is fabulous!

I also bought two Mmmelting Marshmallow Moments after the sales assistant said they smell the same as Snow Fairy (which is a sort of candy floss/bubblegum flavour if you don't know it). They're only tiny and you can put them to melt in the bath like a bomb, but Lee and I used them as soap. They've got one rough side which made them really exfoliating on my skin. I'd definitely buy these again!

Lee's Rocket Science bomb, the water was a lovely greeny blue

Intergalactic - this leaves a LOT of glitter!

You can see some of the glitter here. Just gorgeous, I loved it 

Chin Up Buttercup. The water was really quite yellow!