...well, it is sort of "home" because it is where I originated from. Where? Yorkshire is where. I tell you what, I haven't been to the Dales for about 15 years and I now wonder why I haven't been back for so long because it truly is the most breaktaking place in the world (yep, used my best Jeremy Clarkson voice for that lol) How could you NOT love a view like this eh?
Anyways... I thought I would write a few words (well, free WIFI in the hotel ain't to be sniffed at) and add a few pics to show you what we have been up to. Tis our 10th wedding anniversary tomorrow and after the start to the year that we have had, we decided to have a few days away, R&R so to speak, in our favourite county. Grim loves Yorkshire but has only ever been over to the North York Moors side to see the scenery... so, being as he has been inaugurated as an "honourary Yorkshireman" by my lovely old Dad (and hey, that is no mean feat cos Dad is a stickler for the "rules" of Yorkshire lol)
I decided it was high time to drag him to "my" side of the county, starting off with a little trip down memory lane to the house that I grew up in - everywhere looked so small! And then we made a little stop off at the Crematorium so I could pay my respects to loved ones who have passed... and then a drive past my old Grammar school... that was a bit of a sad affair because it has been flattened and is now a housing estate! Onwards we travelled, arriving in Keighley at around lunchtime... A quick little trip onto the station platform at Ingrow West in time to see a lovely big black steam train. (erm, I forgot to get a pic of that...ahem) Ahh, you can't beat a bit of steam! And then... what better excuse is there for a little snack of a lunchtime than the scent of proper Northern Fish n Chips eh? Well, I can quite assuredly tell you that they were, for want of better words... chuffing lovely!
Once we had refuelled, we carried on towards Harrogate, where our hotel awaited us. Hahaha, on the way there, we spied a sign for the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway... another preserved line... and it just so happened that there was a little saddletank train there... this is Norman, isn't he just a cutie? He issued forth plenty of smuts too so I had black freckles by the time he left. We made a smidge of a detour to go and see Burnsall. I remember coming here when I was a nipper and it looks exactly the same. Of course, it decided to rain while we were there and the ice-cream that we had treated ourselves to was a bit soggy. I shared my cornet with some ducks... Grim is now calling me the "duck whisperer" what with them eating out of my hand and of course, our little quacky friends from the Broads the other week.
Finally we arrived in Harrogate, settled into our hotel room (yay, Grim got us a free upgrade to a posh room too.... very comfy it is too!) We had a quiet night, a little wander into town for a beverage or two and then an early night ready for the early start today. We had a plan! Oh yes, a plan of where we were going and how to get there AND... we didn't get lost once (the fact that we have a sat. nav is neither here nor there obvs lol) We went to Aysgarth Falls - I love Aysgarth... did you know they used this setting for Robin Hood Prince of Thieves? You know the one, when Robin Hood went all American for a film (mind you, I have it on video (how old????) and it is still a fave!)
We also nipped into the Black Sheep Brewery at Masham... just as their tour was started, so obvs, we had to take part, would have been rude not to. Also it would have been very rude to refuse the little glass of delicious beer at the end of the tour. I tell you, if you ever get chance to sample Black Sheep do it! It is a lovely beer indeedily.. hic (haha, not really hic)
After a brief stop in Hawes where we had a wander around a rope making place, our final place to visit today was supposed to be Dent Station. Blimey, how steep is that hill? It is 1150ft up in the sky and as you will see from the photo, it was chuffing chilly and we were actually surrounded by clouds! Bah. How hilarious though... Freckles has come on tour with us again and here he is... posing as usual... and getting a bit damp too. Not impressed with said weather conditions we set off to see the Ribblehead Viaduct, only to get there and not be able to see a blinking thing - the clouds were low and the mist was very thick. We are going to check the weather tomorrow and hopefully see it then!
Anyways... I shall away... all this waffling and I have left Grim on his tod bless him. I will be back tomorrow with pics of the thingywotsit I made for Grim for our anniversary. I can't say toooo much what it is yet cos he hasn't seen it yet, I am making him wait til tomorrow for it. Hope you all having a good week... if you have a few spare minutes, could you do a sun-dance for us please??? TTFN!