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! 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Week in the Yorkshire Dales - Day 4

I didn't take a lot of pictures on Tuesday. We had a late start to the day and went to Bedale. I'm pretty sure we've been there before but I didn't remember it too well. We went in a bunch of charity shops and craft and gift shops, we bought a couple of things but nothing spectacular. We went for lunch in Panettis, which was really gorgeous little bistro. I'd have liked to go there for an evening meal because it was really nice. As it was, I had smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toasted muffins. I can't remember what Lee had! A tuna sandwich, most likely (he eats a lot of tuna).

After Bedale we headed to Leyburn, which we definitely went to on our honeymoon twelve years ago. We had a little wander round. I bought myself this year's Yankee Candle advent calendar as it was only £22.50 in a shop! We visited a little chocolate factory on the way back, there wasn't lots going on there but you could see into the factory which was nice. Then we had planned to go to the tea room in Aysgarth as it was just a few doors down from our cottage, but when we got back to the village it turned out to be closed on Tuesdays. So we drove through to Bainbridge and got to the tea room there around 3.30. The owner told us that she was just doing drinks and cake, which was perfect for us! I had this amazing piece of chocolate slab cake, it was really delicious.

Lee had a long bath when we got back into the cottage. I did a little bit of writing but that was the only writing I did all week. I gave myself permission to just not worry about a daily word count. I can catch up in the rest of October and November, I'm sure. It felt nice to not worry. In the evening we had burgers for tea - beef for me, vegetarian for Lee. It was a lovely laid back day.

This was our cottage, the little green door in the middle and the window to the left of it and above. It was tiny but fine for two of us. 

At the chocolate factory were all these pamphlets by children about their visit, I really liked them 

The amazing cake

I wore this paisley print dress that I wore recently in York. Comfortable for wandering in! 

Finally, here are my Hufflepuff socks from the recent Harry Potter collection at Primark. I'm not that into Harry Potter, but I thought the socks were cute. I had often been told I am a Hufflepuff so I did a quiz and it turns out I am! Gosh. You can see my unicorm pyjama bottoms too, they're from Yours Clothing. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

What I Wore October 9th

You've already seen that I was wearing my Girl Gang t-shirt on the Monday of our holiday, but I thought I'd show the outfit in full.

I love these Scarlett & Jo skirts, I do wear them a lot. Two of them, the mint green and yellow ones, are just one single layer so they're not overly warm in the autumn or winter. This one and the chiffon blue one, have three layers. A lining, a half layer of netting, and the skirt itself. This makes them much warmer, so I packed this purple one to wear on holiday. I also had my long leggings on underneath, which are from Evans, as opposed to the shorter Asos leggings I've been wearing most of the summer.

My girl gang t-shirt is relatively new and I love it. I particularly like the sleeve length. The day was quite warm so I just put my black cardigan on over the top, but took it off in the cafe. I also, on a different day, wore the t-shirt tucked into the skirt.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Week in the Yorkshire Dales - Day 3

On Monday of our holiday we went across to Sedbergh. I'd never been before and didn't know too much about the town, but it was close enough by to where we were. When we got there we found a plethora of bookshops which was great! I had, the week before our holiday, got in my posession my first Jane Austen ten pound note, and I wanted to spend it on books by women. Charity shops and secondhand shops were an ideal place to do this!

We wandered round the town for a bit and then went into this Mad Hatter's themed tea room for lunch. Lee had a jacket potato and I had the cheese platter which was SO good, I would eat it again right now. I liked the cafe, I thought it was really cute and had plenty of stuff to look at.

On our way back we had a bit of a drive round. Lee indulges me and goes up hill and down dale as directed. We saw the viaduct at Garsdale and if I'd realised the Ribblehead viaduct was so close I would have had a trip there too! But I didn't. Next time!

We decided to go to an ice cream and farm shop near our cottage for ice cream. It was really nice, I had chocolate and honeycomb which were both nice. They were some llamas and some pigs and some ducks to look at. It was cute!

We went back to the cottage for yet more relaxing. Lee actually said he thought it was the most chilled out I'd been in months. I definitely needed it. I got a huge cross stitch project finished which I'm really pleased about, and I wasn't worrying about anything at all. We ate salmon and broccoli pasta for tea which is something we eat quite a lot at home; it's yummy and really easy to make.

Here's my day's photos:

The view from the sofa in the cottage. We could park just in front of the green you can see. This was the best weather we had all week, but that's the UK for you. I wouldn't swap it!

Hills on the way to Sedbergh, I think this might be Whernside actually?

It was so gorgeous

Real flowers on the table in the cafe!

Cute themed stuff

The cafe - we were the only customers which was a shame, but it was a damp Monday


Me, representing my own girl gang for the day

Hot chocolate in these Alice themed mugs 

Queen of Hearts decoration too 

My gorgeous cheese platter. My cheeses were Cheshire maybe, something similar to that, Wensleydale with cranberries, and Brie. SO good. 

Hills on the way back with the weather setting in

Garsdale viaduct

Looking down into Wensleydale

Llamas at Berry's farm!