Saturday, December 31, 2022
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Monday, December 26, 2022
On the 21st of November Lee had the day off and we headed off to Chatsworth to visit the Christmas market. I follow Wax This Way on Instagram (I highly recommend their wax!) and saw that they were setting up their stall at the market, and thought I would like to go. I imagine it is heaving at the weekend but thankfully Lee had a couple of days holiday left so he booked one off. I went to craft club for a little bit, then we set off from Penistone at about 11.30. Chatsworth is about an hour away from there, over the tops and past Ladybower reservoir. It's a nice drive. You had to pay for parking but it was well organised. Pre booking was essential - signs said not to proceed if you didn't have a ticket booked, and that's just on a random wet Monday! As I can't walk far, we were told to go closer to the entrance to the market, which was really useful for us. Staff were doing brilliantly!
I did find the market quite accessible - the walking wasn't too hilly and even though it was raining so much the flooring they had in most places wasn't slippy and I found it fine to walk on. I walked a long way! There's plenty of seats and some are undercover, but the ones that aren't were wet. That was our main issue - neither of us had a proper coat, just hoodies, and we ended up VERY wet.
Anyway we walked in and went straight up to the food stalls as it was lunchtime and we were hungry. I immediately noticed a sign for vegan bockwurst, so I had one of those with sauerkraut and mustard. It was so good! Lee ordered a Yorkshire pudding wrap, which took a while, but he really enjoyed it which is the main thing. Then we started to walk round the market. Most sellers were really friendly, despite the rain. There was a good variety of stalls. We bought cheese, presents, Christmas decorations, brownies, and lots of candles and melts (I treated myself!). I would definitely recommend the market for its variety.
About 2pm we had some hot chocolate, and a sit down under one of the gazebos. Then we did the rest of the market, by which time we were really wet in the rain and had seen all the stalls. Our tickets did also get us into the stables shops and cafes, and we could have gone to the estate shop, but we didn't go to any of those. I would visit again and go though!
We drove to Bakewell and eventually managed to find parking. Lee wanted to go to the record shop he found last time we went to Bakewell. He spent £50! We could have gone in more shops but we had barely dried out in the car and I was very tired. Fortunately we did both have dry hoodies to put on, which helped. Anyway we decided to go and have a drink in the pub while we waited for Sahil Street Food to open. The pub had mulled wine! I would have had some at the market but had hot chocolate instead, so I was happy to have some in the pub. It was warming and lovely.
I had found Sahil Street Food on Tripadvisor, where it's the best place for vegetarian food in Bakewell apparently! It opened at 4pm and we got in there just after. It's basically a takeaway but they do have some tables, so we sat down. We ordered vegetable pakora, samosa chaat, masala fries, butter chicken for Lee and Mum's school vegetable curry for me. Oh and a naan bread! It was SO good! I'd highly recommend it if you're in the area. I didn't eat all the chaat so I brought that home with me. The pakoras were SO good - light and spicy and gorgeous.
After we'd eaten we came home. It was such a good day, I really enjoyed the market and the good food I had! We've said we'll go again next year for definite!
I was wearing the lollidot skirt that I wear quite a lot, with my star print top from Simply Be. I've been struggling with my mental health for the past few weeks, so to try to combat that I'm leaning heavily into cosy and embracing Christmas even though it was only the middle of November. This star top is one of my festive pieces of clothing!
Saturday, December 24, 2022
On the 17th of November I went to Manchester to meet up with my friend Helen. We met on Twitter seven years ago and it turned out to be the sixth anniversary of when we met in person for the first time! So that was quite cute. We had met at Slattery's then, which Helen had never been to. I think we've been at least once since then, and we decided to meet there again this time too. I never mind driving over to Manchester as it's usually quite a nice drive over the tops. However, the rain was quite bad so I decided to go on the M62, and I set off nice and early. I was early enough to be able to wait for a space in the car park, and then have time to do some shopping in the shop downstairs too. I bought some Christmas presents and some bread and a piece of cake for Lee as he'd asked me to. I then went upstairs to the dining room and waited for Helen.
Slattery's does gorgeous savoury food, but I nearly always get the rarebit because it's really lovely. I had garlic mushrooms on top of it too, and one of their gorgeous hot chocolates. Helen had a club sandwich which I think she enjoyed. Then of course we had dessert - why would you bother going to Slattery's otherwise?! I went for the strawberry and marshmallow dippers, which come with two cups of melted chocolate - so good! I ate about half and brought the rest home for later.
It was raining on the way to Manchester but the motorway was okay, but on the way home it was really bad. I ended up getting off and going through Cleckheaton - not a place I know well and I followed my nose until I got to Heckmondwike, where I know the way home! It took forever - I might have been better staying on the motorway, but who knows. Anyway it didn't really matter because I didn't have anything else to do, and once I did get home I could just get into my pyjamas and relax. It was nice to see Helen!
I wearing wearing this old Scarlett & Jo skirt that I've had forever, but with it I was wearing this new top from Very, from the Judi Love collection that the cardigan I showed recently was also from. I liked the purple colour and I liked the cut out - I had two tops like this when I was a teenager! I also like the ruching on the sleeves, and the fact that it's long sleeved but still light enough for me to wear wherever. I was also wearing sparkly tights and my new boots.