Month: March 2016

Inside the Walled Garden of Wynyard Hall

I’ll be perfectly honest with you. Wynyard Hall is a hotel that I’d been itching to try out. I’d visited about five years ago to attend a New Year’s Eve party but since then it’s been developed into a top notch hotel in its own delightful country estate with a recently redeveloped Rose Garden, farm shop and café. But this was an Easter day out, an hour and a half away drive north, passing the North Yorkshire Moors on your right, over the ‘steel’ river Tees, past Billingham and into the Wynyard Estate. No Sunday lunch or rest and relaxation today at Wynyard Hall Hotel. I wanted to check out the recently opened farm shop and café, the bonus being a stroll around the Rose Garden. The Rose Garden, within the original walled garden, is the realisation of a boyhood dream for Sir John Hall, the owner of Wynyard Hall. It was designed by award-winning landscape architect Alistair Baldwin and currently contains over 3000 David Austin roses of an incredible 135 species. It is beautifully …

Easter Edit

Do you have any Easter holiday traditions? When my now grownup children were little, they loved an Easter egg hunt in the garden, and I remember that we all decorated hard boiled eggs with my Mum when she came to stay for the holidays. It’s also lovely to decorate the house with handmade pieces. It’s a little late now, but here is some inspiration for next year, fab eggs and a cute bunny napkin for the Easter table, plus some Easter holiday links I love These pretty marble effect eggs by Nina Holst, using blue nail varnish! Find out how to make these bunny napkins here I love these glam ‘pendant’ eggs by Lene Bjerre These delicate flowers in eggshells are so simple yet so pretty, and I will remember to plant these white grape hyacinths next year! And Paul Hollywood’s ultimate carrot cake, to share with family and friends this Easter. It’s a simple but really nice recipe which is just as suitable for a grey winter day as for an Easter spring time …

3 Things to Go Do in the South Lakes

You can take the girl out of Cumbria, but you can’t take Cumbria out of the girl. I’ve frequently been back visiting the Lake District since I left many years ago. Apart from the STUNNING scenery, it has some great places to visit tucked away in the South Lakes area, even in these chilly, early months of the year; here they are: 1. Visit Walney Island I love islands. There’s something about their isolation and separateness from the modern world that intrigues me. Sometimes they’re wild and forgotten places but they can also be a mere stone’s throw from civilisation which makes them seem otherworldly. Walney Island is one of the latter, lying off the coast of Barrow in Furness which is best known for its industrial heritage and nuclear submarines. But a trip over the Jubilee Bridge from Barrow to Walney is one of winter’s great treats, especially when you leave behind Vickerstown and escape to the island’s wild beaches. Walney, lying along the tip of the Furness peninsula with spectacular walks along the Irish Sea …

The Hovingham Village Market

On Saturday, we took Tea Box to Hovingham, a most delightful, unspoilt village on the edge of the Howardian Hills halfway between Malton and Helmsley and about 20 minutes north of York. There is a market here from February through to December on the first Saturday in the month, with around 30 stalls in and around the village hall, plus a wonderful community cafe. The bacon rolls and mugs of tea were just perfect for this blustery, showery morning. So on this bright spring one, we made our first visit as a stallholder to this award winning village market, which is very well run by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis. 100% of its profits go directly towards funding & supporting local community groups. It was great to meet people who enjoyed our teas, and also the lovely local producers who had stalls promoting local and fresh healthy produce, arts and crafts, and products. Just take a look below, and yes, I came back with lots of goodies! YO Bakehouse from Pickering Roost coffee, a family run …