Month: April 2016

NT Goddards House and Gardens

Oh but it’s been a lovely week. Writing jobs have been ticked off. Plans are under way for some cracking Yorkshire collaborations. And, I’m going to make time to get out of the house with its home-office and spend relaxing times visiting National Trust gardens, houses and tea rooms – come along and enjoy with me! Recently I headed to the next place I wanted to visit with my National Trust Membership – Goddard’s House and Gardens in York. Originally built in the 1920s by Noel Terry, the owner of the Terrys Chocolate Company (think Chocolate Orange), it’s a spectacular Arts and Crafts style family home. Finding it proved slightly tricky however and you have to keep your eyes peeled for the small sign outside the archway. You drive down a simply stunning, long tree-lined avenue to the front entrance where you are immediately greeted by the NT volunteers. And they were fantastic. So welcoming, full of enthusiasm and they know every detail on the family, the business and of course, the house. “Unlike some people I don’t aspire …

Farm Bistro Harrogate

I love getting out for lunch with my daughter, and sharing the experience of ‘ladies who lunch’ is becoming a most delightful habit. Harrogate is becoming a treasure trove of indie delights for us to explore, they keep popping up in unexpected locations. We just can’t resist locally sourced and made with love – and sourdough bread plus lunch attracted us to Farm Bistro, up the stairs above its own bread shop, in the centre of Harrogate. Owner Vanora and family hail from Leeds, and have created childhood memories of growing up on a farm both in the design and food, a nostalgic feeling of warmth, well-being and security. This lunchtime the place was buzzing with chatter and we did have to wait a little for a table for two. The staff were friendly and smiley – a winning combination. The menus include breakfast, posh toast all day, salads and specials. They only use homemade sourdough bread for their toast, made from a naturally cultured leaven with love by Vanora. Did you know? Sourdough bread …

Yorkshire Gardens

Spring seems to be a bit late in my garden this year. Perhaps I’ve got my rose-tinted glasses on but I’m pretty sure I usually have a load more bulbs in flower by now. My tulips are looking a bit anaemic at the moment and though there’s lots of green stems there aren’t many heads. Anyway while the bulbs may still be dormant here’s what’s going on in my garden. Banish the winter blues and visit a garden for a bit of horticultural inspiration and perhaps even a cup of tea and a bun. Our wonderful Yorkshire has its fair share of award winning gardens that provide the therapy of being outdoors and enjoying nature in all its glory. Here are some of my want-to-visit gardens this summer…I better get moving, and get out and about then! And  I promise to share them with you. Scampston Walled garden, 5 miles from Malton Thorp Perrow Arboretum, near Bedale Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park, 6 miles from Ripon and Masham Harewood House and Gardens Ripley Castle and gardens …