Author: greygoose1

Bedern Hall: Your Local Lunch Club

York does well for Halls. Between the Merchant Adventurers, Merchant Taylors, Jacobs Well, Folk Hall and the Guildhall there are a number of grand buildings ripe to host all manner of events. Arguably a touch less well publicised is Bedern Hall, just off Goodramgate, that has slipped under the radar in building itself up as a dining venue. Now, Your Local Lunch Club at Bedern Hall offers a monthly lunch club serving local produce at a fair price. I have to confess it hadn’t really registered with me until I was asked to go along and take a look. It is a great hidden gem of a venue to have lunch with friends, take business colleagues, or fit into a shopping trip when in town. I went along to lunch recently as a guest of The Local Lunch Club. Looking round the venue was a nice chance to discover one of York’s hidden gems. Perhaps a touch more modest than the larger halls in York, Bedern – its building started from 1370 until  1399 to complete, is packed full of character and …

Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing

Having had to cancel this trip last year due to being ill, I had feelings of both great excitement and trepidation when sailing out of Southampton on the Queen Mary 2 in June. I had been really looked forward to 8 nights at sea, and I had long dreamed of sailing into New York…but I’m saving that post for another day. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean aboard the iconic Queen Mary 2 (QM2) is a truly unique travel experience. Important to note, the Queen Mary 2 is a true ocean liner, not a typical cruise ship. Built with a double hull and four stabilizers, the bow was designed to slice through the seas like a hot knife through butter so like its historic predecessors, can comfortable and safely traverse the rugged North Atlantic year-round. Actually, for anyone who has ever enjoyed sea days aboard a cruise ship, that experience should be at the top of a “to-do” travel list. The QM2, which carries more than 2,000 guests, is 17 decks high – approximately the equivalent of …

In a nutshell: June was travel

Yes, I’ve been travelling the last few weeks, and I’m beginning to get a little bit confident in believing that my travel mojo is back! When your confidence gets squashed after several years of being ill, you tread a very cautious line in believing that life can return to anything like normal again, and adapt is what I am learning to do. So……where have I been?? I’m going to do full posts on my trip later, but it falls into three adventures, so watch out for my posts in the coming days. A voyage (not a cruise) across the North Atlantic on board Cunard Queen Mary 2 (known as QM2), including the dramatic rescue of a lone sailor, followed by a day stop in Halifax, Nova Scotia. And then the ultimate – a biggie ticked off my retirement bucket list – to sail into New York at dawn!! A whistle stop foodie tour of New York in four hours. And discovering the lifestyle in a lovely part of New England, with a little food and …

East Yorkshire: Beverley and Food Treasures

Chances are that unless you’ve either been before or are from Yorkshire, you probably haven’t heard of the town of Beverley, in East Yorkshire. Beverley is known for a few things: its market that takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, its 13th Century Minster, pretty Gothic streets and its racecourse. It’s also known for its historic centre – there’s been a settlement here in the East Riding of Yorkshire since the 7th century! The town was originally founded around 700 AD by Saint John of Beverley, was under Viking rule for a while, and at one point was a major wool-trading port in the UK. Today, tourism makes up a large part of the town’s economy. And a recent visit made me understand why as I went in search of foodie places!! A chance to taste just a little bit of France was my first stop when I discovered Tc Patisserie, in a little side street called Lairgate. It is run by Thierry who trained as a patisserie chef in one of the classic French cooking …

In a nutshell: May

I can’t believe we are nearly into June. There have been cool days and oh so hot days, but May is my fav month full of freshness and green, and optimism. May was a jammed packed month of diary entries, but I managed some quality time being Granny Goose and quite a lot of foodie outings. Wellbeing: My bad back continues, but thanks to Matt the physio, its improving…slowly!! It’s an age thing! Three top tips from a cardiologist: Eat real food, Keep moving, Reduce stress and learn to relax – as does being in a close nurturing relationship, benefits the ageing process!! Hmm, a few things to work on there next month. My Garden: Blooming and gets greener by the day. I’m having battles with slugs and greenfly. I believe the greenfly are loving showers of diluted washing up liquid. It’s a pleasure in life to watch May produce a show of alliums and the first roses. Eating Out in Yorkshire: Tried and tested The Olive Branch in Selby – good quality Med food. Sunday …

Its Chelsea Week

So it’s the end of May already and before you know it we’ll be luxuriating in fresh new Summer growth so today’s post is all about my garden as I’m preparing for Chelsea. General Maintenance General maintenance is as good a place to start if any. Assuming like myself that you’re not starting a garden from scratch, you’ll want to make sure that you get kitted up for the season ahead. If there are three gardening tools I can’t live without then they have to be a hand trowel, a small fork and some garden gloves. Both the hand trowel and fork are incredibly useful when it comes to planting, weeding and moving soil. I’m also a sucker for traditionalism and like the wooden handle for aesthetic reasons. And whilst I don’t mind getting my hands dirty I find keeping a pair of gardening gloves to hand incredibly useful when it comes to pruning plants that are especially prickly – I’m looking at you roses! I now have a patio that almost sparkles after it recently had its annual clean with a …

Tea at the Palace: Blenheim

A few weeks ago I went with my family to visit Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, and was treated to Afternoon Tea in The Orangery. There was a lot of walking involved so the treat was well worth waiting for after the walk in the grounds before tea! This grandiose palace has the distinction of being the only historic house in Britain to be named a World Heritage Site. The tickets we purchased allowed us to upgrade to an Annual Pass at no charge, excellent value if you live within an hour or so of Blenheim Palace. The birthplace of Winston Churchill, this palace is well worth a visit to discover the history behind the Dukes of Marlborough and Churchill himself. The paintings and wall murals in the state rooms are magnificent, as are the furnishings. The formal gardens are beautiful with several water features and fountains with lots of statues. I loved the display of wigs!! The gardens, grounds and lake were designed by Capability Brown and the waterfall at the end of the lake …

YO Bakehouse: Tea and Cake in Malton

I must let you into a secret. It’s about cake and tea, or cake and coffee! Where they meet hand in hand – that’s YO Bakehouse, a new artisan bakery and coffee house just off the market square in picturesque Malton. The town of Malton is well known for being the foodie capital of Yorkshire and includes some of the most unique food and drink producers in the area. In August 2016 Chris and David opened their first (and definitely not last) coffee shop on Market Street, just off the attractive Market Square in Malton. I have previously met these talented guys at some of Yorkshires best-known food and drink events. At YO Bakehouse they aim to create a relaxing experience filled with fabulous cakes, brownies and more. Their chosen coffee is roasted in Malton by ‘Roost’ and delicious loose tea is supplied by ‘Easy Teasy‘ of Newcastle upon Tyne and ‘Forleaves’ of Malton. The face to face welcome and cosy interior is memorable, and certainly a place to linger. They have on offer light lunches …

Three Things I’m Loving This Week

My new book…. I have my ‘book club’ book on the go but couldn’t resist getting hold of this book as I’m being a bit of a nature lover just now, ‘Wonderland – A Year of Britain’s Wildlife Day by Day’. Just love the book cover, so pretty. It’s by two guides to natures wonderland, Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss and takes you through the year, day by day, sharing the unexpected delights that we can experience in our skies, beaches, rivers, fields, forests and back gardens. I’m getting into a routine of having a cuppa in bed in the morning and reading the entry of the day. Today, 27 April, Stephen Moss wrote about ‘Sea’ Swallows flying up the Bristol Channel as global voyagers. A real swallow that just happens to be flying across the sea! These short paragraphs are just long enough to give me more daily insight into Britain’s wildlife. And now back to the book club read, ‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown!! Boroughbridge….. A lovely North Yorkshire town I’ve discovered this week. …

Quiet weekend:gardening

With the daffodils dying back and my trees bursting with blossom, clematis cascading, and the tulips almost there, Spring is definitely in full bloom. I’ve been spending more time outside pottering this weekend. I know I have a small courtyard garden but it comes with a bit of maintenance and revamping now and again. I’ve been seeking inspiration recently as the summer season approaches so I’ve started to follow more green-fingered Instagram accounts, particularly as I’d like to fill my raised beds with some new planting schemes over the next few years. I’ve had a quiet weekend at home with some outdoor time as well as getting to grips with Instagram! One peek at these accounts will hopefully make you want to dust off your trowel and get your wellies on. Founded by the former Head Gardener at Sarah Raven’s Sussex farm, Perch Hill, the Botanika Floral feed oozes all the florals you want to find in your cutting garden. The epic sea of tulips was snapped by floral stylist Charlie McCormick in the garden of The Land Gardeners. Goals …