All posts filed under: Happy Places

It’s Spring

Oh the weather has SO changed has it not? Can’t wait to share some gorgeous pics of the best of our countryside with you, photography course coming up!! I’m trying to mix up my posts a little (I know – living on the edge!) with ‘what I’m loving this week’ and Sundays’ will be more of a feature post. Time restraints, life, reinventing myself, and delights of being a Granny are all responsible so we’re just going with the flow! So, where do I start? Today I’m indulging in a post about loving this Spring sunshine with a flavour of March in my garden. Handsome Helleborus Really loving this new Yorkshire Flowerpot planted up with garlic from The Garlic Farm. Just wait for an update on my garlic pot! Greygoose is smiling and enjoying the first of this years sunshine in her garden! ∼♥∼

Hello Harlow Carr

February can feel gloomy, but it’s surprising how a visit to RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate can lift the spirits, by taking a few photos of the oh so early spring bulbs and an ideal place to enjoy being a Granny still in training for pram pushing. So this February Sunday afternoon was perfect to practice my new skill along previously undiscovered paths, some quite hilly and then freewheel down to Bettys outdoor café to refuel with a hot chocolate. Then a stroll up the gentle slope past rhubarb to the surprisingly large book and gift shop. This is the kind of place to take your time, to wander…to take in your surroundings. Harlow Carr is a must-see if you are ever in the Harrogate vicinity.  There is an entrance fee but I’m glad I took the annual RHS membership. I can take a family member, and Grandson as often as I want. That’s the way to go! I look forward to returning in the next few weeks and photograph the seasonal changing of the …

That Forever Friday Feeling

Retirement When I left my full-time job at the end of July, I looked forward to having more time and focus to devote to blogging. I decided to give myself a few months at the start to enjoy some ‘away from the clock’ time, not only to recover from cardiac ablation number 3, but to adjust to a freer schedule and figure out my own rhythms. There are times of the day I’m better at writing and creating, and others when I’m better able to knuckle down for more routine or repetitive tasks. Can I just say I’m LOVING not having to go to my office along the landing every day at a certain time. I’ve kept myself quite busy without even really trying and now am ready to get a bit more of a handle on my schedule and where I’m going. Time to make a plan!! But first a belated retirement BBQ was such fun Guests wrote up some retirement bucket list suggestions for me. Here are a few, what would you suggest? Be a super Grandma Travel …

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 …

February 2016: I’m Loving

It’s the first ‘I’m Loving’ of 2016 and whilst we love our luxury, none of these will cost any more than £9…read on! Firstly, I think spring is on its way! Soon! Very soon. The sun was out today and I needed to get out and walk. Sunshine and fresh air clears my head and I end up wondering why I spend so much time at my desk. I’ve used this GPS walking app, Runkeeper, for several years in an effort to encourage me to walk my way back to health. I know it was originally developed to keep runners on track, but it’s great for encouraging me to monitor my walking sessions, and tell me how many calories I’ve used, AND, I can connect to Spotify so have music at the same time. The basic app is free, whoopee! Second up, a ‘chance find’ I’ve been loving – Boots BB Lips. As someone who always wears a gloss, I’ve tried a few over the years.  Most are amazing but having got to the end of a fav (ok rant time, do you …

Loving Friday

Sunday is officially LOVE day world-wide!  There’s no hiding from the fact, so I thought I’d pinch some images from my albums from the last 12 months and ‘voila’! Whatever your loves are and whoever you share them with, have a great Valentines Day and spread the love.  Make plans today to surprise someone/send some flowers to a singleton or lonely old person… above all, just have fun doing it! Happy Valentines!  Ann x   and remember…………

New Year at The Lakeside

My 2015 ended in Cumbria, ending a year of challenges for myself, friends and family. So to spend a few chill out days in an amazing location, with stunning views overlooking the southern tip of Lake Windermere, was an invite I could not refuse. A peaceful and idyllic place for a New Year unwind. The Lakeside Hotel is that for me. I jump at any chance to go back to the Lakes, my homeland. The festive house party was just amazing….the staff were ‘genuinely’ friendly, service excellent and high house standards maintained throughout. Originally a 17th Century coaching house you can feel the history throughout this hotel with its beautiful entrance foyer and large hallways with numerous fires blazing and filled with fresh flowers and plants. Loved all the terracotta Yorkshire flowerpots, and recalling memories of sitting in the snug of the wood panelled bar frequented in my youth! With its own pool, spa and restaurant together with the incredible views I can completely understand why people don’t want to leave The Lakeside. The views across …

Rest and Relax in Yorkshire

Loved a family weekend in North Yorkshire, June was busting all over with sunshine and brilliant greenery, and the bluest of sparkling seas. It was a delight to be staying once again at Raithwaite Estate, a short walk from Sandsend, this time in their small boutique hotel, The Keep. All the rooms, facing the wooded valley, have huge bathrooms with an enormous bath, walk-in shower and the wonderful therapeutic Aromatherapy Associates products. So relaxing! Lucky I had my iPod in my bag for soothing music! We took the chauffeured buggy to the main hotel for dinner, and on the table were these lovely birthday flowers from my family!! G ∼♥∼ G The rest of the best of my Yorkshire weekend……….. Sandsend Sandsend Driving to Whitby, this is not to be missed, Hole of Horcum, North Yorkshire Moors  

Mother’s Day at Raithwaite Hall

The recent Mother’s Day weekend was a brilliant excuse to have a family gathering at a gorgeous hotel. Raithwaite Hall near Whitby ticked all our boxes, plus many, many more. It’s not really what you expect of quaint little Sandsend, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, a glamorous 45 bedroom hotel, a host of luxury self-catering cottages, a swimming pool and spa, but hidden up a wooded drive off the Whitby Road, Raithwaite Hall, a 19th century, former ship-owners mansion provided us this and more. Raithwaite Hall offers five star service right from the moment you arrive, from the friendly welcome at reception to the warm yet not imposing manner in which you’re shown to your room. Our room in the main hall overlooked the gardens, was large and spacious with huge comfortable beds and a modern classy bathroom complete with Aromatherapy Associates products. It was a very quiet and cosy environment to spend time in. Our package included dinner in the main restaurant. Pre-dinner cocktails were served in the cosy bar. …

Curzon Sheffield – A Cinema That Was A Bank

I saw the film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ a few years ago at a very poignant period in my life and then it provided a couple of hours of uplifting fun. So, I was keen to see how the follow-up movie, ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ would make me feel. As I am always keen to look for new adventures, we decided to have a family night out at the new Curzon cinema in Sheffield. This brand new three-screen venue opened its doors to the public in early January. It is located in a Grade 11 listed building on George Street, the former site of the Sheffield Banking Company. The Curzon Sheffield is the entertainment group’s latest cinema. What a delight! The old bank has been refurbished in a sympathetic way to preserve its character and highlight some of the original features, including the high ceilings, ornamental entrance and lobby, sash windows with original openers, and is now complemented by colourful furniture, contemporary lighting plus a small cosy lounge area.   There is …