Thursday, 24 December 2009

Christmas Eve

We're all ready for the big day so I thought I'd just take a moment to say
to all of you lovely bloggy people.
Thank you for popping by and taking the time to leave such lovely comments. They make me smile and squeeze my heart.
We all belong to a fantastic blogging community and I just wanted you all to know how much I appreciate it.
Thank you
love Fi x

Monday, 21 December 2009

Enough snow.

Brrrrrr...I've had enough snow now thank you.

Igloos have been built

and snowmen

we've measured how many inches (that would be 8 inches)

and admired it's beauty

and now I would like it to go away.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Wintery Wensleydale

Hello from a wintry Wensleydale.
It's certainly feeling Festive around these parts.
I've been making a special Christmas card for my parents.

something simple.

What do you think?

We woke this morning to a covering of snow. This is the view from the attic window.
After work I popped in on Karen at Milkchurn cottage.
Peeping out of the cute, little window in the kitchen I could see the snow was starting to fall again.The Christmas tree looks lovely in the corner between the window and the fireplace.

Hmmm. Look it's still snowing.
After a lovely visit sitting for far longer than I should have in front of Karen's open fire in the shop, I forced myself to venture back outside.

I know you all like our waterfall so I won't disappoint.
And because you asked to see inside our little Sweet Shop, I popped inside as I passed and asked if I could take a photo.
Are you ready?
I'm sure you'll like it
Be prepared, you'll want to come and visit

WOW! Look at that. This picture doesn't do it justice. There are fairy lights and tinsel around the shelves. Everything you could possible want from a sweet shop. Rows and rows of sweety jars. Chocolates, mints, toffees, liquorice root, ice-cream, marshmallows. You name it and I bet they have it.

Back outside and I pass The Spar. Christmas trees and wreaths stacked up ready for the festive season.

Across the road The Crowns Christmas tree has a coat of snow.

The snow is starting to fall more heavily now. Up the steps to the....

empty car park. Gosh it's coming down now! Usually I can see hills in the distance.

I turn around to take a picture of the church, it's only just visible.

After I get home and swap my full shopping bag for sneaky dog, I head back out onto the Creamery Field. Here the snow is deep and easily comes over my ankles.

It's getting on now. Nearly time for the school bus.

As you can see the school bus was a little late. 25 minutes to be exact, even sneaky dog was fed up and cold. I must admit I was getting a little worried. The 16 mile journey from school is quite exposed in places and while I was waiting I watched several cars sliding and skidding around. If it keeps on snowing tonight the driver won't try and get through tomorrow. Looks like the school Christmas holiday will be starting a day early for us! YAY!

Till next time.
Fi x

Sunday, 13 December 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like ...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Tra-la-laaa.
Hello all. There's no getting away from it. It's well on it's way! Christmas!
This is our local sweet shop window looking fantastically festive. I tried to take a picture inside but it was far too busy. It's a proper old fashioned sweet shop inside. Rows and rows of jars of sweets; and the walls are covered with vintage sweety and chocolate advertising signs.
I tried to take a photo of our waterfall in the dark for you. It looked soooo pretty lit up and sparkling.

It was surprisingly difficult though. This was the best I could do.
Back home there has been a fair amount of this going on...
wrapping and decorating.

It takes me ages to wrap each gift, but that's because I like to faff around choosing pretty ribbons and making my own gift tags.

Gift tags haven't been the only things I've been making....

Yes. The Christmas cake has been made.

Mmmmm. Smells wonderful.

Tastes quite good too!
Well you can't eat every thing on one day can you?
Really we're not that bad; we're visiting my parents for Christmas so it's ok for us to eat some of our cake now - we'll probably have seen enough Christmas cake by the time we come home again. Well that's our excuse anyway.
Thank you to Anne M. (you know who you are) The fabric has arrived, and it is lovely thank you for thinking of me.
Till next time.
Fi x

Sunday, 6 December 2009

To town and back

These photo's were taken last weekend on the one day that it didn't rain last month. Well it seemed that way here in North Yorkshire.
We're on our way to town, (when I say town; there is nothing like Boots or Next, just a butcher, chemist, bakers, Co Op, etc that kind of thing. More like a large village but it's the nearest we've got. It's about 17 miles away.) the sun is shining and life is good.
We enjoy making this journey most Saturdays. Simple pleasures.

In the middle of the speeding fuzz you just might make out the village of Askrigg, nestling in the middle of the valley.

Can you see the little hill in the distance?

This is my favourite hill.

I love the little group of trees on the top. I could be wrong but I think it's called 'Lady Hill', I'll have to ask Weaver of Grass, she might know or her husband, the Farmer.

The little village of West Witton. As you can see this is a long linear village.

This is the return journey later the same day. We're coming home on the 'back' road at the other side of the valley.
We like this road. It's especially useful in the summer when the main A road, is used by tourists and bikers. We get LOTS of bikers! They love the loooooong windy road that takes them from the A1 right across the country to the Lake District. Unfortuately the road doesn't always like them, but we won't dwell on that.
The village of Carperby.

The sunshine has certainly gone now.

Still beautiful, but a little more brooding.

Breathtaking scenery

between little stone villages. This one is Askrigg where parts of All Creatures Great and Small were filmed.

Almost home now. The only other vehicle on the road is the local Dales bus. This one had a maniac driver. We thought we'd tuck in behind him as the road from here gets narrow and windy. We thought we'd let him meet any oncoming traffic first since he was bigger than us. But... We couldn't keep up with him! I'm just glad I wasn't one of his passengers!

Hope you enjoyed a little winter wander in the Yorkshire Dales. Nice to get back home in front of the fire.
Till next time.
Fi x