I live in Yorkshire, I've lived inYorkshire almost all my life (apart from a short time when I lived in Edinburgh in the 60's). You would think in all my many years I would have visited most places but Yorkshire is a big county, in fact it is the biggest in England. I know we have West, North, South and East Yorkshire but to me, it is "Yorkshire".
Today was gloriously sunny and warm, perfect for a visit to Pocklington, East Yorkshire and our very first visit to the famous Burnby Hall Gardens.
A perfect place for a walk on such a beautiful day.
Can you believe the blue sky after all the cold and rain?
Burnby Hall Gardens holds the National Collection of Hardy Water Lilies, obviously at this time of year they are not in full bloom but a few were still making the effort .
A really peaceful place but I imagine that at the height of summer it is thronged with visitors.
We might have missed seeing the Lilies but just look at the beautiful dahlias.
Isn't this pompom one just perfect? Mother Nature showing us how to be creative!
I think these quite fearsome looking chaps are used to being fed by visitors, better luck next time boys!
With what do we always round off a visit? Scones and a pot of tea for two.
We had such a good day. I enjoyed another day out last Friday, one of my American friends had recently read and said she was "totally obsessed by" Black Diamonds. She had noticed on the map that Wentworth Woodhouse was quite near to us and, as she was coming to take me out to lunch "could we go to the nearby village". I said that we could but I was sure you could also now visit the house itself. I rang them and, sure enough, on the day she was coming there were places on the afternoon visit. She was beyond happy!
The house is enormous, longer than Buckingham Palace and covering some 2.5 acres.. They haven't even found all of the "one for every day of the year" rooms! On the tour (sadly no photos allowed inside) we were told to keep in close contact with the guide because "if you get lost we might never find you again". The Guide was brilliant, a former carpenter on the Estate for some 40 years. It makes such a difference when the person taking you round has a real love for the building and can spin a good tale.
It is set in180 acres of wonderful parkland with spectacular Yorkshire views.
A new feature is the "Beth Chatto" herbaceous borders, past their best at this time of the year but still plenty to enjoy.
I was amazed to see the blue hydrangeas in full bloom (some heads were only just opening)
If you want to read more about the house and its history then this article is very interesting. It mentions the case against the National Coal Board, we were told that this case has recently been won by the present owners and it is their intention that the money will be used to bring the house back to its former glory. A good start has already been made and I shall certainly be going back to see how the work progresses, in fact I shall definitely be going to the Christmas Market in the Stables on the 8th December.
So, apart from some lovely visits what else have I been doing?
A little crafting, some wristwarmers (pattern from Lucy's Attic24 blog)
I find that if you make these it is a good idea to leave a length of yarn at the end of each colour to use to sew up the seam so it all "matches".
I've also made Snowflake Bunting and Christmas Hearts (patterns from Lucy here and here) as early Christmas gifts.
When you put up Snowflake Bunting I understand you have to watch out for bunting thieves - or so my friend DH tells me. I made her some a couple of years ago but last year her daughter decided it would look much better in her London flat so off it went!
I suddenly realised that as well as my followers on Google I also have lots of new ones over on Bloglovin, I hadn't noticed that one list doesn't combine with the other (it is all so confusing!!!) So, apologies and welcome to the thirty plus new friends on Bloglovin' and to all new friends who have joined by Google.
Rosie told me she has been on Instagram a few times but it is simply AGES since she put in an appearance on my blog. Well you have to do what your cat wants so ........... Rosie says "hi".
Thank you for visiting, I hope you have had a lovely week (don't forget to keep supporting Wool Week and National Chocolate week) and have a great weekend.