Saturday, 21 October 2017

Early Autumn at Bolton Abbey

Hello there!
This afternoon Hubbie & I enjoyed a beautiful walk in autumnal woodland locally and it reminded me that I hadn't shared these photos with you from another lovely walk we took a few weeks back! On one of our days down in Yorkshire we decided to go explore Bolton Abbey. This 33,000 acre estate is mentioned in the Domesday Book and it has changed hands several times down through the centuries; since 1755 it has been the domain of the Devonshire family and is still the Yorkshire seat of the 12th Duke of Devonshire. We parked in the village car park and walked through to explore the Priory first. Founded in 1154 part of the buildings have been ruins since the 1500's...


...but one part is still a fully functional church...



These beautiful stained glass windows were in the north facing wall...


...and this beautiful mural was above the altar...


High in the roof of the lobby I spotted a white Yorkshire Rose in the center of the ceiling...


This beautiful stone cross was one of the memorials outside...


We walked down to the riverbank and crossed by the bridge - it had rained heavily the night before and there was far too much water to use the stepping stones today! Can you see where some of them are disturbing the flow of the river?


We picked the path which climbed up into the woods and were soon rewarded with this magnificent view looking back across to the Priory...


It was warm but signs of early autumn were all around us and the path continued to climb through the woodland...


In the dappled sunshine this mossy wall seemed to glow...


There were quite a few benches along the way but, due to the rain, they were pretty wet, so when we spotted this little stone shelter we decided this was our picnic spot ...


It turned out to have a spectacular view through the trees to the river below!


After our lunch we walked on until we could see through the last few trees on our right to open fields and the moors beyond...


A little further ahead of us the woodland thinned and we saw the river again...


The path descended to the grassy banks and we crossed the river at this rather grand turreted bridge. It is an aqueduct and apparently the pipe carrying water from reservoirs at Nidderdale to the towns and cities of west Yorkshire is hidden in the stone work...


On the other side the path followed the river downstream, back into woodland, and soon bringing us to The Strid. At this point the fast flowing 30ft wide river narrows dramatically and in places it really does look like you could jump across, but, as lots of warning signs tell you, people have lost their lives here. The banks are extremely undercut by the water and underneath them lie caverns and tunnels, no one is certain of the extent of these or the depth of the water at this point and no one who has fallen in here has been recovered. It really looks quite innocent on the surface doesn't it?


Below this the river widened again and the path continued down through Strid Wood, an ancient woodland and SSSI. We emerged from the trees at the Cavendish Pavilion which was bustling with people enjoying refreshments in the late afternoon sunshine. On this side of the river the bank was open and grassy and we had sweeping views downstream....


Finally the path started to climb above a large lazy bend in the river...


...and we enjoyed our last views of the Priory before reaching the road leading back to the village and the car park...


It really was a beautiful day and I hope you enjoyed coming along with me!












Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Crafting on the go

Hello there!
So today I thought I would share with you the projects that I took with me on our recent trip. Usually long car journeys mean crochet for me but my current blanket is too big to sit on my lap in the car now and I am determined to finish it before starting another one! Of course it still came with me to work on at other times while we were away, this is where I had gotten to with it before we left...


I managed to add about five stripes to it while we were away so now I'm working on the last stripe of each color (I'm working six color repeats for this blanket). While I'm working on it I'm thinking about possible borders for it, I have a few in mind but no outright winner so far...
Earlier in the year I bought some patterns from Tin Can Knits and I plan to knit matching Antler Cardigans for my two grandsons for Christmas. The sleeves and bodies are pretty much plain stocking stitch which makes for perfect travel knitting so I decided to make a start on the smaller one. Being as Little C is quite a small dude this came together pretty quickly and I was soon up to the yoke where the interesting stuff happens! I worked through part of it but decided to leave the decreases for when we were home and I could concentrate more. It really didn't take long once we got back, would you like to see the finished cardigan? 


Because this was still sitting on the needles I couldn't start the one for his brother while we were away so I had taken something else with me as back up. The North Shore  sweater (also by Tin Can Knits) has been on my Ravelry favorites for a long time and this summer I decided it was time to do something about it. With the yarn and pattern bought it was sitting all ready and waiting for me. It is basically the same bottom up seamless construction as the Antler and Bergen cardigans or the Autumn in a Ball jumper. Plain knitting all the way up to the yoke and then some fun, a pretty Fair Isle pattern in this case. I picked a similar main color and one of the contrast colors as in the original but three different colors for the other contrasts (I'm going for autumn trees). Although it will be a while till I'm up to the yoke! While we were away I knitted the two sleeves and made a start on the body... 


Now we are home I'm trying to concentrate on projects which have a deadline (ie Christmas) in an effort to take the pressure off November and December. Well that's the theory, I'll let you know how that works out in practice! So far I have succumbed to the temptation of starting two of the patterns I bought at Yarndale - and neither of them are Christmas related!! Well I hope you have a lovely week whatever you are working on, I plan to be back here soon with a few more photos from our travels.





Friday, 13 October 2017

Exploring Yorkshire - part one

Hello there!
Today I want to share with you some of the other sights and sounds from our recent trip to the Yorkshire Dales. I had hoped to fit this all into one post but it turns out I have way too many photos for that! It's a part of the UK which I have never explored before and it turned out to be a very pretty and interesting area with lots to do. I think we will have to go back...
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal runs through Skipton (where we were staying) and we had taken our bikes with us so one morning we decided to follow the towpath for a little ways...


There were a lot more boats on the water than I had expected, many with interesting or funny names. We were too busy riding to take a lot of photos but I had to stop and snap a pic of this one...


The green, red, and gold paintwork seemed very in keeping with Middle Earth too :-) Apart from ducks and boats we passed swans at several places and even one cow standing in the water! The countryside was very pretty...


It was quite relaxing as there was no traffic to deal with and only the occasional walker or jogger to greet on the path...


 We came across quite a few locks...


...and wee stone bridges...


...and ended up going a bit further than we had planned!


The weather had also started brightening up and if we had taken a flask of coffee with us we probably would've have gone even further. On the way back we explored one of the little villages we had passed through earlier so by the time we got back to Skipton we had ridden 16 miles - definitely time for a cuppa! Later that day we walked up past Skipton Castle to explore Skipton Castle WoodsIt was very pretty with the early autumn colors glowing in the dappled sunshine...


The following day we decided to explore in nearby Malhamdale and picked a circular walk from Malham village leaving by a traditional stone clapper bridge...


The path crossed open fields before heading back into some pretty woodland and finding water once again. I loved the undulating shapes of these branches!


We followed the stream up to Janet's Foss a waterfall behind which a Faerie Queen (Janet) lived according to local legend...


We continued up the path to Gordale Scar which is one of those places where the scale of the landscape is hard to capture on a camera. The limestone cliffs really tower over you!!


You could see the effects of the dry summers this part of the world has been having recently, the waterfalls were noisy but you could see the path the water takes when they are full. 


Even so I did not fancy taking the path which continues up next to the waterfalls to the top of the cliff! This sign made me chuckle - is this an example of Yorkshire humor?!


We retraced our steps to the road and then took the alternative path up the hillside. We were heading for Malham Cove, a place I have wanted to visit for quite a while because it has inspired many works of art and literature over the years and, more recently, has been used in various films.  At the top of the cliff is an area of limestone pavement which was used in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part one and after a steady climb we caught our first glimpse of it...


Some of the rock fractures looked like the bones of giant creatures, you can see my foot at the side of this photo for scale!


Even in this windswept rocky environment plant life is fighting to emerge!


The view from the top out over the valley was amazing...


...and we decided to have our picnic lunch at this spot...


Then it was time to descend the steps on the other side, I think this must be the Year of the Stone Steps for me!


Thankfully these were much easier to navigate than the steps on Ben Wyvis (for one thing none of them moved underfoot!). At the bottom we spotted Malham Beck rising from the caves beneath the cliff...


The path followed the beck for a little ways through some beautiful countryside, looking back was pretty stunning too!


We walked down into the village of Malham where we had left the car. I loved seeing this old signpost as I remember signposts like this in the village where I grew up!  


Well I hope you have enjoyed this little trip around the Yorkshire Dales with me and will have a lovely weekend whatever you are up to!










Monday, 9 October 2017

Summer stitches

Hello there!
Before I launch into more tales from our Yorkshire trip I have a few other projects to share with you from before we went away. (The original plan was I would finish this post the week we were away but our internet was awful so that wasn't possible.) There has been a lot of yarny activity here this summer but there has been a little stitching going on in between times. I got around to finishing my little Margaret Sherry hedgehog into a wee pillow...


 I also stitched up the August Stamp from the Lizzie Kate series and finished it as a flat finish...


This was stitched on my last piece of 14 count ecru aida with the listed DMC threads (except for the pale green behind the word for which I picked a lighter green than the suggested one). I chose to leave the little brown buttons off because I didn't think they would be visible from across the room where we sit so I am saving them for another project. With these two projects my August shelf looked like this...


Hopefully next year I can add a couple more sunflower designs to the shelf but for this year I decided to focus on finishing my seaside summer stitch. You can find my original post on this back here if you want to play spot the difference between the charts, but one change I made that wasn't on either chart was to use seed beads for the bubbles...


...I just love their little faces! Here is the completed design finished into a wallhanging with fabrics from my stash...


I also made a summer tablerunner. I had a play with some of my batik scraps and came up with a simple design but one which I think lets the fabrics take center stage, it also goes very nicely with the summer wall hanging I made a couple of years back.






After this you would think I would've finished off that poor Yo-Yo Pumpkin who has been waiting patiently on my sewing table since the end of July! Instead I started a new wall hanging for the kitchen... I have more autumnal quilt patterns and magazines than for any other time of the year so I decided to pick some of my favorite parts from a variety of patterns to create a September wall hanging. So far I have cut and ironed on the applique parts and made and attached blocks and borders to complete the top...


...next I need to find some stabiliser and sew the edges of the appliques, then sandwich it, quilt it, bind it, and add the finishing touches. I hope to get this done over the next few weeks (I might need to rename this as an Autumn wallhanging seeing as September is long gone!).
Thank you for visiting with me today, I hope your week brings you lots of creative opportunities!