Bloggers on the loose in Yorkshire

Oh I had such a wonderful time in Yorkshire!

What a beautiful county! And Autumn was showing it off to perfection. autimn colour

The very best bit, of course, was meeting up with Nanacathy!

We even tried a selfie!


This was taken with Whitby castle in the background.


When I got home, I took a while to ‘land’, recover from all that driving and order my thoughts. My mind was in such a happy spin from everything I did, saw, experienced and photographed, it was hard to put things down in any coherent order. And to be truthful I didn’t really want to – I wanted to stay in that blur of delight for as long as I could!

I do want to share it all with you though – oh yes – so much, and I have been having mini conversations with you all about it.

Where to start – eek! Here I get all excited again and thoughts jump up and down and jostle for attention.  Calm………

Firstly I’ll tell you my itinerary:

I left on Thursday, 1st November and drove to Nuffield Place, where I made a brief stop for lunch and to take photos of ‘Patina’ – here I fell for a guy called W. Morris (of Morris Minor car fame – NOT William Morris of Arts and Crafts fame) and his wife, Elizabeth. Now I am in shock – I was searching for a link so that we could all learn a bit more of this philanthropic pair only to discover that he was in fact a paedophile. I am endlessly saddened by discovering such things. I nearly did not mention this but out of respect for Ann Vaughan, and the Me Too Movement, I felt it only right. (I will amend my previous post about Nuffield Place) Perhaps he made such generous donations to assuage his guilt – many people benefitted hugely from his financial generosity, but many suffered untold pain.


Then onwards to Coventry and a most fabulous 3 days Mixed Media Collage Workshop tutored by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Nathalie Kalbach – so much to tell you about that, it will have a future post of its own.

On Monday 5th November, I drove to North Yorkshire where my home for the week was the cute, quaint and cosy Whistle Stop Cottage, which I can highly recommend.

On Tuesday morning Cathy came round for a cuppa! Oh joy!!!! We got on so well as I knew we would, it felt like we had been meeting up for a chat over the kitchen table for years! We had such fun planning our week, Cathy was keen to show me her gorgeous county and had taken into account the things I had mentioned I would like to do and see. Yorkshire Moors

1.The Moors    2. The coast   3. The WW1 Hearts Exhibition  4. Go for a walk  5. Rachel Whitereads’s Nissen Hut.

On Wednesday I met Mr E who has a delightfully wry sense of humour and after a cuppa and a chat, Cathy and I left for Whitby via the most popular bus journey in the UK


It was a bit breezy up thereDSC_0465

But the moors were looking spectacular in their autumn garb, and under the clouds they were moody and magnificent. I loved the feeling of looking across that vast expanse – we don’t get views like that in Dorset.DSC_0464

But just like Dorset, around a corner a new atmosphere is created by a river cutting through, creating beautiful valleys. What a drive it is.

Onwards to Whitby and a delicious lunch – more in a future post.

Thursday was spent pootling about in my cosy cottage doing collage – aaaah! joy!

On Friday Cathy picked me up and off we went for a wonderful walk in Dalby ForestDSC_0491 and to see the Concrete Nissen Hut (more about both later)Rachel Whiteread, nissen hut, Yorkshire

Saturday was a sunny day of wandering around Pickering and more collage

On Sunday, Armistice Day Cathy, Mr E and I all went to the WW1 Hearts Exhibition, in Scarborough, which was very moving and somewhat overwhelming. commemorative hearts, 11.11.2018

Monday was spent finishing off some collages, packing and popping round to say a fond farewell to Cathy and Mr E.

I had such a wonderful time and Cathy was so very generous with her time and Tour Guide expertise – I’m looking forward to telling you more about it all in future posts.

On Tuesday I set off on an epic 5 hour drive across country to stay with a friend in Gloucestershire and then home on Wednesday.

I had such a fabulous time away and returned in a happy glow – I’m looking forward to filling out the details some more in future posts.


34 responses to “Bloggers on the loose in Yorkshire

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  3. So, it’s not the Arts and Crafts Movement William Morris? Oh, good–I would hate to have his work ruined for me! It sounds like you and Cathy had the most wonderful time together–I am flat out envious! Dorset really looks fabulous and it was so nice to see you both with your WWI hearts!

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  4. We have a holiday booked in Whitby next summer so I am enjoying finding out more about Yorkshire and what you recommend. Sarah x

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    • I would definitely recommend St. Mary’s Church in Whitby, Dalby Forest, Pickering and Whistle Stop Cottage (dogs welcome) but other than that I didn’t really do much sight seeing. I was mainly there to spend time with Cathy and have some me-time creating collages.
      That said Sarah, I hope you enjoy my future posts about my stay which might give you some clues.
      Cathy has written some lovely posts about the villages in North Yorkshire on her blog.
      And Attic24 has posts about the delights of Shipton and the surrounding area.
      You will have a great time – that’s for sure!


  5. Yes, sorry about the shock. Awful! Now on to the good…What a treat to read this post, to see pictures of you two, and all the shots of the beautiful countryside. Thirty years ago, I stayed in Whitby for three weeks and fell in love with the area. In spirit, I was traveling right along with the two of you.

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    • Wow – three weeks! How wonderful, you trod the same streets as we did, I love that – it is sort of time-travelling to have us all there together in spirit!
      Did you climb the steps to the most extraordinary church at the top? So weird, so Gothic, so huge!
      What took you to Whitby Laurie? I’m not surprised you fell in love with the area.
      So glad you enjoyed the photos – if you click on them you can see them bigger and there will be more!

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  6. Sounds like the perfect road trip.
    I was surprised to hear about William Morris but then I remembered you’re not talking about the more famous member of the Arts and Crafts movement, textile designer and poet.

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    • It was perfect and a welcome side effect was that it restored my confidence in driving long distances on motorways – Sat Nav is a wonderful thing!
      (You are right – a different William Morris.)


  7. Yes I am still envious! What beautiful views and what fun!! (((HUGS))) to you both- wishing I could have been a little mouse traveling with!

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  8. What a wonderful week! Looking forward to hearing more as you process all the fun. 😄

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  9. Murtagh's Meadow

    You have been very busy!! Yorkshire is beautiful as are your lovely photos.

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  10. Sounds like a great time was had by all.The moors are so lovely in their autumn garb.

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  11. There’s never enough time is there when you are meeting, seeing, learning and having fun. Your trip sounds fantastic! The workshop is the thing I am looking forward to hearing more about – that must have been great fun!!

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  12. Sounds like you had a great time. Look forward to hearing more.

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  13. Lisa at Greenbow

    I absolutely love the way you describe your joyful feelings in ” a blur of delight”. Your trip sounds delightful. I can’t wait to read more about your trip.
    It is such a let down to find out that someone you admire is a monster in disguise.

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  14. It was my absolute pleasure to be your guide, and I too had a wonderful time during your visit. There was just so much more I would have liked to have shared. Your photos on the moor are stunning.

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  15. wow what a fab time you had, lovely photos too. Sorry to hear of your ‘shock’ though, awful just awful 😥

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