Hello :-) Time for some late evening blogging – I’ve been out at Knitting Group and so I’m back in later than usual.

Do you like my bee photo? We’d just stepped out of the door to go to Holmfirth when I spotted this greedy, greedy bee scoffling around in one of the dandelions that is thriving on our front grass. (I know they’re weeds, but they are so beautifully bright and cheery that I just like to let them grow. I love their tenacity too, you see them growing out of walls, in patios, even inbetween tree roots that have gathered a little soil.) Sometimes I take a photo that just makes me think “wow!” and that’s how I feel about this hungry bee. Sorry if you don’t like insects – I think he is really smart :-)

Holmfirth is a great place for a trip. Let me list the reasons:

1. The car park is the cheapest car park EVER and you can pay 20p for half an hour if you’re just there for a short visit

2. There is a shop called The Gift Horse which is five whole rooms of gifts, homewares and cards

3. Fab bakery

4. It has a river running through it

5. Rowan Upcountry!!! You should go to Holmfirth just for this shop. Head straight up the little stairs and then the whole top of the shop is FULL OF YARN. Rowan yarn. Debbie Blis yarn. Regia yarn. Lousia Harding yarn. LOTS OF YARN.

I have big plans for this yarn, oh my yes.

So after leaving Upcountry with my bank account considerably lighter, me considerably happier and my hands considerably fuller (this yarn was subsequently stashed attractively on the YSU – having yarn on display makes any room look amazing), we headed to the chippie for chips n’ scraps for lunch. It’s been aaaaages since I’ve had chips! Scraps is such a northern thing though, I’d never had it when living in Northants or Surrey. Being vegetarian obviously means nothing comes with lovely crispy batter on so imagine my delight when I discovered that it is actually the done thing up here to have a big fatty pile of these on your chips! Amazing. Perhaps it’s not such a surprise that I’ve not had chips in so long¬† – I couldn’t even finish my small portion and was desperate for something to drink.

So we did just that, and had a cuppa sat outside the church :-)

One thing about Holmfirth (and other places like Hebden Bridge) is that it’s made up of curious under- and overdwellings because it’s so hilly. You’ll walk along a street and there will be two story houses, but turn the corner and walk down a hill and you see that those two story houses are sitting on top of another level of two story houses! So each two story house has a door onto the street, but one is on top of the other. Very strange, I don’t think I’d like to live in one.

When we were having our cuppa next to the church we noticed a sign for a booksale so we went and had a look to find rows and rows of pews filled with boxes of books. Excellent! I LOVE things like this, it’s so … I dunno, it just feels familiar to me from my childhood because we always sought out book sales and had lots of old books. As much as I like a new book, some of my most precious books are old books. I was so chuffed to find a copy of James Herriot’s Yorkshire (for a POUND no less), James Herriot was one of my favourite authors when I was growing up and the photo book is ace. My grandma has a copy and lent it to me recently. It’s so much more relevant to me now we live in Yorkshire, like when we drive through the Dales of course. I was so shocked when I read about James Herriot (well, Alf Wight as James Herriot is a pseudonym) on Wikipedia and found out that the stories were only partly true and had been embellished and altered to make a good story. Then I wondered how I was so naive before!

Oof that was a bit of a tangent, sorry. Anyway I meant to say that we got all those books for the princely sum of £7 dropped into the honesty box on the church windowsill.

After that we hopped back into the car and drove south (making the most of the lovely weather) into Derbyshire and the top of the Peak District. The view was so stunning that we pulled into a layby near Holme Moss transmitter so that I could take some photos of it. You’d hate driving anywhere with me. I will undoubtedly need to stop and take photos at least three times. The same with going on walks. Unless you are bringing your camera too, don’t come walking with me. It’s not worth it. Andy will confirm this.

So there I was admiring the view and thinking how incredible it was that I could see all the way over to Emley Moor, and see Holmfirth, AND see lots of reservoirs, when Andy appeared with two 99 flakes!

Best husband ever! I can’t remember the last time I had ice cream fromma van :-D

It doesn’t really get much better than that does it? Although … I wish ‘d thought to tie my hair back first. It was a very windy hill. You can see my hair making an appearance in the top right corner of this photo and it only went down hill from there really.

After scoffling our ice creams like greedy bees (see what I did there?) we set off again. Peak District is called that for a reason. It’s very lumpy. Although, not as lumpy as Scottish Highlands – was totally not expecting so many mountains when we went on our honeymoon there.

And so we pootled our way home, stopping to talk to the local feral sheep population (Andylookit’sasheepontheroadslowdownsoIcantakeaphotooutthewindow!!!) and laughing at the poor wind turbine that is facing the wrong way completely and not getting any wind.

Then when we got home I rippled like a demon on the baby blanket and I’m now nearly finished with it. Hurrah!

So that was my Happy Saturday, I hope you enjoyed yours too :-)

Lots of love to you all x x x x x x x x

13 thoughts on “Holmfirth

  1. Alf Wight often used to be in Northallerton (where I lived until moving to Leeds), easily spotted because of his big black labradors! I used to teach in Sowerby, which is five minutes walk from Thirsk and the Herriot Museum. I also grew up loving the books (and the tv series), so it was quite strange to become almost complacent about passing him in town! I miss North Yorkshire very much, most beautiful place in the country.
    Nice blog post, by the way.

  2. Hi Heather,

    WOW – what a perfect Saturday indeed. I’m with you all stopping to take photos all the time. I dread to think how many I’m going to come back with from this trip – just scary – then I’ve got to scrapbook the best of the best!!!. Can’t wait to visit Yorkshire and see all the cute sheep – that’s what I remember most from our last trip :-).
    Oh, I love your wool shelf as you know and I just realized if I get rid of more books I could do something similar in my sewing room :-).


  3. Wow what beautiful scenery!! Really lovely photos! I love the one with the bee, it’s huge as well! I love trying to take photos of them, but always get a little worried of having to get so close!!
    All that yarn, oh I wish I had a similar stash! although all in good time!! And maybe after i’ve tidied up the flat, but until then, I can’t bring anything home!!! xx

  4. Oh my goodness best. Saturday. ever. You should just take me with you next time ok?

    – Chips and scraps? – Hell yes
    – Cups of tea – Hell yes
    – 2nd hand books – Hell yes
    – SHEEP – Hell yes
    – Ice creams – Hell yes
    – Pretty yarn – Erm…..hell yes!

  5. Jillian says:

    What a great day out. Peak District looks lovely. We live in the Scottish Highlands and can confirm it is indeed a LOT lumpier!

  6. When I was a kid I thought Emley Moor was Emily Moor and that the mast (the TV/Radio transmitting mast you can see for miles around) was named after some tragic Bronte-style heroine called Emily Moor. Probably left strapped to the mast as a sacrifice to dragons.

    Weirdly, when I’m walking at night and I see a transmitter mast light flashing in the dark, even though I live in Oxfordshire now, I still half-think ‘Wow – you can see the Emily Moor Mast from here!’.

  7. I love the photos you take, your place in the world looks amazing! What sort of camera do you use? Oh Dear, I must be as naive as you..are those stories really embellished? I worked as a vet nurse for 20yrs and have been thru a lot of similar stories personally but I guess if I really think about those books there were too many of those OMG moments. Lucky I never found that out before, I might never have become a Veterinary Nurse! PS what are scraps??

  8. Joyce Stewart says:

    Hi there – a great Saturday indeed….would that I could visit UpCountry…mmmmm….would be grateful if you could let me know of anywhere (including UpCountry) where one can get Rowan yarn at discount prices? Am I asking too much? My budget cannot run to a sweater with retail prices at the moment and as I would love to head over to The Peak District (amazingly we have not been there)I would love to visit yarn stores with good yarn and not a ball of acrylic in sight.!!!! I did manage to buy a whole packet of Louise Harding 4 ply at our local craft exhibition…I could have gone made at the Black Sheep stand – Araucnia at half price – how could I leave it but sadly I had to!
    Joyce in Northern Ireland.

  9. wendy says:

    Oh what a beautiful day you had and love all of your pics.
    I used to have a few james herriot books and loved them
    but dont know what happened to them : (
    Must check out local 2nd bookstore here in oz.
    Keep the interesting blogs going.
    Wendy in Australia

  10. Erica (snippygal) says:

    Looks like a marvelous Saturday! I loved seeing your colorful yarn all tucked away neatly, but not out-of-sight. And I love James Herriot too! Just discovered his books a couple of years ago, and have only read the first two so far, but they’re wonderful – gentle, funny stories from a bygone way of life. You are so lucky to live in the UK! I’m an Anglophile trapped in North Carolina. :-)
    (Snippygal on Flickr/Ravelry)

  11. Although, not as lumpy as Scottish Highlands – was totally not expecting so many mountains when we went on our honeymoon there.

    Seriously? It’s called the Highlands. That’s the clue.. ;)

  12. yay the peak district! That\’s my home :)

    I am the same – I often stop the car to take photos and walks take twice as long because of photography.

    I love the ice cream photo!

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