Monday, 31 December 2012

A few bits I got for Christmas!

I was oh so excited to see the lovely gifts I was given! People just know me so well! I can't wait to watch my new DVDs as I LOVE Gene Kelly and Deanna Durbin. The stationery kit is adorable and the sewing box is so cute! 

I got some chocolate too including a chocolate Santa but ..... well they didn't last long enough to make it into the photograph! 

Even more exciting was hearing from the people that I gave gifts to and finding out that they really liked what I had picked out for them! I try to get gifts that are a bit special and that suit the receiver. Something personal not just a generic gift for everyone on my list. 

I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas! 



Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I just wanted to wish a very Merry Christmas to you and your families. I hope you all have a wonderful day! 



Sunday, 23 December 2012

My Christmas Ornaments 2012.

I thought I would share pictures of a few of the decorations on my Christmas tree this year. Nothing fancy at all! I like cute decorations more than the all matching look! 

I love this little angel! She looks like she is wrapped up warm for a snowy walk and has little golden wings. 

I have four of the Tatty Teddy decorations. Adorable! This one is dressed as an elf and the others are dressed as Father Christmas, a gingerbread man, and the little drummer boy. 

I love sparkle! I know that some people think that tinsel is tacky but I love how it shimmers when the fairy lights are on. It gives a magical look! 

My little robin just perched on an upper branch! 

This silver heart decoration is new this year but I really like it! It was a gift from the hospice that I am involved with so is special to me. 

Finally this is my angel! She must be at least 20 years old but is so pretty. I am always sure to wrap her up carefully after Christmas. 

Do you have any decorations that are special to you? 



Saturday, 15 December 2012

Christmas Blog Love.

There are so many wonderful blog posts about at the moment all about Christmas! I love to see posts on Christmas traditions, decorations, crafts and gifts. I find them so inspiring! 

Here are just a few that I have read recently and I encourage you to pop over for a visit! 

The City Mouse's County House. 

At there is a lovely and very relevant post on how less is more at Christmas time. Such a good post with tips on reducing stress and gift buying! I love Gretchen's writing style as it is so engaging and friendly! 

His Way Serves.

How sweet is this decoration! I love decorations that have a story behind them. The ones that are picked out specially and used each year rather than the multi-packs where there are 12 decorations all the same. At there are more photographs of the tree as well as a cute nativity! 

Miss Abigail's Hope Chest. 

If you want craft tutorials and a peek into a hope chest you really should visit as there are some inspiring idea for hope chests but also for gifts and decorations too! 

Have you read any interesting blog posts about Christmas? Feel free to share those on your own blog! 



Thursday, 13 December 2012

A 1950s Housewife.

This book was recommended to me on Amazon before it had even been published so it was on my wishlist for a while. Finally it was released and I ordered it! It sounded so perfect for me as I love the 1950s and homemaking. Such fun to find a book that combined both interests! 

I love the cute cover art. It looks so retro and the housewife looks happy! Such a nice change to see a positive image relating to homemaking. 

The back shows an old advertisement and receipt. I have a collection of magazines from the 1950s and far prefer them to the modern equivalent! Much easier to relate to. The advertisements always fascinate me! 

The book covers many topics relating to women and their lives in the 1950s including wedding traditions, making a house a home, the daily routine, leisure time, shopping and health and beauty. Plus there are interesting appendices covering popular books, films, television shows, and musicals from the 1950s. I have seen quite a few of the films mentioned but have read very few of the books. Something I want to work on! 

Overall it is a very interesting book and one that I would recommend to people interesting in the 1950s and how women lived then. There is a chapter on marital relations which focussed mainly on how it wasn't a topic to be discussed in that era so I would suggest that younger readers check with their parents first. Other than that one chapter I found the book really engaging and enjoyed the writing style. 



Saturday, 24 November 2012

Healthy Habits.

So I am on a bit of a health kick! I have been neglecting myself quite a bit for quite a while. It is so easy to get caught up in all the other things that are going on like home, family, friends, work, Bible study and everything else and then my health gets put to the bottom of the pile. Then I get tired and sluggish and moody! 

It would be so easy to just ignore this and keep eating rubbish until Spring! The dark mornings and evenings aren't all that motivating to me and I tend to want stodgy comfort food when the weather is colder! 

I am working on adding in all those healthy habits that I know I should be doing but .... well .... just don't do! I have been increasing the amount of water I am drinking and eating healthy food. I have cut out fizzy pop completely and am working on replacing my unhealthy snacks with better alternatives. 

These are a recent find! Tasty, nutritious and portable! I ordered a mixed box of bars and raisins as I had only tried one type of bar before. These snacks are wheat and dairy free with no added sugar and many provide one of your five a day. I love the cola flavoured raisins especially as I have given up drinking cola and the banana bread and apple pie bars are yummy! 

I am not following any set diet plan but am reading through these books and adding more raw food into my diet. I am trying really hard to cut back significantly on the amount of processed food that I eat. It is so easy to just grab a sandwich on a lunchtime and to then be tempted by crisps, fizzy pop, cakes and pastry. I have had salad for lunch most days this week. I am still cheating a little and buying salad boxes from the supermarket as they just contain salad leaves with a mix of tomato, carrot, beetroot and cabbage. Generally I add a bit of low fat cottage cheese or cooked chicken to them just to add flavour and to keep me full. Less chance of being tempted by sweets in an afternoon when I don't have that sugar drop! 

I have finally worked up the courage to go to a Zumba class too. I thought that it sounded like fun as well as being a good work out but I have very little coordination so was more than a little nervous! I felt sure I would make a complete fool of myself but everyone was really friendly and the instructor was so energetic and bubbly. I spent most of the class giggling and the hour flew by! I enjoyed it so much that I went to another Zumba class the very next evening. I am going to go at least once a week but intend to go twice most weeks. I slept so well after it and woke up feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed! 

I am also trying to reduce my stress levels as I tend to take things far too personally and get myself all worked up. Plus I am a bit of a worrier! I feel so motivated at the moment and am already looking forward to my next Zumba class! It turns out that I like healthy food and exercise. Who knew!

The thing that I am finding the hardest is my lack of willpower. There always seems temptation or other at work! In the last week I have turned down chocolate, toasted teacakes, cake, sweets, and hardest of all a bacon sandwich. 



Sunday, 18 November 2012

Vintage Tray Cloth.

I saw this on eBay and added it to my watch list straight away! I felt sure that it would have a few bids on it but when I checked back with 5 minutes to go there were no bids at all. I placed a bid and crossed my fingers! I couldn't even watch as the minutes counted down. Amazingly I won! This beautiful cloth and napkin cost me a huge 85p. 

It is a really clever design. The napkin slots in behind the butterfly! It needs ironing but other than that there are no holes or flaws. 

I think it must be quite old as the fabric has faded a little. That just adds to the charm for me! The stitches are so tiny and neat. I wish that I could sew like that! 

It makes me want to play tea parties! I used to love doing that as a child with my teddies and dollies around me. I am a little worried about using it in case I spill something on it. I tend to keep things for best but then they just get put in a box and not given the love and appreciation they deserve. 



Saturday, 17 November 2012

Reindeer Fabric.

I bought the last two metres that was left of this in the local craft shop. Apparently it had only been delivered a week earlier so it must be really popular! The benefit of buying the last piece is that you get a little bit extra for free. Almost half a metre in this case! 

How adorable is this fabric? 

I just have to decide what to do with it! Once again I bought fabric with no firm plan for it. Maybe a Christmas apron or a festive stocking or little fabric reindeer or even a Christmas skirt! So many options but I think I have enough of it to make a few different things. 



Thursday, 15 November 2012

The Girl Who Said Too Much.

I read this little article in an issue of Woman magazine from 7th March 1959 and thought I would share it here. Gossip is an insidious thing. Something that starts off slowly and something that you can get tempted into in an attempt to fit in with others. Gossiping is something that I am guilty of and I am also guilty of sitting by while gossip takes place. It gives me an uncomfortable feeling as though I am compromising myself. A clear sign that I shouldn't be getting involved! 

The girl who said too much. 

Above the general chatter of the restaurant one burst of laughter from a distant corner rose shrilly. The friend I was talking to broke off in the middle of a sentence and glanced at the little group whose heads were so close together. "Someone else's reputation being torn to shreds," she murmured with unusual bitterness. "I've suffered myself from that busy tongue." I followed her glance. The centre of the tight little group was a woman I knew only by sight. She was one of the many who drift about on the fringes of the theatrical world, though she had no particular theatrical job. She always seemed to be the centre of a small, appreciative crowd. I assumed vaguely, that she was good company. 

I turned back to my companion, an actress with a solid reputation. Not at all the sort of person I should have thought who could be the victim of malicious gossip, and I said so. She looked thoughtful for a few moments, and then said, "Anna, you remember when my husband died I went through a very bad patch; life seemed pointless without him and I turned down several jobs. Then I was offered a part in a picture - a new experience for me. My friend urged me to take it, so, feeling terribly unsure and very nervous, I went to the studio for my first day's work. As you know so well, there is a vast difference between acting on the stage and in the studio - those tracks that the camera runs on threaten to trip you up, marks to stand on so the right lights will hit you, technicians milling around - in short everything to stop you concentrating on playing the scene."

"Various technical things kept going wrong and we shot the scene many, many times, and I, being completely new to it all, felt that I alone must be responsible for the number of takes. I got more and more nervous, and then forgot my lines. The director was kindness itself, and eventually that nightmare of a day ended." My friend continued her story, "But several days later that busy tongue was spreading around the story that I was all washed up - couldn't even remember my lines. She had heard somehow of that first day's bewilderment, and just had to pass it on. It was a long time before I was offered another film role."

As we were leaving the restaurant I caught the eye of that chatty little woman. She smiled brightly, but I was startled by the unhappiness behind the smile. As I went home I found myself thinking more about the problem of the gossiper than her victim. I felt sure that if she had been a professional actress she wouldn't have behaved as she had. Had she started out with hopes of becoming an actress, and found that she lacked the talent? 

Then, unwilling to turn her back on the world she wanted so much to share, she had found other ways of keeping contact. If she couldn't have an audience in the theatre, she would find one off the stage by having a reputation for being in the know .... by picking up bits of information about people who really were on the inside, and satisfying the curiosity of others, like herself, on the fringe. Probably, to begin with, her stories were quite harmless, but after a time she may have found her audience losing interest. She had to find something startling to catch their attention. 

And once her spicy story was told - in confidence, of course - her listener would be sure to rush off to tell it to someone else - with a few trimmings; and that other person would pass it on with more highly coloured additions until in the end it reached the ears of someone who could really be hurt by it - all unknown to the first gossip, who would exclaim, "But that wasn't the story I told ...."

It wouldn't be exactly the story she's told. But it was she who had started the ball rolling on its dangerous downhill track. If she hadn't given it the first push it might never have bowled over a reputation, or shattered a friendship, or driven a wedge of doubt between husband and wife. Because one of the most dangerous things about gossip is that it so often has the tiniest seed of truth in it. 

The sad thing is that really exciting news always seems to be bad news. Disaster or quarrels add a tinge of excitement to a dull day, and talking about them gives gossips a cosy feeling of security just because they aren't happening to them. But when the tittle-tattle gets back to the person who is already suffering, it can only increase their unhappiness. 

Anna Neagle. 



Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Blue Skies and Golden Leaves.

I loved the colour combination of the brilliant blue sky and the leaves lit up by sunshine! This post will be a bit photograph heavy but I struggled to narrow it down! 



Saturday, 10 November 2012

Festive Candles.

I love candles! The warm, flickering light and the wonderful scents .... so perfect for a dark evening. Most of my candles are Yankee Candles as I just love the choice of scents. Plus they have lots of sweet and food type scents which are my favourites. 

I bought three of the smallest jars this time. I had never seen Sugared Apple before so bought it on a whim. It does smell nice in the jar but I don't think it will become a favourite. Spiced Orange is a really strong scent. Really festive to me! Oranges decorated with cloves. I am really looking forward to burning this one! I bought another Christmas Cupcake candle too as I love this scent and it is one that I buy over and over. It is so sweet smelling but not sickly. A really comforting smell that reminds me of days spent baking! 

Currently I am burning a medium sized Christmas Eve candle. A little early I know! Most of my candles are floral and garden scents as those where on offer the last time I went to stock up. Christmas Eve doesn't smell overwhelmingly festive though but it fills the whole room with such a cosy scent. For some reason I find that the medium candles don't burn evenly and they leave a lot of wasted wax around the edges. 

I can't wait to start burning these especially the Spiced Orange one but I still have a way to go with my current candle. I don't like swapping candles half way through and then having left overs. I much prefer to finish one candle before moving on to the next but I am so impatient! Another reason to move onto the small jars! 

What is your favourite candle scent?



Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Christmas House.

I saw this at the garden centre yesterday and just fell in love! I have wanted one of those light up Christmas buildings for so long but they always seem to have people on them. There was one at the garden centre that was a town square with a Christmas tree in the middle and couples dancing around it .... all sounds very cute but the people were taller than the tree! 

This one is just a little plainer and more of a Winter lodge. That means it can be out on display for longer! There has been snow over here already, although not locally, so this little house is out now! 

I can just imagine being inside this little lodge with the snow falling outside. Snuggled down under a quilt with a good book! 

It will have to live on the spare bit of my television table as it needs to be plugged in. Luckily it only covers the tiniest bit of the screen! 



Sunday, 4 November 2012

My New Sewing Machine.

I have a new sewing machine! Well, it is new to me! I think it is so beautiful and am so excited. I am already planning all the little crafty things that I can make on it. 

I have loved the look of the old Singer sewing machines for a long time. I was even briefly tempted by the new limited edition Singer that looks like an old one. Albeit a plastic one. 

My Dad bought this one at an auction and I fell in love with it as soon as he brought it home. His plan was to sell it but, as I loved it so much, he gave it to me. Such a lucky girl! 

Apologies for the poor photographs! It was getting a bit dark when I was taking them but I just couldn't wait! 

Isn't it beautiful! Looking at the reference number I think that the machine was made around 1939. This one only does straight stitch with no back stitch or zig zag. Luckily I wasn't particularly used to the electric sewing machine so it shouldn't be too much of a learning curve. If I want to make bigger things I will use the modern machine but this one is suited to smaller projects. Plus it is so quiet! 

Just look at the detail on the end plate!  This machine has obviously been well looked after as it so clean and well maintained. There is a little scuffing on the black paint but it just adds to the charm for me! 

The hand crank! When I dreamed of having an old Singer I imagined one with a treadle. I think it will take a bit of getting used to! I will have to learn to sew with one hand while the other hand turns the handle. 

There are all these little accessories in the end compartment and there was a box of extra feet too. Not all of the feet are for this machine but most have serial numbers so I can research them. There was a guide book as well but that is from 1962 so it is a fair bit newer than this machine! 

The sewing machine lives in a box that looks just like an old suitcase! All neat and tidy! I just need to find a sturdy folding table and then I will be ready to go. I would love a sewing room but we just don't have space for it. Hence the need for a folding table! 



Friday, 2 November 2012

Books for November.

November is perfect for reading! The evenings are dark and the garden work is pretty much done so there is free time available to get cosy and read a good book. I love reading and am always looking for new books that will be inspiring and interesting. 

A pen pal recently told me about Christian Light Publications and said that they had some really good books available. Off I went to the website to have a look around! Sure enough there were plenty of appealing books! I ordered three and they arrived so fast. I couldn't believe how quickly they got to me! 

Here are the three books that I chose. All on different subjects as I like to have a variety of books. It was hard to narrow it down to just these! It was interesting to look through all the books and topics and to not have to worry about whether they would be wholesome books or not. 

This book jumped out at me immediately! It is about a family that were raising their children in God's Word and trying to shield them from ungodly influences. When the father of the family dies, his parents take legal action against the mother claiming that the children are being damaged and warped. The family flee the country in an attempt to stay together and this book covers they story and God's faithfulness. 

This book is the story of a family who leave America to go and run an orphanage in Romania. I can't even imagine how hard that would have been. It must have been a big culture shock! The book covers the first year that the Miller family spent in Romania. I am looking forward to reading this one as stories about how people follow God's call to them fascinate me especially when it is something that is such a radical change. 

I have started with this book as the story just sounded fascinating to me! I am about a third of the way into it and love the writing style. This one is about a "normal" American family who felt called by God to leave everything they knew and to join the Mennonites. I like that it isn't just a rose tinted view of this life change. Both good and bad experiences are shared. It is a book that is really making me think! 



Sunday, 28 October 2012

Snow! Well ... Sort Of!

The weather man said that there would be snow and yesterday morning I awoke to the tiniest sprinkling! How exciting to have snow in October. 

I love the look of snow especially if I am all cosy at home! I like to walk on fresh snow and feel that crunch under my feet but once it turns to slush and ice the appeal just vanishes. I really don't like walking and slip sliding on ice! 

It really feels like Winter is on the way! 



Thursday, 25 October 2012

Queen Victoria.

I am most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of "Women's Rights," with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense on womanly feelings and propriety. Feminists ought to get a good whipping. Were women to "unsex" themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings and would surely perish without male protection. 

I love peace and quiet, I hate politics and turmoil. We women are not made for governing, and if we are good women, we must dislike these masculine occupations. 

Queen Victoria. 



Monday, 22 October 2012

If Jesus Came To Your House Today.

If Jesus came to your house
To spend a day or two,
If He came unexpectedly, 
I wonder what you'd do.

I know you'd give your nicest room
To such an honoured guest, 
And all the food you'd serve to Him
Would be the very best. 

And you would keep assuring Him
You're glad to have Him there, 
That serving Him in your own home
Is joy beyond compare! 

But when you saw Him coming,
Would you meet Him at the door
With arms outstretched in welcome
To your heavenly visitor?

Or would you have to change your clothes
Before you let Him in. 
Or hide the magazines and put
The Bible where they'd been?

Would you keep right on saying
The things you always say?
Would life for you continue
As it does from day to day?

Would you sing the songs you always sing
And read the books you read, 
And let Him know on what
Your mind and spirit feed?

Would you take Jesus with you
Everywhere you'd planned to go?
Or would you maybe change your plans
For just a day or so?

Would you be glad to have Him meet
Your very closest friends?
Or would you hope they'd stay away
Until His visit ends?

Would you be glad to have Him stay
Forever on and on, 
Or would you sigh with great relief 
When He at last was gone?

It might be interesting to know
The things that you would do,
If Jesus came in person
To spend some time with you. 

Lois Blanchard Eades. 

I read this today in an old issue of The King's Blooming Rose and it was perfect timing as I was clearing my clutter and trying to decide which of my books and DVDs I should keep. I tend to get attached to things and, to be truthful, I buy too much. If I have had a bad day I will pop into a shop on the way home and buy something that I don't need or have a place for. I am in the middle of an Autumn clean! 

I always try to be honest in this blog and open about my thoughts. Reading this poem was like a shot to my soul. It hurt! I felt sad and ashamed and tearful all at once. I realised that, yes, I would have to put some magazines away and change how I act. I am disgusted with myself and my weakness! There is so much that I do that I know isn't good but I do it and go along with it because it is acceptable and normal in the world that I live in. I hate to stand out among my friends or at work and this leads me into some grey areas. 

I read those women's magazines. The ones that I justify to myself even though I have to flick past certain articles. Do I really want to be spending my money on these things? Do I really need to keep the DVDs that do nothing to educate or improve me? I tend to keep things because they cost me money at the time I bought them or because I used to really like them. This poem helped me so much today! It cleared my mind and made my stay and go decisions so much easier. 

I can't just remove the bad influences as this seems to leave a vacuum. I need to replace them with wholesome and good influences. The kind of books, magazines and films that I would be happy to be found with if Jesus came to visit. I suddenly have a whole lot more space! 

It is so sad to think that Jesus could come to my house to visit me and that I could be more focussed on tucking magazines under the chair than on the huge blessing I was given. I would be one of those that saw Him through the window and then panicked and had to hide all those iffy things that I have. I wouldn't be able to be natural with Him around, and yes, I would probably be counting down the hours until I could get back to normal. But really my version of normal and acceptable is clearly wrong if I am ashamed of it.Even though I have had a physical clear out there is still a lot of mental stuff that I need to work through. It will be a long road of constant effort! 

I thought a lot about whether or not to post this. I wanted to hide my shame away! I didn't want you to see this weakness, this dark side to me. My life isn't all pretty flower photographs though and I would be selling myself short to pretend that it is. 



Sunday, 21 October 2012

Art Group Update.

A few people have asked me if I am still going to the art group so I thought I would do an update. I am still attending but missed one week, the next week was the AGM, and the week after that was a pastels demonstration. So I haven't been drawing much! This last week was back to normal though so here are my latest doodles. 

I love the style of Beatrix Potter. Her adorable animal drawings just jump off the page! They all have so much character and life. Plus her pictures are quite small and detailed so I thought they would be ideally suited while I am attempting to improve my sketching skills. 

Not much to show for two hours drawing time! Well ..... two hours less time spent chatting! 

Alien bunny! This one didn't go very well. The head looks odd and the proportions just don't look correct.

Mummy and baby bunny. This one went a little better. I tend to jump from one bit of the drawing to another quite a lot and, in this picture, my rabbits ended up too far apart! 

Peter Rabbit! This is the one that I really took my time on and thankfully the pose and proportions worked out quite well. I think he looks a little shocked! I thought that a similar drawing perhaps with some festive additions would make a nice Christmas card. Not exactly time effective though! 

Do you make your own Christmas cards, tags or wrapping paper? 



Thursday, 18 October 2012

Pink Scarf.

I am knitting (yet another) scarf! This one is alternating rows of knit and purl which is giving me plenty of opportunity with purling. 

The wool is really easy to knit with and I am using big needles. Hopefully it will knit up fast! The weather is really cooling down here and this will make such a cosy scarf. The wool feels almost like marshmallow! 

I have just finished one in the same type of wool but in midnight blue for my Mum. That was all knit stitch though. I didn't want to go wrong on her scarf! I am almost to the point where knitting is relaxing now but I am still nervous about tackling a pattern! 



Tuesday, 16 October 2012

God's Creed.

Man's creed is apt to be a long one; God's creed is very short. Short as it is, however, you will have no time to spare if you shape your years according to its requirements. 

Love, Faith, Peace - these are the golden keys which hang at the girdle when man is his best self; they unlock the mysteries of the present, and draw the bolt in the door of the future. 

G. H. Hepworth

How often do we complicate things, especially things that should be simple? Love, Faith, and Peace. Not easy things to live by and they would provide constant challenges. So hard and requiring constant self correction but complicated? No. 

Love all, live in Faith, and promote Peace. Loving all is tough for me. I tend to make snap judgements about people, I can be drawn into gossip and a sarcastic tongue is something I battle with. I feel that my faith is strong and yet I still have a lot more learning and growing to do. I still get faith wobbles and times of doubt. Promoting peace is another tough one! How often do I get involved in gossip? Not even by actually saying anything but by being present during such conversations and not speaking out against them. Promoting peace to me means not taking sides and seeing all points of view. 

I don't know why I try to complicate things! Perhaps the goal sounds more worthy when it is complicated by pages of rules and regulations. It all serves as a distraction though and clouds the true path. Getting caught up in the day to day niggles of life without cutting through to the heart of the matter. We are instructed to love one another and, with God's constant help, I am working on this. He won't give up on me so I won't give up trying and searching and striving. 



Sunday, 14 October 2012


Seeing an aeroplane in the sky always makes me wonder where it is going, who is on it and sets off imaginings of holidays and business trips. Are the people filled with excitement over a dream holiday? Are they visiting family? There are so many possibilities! 

I don't like to fly and I really don't like heights. A bit of random information for you! I have been to Florida which is an amazing place. Disney World was truly magical! The last time I flew was about 10 years ago now. Luckily for me I love England and there are so many beautiful places to go and interesting sites to see that I really don't have any need to fly. 

So it really doesn't take much to send my thoughts off on a tangent. Just a white arrow across a brilliant blue sky! 



Sunday, 7 October 2012

Purple Sweet Peas.

I just love the colours of these sweet peas! They look so unusual! The seeds were sent to me by a lovely pen pal and I hoped and hoped that they would grow. All of my other sweet peas are a single colour and they have mostly died off now so these are the final remnants of a Summer garden. 

I am hoping that I can collect some seeds from these ones once they have finished flowering. Something else to read up on! 

Aren't they beautiful?



Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Helmsley Trip 2012.

I went on a little day trip to Helmsley! I hadn't been before and it was so quaint. Just such a shame that it rained pretty much all day. We drove through lovely scenery with hills, valleys, fields and forest. We also passed through a number of little villages. They were so picturesque! 

Helmsley is a market town in North Yorkshire. It is quite compact around the market square which I believe is the Mediaeval layout. It is a town with a long history right back to 3,000 BC and has seen Vikings, Normans and Romans! 

I didn't get many photographs due to the rain but I wanted to share a couple.

A couple of the shops around the market square. I bought some delicious chocolate cookies from the bakery to take home. I always take a little something home for my family after a trip out. They were so delicious! 

I wanted everything in the antique shop window! There was a beautiful Regency style desk which was incredible but also had an incredible price! 

Looking up the main street in Helmsley. Most of the shops were little one off boutiques. A little expensive for my tastes but interesting to look around! 

Helmsley church. I wanted to get closer to take more photographs but the ground was so muddy and slippery around it! 

This was a pub right opposite where we waited for the bus to pick us up. So cute with the greenery and flowers! 

This is the inside of the coffee shop where we had lunch. It was nice to get out of the rain as it was quite heavy at that point. It was really sweet and I loved the cushions and rooster in the window!   

I love sugar lumps! I did actually eat a proper lunch though! There was so much choice on the menu. I ended up with turkey and cranberry sandwiches and the ladies I ate with had Yorkshire ham and tuna. The meat was so lovely! The Yorkshire ham especially was so thick and delicious. Yes, we all shared sandwiches and had a couple of each kind! 

Right outside the coffee shop was a little stream. It was shallow but fast moving. It was a little deeper by the end of the day after a full day of rainfall.

Looking the other way down the stream. 

There were flowers all around the town! Almost every shop had flowers over the doors and windows or in big planters outside. They really brightened the place up even in the rain!