Friday, 31 July 2009

Skipton and the Dales

On Fridays my other half 'Mr Photographer' doesn't go to work so today we took advantage of the good weather and headed off early for Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales. There's a market in Skipton 4 days a week, including Friday, so it's a popular place but we went down to the canal and found it quiet and peaceful in the sunshine. We had a lovely walk stopping to take lots of pictures of the castle and the canal barges.

Then we had to go for Mr Photographer's treat - breakfast at The Devonshire pub (Wetherspoons!) - delicious! After that a bit of retail therapy was needed in the market and the Fent Shop. Mr Photographer positively encouraged me to buy fabric! The Fent Shop sells remnants of beautiful furnishing fabrics for £5 per metre, dress fabrics, a small selection of quilting cottons and knitting wool. Today I bought some 'John Lewis' fabric in a lovely turquoise to make a footstool and a cushion to sit on top of a storage box in our living room. Uh oh! My to do list has grown again!

Next we drove on to Embsay to visit Embsay Crafts and a enjoyed a coffee break before taking the scenic route to Bolton Abbey over the hills. Driving along we spotted a Red Kite circling on the thermals and stopped to watch. Red Kites are becoming a pretty common sight now around here since they were re-introduced at Harewood several years ago. The are beautiful and very big close up. Today this one was just too far away to photograph.

Altogether a lovely day out. Here are a few photos :

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  1. Looks like you had a "grand day out". What did you buy at Embsay?

  2. Sad to say a daylight bulb and a packet of hand sewing needles! I am felling guilty about recent purchases on t'internet so was being restrained. I got some delicious quilting threads in the post from Barnyarns this morning.