Sunday, 1 August 2010

Hutton Le Hole

Diamond Quilt
Yesterday we had a trip out to meet my Mum in Helmsley on the edge of the North York Moors. We had coffee in one of the lovely tea shops and had a wander around the various small shops. Helmsley has a castle, a walled garden and a heated open air swimming pool too but we didn't visit them this time. Instead we drove on to Hutton Le Hole  which nestles in the National Park. Its a pretty little village with a stream running through and sheep roaming and grazing.

First we visited the Craft Workshops which include a wood turning and glass workshop, a chocolate shop. a candle maker and a watercolour artist. Most of the craftspeople offer to teach you their craft in one day or shorter classes. Martin quite fancied the wood turning and I found some wonderful glass buttons so would love to have a go at making those! Next it was onto the village hall for an art exhibition. There are some talented artists in the area and we bought some beautiful cards.

Lunch time! There was plenty of choice and we decided on the pub. After a hearty meal of Whitby Scampi we made our way next door to the Ryedale Folk Museum. It's a fascinating place with reconstucted buildings of the past filled with interesting objects. There were lots of children around with quiz sheets searching for clues. We had a great time exploring the buildings, admiring the gardens and saying hello to the animals. I can thoroughly recommend a visit!

I managed to find some quilted items at the museum too:
The diamond patterned quilt in the photo above was on child's bed was in the Manor House.There was no information on it's history. Also in the Manor House I tried a bit of weaving on a heddle loom set up for visitors:

In the Victorian Cottage were several quilted items. On this chair was a velvet cushion:

In the bedroom this simple strippy quilt hung on the airer:

Also in the cottage there were several rag rugs which had some very pretty patterns - here's one example:

After all that strolling we were ready for a cup of tea so we had to visit the Forge Tea Rooms then off we went again for a drive around Rosedale because I wanted to find some of the famous moorland crosses in the area. We found 'Ralph's Cross' and 'Fat Betty':
Ralph's Cross

Fat Betty

One final stop at the top of Chimney Bank - a very steep hill 1in 3!

View of Rosedale
Here's a slideshow of more photos of the day:

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  1. How wonderful to see your photos, when we last visited the area it was pouring with rain, we couldn't even get across the green in Hutton le Hole (being such lightweights!!)

  2. Fab photos - I can feel an outing coming on!

  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful day.

    Thanks for posting myChristmas Quiltalong button by the way.