Keelham Farm Shop

Keelham Farm Shop entrance

We had a lovely drive over to Skipton today to visit Keelham Farm Shop.

Keelham Farm Shop in Skipton

We saw the shop on television at the weekend on the Countryfile programme. We were really taken with the Huddersfield-produced halloumi that was featured.

Keelham Farm Shop floor, Skipton

So we decided to go buy some of that – and see what else was on offer. We filled a trolley with all manner of deliciousness!

Coffee shop upstairs in Keelham Farm Shop, Skipton

There’s also a large ground floor restaurant and mezzanine café with a vintage industrial vibe – now bedecked in its Christmas decorations.

Adelle in the Keelham Farm Shop coffee shop

We found a Hygge-friendly corner! Adelle had a cute little penguin to keep her company while relaxing with a cup of coffee and slice of carrot cake.

Stairway looking down on to the shop floor of Keelham Farm Shop, Skipton

We bought quite a selection of (mainly) Yorkshire produced food & drink… including two types of the Halloumi (or Haloum! – as they call it). A mint variety and a fiery chilli. Justin bought himself a pork pie – he always judges and establishment by its pork pies. To be honest, he bought four different kinds of pie! As well as bread, cheeses, soups, ales, biscuits and puddings.

Selection of (mainly) Yorkshire produced food & drink | H is for Home

We’ve been sampling items for both lunch and dinner – they’ve all got top marks so far! We’ll be making a return trip very soon as we really like Skipton anyway – and this shop is just one more good reason to go.

A Yorkshire Post!

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Ribblehead ViaductRibblehead Viaduct | Image credit: Andrew

In association with Yorkshire Water, we’ll be extolling the virtues of the fabulous county where we live & work in this post.

Malham Cove in the Yorkshire DalesMalham Cove, Yorkshire Dales | Image credit: Alison Christine

The diversity of the landscape is amazing – beautiful farmland scenery, rugged mountains & moors, pretty woodland, meandering rivers & dramatic sea coasts – it has it all.

Flamborough Head LighthouseFlamborough Head Lighthouse | Image credit: Mike Elleray

The county has three national parks either wholly or partially within its borders, which is quite something. This stunning scenery was a major factor in Yorkshire being chosen for the Grand Départ for this year”s Tour de France. The enthusiasm of the population & amazing spectator numbers would follow later.

Dry stone wall in MalhamDry stone wall, Malham | Image credit: Paul Stephenson

The man-made additions can make a wonderful impact on the landscape – just look at the stunning Ribblehead Viaduct which we featured as our main photo – or the classic dry stone walls which snake for thousands of miles across the countryside.

view over Scarborough taken from the castleview over Scarborough from the castle | Image credit: Dave Kilroy

There’s amazing architecture both old & new – from ancient castles like the coastal fortress at Scarborough to spectacular abbeys like Rievaulx, Bolton & Fountains. Stately homes like Castle Howard – through to classic Georgian market towns & spas such as Richmond & Harrogate.

Workers' houses in SaltaireWorkers’ houses, Saltaire | Image credit: Tim Green

Victorian mill buildings & civic splendour of the 19th century – Saltaire immediately springs to mind!

Salt's Mill in SaltaireSalt’s Mill, Saltaire | Image credit: Tim Green

Relative to size, the number of listed buildings in industrial towns like Halifax & Huddersfield is amazing.

Twins l and ll by Jaume Plensa at Yorkshire Sculpture ParkTwins l and ll by Jaume Plensa, Yorkshire Sculpture Park | Image credit: Bryan Ledgard

Then right into the 21st century with places like Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Even the humble car park can grab your attention. This is the Charles Street car park in Sheffield, christened ‘the cheese grater’ by the locals (it’s been voted the 3rd coolest in the world don”t you know!).

Charles Street Car Park in Sheffield also known as the Cheese GraterCharles Street Car Park, Sheffield | Image credit: Duncan Harris

We have a choice of cities such as York, Leeds & Sheffield for a metropolitan buzz and shopping trips.

An extensive canal network, originally built to transport goods in the 18th & 19th century, criss-crosses the county. It now provides the perfect opportunity for boating holidays & tow path walks.

Five Rise Locks in BingleyFive Rise Locks, Bingley | Image credit: Allan Harris

It’s hard to pick favourite places when there’s so much on offer. Everyone who lives here or holidays in the area will have their own ideas.

Whitby Abbey at sunsetWhitby Abbey | Image credit: James Whitesmith

We love the Yorkshire Dales and the coast around Whitby. Malham is a great place to visit – with it’s stunning limestone scenery of streams, springs, caverns, gorges, clints & grykes – it’s a real life geography text book!

Winskill Stones in the Yorkshire DalesWinskill Stones, Yorkshire Dales | Image credit: Alison Christine

…and just mentioning Whitby makes us dream wistfully about a trip over there.

It’s a lovely drive from here – through Helmsley & Pickering, across the North York Moors – stopping for a sandwich & a cuppa at the Hole of Horcum – then dropping down through Sleights and into picturesque Whitby.

Whitby Harbour with the abbey on the hill in the distanceWhitby Harbour | Image credit: Matthew Hartley

We’d probably stay at the Old Dispensary. No doubt, there’d be walks on the beach or coastal path to Staithes or Robin Hood’s Bay. A mooch around the town maybe, fish & chips on the harbour at sunset. Perhaps a few drinks in the Black Horse pub – and a lazy breakfast with the newspapers the morning after.  Bliss – the perfect weekend away.

Staithes Harbour looking out to seaStaithes Harbour looking out to sea | Image credit: PauliCarmody

We really enjoy a drive out somewhere – a day wandering around the local sights & shops – stopping for a coffee. We’re spoilt for choice really – places like Ripon, Ilkley, Harrogate, Skipton and Richmond all within reach. It brings to mind another favourite little trip – with flask of tea made, take the lovely drive over the moors through Oxenhope to Addingham (where you can pick up a snack for lunchtime if you  haven’t brought a packed lunch. Spend a couple of hours by the river at Bolton Abbey, then onto Ilkley or Skipton for the afternoon. Each has its own attractions depending on what you fancy that day – auction house, antiques centre, shops, park, boat trip on the canal, medieval castle, Betty’s Tea Rooms!

Stepping stones across the river at Bolton AbbeyStepping stones across the river at Bolton Abbey | Image credit: linearclassifier

And then there’s home of course – we can’t write a post about Yorkshire without highlighting our own little corner of the county. We live & work in the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire. We know the neighbouring towns of Todmorden & Hebden Bridge particularly well having lived in both.

Todmorden stone on entering the townTodmorden stone on entering the town centre

It’s Todmorden at the moment and we’re very happy here. It’s actually very easy to shop & socialise in both which is ideal. Two for the price of one! A ten minute drive or train hop between the two – or an hour’s walk along a lovely stretch of that canal we mentioned earlier – the perfect distance for a stroll with a well-deserved pub lunch at the other end!

Rochdale Canal at Hebden BridgeRochdale Canal at Hebden Bridge | Image credit: Phil King

There’s a lot going on here for relatively small towns. Interesting independent shops, markets, art galleries, restaurants & bars. Each town has a  lovely, big park where they stage a wide variety of events. There are agricultural shows, vintage car rallies, beer & music festivals and spectacular fire work displays.

View of Hebden BridgeHebden Bridge | Image credit: Tim Green

We have beautiful countryside on our doorstep where we spend many hours walking with our dog Fudge. The folk are friendly & helpful and there’s a strong will to give things a go – whether it be a new business or social endeavour. Just take Incredible Edible as the perfect example – a wonderful organisation aiming to provide access to good local food for all.

view overlooking TodmordenView of Todmorden nestled in the Calder valley

So, that’s our Yorkshire. In addition to sharing lots of lovely images, this post gives us the opportunity to highlight the importance of Yorkshire Water in all this.  It’s actually one of the county’s largest landowners and has given access to thousands of acres of their land for everyone to enjoy. Their Blueprint for Yorkshire details their achievements to date & plans for the next 25 years. Their work is essential, from providing our drinking water, to reducing flooding to protecting wildlife and the natural environment. Their activities affect residents & visitors alike and are vital for the well-being of this county.


Last of the Summer Wine

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front of Homefirth Vineyard building | H is for Home

I’ve never been a fan of the television series, “Last of the Summer Wine”, I’ve never seen a single episode, but I do know that it was filmed (until its demise last year) in the nearby town of Holmfirth.

View of the Holmfirth Vineyard restaurant & sun terrace | H is for Home

What I didn’t know however, is that there’s AN ACTUAL VINEYARD in Holmfirth! In Yorkshire! Who’d have thought it was possible?!

Grape vines at Holmfirth Vineyard | H is for Home

Holmfirth Vineyard was founded in 2007 – it had previously been a sheep farm, something much more typical of the area.

Bar area in the restaurant at Holmfirth Vineyard | H is for Home

I visited for the first time two days ago with my friend Duncan. He took me there for a spot of lunch (and perhaps a glass of wine) in their lovely, light-filled restaurant. The food was lovely – I had a pear & stilton tart with salad and sweet potato chips; Duncan had their Swiss cheese & bacon burger with fat chips – both homemade. Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos of the food when it arrived, but trust me, it was delicious!

Duncan enjoying the sun on the terrace of the Holmfirth Vineyard restaurant | H is for Home

West Yorkshire was (and still is!) having an early spring heatwave – just look at that sky! – so we decided to finish with coffee & cake on their terrace overlooking the grapevines. The panoramic view was stunning!

slices of cheesecake & cups of coffee on the terrace of the Holmfirth Vineyard restaurant | H is for Home

We both plumped for their New York style cheesecake – divine! I had a great afternoon, I’d really love to visit again – next time taking in the tour and wine tasting too – hopefully it was the first, and not the last, of the summer wine!

Lakeland Break

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Loughrigg Tarn, Langdale, Lake District | H is for Home

In last week’s Wednesday Wish post, we mentioned a recent trip we took to the Lake District.

wood & rope swings hanging from an oak tree, Chapel Style, Little Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria

We thought we’d just share a few snaps of our short stay – perhaps for any fellow Lake District lovers who haven’t been for a while (and are in need a quick ‘virtual visit’)… or maybe for anyone who’s always fancied going and need just a little further tempting.

a single tent pitched in Baysbrown Farm, Chapel Style, Little Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria

How about this for a view to wake up to?

For all you campers out there – this photo was taken at the Baysbrown Farm campsite in the Great Langdale valley.

trees with beautiful autumn leaves in the churchyard, Ambleside, Lake District, Cumbria

The stunning, seasonal colours had started to emerge…

Chapel and roofs in the mist, Chapel Style, Little Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria

…and we had a couple of those glorious autumn days with morning mists giving way to bright sunshine.

close up view of moss, Little Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria close up view of a spider's web on a stone wall, Little Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria

Around every corner you find beauty – whether on a small or large scale.

road dry stone wall and farm gate, Chapel Style, Little Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria

We have some very nice walking country of our own here in Yorkshire where we live…

Loughrigg Tarn, Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria

…however, Lakeland really takes some beating!

All’s well in Wells!

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Colourful beach huts on the beach between Wells-next-the-Sea and Holkham | H is for Home

We’ve just returned from a holiday in North Norfolk…

boats in the harbour at high tide, Wells-next-the-Sea

Wells-next-the-Sea to be precise.

crabpots stacked up in the harbour, Wells-next-the-Sea

A lovely coastal town with a busy working harbour, shops and fantastic sandy beach.

house sign on the Sailmakers Barn, Wells-next-the-Sea

We stayed at Sailmakers Barn – a wonderful cottage, full of character, very comfortable and only a few minutes’ walk from the town centre & quayside.

exterior view of Sailmakers Barn, Wells-next-the-Sea lounge of Sailmakers Barn, Wells-next-the-Sea

bedroom of Sailmakers Barn, Wells-next-the-Sea view out of master bedroom of Sailmakers Barn, Wells-next-the-Sea

Around the corner from the cottage was The Buttlands, an impressive Georgian square fringed by mature lime trees…

view of Buttlands, Wells-next-the-Sea

…with gorgeous buildings and dog-friendly pubs at either end!

exterior of the Globe, Buttlands, Wells-next-the-Sea exterior of the Crown, Buttlands, Wells-next-the-Sea

As you can see from our photos, we had lots of blue skies…

boats in the harbour, Wells-next-the-Sea

…so spent long days walking, soaking up the sun, picnicking and shopping.

view of the grannery in the harbour at sunset, Wells-next-the-Sea

We watched beautiful sunsets, picked strawberries, beach combed and spotted the local wildlife.

boats in the harbour at low tide, Wells-next-the-Sea

We did a lot of al fresco dining – breakfast on our balcony, fish & chips by the quayside, barbecues and relaxed pub lunches.

colourful beach huts on the beach between Wells-next-the-Sea and Holkham

In addition to Wells, we visited some of the surrounding towns and coastal villages including Blakeney, Cley and Holt. We only scratched the surface – there are lots more places to see, but we’ll just have to save them for our next trip.

heart in the sand made from shells on the beach between Wells-next-the-Sea and Holkham

It was our first time in the area, but it definitely won’t be the last… we really fell in love with Norfolk!

Campervan Collecting

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vintage yellow and orange Primus stove

We picked up this fabulous vintage camping stove last week.

vintage yellow and orange Primus stove

It was produced by Primus of Sweden in the 1960s/70s.

vintage yellow and orange Primus stove

It’s a great colour and design, folding up to form a handy carry case.

We mentioned in our recent Bookmarks review of My Cool Campervan that we’re hoping to get our own campervan sometime in the not too distant future.

vintage orange enamel kettle and green patterned melamine plates

We’ve actually started doing some campervan collecting… starting a campervan ‘bottom drawer’ – or ‘hope chest’ – to our American, Canadian and New Zealand readers.

The stove’s now been added to it.

vintage orange enamel kettle

It contains all kinds of stuff – well designed, cheerfully decorated and unbreakable (or at least exceedingly robust).

vintage white enamel kettle

We’ve got kettles and teapots…

vintage enamel kettle, coffee pot and teapot

…and lots of melamine plates & bowls.

vintage green patterned Tefal melamine plates

detail from vintage green patterned melamine plate

There are drinking vessels in all sizes & shapes.

collection of vintage melamine cups

We reckon there’ll be lots of tea drinking…

collection of vintage pottery mugs

…and with all that tea we’ll obviously be eating lots of cake.

vintage three tier cake tin

…and when we run out of cake we’ll have to resort to mere bread!

vintage orange painted metal bread bin

We’ve got lots of cosy blankets for when it’s a bit chilly…

collection of vintage blankets and throws

…and deck chairs for when its sunny.

collection of colourful vintage garden and camping chairs

Will there be any space left in the campervan for us?