A birthday week in Malham

Sheep in Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

We’ve just returned from Malham in the Yorkshire Dales – a little getaway to mark Adelle’s birthday!

Tennant Cottage, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

We stayed at Tennant Cottage, a traditional stone house which we found online.

Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

It has a wonderful location, right in the heart of the village, the bubbling beck flowing out front.

Dry stone walls, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

It’s only a short drive from our home in Todmorden to Malham (just over an hour); however, Malham is a magical little place, so you still feel like you’re having a holiday!

Adelle looking through a gap in a dry stone wall, Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

The high, upland moors of the Dales are very similar to our own Pennine moors, but at lower levels the area has a very unique appearance and feel.

Sheep paddocks, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

The pale limestone rock plays a major part. In fact, it has the classic limestone scenery taught in geography & geology lessons in classrooms worldwide. Justin came here on school field trips in his youth – now an old man, he returned to sit on rocks where he had his packed lunch 40 years ago!

Justin in front of Gordale Scar, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

There are lots of craggy outcrops, cliffs, gorges, pavements, streams and caverns – and the famous dry stone walls and farm buildings are all constructed from this local rock.

Solitary tree, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

It’s very pretty in the summer; however, the winter months can be stunning too – it has a stark beauty.

Footpath, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

We enjoyed our many walks with Fudge, especially when the sun shone. There were lots of tempting paths that drew us through the glorious countryside.

Tree beside Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

Weather-wise, we had three nice sunny days and three ‘challenging’ ones. The scenery was still dramatic on the harsh days, but driving wind & rain isn’t great for taking it all in. You find yourselves hood ups, heads down, looking at your walking boots!

Adelle braving the wind, Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

Still, it was late November, so a mixed bag has to be expected.

Limestone pavement, Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

Back in the village, we had a choice of places to relax. Our cottage was warm & cosy so that was one option. We also had a choice of pubs and cafés on the doorstep.

Looking through the window of Tennant Cottage, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

And when we say on the doorstep, we really mean it. You could actually see most of them from the house – and a tempting sight they were too!

Bridge in the evening, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

There are a couple of good pubs – The Buck Inn and the Lister Arms Hotel. We frequented The Lister Arms in particular – we loved its country style and traditional feel.

The Lister Arms Hotel, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

It had a great fire too, where a fair few refreshing pints were supped!

A pint of bitter in front of the fire in the Lister Arms Hotel bar, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

There’s also Beck Hall with it’s lovely wood panelled snug – that’s a must for your Malham shortlist. In addition to its snug and garden room, it has some outside seating areas alongside the river which will no doubt be glorious in the summer.

The lounge in Beck Hall, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

Everywhere seemed to be dog friendly which made life much easier for us.

Justin and Fudge on a bridge over Malham Beck, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

Despite his advancing years, Fudge was really in his element and loved the long walks.

Fudge drinking from Malham Beck | H is for Home

It’s perfect dog walking territory actually – paths, picnic spots and places to get drinks on the move.

Adelle and Fudge at Janet's Foss, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

In addition to the outdoor activity, he was equally fond of all the attention he got – not only from us, but fellow walkers, pub-goers, business owners and staff.

Ribblehead Viaduct on a wet, wintery day, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

We could happily spend the days in and around the village, but we took a drive through the Dales midway through our stay, getting as far as Hawes in the north of the area. There are endless country lanes, villages and valleys to explore. We’ve always loved the Ribblehead Viaduct when we’ve seen it on photos – what a joy it was when it came into view on our little jaunt out.

Adelle with Malham Cove in the background, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a special place – Adelle will always remember this birthday in beautiful Malham.

Birthday break

Taking a birthday break from baking

Thursday is usually our Cakes & Bakes blog post slot, but today I’m having a birthday break from baking. The last year of my forties began today, so I’ve been celebrating by putting my feet up in front of the fire and have been doing as little as possible.

Tonight, I’m being treated to a meal out at a little local restaurant that we’ve not tried before. Tomorrow, it’s back to the normal routine.

Home Tones: Hibiscus

Hibiscus pink games roomcredit

Last week, in our Home Tones post, we discovered that my birthday colour is Dry Rose. This week, it’s only fair to talk about Justin’s birthday colour – Hibiscus – which is your colour if you were born on 14th April. If you weren’t born on this day, you can find out what your own colour is in Michele Bernhardt’s book, Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says About You.

Those born on Justin’s birthday are supposed to be, “Determined | Persuasive | Sparkly”. It continues…

Swatch of Pantone's 'Hibiscus'You have a sparkly personality and the room lights up when you are in it. It is important for you to express your ideas with flair and gusto. Staying within the status quo and being average is not for you. Remain detached in regard to material ambitions and you will find that money and financial gain will come more readily to you. Your personal color gives you the staying power to follow through to completion. Wearing, meditating or surrounding yourself with Hibiscus helps you to listen better while improving your timing.

Dressing room with chair upholstered in hibiscus pink fabriccredit

Hibiscus pink, black & white bathroomcredit

Hibiscus pink decorated twin bedroomcredit

Sitting room decorated in hibiscus pink and white with turquoise upholstered armchairscredit

White bathroom with hibiscus pink painted feature wallcredit

White painted four poster bed with hibiscus pink headboard, cushions and blanketcredit

Glossy hibiscus pink and white fitted kitchen cabinetscredit

Home Tones: Dry Rose

Loft apartment with Dry Rose recesses and armchairscredit

I’ve just discovered something called, ‘Colorstrology’. It’s like astrology… but instead of it being your star sign, it’s your colour. You can read all about it in Michele Bernhardt’s book, Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says About You. Apparently, if you’re born on my birthday – November 24th – your colour is Pantone’s ‘Dry Rose’. You’re also meant to be, “Profound | Exotic | Committed”. It goes on to describe me further…

Pantone 'Dry Rose' colour swatchYou have a giving nature and at times you may feel like you are not appreciated. Try to remember that you are loved and that not everyone knows how to or has the capacity to go the distance the way you do. You are highly creative and understanding. Many people will come to you for support. Your personal color protects your energy. Wearing, meditating or surrounding yourself with Dry Rose supports the compassionate side of you, but doesn’t allow responsibilities to run you down.

I don’t know if I believe in Colorstrology… any more than I believe in horoscopes. Although the favourite colour of a Sagittarian is meant to be purple, we love to travel and we sometimes speak before we think – all correct facts about me!

My favourite shade of purple is violet, but this Dry Rose has grown on me whilst writing this post. I’ve chosen images below of a few homes where the colour’s been used very successfully.

Bathroom sink console with dry rose coloured towelscredit

Wall stencilled in Dry Rose shades of pinkcredit

Purple painted house exteriorcredit

Modern kitchen with purple painted walls and matching Kitchenaid food processorcredit

Corridor with purple painted feature wallcredit

Bedroom with purple painted wallscredit

Modern kitchen with Dry Rose painted splash backscredit

We’re Nine!

Scrabble nine

H is for Home is nine years old today – doesn’t time fly? We buy, we sell, we blog – the months and years drift by. Having said that, it does seem a long time ago that we gathered in our little home office and pressed the button for our first ever post to go live.

It’s been a very enjoyable journey since that day. A sincere thanks to all our shop customers and blog readers & commenters, our Twitter and Pinterest followers – for all the likes on Facebook and competition entrants – there’d be no H is for Home birthdays without all of you!

To mark the occasion we’re having a blog redesign – it’s almost done – let us know what you think.