Last of the Summer Wine

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front of Homefirth Vineyard building

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

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

grapes vines at Holmfirth Vineyard

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

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

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

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!

Vintage Fair Fortnight

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detail of H is for Home's table display at the Todmorden vintage fair

A couple of weeks ago we blogged about our preparations for taking part in our first ever vintage fair. We put together a vintage fair check-list to make sure that we didn’t forget any of those essential bits & bobs.

You can download it here (it’s in PDF document) if you’re thinking about getting into doing craft/vintage fairs.

exterior of Victoria Hall, Saltaire

Two weekends ago, on a gorgeous, sunny Saturday, we had a stall at the Vintage Home & Fashion Fair in Victoria Hall, Saltaire.

H is for Home stall at the Vintage Home and Fashion Fair, Victoria Hall, Saltaire

Our good friend Duncan came along for moral support and to lend a hand.

Vanroe stall at the Vintage Home and Fashion Fair, Victoria Hall, Saltaire

It was lovely having the opportunity to meet customers & other vintage sellers face to face… something missing when you mainly sell online like we do.

smaller room at the Vintage Home and Fashion Fair, Victoria Hall, Saltaire smaller room at the Vintage Home and Fashion Fair, Victoria Hall, Saltaire

Last Saturday, we set up shop again, in our home town of Todmorden for the Treasure – Vintage Fair meets Handmade event.

exterior view of Todmorden Town Hall

Another gorgeous building hosted the event – this time it was Todmorden Town Hall.

vintage fair at Todmorden Town Hall

Beautiful inside too – look at that ceiling!

Justin setting up at the vintage fair at Todmorden Town Hall

Back to the setting up…

Adelle on the H is for Home stall at the vintage fair at Todmorden Town Hall

…there’s Adelle – ready to meet, greet and share in the vintage loveliness…

H is for Home stall at the vintage fair at Todmorden Town Hall

…and here’s a closer look at some of our wares!

We’ll be returning to the vintage fair scene in the autumn – hopefully see you there.

Vintage Fair Virgin

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H is for Home's vintage fair 'dry run' on our kitchen table

No, don’t worry, this isn’t some kind of weird x-rated blog post!

H is for Home's vintage fair 'dry run' on our kitchen table

We’ve been preparing for our vintage fair début for the past few weeks.

making felt letters for bunting for H is for Home's 1st vintage fair

We’ve made our felt bunting…

making felt letters for bunting for H is for Home's 1st vintage fair making felt letters for bunting for H is for Home's 1st vintage fair making felt letters for bunting for H is for Home's 1st vintage fair

…sewn some of our vast collection of vintage buttons onto card…

sewing vintage buttons on to card in preparation for H is for Home's 1st vintage fair

sewing vintage buttons on to card in preparation for H is for Home's 1st vintage fair sewing vintage buttons on to card in preparation for H is for Home's 1st vintage fair

…made our tags…

making tags for H is for Home's 1st vintage fair

…and have turned our spare bedroom into a vintage fair waiting room – packed to the gills with gathered goodies!

H is for Home's vintage stock packed up and waiting for our 1st vintage fair

If you’re in the area, we’ll be at:

and

(If you’re not on Facebook, you can see the info here)

Both events start at 9.30am – come down and see us – we’re sure they’ll both be great days out!

What a Show!

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Gordon Rigg Garden Centre floral display at the Todmorden show

Regular readers will know that we’re based in the Pennine market town of Todmorden, and today was the town’s annual agricultural show.

View of the Todmorden Show through the trees

It was held in the lovely setting of Centre Vale Park – surrounded by trees.

Incredible Edible display at the Todmorden Show

There was all manner of stuff to see – a funfair and brass bands playing in the bandstand.

food stalls at the Todmorden Agricultural Show

lots of local food produce – pies, preserves, meats, fruit, vegetables, honey and cheese…

Pextenement Cheese stall at the Todmorden Show

…and stalls selling outdoor wear & country attire…

outdoor clothing stall at the Todmorden Show

There was some great vintage farm machinery on display.

vintage tractor on display at the Todmorden Agricultural show

red vintage tractors on display at the Todmorden Agricultural Show

The stars of the show, of course, were the animals!

horses on display at the Todmorden Agricultural Show

horses on display at the Todmorden Agricultural Show

Some were being judged, some were racing…

ram on display at the Todmorden Agricultural Show

sheep on display at the Todmorden Agricultural Show

goats on display at the Todmorden Agricultural Show

…and some were there simply to be petted or appreciated for their beauty…

pigs on display at the Todmorden Agricultural Show

…horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, birds of prey and bees.

various birds of prey on display at the Todmorden Agricultural Show

bird of prey on display at the Todmorden Agricultural Show

There was a really good crowd – young & old.

bulls on parade at the Todmorden Agricultural Show

There were some dark clouds and drizzle  in the morning and a few worried looks, but it brightened up nicely.

bull on parade at the Todmorden Agricultural Show

It was a really enjoyable afternoon – thoroughly recommended if you’re in the area this time next year!

Growing our own

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flat leaf parsley and coriander growing on a windowsill

This year we decided to grow more of our own – and we’ve got no excuse, as Todmorden‘s the home of Incredible Edible.

strawberries growing in a vintage terracotta strawberry pot

We have a variety of crops to look forward to in the coming weeks.

homegrown beetroot in vintage enamel breadbinhomegrown peashoots grown in vintage metal bucket

Most of them are growing in containers as much of our garden is paved with stone cobbles. It also makes protecting them from the ubiquitous slugs & snails much easier.

tomato plants growing in a vintage mini greenhouse

We use lots of the old galvanised metal ‘dolly tubs’, buckets and bins.

courgette flowers in a vintage metal dolly tub

The plants seem to like it!

potato plants overflowing from a vintage metal dolly tub just outside the kitchen doorpink stems of rhubarb growing out of a vintage metal dolly tub

Potatoes, beetroot, carrots, tomatoes, rhubarb, strawberries, broccoli, courgettes, squash, peashoots, salad leaves, a variety of herbs – and yes, those are figs.

tiny fruits growing on a fig tree

There’s still a little room for some flowers.

lilac coloured osteospermum growing in a vintage metal bucket

pink lupins growing in a vintage dolly tubpink lupins growing in a vintage dolly tub

Perennials like the hostas, astilbes and lupins return each year like old friends. Although this year’s harsh winter saw a few losses.

purple lobelia growing in a vintage metal bucket

red geraniums just about ready to flower

To these we add a few annuals – osteospermums,  lobelia and the like.

hosta leaves

pink fox glove about to flower growing next to a giant ribbed terracotta urnyoung purple shoots of astilbe plants

We’ve enjoyed working in the garden this year. We don’t think self-sufficiency is here just yet – but hopefully we’ll reap some rewards!

Northern Lights

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Radiance lighting shop on Market Street in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

One of our favourite shops has moved.

strings of colourful bauble fairy lights in the window of Radiance lighting shop on Hebden Bridge

detail of handmade patchwork lampshade available at Radiance lighting shop in Hebden Bridge

Radiance, owned & run by Hannah Nunn re-opened in new premises at the weekend.

people at the 'shop-warming' of the new Radiance lighting shop in Hebden Bridge

We went to the ‘shop-warming’ on Saturday afternoon.

strings of colourful bauble fairy lights in the window of Radiance lighting shop in Hebden Bridge

She’s not moved far… about 200 yards in fact… but whether it’s 200 yards or 200 miles, moving a shop is a big job.

selection of items from various designer/makers available at Radiance lighting shop in Hebden Bridge

The new shop’s a bit closer to Hebden Bridge town centre – next door to Mooch café-bar on Market Street.

Exterior view of Radience lighting shop in Hebden Bridge next door to Mooch cafe

A few stone steps lead up to the enticing shop space – filled with her trademark handmade lighting…

Collection of Hannah Nunn's lamps at the 2009 Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at Spinningfields, Manchester

…along with a fabulous selection of household goodies by other designer/makers.

collection of hanging lampshades available at Radiance in Hebden Bridge

collection of items by various designer/makers available from Radiance lighting shop in Hebden Bridge

collection of items by various designer/makers available at Radiance lighting shop in Hebden Bridge

To the rear of the shop is an improved workspace for Hannah, with a wood-burning stove for chilly days.  She even has a loo and somewhere to make a cup of tea – something she had to cope without in the last shop!

Blossom Bill homewares available from Radiance in Hebden Bridge

fairy lights wrapped around willow and butterfly decorated pebbles

Detail of a colourful tissue paper bird, one of six along a string of fairy lights

For those of you unfamiliar with Hebden Bridge – and within reach – it’s well worth a visit. It’s one of our next-door neighbours town-wise, about 4 miles from Todmorden. It’s a pretty place, full of small independent shops and cafés – perfect for a day trip.

BLOG UPDATE: For more great pix and info about the new launch check out Hannah’s own blog!