Leeds and Yorkshire
Today has been just lovely. Gorgeous weather and a sense that everything is sorted and in its proper place. Wonderful feeling! First thing, I got flowers! Really stunning, long stemmed and a colour that is pure summer. And while X was out for a haircut, I finished my book club book for tomorrow. From the … Continue reading 3 Good Things – Blissful Day
A few weeks ago, we got a new (for us, not new new) car. It’s so not-uncomfortable! And has AC and the seats don’t actively try to harm us! Huzzah! It’s very exciting. Obviously, we got CD’s to mark the occasion. So immediately, we decided to go on an adventure. Last year (or two years … Continue reading HOME TOURIST – Bempton cliffs
Before we left Whitby, I picked up a tiny jigsaw for X as a momento. A Wentworth wooden puzzle, to be precise. It’s very cute. Each piece (again – I’m a sucker for shaped pieces) is unique but with a particularly nautical theme, as you might expect from a coastal town.
Yesterday – not today – was the perfect day to take a walk.
Not joking. In the middle of the wall of the bedroom in the guest apartment we were staying at in Whitby was a round, weird plug socket. I asked the Irish friends group who suggested a special hoover part perhaps? Or a form of a unique light fitting? Then one of them said ‘kinky’ and … Continue reading RANDOM – Seeking socket information.
Yesterday had all the hallmarks of being a bit of a dud, actually. We both of us felt full of head cold and utterly exhausted, in that way that only emerges after a few days of complete relaxation. If we’d been in Wales, we’d have stayed in and started a jigsaw. Unfortunately, the weather was … Continue reading Weekend Away Day 3
Yesterday was a leeetle bit chillier than we had hoped, so we stayed local in the morning. It was also my S-I-L’s birthday so got some great family chats going throughout the day! And then we visited the sea!!! I did not get in because it’s like 6° but just being in its vicinity is … Continue reading Weekend Away Day 2
My honey is back! Hooray! Naturally (!), our first thought was to get away… I jest of course, but it’s been a very long 8 months and I’m still pretty cautious about the whole opening up thing, so we agreed that a weekend in the Moors would be just the thing. We’d a late start … Continue reading Weekend Away – Day 1
We’re having adventures again! But I guess I need to live them before I can blog them!!!
Went for a wander today. Through granary wharf. From city centre to kirkstall Artsey 1 Artsey 2 Artsey 3 I know I’m not a great photographer but it brings me such joy just to try. You know?
For the first time in 7 months, I’ve spent a week with my hunny. Obviously, we haven’t been able to go out, so instead we’ve been getting to know each other again by returning to our ‘before times’ routines.
The housemates decided to let off a bit of steam last night so it was 80’s hits till 3am and laughter till later. Despite that, I woke up relatively early and very cheerful. I know – no logic to it!
Went for a walk along the river yesterday evening.
1. It’s Friday. 2. I sorted the front garden just in time for summer. 3. I worked super hard. 4. Just cheating now – I read with a friend. 5. Proper brag – And I sang along to some old favourites. Included were: Miley Cyrus Stevie Nicks Prefab Sprout Taylor Swift Hozier Dolores Keane MILCK
Received a top tip from t’Elf last night. Forest, Field & Sky: Art out of Nature on BBC iPlayer – it’s only up another ten days so if you fancy it, do check it out soon! Originally released in 2016, I’m so very glad that it was made available again. Dr James Fox takes a … Continue reading #NowWatching – Forrest, Field and Sky
2020. The year that keeps on giving. Two weeks ago, I could have planned something. Now, you absolute shower of shites, it’s madness. Facilitated by the worst govt in living memory.
Went for a walk yesterday (shocker), visited the Abbey (stunned into silence now) and the nature reserve…via the canal (practically swooning at this point, right?). The salmon bridge is complete. The access bridge removed and hopefully the last of the work remnants will be removed shortly. The abbey will soon be returned to her ruined … Continue reading Little wander
Today has been a day of doing those boring jobs that don’t actually take up much time but that you put off forever. Like tax and paperwork and moving nonsense from one place to another. It’s not vital. But it does come with a sense of satisfaction. And I got my walk in. Which was … Continue reading Sorting
As of Monday, Leeds will be in Tier 3. Another patch of the north turned red. 😔 From the Leeds City council email: Latest updates to Leeds restrictions The government has announced that from Monday 2 November, Leeds will move into the ‘very high’ COVID alert level (tier 3), with the latest seven day COVID-19 rate … Continue reading Snakes and Ladders
Two sundays ago (possibly three but what is time anymore?), the BookElfLeeds and I went on one of our customary walking adventures. It’s been quite a while since we were able to tackle a proper distance. And it’s been a very certain amount of time since we had an adventure, just the two of us. … Continue reading HOME TOURIST – We’re Back Baby! Or Ilkley Moor with t’Elf
This week, I headed out for a stroll in the city centre. My walk across the bridge and past the Royal Armouries was masked, hurried and distracted. However, I relaxed once I hit open spaces. On previous walks, I don’t think we went further than the sun dial a little further up the footpath. So … Continue reading Walking to Thwaite Watermill
Leeds is a city that loves to shine. For the past 16 years, for two nights in October – just as the long dark settles upon us – Leeds has celebrated Art in the Dark.
We were up with the proverbial lark on the final morning of our holiday (well, we still have the weekend…but weekends after a fortnight holiday are very much back in the Real World Timeline vibe. So don’t count. Much.) as we had to vacate by 9am. An hour that I don’t actually think reasonable people … Continue reading Back to Leeds via Chester then HOME
I love this county.
AKA back on the cultural trail with @BookElfLeeds!!!
And everything feels a little bit better. Well…looks better anyway!
As I walked into work
Well, the Abbey is struggling with the rainfall, but doing its best.
The weather doesn’t know what it wants to do at the moment.
Yesterday, X and I visited the famous Betty’s Tearooms in Harrogate.
This week I took a stroll down the Leeds Liverpool canal and – for a change – decided not to focus on twitter, the guardian or wizards unite.
As I walked in…
1. Pretty flowers!!! 🥰🥰🥰 Unexpected and such a lovely cheery hug to arrive in the post! Thank you X – the weekend looks more colourful already! 2. Care Package But wait…there’s more! My parents sent me a hug via the post too! Pj’s, slippers (not pictured as on feet), a top and a cookery book. … Continue reading 3 Good Things – Photo Day
From D’elle re Brigid’s traditions ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍
Ok – I know that it’s a little late in the day, but I’ve got a little job for you. Grab a hanky or a scarf and your coat, because my mother just sent me this image: And followed it up with Information: Hannah your Cork grandmother always left out a clean piece of white … Continue reading A Brigid Eve Tradition
Although it’s been years since I had faith, I never take my decorations down until today – the official end of Christmas.
Happy Solstice, to those who celebrate it. Enjoy the returning of the light one and all. Newgrange was built 500 years before the Pyramids in Egypt and more than 1,000 years before Stonehenge. When conditions are right on the solstice, a narrow beam of light penetrates the roof-box above the entrance to the passage at … Continue reading It’s Winter Solstice
Annie Mac: I felt an ache. I was homesick for Ireland — Read on http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/annie-mac-i-felt-an-ache-i-was-homesick-for-ireland-1.4440525 A very touching piece on the places we call home and the very real way those places call us back. Here the song that is referenced throughout (No violins in this version) My Lagan Love – Hozier
As an ‘old girl’ (😭) of the SHS (Sacred Heart School), I’m very proud to see them engaged in such a great cause! Presented without comment. Though I have SO MANY. Schools in Offaly came together to produce a lip-sync video and post it to their school’s social media account the week starting Dec 14th … Continue reading My School Did A Lip Sync with all the other schools in town…
It seems like the Shine A Light project has really been embraced! There’s a train run window that’s just gorgeous! It’s like a professional ship display! (The scene in situ) And the smaller humans are raising the bar! The 4th, 5th and 6th class of Geashill’s National School have contributed Shine the Light pictures, which … Continue reading Quick Update – Shine a light on Geashill
You know how I’m oddly competitive about things that can’t be won? Like tweeting ‘my book clubbers are better than yours’ at every opportunity? Thing is, it’s objectively true…from my perspective…but therefore somewhat hard to prove. Well…my friends are AMAZING and I’m not going to even make it a competition because.. well…you’ll see. During the … Continue reading Advent Calendar Extraordinaire!
Even today did have some moment of pure light and joy. My niece turned 3 today. So my brother facetimed us to watch her open her presents and share her birthday cake with her brother. You might remember I sent her a book, illustrating What A Wonderful World. So tonight seems the perfect time to … Continue reading On the other hand…
He didn’t send this for the blog, Luke, he just sent it to me. But I LOVES it!!!
I already have today’s pick of the day. This is a sublime version of a gorgeous song – I think Scottish in origin.
On our recent trip back home, X and I visited the National Gallery for the annual JM Turner exhibition.
A few people yesterday mentioned that they had never heard of the Battle of Geashill.
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