Empty Chairs: Pull up a Seat in Leeds.

Empty chairs are always so welcome on an action-packed, 36-hour city break. We recently visited the city of Leeds in Yorkshire. The main reason for the trip was to go to a performance of La Bohème by Opera North in the wonderful and traditional Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House. Read more…

Knaresborough: A Phantom Door cottage

Knaresborough: An Illusory Pink Door

All is not what it seems in Knaresborough….. I spotted this wonderfully vibrant door when I was heading to the market in the town square. I did laugh when I got close enough to photograph it:         Some things in Knaresborough are real…. …….like this view from Read more…

KNARESBOROUGH: Castle Yorkshire

KNARESBOROUGH: A 12th Century Castle

Knaresborough Castle Knaresborough Castle in Yorkshire stands high on a cliff above the River Nidd. The castle was first built by a Norman baron in c. 1100 on a cliff above the River Nidd. There is documentary evidence dating from 1130 referring to works carried out at the castle by Henry Read more…

Yorkshire Dales, Little white bus, Pennine way, public transport, Hawes to Hardraw

Smile on Saturday: The Little White Bus Stops Here.

Stop the bus! I want to get on! I chose this picture for this week’s Smile on Saturday as it encapsulates my memories of a couple of days spent in the Yorkshire Dales this summer: the signpost to the Pennine Way the footpath to the village of Hawes the blue skies Read more…

Crackpot village road sign Yorkshire Dales

Is there really a place called Crackpot? YES! There is!

Crackpot ! The Yorkshire Dales does have beautiful villages with wonderful names. And, no I haven’t made it up. It is in Swaledale. Here it is on the map:   It’s easy to find. You just follow the sign:   It’s a tiny village with a few cottages and some Read more…

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