Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Day Out

The winter has been so bad we've been going stir crazy. The sun on Sunday made us want a trip out so we set off and crossed the border into Yorkshire. 
An hour later we were here. 
Bolton Abbey

 I'd been past a long time ago but never actually stopped, and it was well worth the trip.
For anyone who doesn't know, it seems to be an outpost of the Chatsworth estate and is a Village based around the abbey and some ruins and a lot of  walking areas. 
It looked so mellow in the afternoon winter light.

You have to pay £7 to park but that allows you to park your car at any of the three car parks.

We stopped at The Cavendish pavilion for a snack. 

There were HUNDREDS of people and dogs there, but it didn't feel crowded. 

There are lots of places to walk , some don't allow dogs but others do.

The river runs through the woods and fields, its very pretty.

Gnarly roots.

Gnarly woman

 (When people get old they are deemed less beautiful to look at, but building become more romantic and beautiful with age. Just a sudden thought)

Around the edges of the Abbey are the ruined bits, some date back to the 12th century.

 Just in front of the Abbey are the 'stepping stones' across the river. Can you see them? 

 No we couldn't either! They were under the water and the sign said they'd been partly washed away.
Hetty didn't care.

  Some more views and inspiration.

 From Iron work

 to stone carvings

 and Victorian wall paintings

And some unexpected dogs!

 Hetty didn't see them, they were high up on the front of the Abbey.

 All around the estate there are plenty of tearooms and this was the path leading out from one of them. 

Pretty holly bushes and wallflowers for later blossoming.

 Around every corner a lovely scene.

 Happy day. It would have been perfect if Hetty was a better traveller. (Don't ask)

Back at home, Hetty's Hippo has his beady eye on a big white sack.

Its my new consignment from Wingham wools, all ready to make some lovely felt in my On line course.
I have a gorgeous array of colours and I can't wait to get it going.
I've got quite a goodly number of students but there's room for a few more!

Last weeks heart brooches were well received by the gallery. I have one or two left and I've listed some new ones in my etsy shop.
I just wanted to share this one. Its big. But don't you think it looks like a 'fishy' thing?

Here it is with its chums for scale.

I had a little note from 'Moo' to let me know there's a 25% off sale. I said I'd mention it. I absolutely love their beautiful business cards, greetings cards and mini cards. They are amazing quality, so if you need some nice business cards at a decent price, go to MOO.
You can have as many different pictures on the front as you like, uploaded from your own pictures, and they are a great way to get your work noticed.
I had these lovely greetings cards made from my own photographs last year.


Rachel said...

It sounds like a great day out. Good to see the sun after ages of just grey skies!

Terri said...

Interesting place. Thanks for taking us along.
Love your new makings. So pretty.

chocolatefrog said...

Yorkshire's glorious, isn't it?! Glad you enjoyed my backyard. You'll have to return in spring, walk through the woods to the Strid, awash with bluebells and primroses.

Heather said...

You made good use of that lovely afternoon. Beautiful photos - love the gnarly roots and that door - just the sort of place I love to visit. Good luck with the online course - it's sure to be a winner.

jinxxxygirl said...

Thanks so much for taking us along on your Day Out!! Lovely pictures.I could stare all day at those gnarly roots and that door!!
Love your hearts too. What you do is so unique! Thanks for brightening my day. Hugs! deb

WendyCarole said...

It's lovely thereisn't it? We paid our first visit last summer. We travelled by bus so I didn't have to pay anything :) And John bought the ice creams.

Terri Simon said...

Ahhhh--the pictures look lovely and I wish I could be there, instead of here in Michigan, enduring a way-below-freezing cold spell. I love the iron work on the door and the scene with the sheep. Picture perfect! Your heart brooch doesn't look fishy to me--it's beautiful. Thanks for sharing these pictures.

Susan Christensen said...

What an enjoyable vicarious ramble with you, Jackie! This was amazing. Love to Hetty,as well.
- sus

Robin Mac said...

Oh, I shall have to dig out my old photo albums - we visited there on a wonderful trip to the UK in 1990, I just adore Yorkshire. Love your new felt hearts too. Cheers

Jacqui Galloway said...

I love Bolton Abbey. Lovely photos.

sharon young said...

What a wonderful place, thanks for a lovely tour. Looks like you had a superb afternoon. Hetty looks as if she was enjoying herself, I sympathise with her, I'm not a good traveller either, OK in our van, I think it has something to do with over smooth suspension in cars.

FeltersJourney said...

Looks like a lovely place to visit! The gnarly trees and ruins glowing in golden sunlight are beautiful.. Oh and that door is spectacular!

The blue heart definitely has a watery quality.. maybe more mermaid-ish than fishy :)

Anne B said...

Lovely images - gnarled roots, sheep and wall-paintings are my favourites. Glad Hetty enjoyed herself.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Looks like you had a lovely day away (they're called 'sanity days' in this household). Poor Hetty...our Odin wasn't a happy traveler either. He always wanted to go but his tummy sure didn't.

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Anonymous said...

What a lovely day out! Sunny winter days are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Empathy coming your way - we had a (large) dog with a weak car-travelling stomach too.

Sarah said...

Nice to see the sun shinning! It's done nothing but rain in the New Forest for ever, or so it seems! I missed out on signing up for your fibre course. Hope you run it again!

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