Fred Aldous has been a Manchester institution since 1886, but it took until last year for them to open another store, this time in Leeds. Visiting the Manchester store is like Willy Wonkas Chocolate Factory but for art and craft supplies, and their website has so much, you won’t know where to start! So when I was visiting my parents last week, I just had to see how the new Leeds shop measured up, and I wasn’t disappointed. Read more
Last week I spent a few days up at my parents place in Yorkshire. It was also a bit of a working holiday, as I was to booked to do a workshop at my Mums church and to sell some of my jewellery. But I did get out and about, eat some nice food and relax a little!
On Sunday, we visited the gorgeous village of Haworth, most famous for being the home to the Bronte sisters. The main street is long, steep and cobbled, full of tearooms, gift shops and restaurants. I can especially recommend a visit to Rose & Co apothecary; a wonderland of glass counters, tubs of bath salt and the most beautifully packaged goods you are every likely to see! The views across to the surrounding moorland is spectacular. You don’t have to be a Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre fan to appreciate the charms of Haworth. Read more
Wander around RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr, near Harrogate in Yorkshire
Pretty flowers, craft and afternoon tea.
I am not the most green-fingered of people. My Dad has even been known to remove house plants from my possession for their safety! But I love being out in gardens and taking photographs of the plants and flowers. Nature has always been a big inspiration in my creative life and I would always choose going for a walk in the country over going to the gym. So when I was visiting my parents in Yorkshire, we went Harlow Carr, an RHS garden near Harrogate. Read more