Monday, 8 December 2014

The Train Ride




Hello again...i have been away some time haven't i?
I am sorry about that,some times life can get a little busy can't it? i promise not to be away so long next time and  i hope you are all well....

In my last post i told you about the day we went to the lighthouse in early in September.....well the very next day we were out on the open road driving through the countryside on a beautiful and hazy sunny day....


To an ancient market town called Pickering in North Yorkshire...we love Pickering and have visited many times,its a beautiful place to spend the day but we wouldn't be spending our day here today....


We bought a little  sweet tooth fix as we hurried through the town...


Crossing over the road to the train station....


Onto the platform....so pretty how it is all painted and dressed to look like long ago.....We bought our tickets and climbed aboard....


We found a cabin with a sliding door and made ourselves comfy.... 


Popped our picnic hamper up on the luggage rack......


Checked we had our tickets handy to be punched by the inspector...so cute how Beatrix had to have her own ticket...


Here she is waiting for our journey to begin.....



Choo choo as we  pulled out of the station,i love this part and get so excited :)....


Out into the light and countryside as we thundered along....CHOO!!! CHOO!!!!! the whistle blew! ahhh we were in heaven...

Past woods of broad leaved trees,Christmas tree woods,purple heather moorland,rivers,people gardening,pretty cottages,an old lady waving from her cottage garden,fields of cows and horses flicking their tails...It was like being in the railway children....




I filmed this from our cabin window,it was wonderful seeing the train winding before us and it is so romantic travelling by steam train,press play and click on  youtube to the bottom right to watch it larger,enjoy the journey x



We reached Grosmont station and alighted from the train,so fresh and pretty in turquoise and white....


Isn't it wonderful?...lots of benches to sit and watch the world go by....


We sat and looked at the pullman carriages...they have pretty lamps on the tables and you can book to have lunch aboard as you travel the countryside....do you see the house peeking behind?



This house......it was lovely and had the prettiest porch around the front door,roses in the garden and wisteria climbing the walls....


The benches were being painted and a few had been sat on! thankfully ours was dry and my picnic hamper matched beautifully....


We sneaked off and found a bench on a quieter part of the platform and had our picnic....


It wasn't long before our next train came into view.....

Lots of steam and chugg,chugging as it came to a halt.......


All aboard for Levisham station......



Levisham station had a beautiful cottage with roses growing round the windows....


A closer peek..i love the sash windows and porch don't you?......


The train travels to Goathland station too which was in the first Harry Potter film,the train we had boarded was an open carriage and this dapper gentleman in a cute hat kept peeking over Steve's shoulder and making eyes at Beatrix.....



We travelled right through to Whitby,after being in the countryside it was magical to see all the boats suddenly appear and Whitby abbey on the hill in the distance,you know the one from Bram Stokers Dracula....


You can see the abbey to the left on top of the hill....we didn't hang around after dark just incase...



After a lovely day it was time to go home....Choo! choo! chugg chugg chugg chugg....

we traveled home in a cabin with a lovely fun couple who were visiting from South Africa,they were here visiting their daughter,we  laughed so much with them and Sharon if you are reading,yes i thought it might have been your parents ;)


It was lovely to see all these pictures again writing this post,i hope you enjoyed our train journey...

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage? 

XxX

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Three go off to the lighthouse

 Up early and in the kitchen packing a picnic and skipping breakfast as we were getting ready for a day out,the weatherman had forecast light winds,sunshine and lovely temperatures for the day and the three of us would be off to the lighthouse.

After a lovely drive through the countryside we pulled into the car park and there she stood in all her glory,i love light houses and would love to live in one,take that big light bulb out of the top and i could have a sewing room with sea views....


Imagine that.....high in the air like a bird with nothing but your thoughts and a needle,it would be lovely to pop out for some fresh air and take a stroll around the top with a nice cup of tea...a few pots out there filled with flowers and a small wicker chair.....could be nice don't you think? :) ..


The light house doesn't have time for sewing rooms and romantic notions as she is too busy looking after all the boats that pass by this beautiful rocky coastline...


Lots of rocks and huge white cliffs that gleam in the September sun and lovely rolling grass hills that make you want to run with your arms high in the air singing 'the hills are alive'...ahhh the air is so fresh here.... 


 We stood gazing and chatting a while when Steve spotted something in the distance,do you see?


Closer...ahhh good chap the perfect spot for our picnic!


I was faffing around with Beatrix when all of a sudden she barked! i looked up and could just see Steve in the distance making off with the picnic basket...



Beatrix suggested we take a short cut through the long grass but what good is a bench with no picnic? 



By the time we arrived at the bench a little out of puff all was well and Steve was sat waiting admiring the view...


The sun was so bright that it bleached the landscape or is it seascape?
 The three of us sat watching the sea and listening to the gulls flying over head as the sun warmed our backs...


A little someone gets really excited when the picnic basket is opened and she likes to try a little of everything mum and dad are having..Such a happy little friend is Beatrix..



All the benches have dedications to loved ones who are no longer with us,we always say their name and thank them for our rest....


I raised my pink picnic glass full of sparkling water and thanked our lord for all this natural beauty,the sights and sounds and for my two loves sat next to me..


When i pray i never ask him for fancy cars and luxury holidays,i always ask to just be happy and he has given me Steve and Beatrix and popped me by the sea where he knew i would smile often and i am grateful every day....

Oh look i am rambling on and Beatrix is waiting for us to go exploring....I'm coming!


Off we toddled  along the meadow as the lighthouse who was getting smaller in size seemed to be keeping an eye on the three of us....


Still watching as we disappeared over a hill and onto the cliff tops...


It was so warm walking along that it could have been a summer's day in June....



The little soil track was terribly bumpy and we tripped and laughed a few times so my camera is a bit shaky as i didn't want to fall but i thought you might like to enjoy the day too..

Press play below to join us on the cliff top....


We stopped and talked to the girls for a while and caught our breath...


As we sauntered back to the car the lighthouse came into view or had she peeked over the hill the whole time?... 


Back at Shingle Cottage eight tired legs walked up the garden path and i turned the key in the door,lovely to be home after an adventure...


Beatrix headed straight for her spot on the back of dads couch...


I made a nice cup of tea in the kitchen and Steve took off his boots and said ahhhh lovely...


I picked up my tea tray and hurried through to the front room with a farmhouse cake and snuggled up on the couch and started chatting about the day and where we going tommorow...



I hope your all well and we will see you soon on the station platform....

Won't you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage...

XxX

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Early Summer In The Cottage Garden


Hello again,

I have heard the girls whispering here and there about Autumn and how it has arrived,well the early mornings are cooler but we are enjoying some lovely weather here in England at the moment and i for one am not ready to say goodbye to Summer just yet,i love these last weeks of flowers and warmth and sunshine....well what a Summer it has been.

It all started not long after we had worked hard for a few weekends in the cottage garden earlier in the year,you can read all about that here  Spring has sprung 

Beatrix has loved to sit at the garden table on her dads knee and look up this little path to see who comes and goes through the picket gate,we have spent a lot of time sat around it too,eating dinner and bowls of ice cream,quietly reading piles of magazines and books,chatting with friends,some times with a glass of wine under the stars with candles burning......


Some times watching  flowers blowing in the breeze and listening to honey bees buzzing here and there and hearing the waves crash on the shore,so lucky and so thankful for all that's around us....


The aquilegia or grannies bonnets as we call them arrived along with the lupins and foxgloves and  the cottage garden burst into colour....


The sun so high and bright and the foxgloves looked lit from within,i love foxgloves i think they are enchanting and so story book,I love all flowers,the old cottage ones are my favourites....


Lupins,foxgloves and delphiniums reaching for the sun as the three of us sat around the round table in amongst them and enjoying the warmth of the sun just as much as they seemed to be....



Roses in bud ready to perfume the air,snap dragons and daisies unfurling their petals in the heat of the day...


Delphiniums started to burst their buds and the borders in fresh greens started to become a little fuller.... 


Long Summer days with light nights and bright sunshine,
All kinds of little flowers burst their buds in the borders and the peonies put on quite the show.


Half way up the garden path is a little hollow that fills with water every time it rains or the hose pipe has been used and the birds love it!

Here is pigeon from my last post enjoying a long drink...


Then the baby blackbird who loves to bathe in it,the robins too....


The bird table has brought lots of pretty birds to the garden and while washing up i have watched the robins and sparrows feeding their young on the paths and have had the pleasure to watch them grow....



The goings on in the cottage garden have not gone unnoticed from high up on the roof.


All was well and green things were growing....


Beatrix loves to be outside in the cottage garden....


Outside the lavenders were stretching their buds skyward and all the other flowers peeked threw the picket fence to see...


The obelisks that Steve had built now covered with climbing roses covered in buds....


 I love watching the cottage garden from the kitchen sink as i wash the dishes....



Talking of dishes,I still have lots of new old china to show you next time we chat and we can look at the cottage garden in high Summer along with the sweetpeas which have flowered and flowered and are still going strong,they are blooming lovely!...


Well it's been lovely catching up with you,i hope all is well in your world,are you ready for Autumn or are you holding on to the last days of Summer like me?..

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from our Shingle cottage?

XxX