Hello Harlow Carr

Hello it’s been another glorious week and yes we have a NEW NAME – what do you think?  Underneath I’m still all about ‘OUR STYLE of LOVE’ and it’s been a wonderful part of my journey but felt LIFESTYLE | YORKSHIRE was more the direction of the future and the name is a little more ‘does what it says on the tin’.


Throughout Summer, I was aware of so many people visiting RHS Harlow Carr… even my daughter went twice and without me!  I was told it was awash with Summer flowers and would be an amazing place to go take photos let alone be such an enjoyment.  Still I just never got there; summer passed…

One day last week, quite unexpectedly, having gone to meet my sister for another purpose, she said “do you fancy Harlow Carr?” and so with my two nephews in tow, we went on one of those gorgeously sunlit Autumn days that are so rare in their absolute perfection…. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!

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Once the gardens had been explored, it was time to refuel at Bettys (how delighted was I they had a Bettys!) followed by a browse round the very well stocked and surprisingly large book and gift shop.  This is the kind of place to take your time, to wander… to take in your surroundings.



Harlow Carr is a must-see if you are ever in the Harrogate vicinity.  There is an entrance fee but if you can hook up with someone who has an RHS annual pass that’s the way to go!  I look forward to returning in the Summer at the latest as I can imagine it will also be magical covered in frost and snow!  You can visit their website here.




Last weekend it was the village Gala.  Having hosted the Tour De France the week prior, this was always going to be seen by just a few thousand visitors less.  I couldn’t stay long and might have liked to have spent time getting some cute pics but as seems to be the way, it was a few hurried shots which I shared on Facebook (you can see all of them here).


It is amusing just how old-fashioned these things seem… so quaint and typically villagey… and why?? Guess it comes down to community – to celebrating life in all its weird and wonderfulness… flowers in wellies, knobbly knees and all!

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Walking home we passed these, so colourful and attracting all the bees!

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The next day going out for a long run, the countryside was so pretty.  The sky was a brilliant blue and the fields so green.  I passed by the Ilkley International Tennis Tournament, miniature orange trees and a cricket match.  Oh so very English!

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Tour De Yorkshire: why Addingham has done itself proud

Powerwalking though Addingham the other day in the sunshine I marvelled at the creativity the locals have put into making the town so special for the Tour De France, which whizzes through not once, but twice in two days time.  I knew then I wanted to mark the occasion with a post of some kind, but what…?  Coloured bikes amongst plants is hardly sexy or appealing to anyone who doesn’t give a rip about either.  This kind of event… the kind people go ‘nuts’ about… I’m normally the person who doesn’t… but this… it’s got a real momentum and though I care not for the bikes, the local spirit of ‘we will do this excellently’ IS what grabs my attention. I LOVE it!!

The Bunting!

This week was already stretched and any time taking photos was going to be with my daughter in tow possibly searching for any number of the 23 bikes hidden in the town for a local competition.  I captured what I could (most of them on a grey day too just like it!).  Uploading these I settled for a post simply showcasing one ‘very Yorkshire’ towns’ effort for one of the biggest sporting events in the world.

The Addingham Garden Friends, in particular, have done themselves proud (I didn’t know they existed till this week!), not to mention the local businesses.  So here, on the penultimate eve of The Tour De France, Grand Depart 2014, are a few little moments from a beautifully quaint town near Ilkley, called Addingham.  Enjoy!

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So many Spotty Bikes!

Quite a spectacle don’t you think?!  Interesting to see how we all celebrate things in different ways; all wonderfully unique!  Here’s to a great Tour De Yorkshire!  Has your town hosted the Tour De France?  What kind of crazy went on there?


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