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.



A Sticky Post

Every blog I write I ask myself at some point ‘so what’.  What’s the …’annd?’ for my lovely readers.  Last week we went away with extended family and whilst ever it was never my intention prior to going to take pictures of ‘X’ to make a post about ‘Y’ I snapped away at whatever took my eye.

Two of my favourite things together: Trees and Champers!

Two of my favourite things together: Trees and Champers!

I like it that way.

It is unforced, natural and makes post-writing pleasurable (bit like that champagne!)

Looking through the pictures I thought there was good content for a post but who wants to see holiday snaps… really…? It wasn’t like we were holidaying with the Beckhams else the answer would’ve been everyone!

Play was in my mind… but what about it?  The woods are good for you?  Yeah we know that…

We were aware we’d taken lots of toys away with us to prepare for every eventuality and most of them had gone untouched… My thoughts marinated.  As I picked up my daughter from school and opened the car boot I saw two sticks we brought home from the vacation.

And there it was.  Two sticks we had brought home with us.


Sticks were the most used and played-with commodity by three children over a four-day period.  Man has been using sticks since time began yet here in 2014 sticks were IT!

Happy as sand girls!

Happy as sand girls!

Toast au naturel!

Toast au naturel!

Needs a bit of work!

Stick Toast – holey and half toasted!

My kind of beautiful

My kind of beautiful

The kids used sticks to make dens

They hit trees with them

Used knives to whittle the sticks down

To carve their names in

To walk with

To play-fight with

To dig with

To cook with

Their sticks were known to them individually and were called ‘my stick’.

The sticks were left outside restaurants and shops… hidden in bushes so none else ‘pinched’ them whilst they were out of their owners hands.

Sporting activities were experienced, lego, nerf guns, toys, buckets and spades were bought but the constant, throughout our time in the woods, were the toys the woods themselves produced, free of charge.  Sticks!

Sunday at The Country Club

Sunday at The Country Club

Clubless Golf

Clubless Golf

Pancake heaven - yes, I managed another food shot!

Pancake heaven – yes, I managed another food shot!

Hanging up helmets  after a Hack.

Hanging up helmets after a Hack.

Dappled Light

Dappled Light – a sight that never gets old

Colander lights

Colander lights & these three models make for a cute window!

Magical Sunset

Magical Sunset

‘Annnd’? well, in a day and age (oh crikey how old do I sound!) where learning and play on screens is a given, it made me think about how well our kids can adapt back to basic play with nature… maybe they’re better at it than we might allow for… they just need the opportunity.


Incidentally, we stayed at Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest, where we have been on numerous occasions and would thoroughly recommend to anyone!

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