Posted on July 14, 2015
Last week we visited the newly opened Keelham Farm Shop on the outskirts of Skipton, Yorkshire. It was a delight! Post school, I took one tired little lady (not that keen on the idea of going) who, once inside the doors, quickly became an excitable little lady ‘thrilled’ at what she experienced.
There is simply everything to go at; fresh produce, a bakery, deli counters with fresh meats, pies, curry’s, pulses and seeds, juice bar and a florist that makes up hand-tied bouquets.
Generational family photos on the walls of the original Keelham, (in Thornton, Bradford) are a lovely touch – this is their lifes work and creativity which has resulted in a unique shopping experience.
The novelty of picking out the fruit and veg (and sweets) we wanted (rather than picking up a sealed pack) and weighing them on non-digital scales prompted an unexpected response in my shopping buddy – it was a learning experience and she was fully immersed in it.
The cafe/restaurant was full but we secured a table and both enjoyed our food and drink. There is a mezzanine level opening soon which will add even more seating with a great view over the shopping hall.
This is not a place we would pass naturally very often, so will we go back? Some changes to the menu… with less carb-heavy options on there would definitely tempt me back (as Miss P was very happy with the kids menu). Outside of that, yes – this is a place we will take people to because of its creative simplicity and unique approach.
It’s the kind of place you may want to go on a family day when you want to go somewhere, but don’t want to do a shops/cinema/etc or it’s not nice enough for outdoors. This place ticks a few boxes in one go and you could spend a couple of hours there if you wanted.
Finally, and I wasn’t fully aware of this till I got home and casually looked at my receipt from the shopping we’d bought…it’s very good value for money!
They have a great website, find out more at Keelham Farm Shop.
Posted on July 17, 2014
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!
Walking home we passed these, so colourful and attracting all the bees!
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!
Posted on July 10, 2014
Posted on July 3, 2014
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!!
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!
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?
Posted on March 27, 2014
Hello readers, what a week! So many of you liked the toast house post; thank you for all your comments and shares, it is really encouraging.
About a year ago I shared my love for Nora’s with you, if you didn’t see that post you can read it here (click!) The post was the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ (more words, less pictures). Since this blog has become more photo’s orientated and as Victoria (very lovely shop owner) is always buying in so many beautiful pieces, I had to re-visit and share some of the amazing things available now, with you all. It’s clear… there’s just something about Nora’s!
Nora’s is the ‘go-to’ place when you need to get a gift for any member of the family… and you don’t know what to get but then you just end up seeing something… it’s that kinda place. So whether it’s that last-minute Mothers’ Day or Easter presents – you’ll probably find them here!
For those not local to Ilkley, do visit the newly-overhauled online shop (here). This revamped site is a great improvement on the old one so do re-visit if its been a while. Would love to know what you think… what are your favourite pieces?