Saturday, 26 April 2014

More Easter Festivities

Easter dinner--lamb with mint sauce, roasted potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, roasted parsnips and mixed veg with gravy. I also made an amazing three-layer coconut cake (Paula Deen's recipe). It took us the whole rest of the week to finish it! :) We drank the bottle of Normandy cidre that we'd picked up in Calais last Easter, too.

Bisky in a mellow mood

On Monday we went to The Tetley, the art gallery in the old Tetley brewery. Most of the exhibitions were a bit abstract (we're not into modern art, admittedly), but it was a great way to see the old brewery. This was the Board room. I love the panelling and the red leather furniture! The contrast between this room and a grimy, windowless factory floor is pretty shocking, too...

On Tuesday we went to Harrogate to see a Yorkshire art exhibition at Mercer Art Gallery and to tour the Pump Room Museum. We had a lovely pub lunch at the Old Bell, too--the service was so-so, but the food was excellent! Richard had Oyster Stout for his first post-Lent pint, too.

This section of the pub used to be the Farrah's of Harrogate toffee shop

View of the Pump Room from the pub

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Springtime in Yorkshire

Our trip to Holmfirth, a lovely little town south of Huddersfield

Holmfirth is where the TV series "Last of the Summer Wine" was filmed--this was Sid's Cafe in the show

The Picturedrome cinema, est. 1913

Love how this bus shelter sticks out over the river

I made Easter cupcakes for our church coffee morning fundraiser--these were chocolate & the others were vanilla with green coconut flakes

Our new magazine rack

Golden Acre Park in bloom

Biscuit in a serious mood

We went out to the RSPB sanctuary near Castleford for a walk

We didn't see many birds, but it's a lovely park!

Biscuit loves being in bags and boxes

We went for a walk on the canal near Skipton on Good Friday



Lovely spot for a picnic lunch--I had a BLT to celebrate the end of Lent, and it was delicious!

On Saturday, we went to a couple of museums in Manchester--the Imperial War Museum is next to MediaCity, where ITV and BBC are located

BBC's MediaCity offices--this is where we've been sending placement students to CBBC and CBeebies all these years!

Imperial War Museum

We went to the People's History Museum, too--it was really good! I loved this 19th century Labour poster. It shows how nothing's changed--we still have problems with wealthy tax dodgers today.