Sunday, 28 November 2010

Jolly Holiday

 Hello! I'm back from our little holiday in York! It was the perfect place for a festive break with its fascinating medieval architecture, lovely little shops filled with treats, yummy food and such pretty Christmas lights and decorations - it had a really magical atmosphere, especially at night.
 We had booked an apartment near the city centre, which actually turned out to be a tiny sliver of a house, nestled up against the city wall in Goodramgate. The house was very old and had become rather lopsided in places - the floors felt like being in the fun house at a fair, or even on a slightly tilting ship - but it all added to the historic atmosphere!
 The shop windows were stunning and I took lots of pictures. Here are just a couple...this one had lots of sewn and stitched fabric gifts....
 And this is one of my favourites - I love the look of pretty little sugar mice ...
And did it snow?! Yes, it did! Just enough to make the city look even more picture postcard lovely, a light dusting of icy white on every roof, and on the crenellated tops of the city walls. This is the snowy view we saw when we woke on the second day of our trip.
 Luckily for us, the roads were clear, so at the end of the week we had a nice drive to Harrogate, through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside with wide sunlit snowy fields dotted with sheep. The Knitting and Stitching Show was packed and buzzing with customers, and I was soon one of them filling my bag with goodies.
Home in time for Mr P's birthday and a lovely cosy family celebration. Thank you for all your good wishes for our trip and for Mr P's birthday! I have missed reading everyone's blogs and am looking forward to catching up again. I know I missed some giveaways...sigh. And then it's back to crafting - lots to do, deadlines looming...stitch stitch stitch..! I hope you all have a wonderful week and that you keep warm!! xx

10 comments:

driftwood said...

looks wonderful, you have photographed all my fave bits x

marigold jam said...

Looks as though you had a perfect time. Love the sugar mice - remember having some in my stocking as a child!

Jane

Mia said...

Looks almost magical with all the lights, Helen! I am so happy you had a wonderful mini-break before the busiest Christmas preparations-time!

Have a happy week and many fresh ;) greetings from Finland (it's -23c!)

Yours,
Mia

Jane said...

Tee hee Helen, we have matching blogs at the moment! Glad you enjoyed York as much as we did. It's SO cold today buyt so far we have escaped the snow here.
Jane x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

What a lovely trip Helen! It all looks very magical and Christmassy!!
Have a good week from a cold and snowy N.Ireland!
Vivienne x

Tabiboo said...

Beautiful York - you have captured it so well.

Have a lovely day,

Nina xxx

sweetmyrtle said...

oh how wonderful! my first job was in York at the theatre. must go and visit again someday. it all looks so pretty with the snow. Christmas is really close now...
have a wonderful week
warmest wishes
Ginny x

Simone said...

It looks beautiful and atmospheric. Those sugar mice make my teeth ache by just looking at the amount of sugar (pretty though)! It looks like a wonderful weekend in a beautiful setting.

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Looks like you did have a jolly time. It is always so refreshing to get away and especially at Christmas time. Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures. xo Robin

paintdropskeepfalling said...

We spent a frustratingly few hours in York recently - all those lovely shops! Glad you had a great time :)