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Harrogate District

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  • Day5

    Harlow Carr

    August 5 in the United Kingdom

    Off to Harlow Carr, a Royal Horticultural Society garden just up the road from Harewood.

    Beside being a fantastic garden the place also has a local Bettys. (No apostrophe) Bettys is a local icon based in Harrogate. It was founded by a lost Swiss pastry chef in the 1919. He accidentally got on the train to Yorkshire and the rest is a hundred years of clogging arteries.

    It’s a great place with disgraceful pastries and cakes. I will admit that a lot of people appeared to have been taken there by their children as a day out from the Home. Hope Kate didn’t feel like a carer.

    All of this before we got inside.

    The gardens are very impressive even in 27 degree heat. Every sort of plant you could imagine. Also had a somewhat aged men’s choir serenading the crowd, a giant fly and columns. The great English custom of lets bring a chair and sit about until something happens was much in evidence. What else could you ask.

    Charlie bore it all well. (Being pushed around in a pram when she got weary helped a lot).

    And this was only the morning.
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  • Day83

    Fountains Abbey

    July 23 in the United Kingdom

    These ruins are of the largest Cistercian Abbey in England, founded in 1132. Cistercian monks were seeking a simpler existence. The abbey was wealthy due to the amount of land given them and the number of sheep they raised. The abbey was beautiful and hearing about the monks' lifestyle was interesting. Their life was composed of work, prayers 7 times a day, and only 1-2 meals a day, depending on the season. The abbey was whitewashed and undecorated. Also on the grounds were the abbot's house, guest houses, and an infirmary.

    When King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries, any materials of value were taken, including the slate roofs, partly to reuse them, and partly to prevent the monks from returning.
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  • Day83

    Fountains Hall and the Deer Park

    July 23 in the United Kingdom

    Another part of Studley Royal Park is Fountains Hall another Elizabethan style country manor. Some of the stone from the abbey ruins was used in its construction. After this manor became part of Studley Royal Park, it was used for other purposes. In the 1930s, it was opened up as a Settler's Society. Boys aged 14-17 left their families to live in the camp, work the land and enjoy a better quality of life. The boys were trained in a range of skills, from gardening and forestry to general estate work and domestic service, to help them find jobs in the future. Then during WWII the manor and other estate buildings were used to house evacuees.

    The Deer Park on the estate contains St Mary's Church from 1870.
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  • Day120

    Happy New Year 2017 in Harrogate

    January 1, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    I've been busy walking for the past three days checking out the neighbouring areas. It warmed up yesterday and back to the cold today. I made myself some curried carrot and ginger coconut soup with a lovely mixed salad for New Years dinner along with a bottle of Jacobs Creek Chardonnay. The wine was on special for 5£ and I know back in Canada it's about $22 per bottle. Managed to make it to see in the new year and watched the fireworks from my bedroom window. Keeping an eye on the weather to see where my next leg will be on the 6th. It's been really great to have my own space and down time. I do miss my boys and my friends. I can't believe I've been away three months already.Read more

  • Day113

    Happy Christmas in Harrogate

    December 25, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    I arrived in Harrogate yesterday with Sandra and her sister Moira, who lives in Scotland, picking me up at the airport. The landing was like a teeter totter coming in because it was so windy. I unpacked my things in a besutiful bedroom and we headed off to a French restaurant for lunch to celebrate Lucy's 30th birthday (Sandra's daughter). After lunch we went to Josies and Rods played board games and drank lots and lots of wine. So much fun! Wonderful people with such big snd funny personalities; very dry wit. Had a good nights sleep and then took Dillon the dog for a 1.5 hr walk this morning. We started Christmas drinks with Prosseco at noon when James joined us. I made the Christmas chicken while Moira made the veggies and then we had a wonderful dinner. After dinner we went to James' place ate more, drank more and played more board games. We had so much fun. What a wonderful bunch of people!Read more

  • Day115

    Historical Harrogate

    December 27, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    It's4 degrees in December and the tulips have popped out of the ground already. I don't know if my walking shoes will make it another month. I set out this morning to walk the dog and when I got back to the house, after the dog was good and tired, I set out to check out Harrogate. I walked 18 kms today and my legs are feeling it. Interesting things about Harrogate: six royal visits, famous tea house, famous Turkish steam baths with therapeutic mineral/sulphur water; roadways built by a blind man named Jack(a pub was built in his honour); majority of the population is upper class; majority of the people own at least one dog; and hundreds of acres of green space and woodlands. There is a very different feeling to this town, educated, fit, and extremely social. Sandra told me to go visit the tea house as it was a historical place well worth the visit. I found it but the queue to get in was 30 people deep. I did look through the window and the pastries looked fantastic. I will try to get in for the famous Taylors Yorkshire tea. Yorkshire pudding also originated from here. Jim Carter (Mr. Carson from Downton Abbey) was born here and studied theatre here. The town has many active ghosts. Can't wait to find out more!Read more

  • Day4

    Efkes pauze

    July 20 in the United Kingdom

    Het is tijd voor pauze. Er is een heuse 'parkingmanager' die ons een parkeerplek toewees. Maar goed ook, want we waren verzeild geraakt op het parkeerterrein van de 'hgv's', de vrachtwagens. We hebben 4pond90 uitgespaard door ons eigen bananenbrood bij de thee te eten. Lekkerrrrrrr!

  • Day83

    Studley Royal Park

    July 23 in the United Kingdom

    This 1700s park includes one of the best water gardens in England. The temple-like viewpoint on the hill is for admiring the abbey ruins nearby.

  • Day83

    Fountains Mill and more

    July 23 in the United Kingdom

    The mill was used by the monks to make flour for their daily bread. Also on the grounds are some pretty bridges and other buildings. The last photo is a model of how the abbey looked in its entirety.

  • Day16

    Day 12 - my birthday!

    August 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Lazy morning - opened cards and sat on our veranda! Went for bike ride but it was v hot! Got as far as Bridge Lake.
    Planned to swim in afternoon but wind changed and smoke came our way so had drive around.
    Dinner at Boondocks - halibut fish and chips!

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