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Modern day milk bar in Otley

June 21, 2017

Treating ourselves to a coffee/breakfast/brunch/lunch or dinner somewhere relaxed and lovely is high on our “time out” agenda. Fortunately we are spoilt for choice in Yorkshire and one of our latest finds is the Milk Bar on Manor Square in Otley. It’s actually a reincarnation of a milk bar that closed down 30 years ago[Read More]

Lily’s Lighting Collection – such a bright idea

June 16, 2017

On a recent trip to Barnsley, I came across Lily’s Lighting Collection, an amazing and wonderfully comprehensive shop and showroom of lights, lamps, switches, bulbs and everything associated with bringing light to the home. It’s at The Courtyard in the centre of Barnsley, and it’s impressively bling on the outside, with a large black and[Read More]

Cooking Fantastic – Everything a kitchen needs

June 9, 2017

I was driving around out of Harrogate towards Killinghall the other day and decided to take a left down a little lane that has been intriguing me. It has a sign saying “Cook Shop this way”. I drove down a little while and soon found myself in a farm yard, off which were more signs[Read More]

Bee part of healing for Manchester bomb survivors

June 6, 2017

Feeling wretched and helpless after hearing about the Manchester bombing prompted Hebden Bridge gallery owner Alison Bartram to come up with a wonderful way of helping survivors of the atrocity. She asked artist Pippa Dyrlaga if she would make a paper-cut of a worker bee, a proud symbol of Manchester’s industrial past.  The answer was[Read More]

A few favourite makers

May 29, 2017

The Saltaire Arts Trail was a wonderful experience with so many brilliant artists and makers showcasing their talent.  For those who missed it, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite things from the open house/pop-up galleries and the Makers’ Fair. I say a few as I would happily have featured them all. I[Read More]