Monday, 20 March 2017

Wednesday 26th October 2016 - Brimham Rocks, Yorkshire

It was lovely looking out over Harrogate in the morning - including a rainbow!

We went to Wetherspoons for breakfast, which was in a really gorgeous building on two levels. We sat in the upper level which you reached up a lovely elegant divided staircase. Most of us had massive fry-ups.

We didn't have a plan for the day, and so the kids suggested going to Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire, where we'd been before with John.
It's an area with loads of crazy rock formations caused by Millstone Grit being eroded by water, glaciation and wind.
We just wandered round the site, clambering over everything.

John told us to keep an eye for the 'Smartie Tube'! The kids were brave enough to wriggle through it!

Scott and one of the kids in either end of the Smartie tube!

The kids under 'Idol Rock'. Urghhh!!!

Scott and I made our way back to the car with no kids anywhere in sight. They all made it though, and everyone was in a very daft mood!

Driving back home... what a brilliant couple of days!!

Tuesday 25th October 2016 - Malham Cove, Yorkshire

The next morning, we walked from our Travelodge into Sheffield city centre. People in Sheffield must be quite fit, as it's hilly!
We had breakfast at Wetherspoons and then wandered back to the hotel to collect the car.
Tom and Harry at the Jessica Ennis post box.

We then drove to another place I'd come across on Pinterest and liked the look of - Malham Cove.
We parked in a field car park in the village, and walked the mile or so to the cove.

It was such a gorgeous day! We were so lucky with the weather!

Walking up the side of the cove to the top.

The formation at the top of the cove is gorgeous! It's called a limestone pavement, formed by a waterfall which was fed from a glacier.

We messed about on the rocks for a bit, then decided to walk on. I'd found a circular hike online, but I don't think we followed all of it - we just saw where a few other people were walking and went that way.

View of the path we'd come along next to the stream.

Tom decided to roll down the hill, in spite of his not very healed up arm! He'd stopped wearing his sling the day before.

We got to another stream, and a waterfall called Janet's Foss. The kids crossed the stream to explore a cave on the other side.

In the cave!

It was just so beautiful walking along in the sunshine, with gorgeous scenery, and no set plan. We figured we must be heading back to the village, but weren't entirely sure! Everyone was very happy.

We made it back to the village, over some stepping stones!

We were going to Otley for tea with John and Hannah, and stopped off at a Co-op on the way, to buy chocolate cake for pudding. Lucy and Tom pooled resources to buy some reduced price Chomps!

When we got to John and Hannah's, the boys babysat while John drove the rest of us to the house they are buying next to the railway station in Menston.
Us on the railway bridge at the back of the house.

We had a good dinner when we got back, and got a couple of cousin photos!

It was great hanging out for a bit, then we drove to Harrogate where we were staying in another Travelodge for the night. It was a nice hotel right in the centre, and overlooked the Wetherspoons where we planned to have breakfast again!

I shared a room with Harry and Lucy, who were in a very daft mood! Lucy refused to get out my bed, so I threatened to put this photo on Facebook. She still wouldn't shift, so I did it, and she de-friended me! We finally got to bed and re-Facebook-friended each other again!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Monday 24th October 2016 - Lucy's 19th Birthday in Derbyshire

Lucy's birthday fell in the Half-Term holidays. Scott and I had booked a couple of days off work, so on Monday 24th, Lucy had the traditional opening of birthday presents first thing in our room, then we headed off to Katy and Dan's house in Sheffield.

The obligatory 'kids messing around in the car' photo!

We were going to pick up Katy (Dan was working, and their kids were being collected by Dan's Mum and Dad, as Katy was having a shoulder operation the next day), then go for a hike in Derbyshire. This was the route I'd picked out, based on a photo Lucy had found of Bamford Edge, which looked cool.

We got to Katy's, Julie and Roy arrived and collected the kids, then we hit the hills!

Bamford Edge!

There was a great view over Ladybower reservoir, and Katy got a picture of the family that I love!



We then cut across country to try and hit Stanage Edge. There wasn't a path, so we just made for the bluff we could see in the distance.

Taking a rest in the heather!

Lots of shoving each other over in heather going on!

We had to cross several very boggy bits - all of us were wearing hiking boots except Jack in his trainers, and it was hilarious watching him try and run gazelle like over the boggy areas!

Finally reaching Stanage Edge.

The colours were gorgeous, and we were really lucky with the weather.

Heading back down. Lucy and Jack trying to roll one of the many mill stones that were lying around. They used to be hewn from the rock here.

We then drove back to Sheffield and popped into Katy and Dan's new house which they are getting into a fit state for moving into. The kitchen/diner.

I love the big bay windows.

Back at Katy's current house, she had made Lucy a birthday cake, which the boys decorated.

Katy had made a really good chili for us, and Dan's sister Rebecca, who lives with them was there too.

The wondrous cake!! 21-2 (The only way the boys could make 19!) It looked grim, but tasted amazing!

We had a fab time - Dan came home from work and we all hung out for a bit before our family headed off to our Travelodge in central Sheffield for the night.