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February 2019

September 14, 2018 — Holker Hall and Gardens

Holker Hall in the rain and the sun came out for the gardens in the afternoon

Driving to Holker Hall on a very rainy day

Driving to Holker Hall on a very rainy day


Woke to pouring rain so ate a very leisurely breakfast. Next discovered Levens Hall where we planned to go today wasn’t open on Friday. Some speedy research led us to Holker Hall and Gardens. We thought the hall would be fine and if the rain let up a bit, we might visit the gardens too.

As soon as there was a break in the rain, we made for the car in rainwear and armed with umbrellas. It was a nice easy drive on the A590 to Cark-in-Cartmel and Holker Hall where we found parking, upped umbrellas and got our tickets. We dripped down to the Hall entrance and entered. To my dismay, photos were not allowed so we have no pictures of the beautifully-kept manor house. Here is the Holker House web site and the photos are accurate and far better than I could have taken, especially given the weather that day. Click here for the Holker Hall official web site

Entrance Kiosk at Holker Hall with the Courtyard in the Background

Entrance Kiosk at Holker Hall with the Courtyard in the Background

Entrance to the Courtyard with restaurants and facilities

Entrance to the Courtyard with restaurants and facilities

Holker Hall

Holker Hall

Ilex Bar and Brasserie in the Courtyard at Holker Hall

Ilex Bar and Brasserie in the Courtyard at Holker Hall


We walked over to the Ilex Bar and Brasserie where a very loud, blowsy woman told us we could not eat there because it was reserved for her group of, very obviously, pensioners. She backed us into the Courtyard Café until fortunately interrupted by a young man who worked there. He interrupted her and said we were very welcome to eat in the Ilex and showed us to a table. Bless his heart! We both ordered the breast of duck and a grenach to drink. We had an apple crumble pie made with estate apples for dessert and it was excellent. The woman's group came in, ate without speaking to her and left, grudgingly taking her with them while we were still enjoying our lovely lunch. They didn't appear too fond of her either.

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The Holker Hall Gardens from directly behind the Hall

The Holker Hall Gardens from directly behind the Hall


As we ate, the sun came out so when finished, we made a beeline for the garden and spent a couple hours wandering and taking lots of pictures. Perfect . . . There were even ducks, a hen and rooster and two cute fluffy baby chicks. I encourage you to check the web site above and particularly the section on the Labyrinth. It's very interesting, a bit like a miniature Stonehenge from a distance.

Holker Hall from the Gardens

Holker Hall from the Gardens

The Holker Hall Gardens

The Holker Hall Gardens

Holker Hall from the Gardens

Holker Hall from the Gardens

Burlington Fountain at the Cascade in Holker Hall Gardens

Burlington Fountain at the Cascade in Holker Hall Gardens

Picturesque rooster in Holker Hall Gardens

Picturesque rooster in Holker Hall Gardens

Ducks in Holker Hall Gardens

Ducks in Holker Hall Gardens

Holker Hall Gardens

Holker Hall Gardens

Holker Hall Gardens - an amazing tree with leaves of two colors

Holker Hall Gardens - an amazing tree with leaves of two colors

Holker Hall Gardens

Holker Hall Gardens

Headed back to Holker Hall

Headed back to Holker Hall

Entrance to the Gift Shop at Holker Hall

Entrance to the Gift Shop at Holker Hall

Driving home from Holker Hall in Cumbria

Driving home from Holker Hall in Cumbria


Drove home stopping at Coop for bread and the sun is still shining. I called our host for tomorrow and we’re all set to move to Pickering.

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September 15, 2018 — Driving to Pickering

A beautiful drive through the North York Moors to Pickering with a lunch stop at Whitestonecliffe Inn near Thirsk

Driving from Dalton-in-Furness to Pickering

Driving from Dalton-in-Furness to Pickering

Up at seven o’clock to get ready to leave. The swans were out on the pond to say farewell and a friendly duck joined them. No sign of the peacocks though. Joan returned last night so we did get to meet her. She thinks I have a California accent! I’m not sure there is such a thing, but it made her happy. We got everything packed and the house straightened. Jim opened the gate for us and we were off. Fortunately the GPS worked because my phone refused to load the map. I finally checked my phone settings and there was a 2 GB limit set. I turned it off and maps loaded immediately.

On the M6 near Killington Reservoir

On the M6 near Killington Reservoir

Driving from Dalton-in-Furness to Pickering

Driving from Dalton-in-Furness to Pickering

Market Square in Thirsk

Market Square in Thirsk

It’s a beautiful drive through the edges of the Lake District and then the North York Moors. We decided to stop in Thirsk for lunch at The Three Tuns where we’d spent our first night. It was not to be. Horrendous traffic into Thirsk on a market day and then we paid 3 GBP for three hours parking, walked to the pub to discover they had no water so the kitchen was closed. Next we discovered the entire town was without water and all the restaurants were either closed or serving cold sandwiches on paper plates. We walked back to parking and gave our parking ticket to a couple who had just arrived. Back in the car we fought our way out of town and started looking for lunch elsewhere.

*****


Whitestonecliffe Inn

Whitestonecliffe Inn


About five miles down the road we spotted a pretty inn as we drove into Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe so we stopped at Whitestonecliffe Inn and it was a find. We sat in the bar at a round copper-topped table by the window in nice soft chairs with a roaring fire in the fireplace. We both got a seafood platter served on a plank with fried shrimp, baby shrimp salad, Cajun salmon and white bait with warm homemade bread. Terrific. Click here for the Whitestonecliffe Inn web site

Whitestonecliffe Inn

Whitestonecliffe Inn

Whitestonecliffe Inn

Whitestonecliffe Inn

Saltersgate, our Hungate Cottage for the week

Saltersgate, our Hungate Cottage for the week


We drove on to Pickering and arrived an hour early at the cottage we had rented. They welcomed us and let us into our huge, beautiful four-bedroom cottage with a private garden. We’ve met two other couples staying here and they are repeat customers. Walked up to a recommended restaurant and it wasn’t open so I telephoned from in front of the restaurant and made reservations for six PM. We walked around exploring and then stopped in Coop for groceries and walked home to unpack and relax for a while. Click here for the Hungate Cottages web site

Walked up to Willowgate Bistro for dinner and were very glad we’d made a reservation. It was lovely. We both got the maple-glazed duck breast with Dauphinoise potatoes and it was incredibly tender. Ed got the cheesecake and I got the fondant au chocolat for dessert . . . fabulous! With the bill they brought two small chocolates they’d made. Very dark chocolate to just melt in your mouth. Wonderful dinner in a lovely setting. (Willowgate Bistro, 46 Willowgate, Pickering YO18 7BE; tel: +44 1751 476300) Click here for the Willowgate BIstro web site

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September 16, 2018 — Pickering

Visiting Pickering and the Beck Isle Museum

Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Pickering

Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Pickering

Sunday morning and church isn’t until 11:00 so a very peaceful day. We had breakfast and I called The White Swan for a lunch reservation . . their Sunday Roast. We can walk down after church. The Sunday Roast is quickly becoming a family tradition.

*****

Memorial Hall - Pickering

Memorial Hall - Pickering


After church we walked slowly down the hill and found an art exhibit at the Memorial Hall. It was a local group, all media and all abilities but there were some really marvelous works that we enjoyed. Then we had to hurry to get to The White Swan by half-twelve. Arrived just in time and were seated. We ordered the Sunday Roast. Ed got beef and I got lamb. Both were delicious. There was also a vegetable plate with carrots, cabbage and bacon and, to my delight, cauliflower in a nice cheese sauce. Ed got an apricot and fig tart for dessert and I had the chocolate Nemesis, an authentic fondant au chocolat with blackberry frozen yogurt. Really nice Sunday Roast . . . great tradition. Click here for the White Swan web site

*****

The White Swan Inn - Pickering

The White Swan Inn - Pickering

The White Swan Inn - Pickering

The White Swan Inn - Pickering

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The Rose Inn just before the bridge

The Rose Inn just before the bridge


We walked back across the bridge to the Beck Isle Museum, paid and entered. They have a bit of everything including entire rooms and historic shop interiors. The outside features antique farm equipment which brought back wonderful memories of my paternal grandfather’s farm and my maternal grandfather taking me to farm equipment fairs in the country when I was very small. We whiled away our afternoon and left for Lidl Supermarket to get bread and laundry soap. Arrived just as they closed so trudged back up the hill to Co-op which was still open. Saved . . . Click here for the Beck Isle Museum web site

Area around the Beck Isle Museum in Pickering

Area around the Beck Isle Museum in Pickering

Beck Isle Museum in Pickering

Beck Isle Museum in Pickering

Printing Press at the Beck Isle Museum

Printing Press at the Beck Isle Museum

Stereopticon at the Beck Isle Museum

Stereopticon at the Beck Isle Museum

Goat cart at the Beck Isle Museum

Goat cart at the Beck Isle Museum

Store interior - Beck Isle Museum

Store interior - Beck Isle Museum

Pub interior - Beck Isle Museum

Pub interior - Beck Isle Museum

Home interior - Beck Isle Museum

Home interior - Beck Isle Museum

Exterior - Beck Isle Museum with historic farm equipment

Exterior - Beck Isle Museum with historic farm equipment

Farm Equipment in the Beck Isle Museum

Farm Equipment in the Beck Isle Museum

Surveyor's Chain in the Beck Isle Museum

Surveyor's Chain in the Beck Isle Museum

Exterior - Beck Isle Museum with historic farm equipment

Exterior - Beck Isle Museum with historic farm equipment

Garden of the Beck Isle Museum

Garden of the Beck Isle Museum

We’re in for the evening and have escaped rain all day! Our beautiful cottage is warm and welcoming and we both have good books to read.

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