Thursday, 17 April 2014

Networking at the Fauconberg Arms

Another networking event organised for Yo61ners by Jo Burgess and Rupert Smith of Smith the Printers in Easingwold turned out to be a successful evening in more than one way. It was sponsered by Supanet Broadband who donated the wine which dare I admit I won .This is getting a bit embaressing now as this is the 3rd time I have won.I must say I have handed one of the previous prices back.I loved the wooden case with the 3 litres of very nice Italian wine I wanted to keep it. That said it will make a lovely and useful doorstop. Mine host,Simon Rheinberg and his lovely wife,our tea and coffee hostess were on hand . Simon holding tight to the wine. The teatime spread of food was delicious. I have had many a funeral tea there and it simple can't be beaten. It is only 3+miles from here so guests can soon be there to enjoy this old inn which is part of the Newburgh Estate. It was good to see so many people there. It has long been a water hole of Jack and his friends. I like the fact that they always seem to be going that extra mile -putting on events and entertaining and some very tasty meals I think the next one is a St George'e night meal. The family are very community spirited and now run the village shop to which is situated behind the pub.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A Real Day out with Real Staithes

I have been promising myself for a long time that I would go on a foraging coastal course with Real Staithes. The stars of Real Staithes are Tricia,Sean,Thomas and Luke not forgetting Tiff. Tiff is their sheepdog. Last Tuesday I got my wish. A perfect day the sun shone, the sea was blue and I found the biggest piece of jet. Not only did I learn lots about fossils,seaweed, coastal birds and the rich heritage of this coastline but also what has gone on through the ages.Le Grande Finals was a feast created by Tricia which was more than delicious. I have never seen so many lobsters before. There was six other people on the course as well as myself and I am sure they were as full of praise for it as I am .I really don't think the website description does it justice. I got so much pleasure from my day out that I would love my guests to partake in it too I am offering any guests who stays with us and books to go on a Real Staithes day out a complimentary bottle of wine from us to take with them to enjoy with the lobster lunch.

Pascal in Pickering

Craig Nattress of Welcome to Yorkshire through Visit Ryedale was on the ball when he recruited Pascal Fintori.Here I got a sneakie photo of Craig taking the floor. His presentation was about Rediscovering Online Marketing. It is always good to be keep up to speed with these tips and listening to a different point of view and angle. As we waited to go in to the session my eye caught this beautiful collage which depicts Pickering and will have taken hours to make. We had a great lunch but unfortunately it was very cold as they had forgotten it is only April and the sunshine which was trying to warm us up had to be shut out so we could see the screen.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Em and the Art Centre

Yes,Helmsley has its very own Arts Centre. It was the Friends Meeting House in a past life .Tucked away from the bustle of the market square down a little side street on the way down to the Post Office. For years it has been run by a merry band of volunteers .Time has moved on and in come Em Whitfield Brooks. I like her attitude -she is dynamic and also talented. You only have to google her to find out all about her. Passionate about the Arts Centre is what strikes you first. A business head too. We were kindly invited along to an open evening and a tour back stage before a "live" performance of War Horse. I love these sort of tours you feel you get to nkow about the running of the place far better then to see the polished peformance. Wednesday night in cinema night and live acts are available to be booked on-line before you come to stay. It is no good waiting until you get here as the Arts centre is a very popular local attraction too. With a good choice of eating places in Helmsley it makes for an enjoyable eveing out

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Lottie Shaw and her generousity

I have just written a blog about Y14 but feel I cannot go without mentioning the generousity of Lottie Shaw at the Y14 conference. While there were other food and drink stands in the foyer selling their wares. Even a woman who made biscuits standing in part of the Barclays Bank Stand.It made me laugh as she only wanted you to buy them but not even taste a crumb. Lottie Shaw was so generous handing out biscuits and drinks to everyone who passed her way. The biscuits were my mothers favourites -Ginger parkin ones.They are the crispest of the crisp. I explained I was taking it home for my mum so she gave me one for my dad too - You know this thing about me and my Dad....and I didnt want him to miss out. Lottie came with her little van laden up and also drinks for everyone too. I hope she gets lots of new customers from her being there. She was dressed in rather a nice green dress which I commented on. A Cath Kidston she declared with thrill in her voice that I had noticed... it had bicycles on.... To celebrate Le Tour coming to Yorkshire Lottie has commisioned local artist Kevin Haynes to illustrate the Bike race. which is available as a sleeve for the Yorkshire Parkin as well as cups and prints. Lottie is also busy baking Gingerbread Bikes and for every one sold they will be giving a donation to Marie Curie. If you'd like to find out more about Lottie Shaw's "Seriously Good" products please take a look at or call her direct on 01422 372335. My thanks to Lottie we are going to hold a Alice in Wonderland themed Tea Party soon and Lottie will be on the guest list ...more later about this -

Y14 and all that jazz

The first Y conference I went to at Harrogate we were welcomes by a jazz band . This year it was Tom Ashurst and his colleague who I spied first. I got a good viewing seat up in the rafters. Gary Verity look very suave in his yellow trousers -quite a suitable colour for lambing in I thought. Nick Clegg arrived and spoke well about the involvement of Welcome to Yorkshire and Le Tour. The 8th Earl of Harewood House,David Lascelles spoke of the involvement of the Arts side of things and so it continued. The arty side of things had made these huge birds on poles that when they were waved through the air by their 3 legs - men with poles you need to use your imagination here.Think voultures rather than Mrs Henny Penny. Ending in a grand finale to mark the 100 day countdown to LeTourYorkshire with what I could descibe as large yellow party poppers been let off. As Alistair Griffin and the band ended the presentation with the song that again has been created for Le Tour. People are thinking up great ideas ,coming together with others to make this the biggest and the best Grande Departe. What we cant organise is the weather but lets hope it behaves itself.