Saturday, 24 February 2018

Newest addition...

The grandchildren got guinea pigs for Christmas. And guess who looks after them. On the days they come to the farm they do come, stroke them,get a lot of pleasure from them. Rubi has KitKat, Martha  has Sweety Pie and Emmy has Peter and Pete.  We got Pete to keep Peter company, but then they fought. Apparently this is what boy guinea pigs do.  They had to be put in different homes so that defeated the object of them keeping each other company. So surprise ,surprise the other day when I went to feed them and found there was ANOTHER. I had seen Sweety Pie which had been called  Butterscotch for the first few weeks,

 had made a nest and was laid out rather like a madam on a chaise longue, but didn't dream for one moment she was due to give birth.  Now talk about the immaculate conception ,but in real terms she would have been no more 4 weeks old when she had got mated. Before we got her I hasten to add. So here you see Martha holding her baby guinea pig and you can see how tiny it is as those little hands are only 6 years old . . Grandma rules and so one has to go.... Pete has now gone to his new home with a lady who has just lost her guinea pig, so will be living with very experienced hands.  We have a guinea pig pot so the money will get saved up and as we get an addition, another one is sold. We already have an order so reckon it will be KitKat turn to produce next ,so it will Rubi who gets a first hold of the baby g.p. Let's hope that this will give them business sense for later years.I think far too many children these days think money grows on trees and unfortunately I havent found a tree like that yet . Horror though I hear guinea pigs can have as many as 7 in a litter.  Lessons in marketing skills now girls ....Stick with Grandma ,no need to go to school .

Just what the doctor ordered

In the shape of a breakfast.... My Dad had to have some stitches out at Harrogate hospital, as I had won a competition for have 2 breakfast at Clarks In Easingwold it was the idea opportunity to make them into our late lunch on our way back. Easingwold is about 10 miles from us here and after sampling their meals we would certainly recommend  you call in . There was quite a full restaurant when we got there. A large selection of hot meals,cold snacks or just teas and coffee. I have shopped here many times for bread ,teacakes and those lovely little fondant cakes which look like a rather pregnant domino .But have to confess I have never eaten here before.
Local "lasses" are the waitresses and we were well looked after. As my Dad was finishing off his food I nipped through to the shop and bought him some teacakes,a vanilla slice and a ? like a scone crossed with a rock cake and was told it had ginger in it . Please note that I fore went the sausage and I dont do baked beans but I had more than ample.And my dad had to help me out as I dont eat egg whites - never have, never will .  We had some lovely door stop toast and my dad had Yorkshire tea while I settled for water as apart from the odd gin ,water is all I drink . The parsley I brought home for the guinea pigs.

We have to thank Mrs Lucy Clark for

Clarks Bakers was established in approximately 1925 in a 17th century building in a small market town called Easingwold by Mrs Lucy Clark, grandmother of the current owner Mr.G.L.Clark.
Grandmother Clark started her business by baking scones to sell through the window of her house, as it was then, to the tarmac men who came down from Middlesborough and Stockton to build and repair the roads. The tarmac men suggested that Lucy should open a Café or shop, and that she duly did. This saw the start of Clarks the Bakers. The house was later converted to become a bakery, shop and a small Café.
Since 1925 the business has grown, and is now run by the fourth generation of the Clark family who has maintained the belief in high standards that were set so many years ago. This has been achieved by including the best ingredients from around the world, employing highly skilled and experienced master bakers and checking the quality of the finished product adheres to our standards of quality.

Ampleforth Village Market-Last Saturday in every month -only 1 mile from us

last Saturda

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Razzle and Dazzle of The White Rose Awards 2017

The White Rose Awards 2017 was this year held at the Leeds Arena. We were lucky to hitch a lift with fellow finalists The White Swan of Ampleforth ,who were up for the Best Pub Award.  We were finalists for the Best Bed and Breakfast Award. We were chauffeur driven by Dave, who works for Robert Fawcett who owns Studford Lodges along with the White Swan . Last time we went we nearly took the top off Jack's pickup when coming out of the multi storey car park -so no such worries this year.

Always with glamour and show stoppers ,we were welcomed by some very colourful and very very  tall ladies.

Everyone looked like bobby dazzlers and Robert's wife Sophie looked very stunning and glamourous.

We had cocktails thanks to Slingsby Gin and the event got underway to the swirl of Bagpipes and a marching Pipe Band, all dressed in their kilts . There is something about this music that immediately makes you want to get up and disgrace yourself trying to dance a Highland jig. Just to let you know I didn't.

The meal started with smoked salmon , which was delicious from Bleikers. Unfortunately the food went down hill from there. But the company was good and the wine flowed and all was good with the world.

It was nice to see such a lot of people we knew, as we were sat in an ideal place to see people coming and going.And the lighting was far better this year.

We did not win, but  very happy to be a finalist and even prouder when 'we" flashed up on the scene. The photo I had chosen was that of one of the grandchildren walking across the garden in front of the house.

We finally got home at 1.45am and Jack had to be up by 4.30am as he had to get ready with his dogs to go picking up on a shoot. I surfaced a lot,lot later.