Thursday, 8 October 2015
This is something completely not the sort of thing I post .Usually it is about the area or what we are doing. Maybe this is a commiseration for Jack's sister's horse the 3 day eventer ,Beltane Queen. Maisie as she is known to the family and ridden by Nichola Wilson was 2nd reserve to go to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil .Unfortunately she is out of the running as she has had an injury. Even if you are not "into Horses"I am sure you will marvel at this horse's performance and the relationship between the rider and his steed. Jack won 48 races over the sticks and at point to points but there was a lot more about getting to the winning line first. Months and years of training goes into it .With this dressage horse one cannot begin to think of how many hundreds and hundreds of hours of schooling it has taken to reach such level .
Monday, 5 October 2015
I have written about Helmsley Market days before. They are a big part of my life .My first memories of going weekly as a child around the age of 3 was with my Grandfather on the bus and bring wet fish home. Lots of friendly stall holders make the market at Helmsley what it is. The quality of the produce is good and from the cheese stall I can really recommend the quince jelly to serve alongside their cheeses
It will be nearly 9 months since Christine Bentley of Castle Stores in Helmsley and I joined together to discuss how we would go about having A World Knitted Cake Festival. Many thought us crazy. "Have faith" I said .So with lots of hard, hard work from Christine and her band of happy knitters - Maud,Winnie,Magda,Gillian and me flitting in and out. The Mad Hatter from the Mad Hatter Tea Company came along with Mrs MH dressed in fine regalia.Last week saw it all happen .We raised £875 to press which will be split between The League of Friends for Malton Hospital and Sheffield Childrens Hospital. We were bowled over by the efforts of the knitters and the generosity of people from all walks of life. Entries came from all over the UK . Here you see The Official Mad Hatter with his favourite,the Battenberg cake which was designed and made by a local lady,Jenny Austin from Sproxton.