The summary on the cover is "How I left city life behind to raise a family and a flock" = feel this might be better as "raise a flock and some sheep", from a pun point of view!
Didn't put this book down till I had finished it - Amanda writes well and very entertainingly - which I find all the more impressive in that she found the time with 7 children and a large working farm which is more than full time job on its own!
I personally found the section where she grows up in Huddersfield and feels the calling for the farming way of life - and sets her mind to it and learns everything she can taking what work comes her way. Farming is a way of life which tends to be something you grow up with and to be accepted into a farming community takes hard work and the development of respect - animals need looking after, feeding and retrieving no matter what is going on or how crummy you are feeling!
I wish Amanda and Clive all the best with their new accommodation venture as well as the continuing popularity of their Cream Teas.
their twitter is @amandaOwen8
Yorkshire Scones are the ideal item for afternoon tea and make a nice treat at lunch time!
A Yorkshire Scone should be in a round dollop not more than 1 inch thick before baking.
1lb self raising flour
1 teaspoon salt
5fl oz milk
1 Beaten egg for glazing
Set oven to 425F or Mark 6. Grease and flour baking sheets. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and rib in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar. Make a well in the centre, drop in the eggs and gradually work in the milk, bringing in the flour from the sides until the dough is smooth and elastic. Transfer to a floured surface and roll or press out lightly to 1 inch thick. Cut out rounds with a 2 inch plain cutter, brush with beaten egg and place on the baking sheet. bake for about 10 minutes until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Harrogate is very proud that an event on our Cold Bath Road area has been selected to be featured in the 100 day Tour De France Festival in a celebration of the arts and culture as well as cycling - this is a new concept for The Tour for 2014.
Performances of The Cold Bath Road Mystery will take the form of a guided walk at set times over the weekends of 7-8 June, 14-15 June and the 5-6 July. Based on an Edwardian detective story, the mystery will unfold with the help of puppets, storytelling and a visual trail leading up Cold Bath Road, one of Harrogate’s most attractive streets, to the source of the original cold spring. Additional clues to help unravel the mystery will be found in some of the shops along the trail.
Prior to this, Chrysalis Arts is inviting the local community to get involved by helping to create Edwardian-themed street decorations in hands-on workshops led by artists
(if you want to be involved in the making of the decorations see our previous article on the dates for the workshops).
.It is a story is set in 1907 and there will be items and artistic installations all along Cold Bath road to evoke the period as well as provide information and clues to the Murder Mystery. The whole walk is a gentle stroll which is suitable for all the family and is led by the team from Chrysalis Arts and will last approximately 1 hour.
Sat 7/Sun 8 June 11.00am and 2.30pm
Sat 14/Sun 15 June 11.00am and 2.30pm
Sat 5 July 11.00am Sun 6 July 2.30pm
Participants will need a copy of a trail map which can be collected in advance from one of the following venues :
Royal Pump Room Museum, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate Tourist Information Centre or Cold Bath Road shops and galleries.
Visual clues in the form of stamps are to be found inside some of the shops. These are designed to be added to the map.
Between the 24-31st of May harrogate is running a series of workshops to create Edwardian themed decorations for Cold Bath Road.
The workshops if you would like to attend are as follows
sat 24th May Mercer Gallery 10.30-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm
29th May Westcliffe Hall 6pm to 8pm
30th May Westcliffe Hall 10.30-12.30 and 2pm-4pm
31st May Westcliffe Hall 10.30am-12.30pm
Suitable for families and children
To book a place phone 01756749222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info look at www.slowart.co.uk/cold-bath-road-mystery.aspx
This is part of the 100 days Tour de France festival www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk
24th, 25th & 26th May 2014, 10.30am-5.30pm Harewood House, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS17 9LG
Get out for the Bank Holiday weekend to the Great British Food Festival at the stunning Harewood House, near Leeds.
On the 24, 25th & 26th of May the stunning estate at Harewood House hosts the Great British Food Festival, as well as over 80 top local producers, fantastic chef demos, artisan talks, kids and adult cookery lessons, and great live music there is the popular ‘Cake Off’ competition and ‘Men v Food’ challenges which you can get involved with!
Fancy yourself as a bit of a baker, is your cake the best around? Then why not enter The Great British ‘Cake Off’, simply register which category you are going for online beforehand (www.greatbritishfoodfestival.com), will it be the classic Victoria Sponge, the yummy ‘Chocolate Delicious’ or the ‘Signature Cake’? Then all you need to do is get practising! The judging is split between public and expert voting, with the on looking crowd getting to try lots of the cakes. Finalist from the popular Great British Bake Off series on BBC1, Howard Middleton is one of the expert judges, ‘I’m really looking forward to seeing and tasting all the different cakes!’ Said Howard, who is also doing a chef demo. Winners from the cake off will take home a fantastic foodie prize - and best of all, all entrants get free admission to the festival!
Baking not your thing? How about taking on the Men Vs Food Challenge? This year challengers will be taking on either the Men V’s Meat, Men V’s Heat or the Men V’s Wheat challenge. The various challenges are open to all Men and Women and involve a foot of chilli sausage, half pound burgers, extra hot ‘suicide sauce’ and pints of cider to name just a few. Man V Food organiser Tim Rushton says ‘We’ve done this a few times now and it’s always entertaining, the hot sauces are a struggle for most! Lots don’t finish it! If you think you can, then get down to the event on the Bank Holiday weekend and the crowd acclaim and a Man V Food Champion t-shirt could be yours!’
For those who fancy a more relaxing day out, just sit back and enjoy the great live music with a tasty meal, in the beautiful surroundings of Harewood House... And don’t worry lots of the event is under cover so come rain or shine we’ll have a good time!
The perfect recipe for a fun, foodie day out for the whole family.
Admission is £8.50 per adult, 5-12’s are £4.50, Under 5’s are free. Also includes grounds and below stairs ticket, and adventure playground. * for tickets and more info see www.greatbritishfoodfestival.com
Howard Middleton - His demo will be 2.30pm -Sun 25th May @ Harewood House, Yorkshire If you're a fan of the hugely popular series 'Great British Bake Off' you'll recognise this amateur baker from the class of 2013, when he and his fellow finalists entered the famous tent having already beaten off 14,000 other people who applied. From chocolate bears, elbowed muffins, missing custard and the infamous hemp loaf, Howard was at the heart of some memorable TV moments and his quirky style and love of unusual ingredients has won him many fans and over 17,000 followers on Twitter. He has a popular website and blog and enjoys sharing his creative approach to baking. www.howardmiddleton.com
This new volume comes in a handy handbag size and can be used a a reference wherever you travel in the North of England.
Each section covers a town or village with a short but informative historical account of the location before a selection of the best places for Tea or Coffee from the selection available.
Harrogate is lucky enough to have four entries which as we know most of the owners, can safely say they pride themselves above all things on the quality of their product as well as their customer service.
Betty's our all time favorite and star of the Harrogate tea and Coffee scene - for those who don't know are the public face of Betty's and Taylors teas & coffee stocked the world over.
Next in the line up is LMDC cafe bar which is located on John Street with both outside and inside seating as it is located in a pedestrianized area. Lesley the owner carries an innovative selection of coffee's and teas as well as their own personal blends and gift baskets. http://www.lmdcespresso.co.uk/
Hoxton North burst onto the Harrogate Cafe scene approximately 1 year ago bringing with it their own specialty coffee's as well as a daily changing selection of fresh baked goods and treats. Hoxtons is located a stones throw away from the Harrogate International Center and only a short walk from the town center. I would also recommend the window seats as its the best way to watch the world go by -
Last but not least in our fabulous line up of specialty coffee & tea establishments is the pride of Commercial Street Harrogate - Bean and Bud. Ruth and Hayden established @beanandbud with the desire to provide excellence in the field of Coffee and Tea service (they also do an excellent white hot chocolate which is my personal favorite) They also have outdoor seating which is lovely to sit out on a summers day.http://www.beanandbud.co.uk/
Should you wish to purchase a copy of the guide it is available from http://fancyacuppa.co.uk/ as well as various other volumes including
A Cathedrals, Coffee & Tea Tour
A perfect partner for Wensleydale Cheese!
8oz Fine Oatmeal
1/2 level teaspoon salt
Cold Water to Mix
Pinch of Bicarbonate of soda
1oz of butter softened
Set oven to 300F or Mark 2. Grease a baking sheet. Put the oatmeal, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. rub in the butter and add just enough cold water to mix to a firm dough. Knead lightly on a surface dusted with oatmeal until the dough is smooth. Roll out thinly and cut into round biscuits with a plain cutter. Place on the baking sheet and bake for about 1 hour until crisp. transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve cold with butter and cheese.
29th May - 1st June 2014 Spiegeltent Crescent Gardens Harrogate
Thursday 29th May - 10 & 11am Northern Ballet, Three Little Pigs workshops
12.30pm Rachel Bright - Love Monster & The Last Chocolate
2.00pm Steven Butler Mayhem with Dennis the Menace!
3.30pm The Take Away Theatre Company - A dash through Dickens!
Friday 30th May
10.00am Seven Stories: Bookworm Babies
11.30am Seven Stories: Julia Donaldson Story Party
1.30pm Magna Science: The Kitchen Sink Show
Saturday 31st May
11.30am Musical storytimes
1.00pm The Wimpy Kid Show
Sunday 1st of June
10.30am Winnie the Pooh
12.00pm Musical Storytimes
1.30pm History's Maid: top of the chops goes Medieval
2.30pm History's Maid: What did you do in the war mummy?
3.30pm History's Maid: Arming a Knight and Medieval Combat.
LEEDS BRADFORD AIRPORT CELEBRATES
NEW FLIGHTS TO COPENHAGEN
New Scandinavian Airlines direct service starts
1 April 2014 – Customers checked in for Scandinavian Airline’s new direct flight to Copenhagen yesterday as Leeds Bradford Airport celebrated the start of the new twice weekly service. With a flight time of just one hour 40 minutes, prices start from just £66 one way or £119 return, including all taxes and charges. The new flights are expected to primarily attract the leisure traveler who can enjoy a weekend break, but also those passengers wishing to stay the working week in Scandinavia, with the Monday and Friday direct services between Leeds Bradford and Copenhagen.
Celebrations for the inaugural flight departing Leeds Bradford included a water cannon salute. Leeds Bradford Airport also handed two complimentary tickets to Leeds University students, Harriet Trayling & Joanna Mawdsley, helping them to travel to Copenhagen on the inaugural flight as part of their charity ‘Jailbreak’ escape.
Leeds Bradford – Copenhagen:
About Leeds Bradford Airport Leeds Bradford is the fastest growing top 20 airport in the UK. In 2013 3.3million passengers flew to over 70 destinations with 11 major airlines, serving 24 countries worldwide. An £11 million terminal development was completed in 2012.
Leeds Bradford International Airport serves Yorkshire, the largest county in England with a population of over 5 million. The airport is located only 8 miles from Leeds the 3rd largest city in the UK.