High up on the Pennines above Haworth is the ruin of an abandoned farm house, known as Top Withens. It’s long been rumoured to have been the location Emily Brontë had in mind when she wrote Wuthering Heights, because of its remote location and the obvious similarity in name. Continue reading
Of all the wonderful ideas I’ve come across in the WordPress community, the Echoes of My Neighbourhood prompt from Jacqueline at acookingpotandtwistedtales.com must be one of the best. The idea, simply, is to share pictures of your local area so bloggers around the world can get a flavour of different cities, landscapes and environments. How fantastic is that? Continue reading
I’ve had my fair share of underwhelming experiences trying to organise family days out at museums. Last weekend I think I finally got it right with a great afternoon out at Leeds City Museum! These are my five top tips for making the most of one of these free tourist attractions on our doorstep. Continue reading
I’m always a bit envious of mummy bloggers who produce seemingly effortless blog posts about family days out, interspersing fun facts about the place they’ve visited with adorable photos of their offspring. Every time we have a family trip somewhere I think ‘maybe I should blog about this’ but somewhere in amongst the bad-weather-lost-gloves-feeling-travel-sick-want-an-ice-cream-I’m-BORED chaos that accompanies all our trips out, I invariably end up losing the will to blog, if not to live, and by the time we get home I just need to lie down.
Anyway, Easter Sunday saw the kirstwrites family at Beamish Open Air Museum, as part of a weekend away in County Durham. If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know that I’m always banging on about how much I like museums, but Beamish really is brilliant. It’s not so much a museum as a huge historical theme park, with a painstakingly reconstructed town, colliery and pit village from the 1900’s, a 1940’s farm and much more. Which means you get history and a nice walk in the fresh air rolled into one – perfect! Continue reading
A few years ago when we lived in Huddersfield, the Husband and I used to go to the annual Imbolc Fire Festival in Marsden, a small town south west of Huddersfield, on the edge of the moors. We haven’t been for a long time but it was taking place this last weekend, so we decided to take the girls for a visit. Continue reading
For this year’s Halloween festivities we did something completely different as a variation to the usual trick or treating and pumpkin carving. We paid a visit to Continue reading
Following on from last Sunday’s howling success (or maybe just ‘howling’) we decided to do No Screen Sunday again yesterday. Here’s nine tips from the day about what worked and what didn’t: Continue reading