Our visit began with Jill (see her blog here) meeting us at the Grosmont (silent s) train station. We trudged up the hill with our cases, turned into "Institute Row" and arrived at our cottage. It was amazing inside - fully fitted kitchen, laundry room, lovely sitting/dining room with TV and fireplace and upstairs the huge bathroom and two bedrooms with queen-sized beds in each! Denise turned up with fresh eggs, which we cooked up for dinner...yummy!
The next day was cloudy and threatened rain, although it was warm. We had been pleasantly surprised by the village with all it had to offer people, so we decided to poke around. We passed the old schoolhouse that had recently been renovated as a cafe, the village church, the tunnel through which the steam trains chugged past a gorgeous garden, and ended up at the train museum. Coming back, we stopped at the schoolhouse for lunch and then poked our heads inside many of the intriguing shops down the road.
The following morning, Jill phoned and offered to take us for a drive so we accepted. What a wonderful and gracious hostess she was! She took us all over the moors and to several neighbouring villages to show us the views, where her grandchildren go to school and church, and the famous village of Goathland where the British TV show "Heartbeat" was filmed. That was especially exciting for me as I'm a fan of the show. After that, we went to the North Yorkshire Visitors' Center and had lunch in the "Wooly Sheep Cafe."
We went out to visit Denise one day, too, and had a wonderful visit. We strolled along the lanes near her home and saw lots of horses, geese and other water fowl, her church and had cuddles with Frieda, one of her German Shepherds and watched her chickens scarf down spaghetti noodles. She served us tea and scones in her lovely and cosy kitchen and we got to see up close her new Aga!
I could tell you so much more, but I'll just let you watch the slideshow (and turn up the sound) to see for yourself that Yorkshire is a beautiful area of the world! I'll leave you with one more thing:
!HAPPY NEW YEAR!