16 October 2014

Yorkshire (prounounced yoooouooooorkshr) tea, puddings and cats.

So, funny story - having travelled around the world literally on my own without terrible mishap, setting up a new life in a strange country and generally taking the world on full throttle; the last time I went to York I decided to adopt a monastic like way of living.

Without money.

Yorkshire (prounounced yoooouooooorkshr) tea, potatoes and cats.

It wasn't an entirely intentional new path to follow - whilst vrooming around the Derbyshire countryside on a girls weekend with Kelly earlier that weekend, after a look at the Crooked Spire Church in Chesterfield, we had decided to stop off in Bakewell (they had lured us in with cake - pretty simple to do really...) we had planned to met up with our favorite pinkie-raising Northern/New York (New Yorken?) blogger, Dannielle at Chicadeedee.

Yorkshire (prounounced yoooouooooorkshr) tea, potatoes and cats. 
I adore Yorkshire. I may be a little biased though - it happens that my distant family are from the friendly climes, and still have a shop on the Shambles - a medieval run of shops in the town centre. A compact city, the grand buildings and incredible Yorkminster makes for a lovely wander on weekend.

Running across a 10k race track (I'm not even kidding, I sorta wish I was) we beelined straight for Betty's Tearooms, a cake institution not to be missed. Sampling their array of delicacies (check out Danielle's and Kelly's beautiful images - but be warned they'll make you hungry) we marvelled at the line forming around the pretty tea house.

Yorkshire (prounounced yoooouooooorkshr) tea, potatoes and cats.

Trying the infamous smiling Rascal, it was at this point that I realised my utter lack of a wallet - cue searching every bag in the car, patting down the surfmobile and panicking slightly about how to get back to London - I began calculating how many dishes I would need to wash.

Yorkshire (prounounced yoooouooooorkshr) tea, potatoes and cats.

Amidst much laughter (and cruel threats of being forced to walk all the way home) my kind friends offered to help. Whew!

Yorkshire (prounounced yoooouooooorkshr) tea, potatoes and cats.

We went for a wander through the pretty city, stopping off at many of Dannielle's suggestions - snap happy as ever. Our forks as sharp as the wits possessing them we cupcaked in the shadow of the cathedral, sipped floral tea in beautiful stone archways and watched the process of handmade fudge being shaped.

Yorkshire (prounounced yoooouooooorkshr) tea, potatoes and cats.

We also found Japanese netsuke in a pretty antique dealers. As you do.

Yorkshire (prounounced yoooouooooorkshr) tea, potatoes and cats.

And you know that 'when in Rome' ethos? Well we had to try a Yorkshire pudding, in Yorkshire didn't we? Best 50p we've ever spent.

Yorkshire (prounounced yoooouooooorkshr) tea, potatoes and cats.


Luckily my wallet was found by the very kind and super honest Bakewell Pudding shop owners (I had been buying beer for the Mr - remind me never to do that again!) and they popped it in the post for me.

On writing this post it turns out that a memory card with all the really beautiful images of York that I had, decided that wiping itself would be a great idea. I give up.


Yorkshire (prounounced yoooouooooorkshr) tea, potatoes and cats.

In other news, I would make a terrific monk, shunning all worldly goods and technology in pursuit of a higher calling...

24 comments :

  1. Ah, you can't beat a day trip to York, I am lucky as I get to go there everyday for work. That Yorkshire pud looks epic! x

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  2. You have to change in York to get to where Sam's from - it's about 30 mins away from York. It's supposedly the most haunted city in England so maybe a trickster ghost took your wallet from you bag! ;) (Also hurray for getting it back!!!!) x

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  3. I love York! I went to uni there, lived there for the whole three years. I really miss it everyday, it totally stole my heart. I wrote a blog a while ago on why it's the best city in the UK (http://www.hellofarrah.com/york-best-city-uk/) and I genuinely reread the post when I'm missing home (!!). What a place :) Glad you enjoyed it xx

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  4. Hahaha I love your title, yoooooour right, it's always Yoooorkshire. Being a native of East Yorkshire, I rarely prounce my h's if I'm in my proper accent (it kinda faded at university and moving to the US). Confession time that I really don't like Yorkshire puddings, it's probably some kind of crime, but it's true. Glad to hear you had lots of fun and yey for being able to be reunited with your wallet, that would have had me in a right old panic!

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  5. I lived in Leeds for a year and had a day trip to York...I did of course visit Betty's tea rooms too!

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  6. I love the Yorkshire accent too (my Lincolnshire yellow-belly husband is quite the opposite!)
    Shhh - don't tell anyone about your dislike - they may strip your passport away...!

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  7. It is a heart-stealer of a county. What made you move?

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  8. Erm, the ghost story I like - sounds much better than me being dippy!

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  9. You are very, very lucky - what a sweet place!

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  10. Haha tell me about it, i've been told many a time i'm not a proper Brit because I hate roast dinners!

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  11. I'm glad you got your wallet back! What a stress, but luckily you were with friends

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  12. You've definitely convinced me I need to visit this area!! Oh the stress of misplacing your wallet!! Luckily it fell into honest hands for you to get it back!!

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  13. I graduated and moved to London for a job. Heading back up on Saturday- my sister loved it so much she lives there now! Just can't stay away!

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  14. Oh my god I could make a meal out of Yorkshire puddings! Love them so much. I really miss that about England. The food was so good.

    I wonder if Bakewell is home of the original Bakewell tart? Have you ever tried one before?

    V
    Life+1

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  15. I so need to visit Yorkshire even if it's just for that 50p Yorkshire pudding ;-)

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  16. It wasn't even not having cash (I had a tenner in loose change - enough for cake - whew!) it was more replacing all of my cards!

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  17. Honestly, Bakewell & York are utterly beautiful.
    They were so kind - not only do they sell delicious puddings, but courier lost wallets to stressed Kiwis!

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  18. The food is so good - the Brits have a meal called toad in a hole; sausages & gravy baked into a ginormous Yorkshire pud!
    Bakewell is indeed home to the original Bakewell pudding, and tart!

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  19. So many good foods. It's amazing that England has such a bad stereotype about their food. So wrong!

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  20. Wow! Doesn't sound like anything was going right from that day but yay for awesome days out with your friends and getting your wallet back!

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  21. Lost wallets are the stuff of nightmares! Ok and I probably have some sort of problem as at the picture of the Yorkshire pudding all I could think was yummmmmm gravy!

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