Feeling Potterish

01/09/14 – 365 Challenge #244

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Exploring Edinburgh

31/08/14 – 365 Challenge #243

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Supporting The Magpies (Instead Of The Robins)

30/08/14 – 365 Challenge #242

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Living The North Yorkshire Life

29/08/14 – 365 Challenge #241

My first day in Yorkshire was typically cutesy: walking down the village to collect Granny’s paper, and dropping her sister-in-law’s paper off down the road, with a quick chat to neighbours in between, watching soaps and drinking innumerable cups of tea, accompanied by the customary biscuits.

At midday, we headed out to a local village to a farm shop restaurant for lunch. We all had mushroom soup and a roll (which in my case was actually a sandwich with beef and watercress), which was delicious, followed by a poke around the shop.

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Back at my Granny’s, the three little old ladies (I count myself amongst them, at heart if not in age) sat down to read (I started reading The Scorch Trials, second in The Maze Runner series) and have a snooze (I didn’t sleep. I draw the line at napping if I’m not at University). Granny then suggested she and I have a game of table tennis, which she has set up in her garage.

I’ve played many times against my Granny, and I don’t think I’ve ever beaten her (or at any racquet sport!) It was one set all. Then she beat me. My seventy-six year old grandmother can still beat my twenty year old self! I blame her competitive nature.

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A couple of hours later, when I had just begun to get over my disappointment, I looked at my phone to see I had half a dozen Twitter notifications, something that never happens. 90 minutes previously I entered a competition to win tickets to see The Saturdays live in Cardiff in less than two weeks time, and I won! Amazing!

On a high, it was time for dinner. A prerequisite of mine whenever I come north are Cockett’s steak pies, which are without question the best pies you can buy – I am not biased at all.

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All in all, it was a day reminiscent of many a day I’ve spent in Yorkshire since I was six. Like I said, it was cutesy.

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On My Travels

28/08/14 – 365 Challenge #240

I left at just gone nine this morning, on my 320 mile journey to North Yorkshire to visit my Granny for a little over a week. After the boring but necessary jobs of filling my car up and checking the tyre pressures, I was off.

I made it to just south-west of Birmingham in good time, and stopped off for a coffee and a cake, before the second leg of the journey. I had intended to stop south of Sheffield, but the traffic was appalling between Nottingham and Sheffield so I decided to clear the congestion before stopping at Wakefield for a sandwich (and more fuel). Thankfully the final stretch was only an hour long, so I made it to my Granny’s at just gone 4pm.

As soon as I arrived, I was introduced to cousin Susan (who is staying with Granny for a few nights) and cousin Mike (who was just visiting), and a cup of tea and a slice of cake was waiting for me! Typical Yorkshire spirit.

At dinner time Granny and I walked over the road to the pub to get takeaway scampi and chips. After being hunched up in the car all day I actively wanted to go for a walk, so Granny and I set off up one of the hills. We didn’t get very far since it was getting dark, but we did see some of the beauty North Yorkshire has to offer.

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Always

27/08/14 – 365 Challenge #239

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Under The Weather

26/08/14 – 365 Challenge #238

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