Walks in Boston Spa

Walks in Boston Spa

If you’ve walked around Boston Spa recently you may have noticed the new blue plaques identifying historic buildings and other sites in Boston Spa (such as the bridge) – the Council has installed 11 of these in the last few months.

To facilitate a first-hand view of all the plaques while providing more information, a brochure has been produced describing 2 circular walks around Boston Spa, each about 1½ miles long, which can be combined into one longer walk. The Eastern Trail starts in front of the library and takes you up the High Street to Wharfeside, down to the river and back along the riverside path, with a chance to read all of the plaques along the way. The Western Trail lets you take in more of the natural scenery, taking you along the river to Jackdaw Crag, then up Deep Dale Valley and back along the High Street.

Brochures are available for only 20p from the library and Yeadon’s Hardware Store. You can also download the brochure here.

The autumn colour is lovely at the moment and should stay that way for another few weeks. Enjoy the walk!

 

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Electric Car Charging Point

Electric Car Charging Point

We are pleased to advise that we have our own electric car charging point at the side of the house, available free of charge to all guests, including guests staying at one of our cottages. The location is right next to where we park our cars, i.e. we will have to move one of our cars in order for you to use the charging point – but all you have to do is ask us, and we will be happy to do that for you.

 

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Wild Orchids in Yorkshire

Wild Orchids in Yorkshire

They’re later than usual, but they’re now in bloom: the wild orchids. Yes, right here in the “frozen North.”

If you come and visit we’ll tell you where you can see them in person.

 

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Express Breakfast

Express Breakfast

Early start? We’re pleased to offer what we call an “Express Breakfast” – consisting of (usually) a juice, fresh fruit, home-made muffin or cake, granola bar, cheese, and sausage. If you prefer, we can make it a lunch bag with a sandwich – if you have special wishes or requirements for this, you may need to give us a little notice. I just made a batch of savoury corn muffins (with cheese, onion, green pepper, and lots of fresh herbs from the garden) which are in the freezer… the cycling mob had some for their post-cycling breakfast yesterday, and they seemed to go down well. The one in the photo is a blueberry muffin, however.

 

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Open Garden

Open Garden

Last Sunday we had the garden open again under the National Garden Scheme (NGS = the “Yellow Book”), together with another garden in Boston Spa. We had over 300 visitors, of whom 175 purchased their tickets from us. We also served tea/coffee and cake (we had helpers!). On Monday we had another 35 visitors from the University of the Third Age. Overall we raised £700 for the NGS and the charities they support, plus £750 from the cakes and Monday’s visitors, which we are donating to the Samaritans in memory of our good friend John, plus another £200 from the plant stand, which went to Horticap. Not a bad day!

The garden was looking good, though we wished it had been about two weeks later – the aquilegias and the hostas, the banksia rose and the peonies, would have been out then. Still, we didn’t get any complaints, so it was all good.

The photo is from the side of the house, with the “white garden” in the foreground.

 

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Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

At 9.33 this morning, we had the solar eclipse at 90% – as witnessed by the international group of guests from South Africa and Canada we had staying here.

This dramatic shot was taken by one of our guests from our front garden. He was telling us that he’d been fortunate enough to see the last total eclipse in South Africa – was it 1999? The birds stopped singing while the sun was obstructed and the corona was visible (we weren’t as lucky as that here, unfortunately) – it must have been an amazing moment.

Still, it was dramatic here as it was – the sky was clear, and the clouds started to come in just after the highest point of the eclipse. Through dark glasses, all we could see was a tiny sickle of sun. It was distinctly darker!

 

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy, prosperous New Year. A little peace on earth would be very nice as well.

Here is what must surely be the last rose of the year. I was going to go out and pick it yesterday, but I’m glad I forgot, as it allowed me to take this photo of it covered in hoar’s frost. Very cold this morning!

The b&b is now closed until 7 February so that we can enjoy a break. However, all 3 cottages are up and running and may well be available for you – send us an e-mail and find out.

Best wishes from both of us,

Anne

 

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New Birch Trees

New Birch Trees

The storm was imminent (strong winds were forecast), and David just managed to get the new birch trees into the ground. Four groups of 3 on the corner of the croquet lawn – should make a nice stand of trees. We went for the larger ones, as we’re not so young anymore.

 

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Christmas… coming soon

Christmas… coming soon

Well, I’ve made a start. Gave some of the evergreens in the garden a haircut, as well as the ivy in the lane; nicked some of the peppers that David grew in the greenhouse: we have a wreath for the front door. A bit lopsided, but it didn’t cost much (we are, after all, in Yorkshire). Also made a garland for the stairs, which will be installed shortly.

Now I’d better get busy decorating the inside of the house as well.

 

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Raspberries

Raspberries

Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, 2 December 2014: look what I just picked in the garden! How can I think about decorating the house for Christmas when there are still raspberries to pick? Well, this is likely to be the last of them… in fact, I found them as I was picking greens for a wreath and a garland, so it won’t be long now.

 

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