Posted on July 20, 2014
Hello Summer! Well…almost here at Beau HQ though I know for many it has already begun. The warmer weather in Yorkshire has been most welcomed and the life that it enables us to live is such a delight. I love all seasons but I think I’m really mostly absolutely a summer girl…. What about you?
1. First up on this weeks favourites is exactly that summer vibe; warmer and lighter nights! This week my girl and I after a post-school shop in nearby Harrogate, decided to turn the car round on the way home and go back into the town for supper. We both simply wanted to stay out longer in the evening warmth and had the most beautiful time just talking away like ‘big girls’. We went to the newly opened Lucia’s which has lots of al fresco dining… Highly recommend! Didn’t get a photo from the frontage this time but there’s a post I wrote earlier on Facebook here.
As we left and walked back to our car through the town houses pictured here, we found ourselves amidst a reading festival and surrounded by people just…doing.. life… ahhh so romantically gorgeous.
We passed this handsome heifer on the way home too… perfection.
2. Next up True Grace candles. Normally associated with colder nights and snuggling in, but after a friend gave me one of these for my birthday I just had to buy another fragrance because they are such a summery delight. True Grace candles I have long been a fan of but never owned. Till now. The fragrance (when they are not even lit) wafts under your nose when you least expect and are so gorgeously scented, I’d highly recommend as a gift. We have Chamomile (which isn’t like the herbal tea, ie kinda nice but tame….) and the one I’ve just bought is Lemon Tree… Soooo amazing and very summer. You can buy online from Noras (here)
3. Thirdly, as temperatures rise, eye makeup that doesn’t budge! I came across 24 Hour Colour Tattoo (by Maybelline) about a couple of months back and immediately bought in 4 shades… It is amazing and half the beauty is you don’t need to be too precise! Darker all-over the eye shades often require you to be needing long enough to apply i.e. night out for Moms or twenty-something with lots of time to experiment with application! This… Not so. It ‘blends out’ really well meaning you can kinda swoosh over your eyes and it looks good!
Posted on July 17, 2014
Last weekend it was the village Gala. Having hosted the Tour De France the week prior, this was always going to be seen by just a few thousand visitors less. I couldn’t stay long and might have liked to have spent time getting some cute pics but as seems to be the way, it was a few hurried shots which I shared on Facebook (you can see all of them here).
It is amusing just how old-fashioned these things seem… so quaint and typically villagey… and why?? Guess it comes down to community – to celebrating life in all its weird and wonderfulness… flowers in wells, knobbly knees and all!
Walking home we passed these, so colourful and attracting all the bees!
The next day going out for a long run, the countryside was so pretty. The sky was a brilliant blue and the fields so green. I passed by the Ilkley International Tennis Tournament, miniature orange trees and a cricket match. Oh so very English!
Posted on July 10, 2014
Posted on July 3, 2014
Powerwalking though Addingham the other day in the sunshine I marvelled at the creativity the locals have put into making the town so special for the Tour De France, which whizzes through not once, but twice in two days time. I knew then I wanted to mark the occasion with a post of some kind, but what…? Coloured bikes amongst plants is hardly sexy or appealing to anyone who doesn’t give a rip about either. This kind of event… the kind people go ‘nuts’ about… I’m normally the person who doesn’t… but this… it’s got a real momentum and though I care not for the bikes, the local spirit of ‘we will do this excellently’ IS what grabs my attention. I LOVE it!!
This week was already stretched and any time taking photos was going to be with my daughter in tow possibly searching for any number of the 23 bikes hidden in the town for a local competition. I captured what I could (most of them on a grey day too just like it!). Uploading these I settled for a post simply showcasing one ‘very Yorkshire’ towns’ effort for one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
The Addingham Garden Friends, in particular, have done themselves proud (I didn’t know they existed till this week!), not to mention the local businesses. So here, on the penultimate eve of The Tour De France, Grand Depart 2014, are a few little moments from a beautifully quaint town near Ilkley, called Addingham. Enjoy!
Quite a spectacle don’t you think?! Interesting to see how we all celebrate things in different ways; all wonderfully unique! Here’s to a great Tour De Yorkshire! Has your town hosted the Tour De France? What kind of crazy went on there?