Thursday, 26 July 2012

In an English Country Garden...........

 I haven't been at my craft desk for a couple of days, but I know that some of you love seeing photos of what I have been getting up to, and the English countryside, so I took lots for you. We have been away, visiting good friends in a Yorkshire village where we lived when we were first married. Always a treat, even more so at this time of year, Graham is a fantastic gardener, just look how beautiful it is. The weather was hot and sunny, and we spent all our time out there, watching the bees and butterflies, it was so peaceful............




 We went on a train journey on the North Yorkshire Moors railway. They are old steam trains that have been beautifully restored by volunteers, running through some of the most glorious countryside. If you are ever that way, don't miss it. They put us in a first class carriage, so the four of us sat in a rather splendid carriage in armchairs, sipping coffee from paper cups which rather destroyed the illusion of grandeur!



we chugged past lovely little country stations...........

one of the beautifully restored steam trains..............

lovely stacks of old suitcases in the waiting room........
for the signalman to flag down the trains.........


in case of fire.........

Sir Nigel took us back to Pickering. A more recent steam train, but very famous............



We ended up having lunch in Pickering, and a browse around the town, where we discovered this cake shop, a visual feast! 

The whole trip was a nostalgia fest, I loved it. Hope you have enjoyed the photos, I'll be back with crafty things tomorrow

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Judy C in WI.

Cec said...

How lovely that you actually has sunshine for your visit and your train journey. Love the steam trains and did one the first time we went to visit our friends near Lichfield. Heading back this September with a trip to Rome in the middle so hopefully the weather will co-operate. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos.
Husg!
Cec

paperpapier said...

thank you Enfy for sharing this. I live 1000 miles apart (.. and cannot afford the overseas holiday..sad..) and enjoy looking at those beautiful scenic photos of your country. My 3 1/2 old son (in kindy now) will be delighted to see the steam train as he is a Thomas & Friends fanatic. Going to show him the photos tonight.
Heaney xx

Hrvatica said...

Great photos. Thank you for sharing them.

Heather said...

What a lovely trip. I loved all the green in the pictures. Our area of the country is so brown from the heat, no rain and fires.

nannapat said...

Oh my word! What a beautiful garden. Glad you enjoyed your trip down memory lane Enfys.Pat x

Craftychris said...

What lovely photo's, the garden is sooo beautiful, Graham certainly has green fingers! How cool to have a steam train trip, shame your coffee wasn't in a nice china mug! Modern times eh! xx

Crafty Cat said...

Simply beautiful, NYMR and Pickering is a regular haunt of ours - hubby likes the trains and I like the countryside - we live about an hour away so usually end up there a few times a year. xxx Carol V

Jessica said...

Absolutely Spectacular! Just one of the reasons I want to come to the UK. All the beautiful scenery, the archetecure, old churches and the wonderful people too. I love seeing what went on in the world before the US even existed. Thanks so much for sharing these lovely pix.
Hugs, Jess

Sandra H said...

Wow Enfys, If l have a garden like that l would be in it all the time its beautiful and so beautifully attended too! great holiday snaps and thanks for sharing them, xx

kisatrtle said...

I so want to come visit.... Beautiful pictures

lisa said...

A part of the world I know very well, En. Your photos are gorgeous and that garden, well it's stunning. How I would love to potter in that!!!
You were lucky with the sunshine too, it's been sadly lacking this week here in Yorkshire when the rest of the country seem to be basking in Summer.
So glad you enjoyed your visit.
Hugs Lisax

Dianne said...

Never been to England, it looks beautiful.

Dianne Bell - Sewpro02@aol.com

Stacey said...

Homesick! I'm a brummie bird and get back when I can. There is nothing better than sitting in the garden on a sunny afternoon....and it is a beautiful garden!! Though not much chance of that for me here in sunny Arizona!

Claudia said...

Absolutely gorgeous! What a fun day for you.

CraftyCooky said...

Wow Enfys, what a beautiful garden, tell you friend Graham that he is a fabulous gardener. I so love the variety. I sat on my deck last evening and looked at pretty gardening magazine and Graham's garden could be in them easily. I would love to visit this same place one day.
Hugs.
Claire

sucor said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures, I want to come visit as well!

MizMaryAnn said...

My Dad was a railroad Engineer on steam engines then on diesel engines in Texas. He sure must have been hot! I love your beautiful pictures.

Kristie Maynard said...

What a beautiful trip you had! I love a beautiful English garden, nothing like it! There are some here in the US that think they have an English garden, but they don't really have a clue. BUT we have a neighbor that has the most splendid garden ever. There was a 'garden walk' in our community last weekend and she was part of it. I spent a few lovely hours at her home feeling like I was in England again. So beautiful!

misteejay said...

Fabulous photos - I love the Yorkshire countryside.

Toni xx

Anonymous said...

Thank for sharing your adventure.
dmcardmaker