Saturday, 26 February 2011


As last week was half term and Daniel and Eleanor were off school, Mick decided to take yesterday off work so we could all spend the day together. The day dawned bright so we decided to drive over to Haworth, home of the famous Bronte Sisters.

Here you are able to take a tour around the Bronte Parsonage Museum, but we gave that a miss as we had Archie with us.
One of the things I love about Haworth is Main Street which is lined with lots of interesting little shops.

There's some beautiful scenery from the top of Main Street.
My favourite shop of all is Rose & Co Apothecary. It looks just as it would have done in Victorian times and sells wonderful bath and beauty products as well as having an annex which sells old fashioned sweets.

Eleanor loved Oh La La, a shop selling vintage clothes and other treasures.

Another of my favourites is Daisy Days, a florist which also has a huge range of gorgeous gifts, including Cath Kidston.

I loved the colourful display of springy animals in the window of Oates & Wiles, a shop selling all manner of gifts including jewellery and glassware.

After a good couple of hours exploring the shops, we travelled about five minutes by car to Coldspring Mill, which as well as selling outdoor clothes and equipment, sells knitting yarn at discount prices. They sell Debbie Bliss, Louisa Harding and Mirasol amongst others.

I was under pressure to make a purchase quickly as I had left the family in the car, and eventually decided on five 50g balls of Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran. It was marked as £22.50 RRP, however, having looked online, it seems that most retailers sell each 50g ball for nearly £5.00, which makes my purchase, which cost £11.25, an absolute bargain.
I don't know what I'll knit with it yet, but I'm sure the perfect project will become apparent in time.

On our way home we came across Keelham Farm Shop, and we soon realised why the car park was packed. The fruit and veg looked lovely and fresh, was competitively priced, and where possible was locally produced. There was a large meat section and we decided on a nice piece of beef for our Sunday dinner, along with some locally laid free range eggs and some fruit and veg.

I do like to support local businesses as well as buying locally produced food but it's sometimes hard to find a good farm shop near by. It's a shame that Keelham Farm Shop is so far away as I would definitely use it every week, though I shall go back from time to time.


  1. Sounds like the perfect kind of day. I love Howarth it's beautiful. Thanks for the link to Coldspring Mill, I'll have to try out my powers of persuasion on Tony! :)

  2. I went to the Bronte house when I was in 6th form ... over thirty years ago. I'm sure the village wasn't as attractive back then. It looks like I need to make a visit!

  3. What a fantastic day out. A little bit of everything packed into one day.
    Lisa x

  4. Wow - sounds great. The very first photograph is of a scene on one of my placemats. The placemats are quite old, belonged to mum and dad so they bring back fond memories - I use them whenever we use the dininfg table. Will check out the farmshop! Cheers. Dxx

  5. I love Haworth - my fave shop (if its still there) is the Souk - vintage shop x 1000!!! xxxx

  6. Your photos make me want to get in the car and go there straight away...great bargain with the wool too!

  7. You've just given me inspiration for a nice day out. Never been to Haworth and Main Street looks great to explore.

    Karen x

  8. It looks like you had an enjoyable day all round!
    I've been there once years ago and it was raining! Flighty xx

  9. Rose & Co is my favourite shop in Howarth as well and I really must make a trip to Coldspring Mill when I've worked through some more of my stash.

    Have a great week.

  10. Thank you for posting this :) Would love to visit the home of the Bronte sisters. So much to see in this world! Thanks for sharing. I love seeing corners of the world so different to mine.

  11. We really enjoy howarth there's a lovely park further down the hill with a great steam railway running through the town.

  12. My grandparents used to live near Howarth and we visited it regularly when I was little. It's lovely to see some things unchanged on the High Street! Hope that you had a lovely halfterm hol. Jx

  13. Not been to Haworth for ages ... must re-visit soon. Lovely pictures.

  14. Rachel - I want to go back to Coldspring Mill when I have more time, there was lots more to look at but I was aware they were all waiting for me so I was a bit rushed.

    Diane - The Souk is still there, though I couldn't wait to get out, it smelt really foisty, but it had lots of treasures to look at.

    Karen - Haworth is definitely worth a visit. We've been many times and always return.

    Thank you for all your comments, they're very much appreciated, and hello to all my new readers.