Wednesday 6 June 2012

Loverrrrrly Jubilee

The Diamond Jubilee celebrations started early for us as last Tuesday, Eleanor was in a concert at school. She performed three songs with her music class, one of them being something she'd co-written with a boy in her class. Later in the concert she sang as part of a choir which she attends after school.

On Saturday, we headed off to Temple Newsam, a place we visit often and one which I've mentioned quite a few times previously on the blog. I will tell you more about Saturday's visit in my next post.

My mum and dad came for dinner on Sunday and we had a lovely lazy day, sitting and chatting and watching the river pageant on tv. Dinner was traditional British fare, roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, and it was delicious if I do say so myself. We don't often have a roast on a Sunday, we usually have it on a Monday instead, so it made a real change. I think we chose the right day to stay indoors as it absolutely poured down all day, and watching the river pageant on tv, we could see that many people got drenched.

Haworth was our destination on Monday. It's somewhere we have a couple of trips to each year, strolling up and down the main street and looking what the little shops have to offer. The street was decorated with bunting and looked very festive.

Some houses were decked out in red, white and blue. I thought this house looked particularly pretty with lots of plants in pots outside.

We called in at Coldspring Mill at Cullingworth on the way home, where I stocked up on some yarn, some for knitting and some for crochet, but more of that another day.

On Monday night, we headed to Barwick In Elmet which is the next village to us. It comprises the buried remains of an Iron Age hillfort and a twelfth century motte and bailey castle. Hall Tower Hill is West Yorkshire's largest Motte, and this was the location for one of the Jubilee beacons.

Daniel and Eleanor headed to the top, but as we had Archie with us, Mick and I stayed at the bottom and watched from there. After the beacon had been lit, there was a rousing rendition of God Save The Queen.

We had another lazy day yesterday. The crochet hook came out and I joined a few more squares of my granny square blanket before putting it aside and getting out the knitting.

Mick's back at work today, but I could really get used to these long weekends.


  1. Hello! Just stumbled upon your blog via Lavender Attic and love it! We have so much in common, family, crochet, thriftiness, flowers, list is endless! Also I must visit Haworth, my son lives in Leeds so we will have to pay a visit next time we go through. Love from Claire, your newest follower xx

  2. Sounds as if you had a lovely weekend. The weather was pretty grim down here in Worcester but we managed a day out on Monday. All the best, Jx

  3. What fun celebrating with the Queen. I watched some of the celebrations on tv.

  4. Looks and sounds like you enjoyed a lovely weekend. J had to work Monday and Tuesday so it has felt like a normal weekend for us.I did manage to fit in a bit of carbooting while he was at work on Monday!

  5. Now that is a full and bust weekend. You managed to get out and about so much and celebrate. Haworth is on my wish list of places to visit. Congrats to Eleanor for performing well again and singing her own composition.
    Lisa x

  6. Hi Jo, your weekend sounds lovely. Mmm roast beef and yorkshire pudding. We haven't had a roast for ages. Your pictures are lovely, everything so festive and I like the little house with the pots of flowers. Looking forward to seeing your granny square blanket xxx

  7. Thank you for all your lovely comments.

    Claire - Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. It sounds like we've got lots in common. Haworth is lovely, definitely worth a visit when you're visiting your son, it's not too far from Leeds.

    Jan - Glad you managed to get out on Monday. I was pleased that we'd arranged to stay in on Sunday as it was absolutely bouncing down.

    Ruth - I think the jubilee celebrations went very well. I watched lots of the coverage on tv too.

    Scarlet - What a shame that J had to work on Monday and Tuesday. I love these long weekends, it feels like such a treat when we have extra time together as a family.

    Lisa - We've been stuck indoors quite a bit recently due to the decorating we've been doing, so I was determined to get out this weekend. You'd love Haworth. The little shops there are like treasure troves, I love to visit them.

    Emma - I loved that house with all the pots outside, it looked so festive decked out in bunting. I'm still plodding on with the blanket. I'll have the border to do once it's crocheted together, so I think it'll be a while before it's completed yet.