29 September 2019

Another Birthday

Another year older and what a wonderful birthday I have had. My lovely daughter found a beautiful cottage in Boroughbridge where we stayed from last Wed to Fri.




I had the large double bedroom and my daughter was in the second bedroom.


Boroughbridge, in North Yorkshire is a very pretty town 
full of quintessential old-world charm. The High Street has a wealth of lovely independent cafes and tea rooms, shops, pubs and restaurants.  There is a host of small shops and interior specialists selling gifts and mementos, gorgeous fashion boutiques that offer clothing and accessories from both major designers and one offs. You’ll struggle to walk down the high street without dipping into the shops, or sampling cakes and scones from the caf├ęs. There is also a butchers shop, veg shop and, one of my favourites, a fish-n-chip shop.

The Market Cross

War Memorial
At the time of our visit the World Cycling Championship was taking place in Harrogate and surrounding areas. Boroughbridge was decorated with flags and cycles. There are strings of knitted cycling shirts hung on the railings behind the memorial.


Boroughbridge's location is also very attractive, being just a few minutes from the A1(M) it makes an excellent base for visiting the Yorkshire Dales, Ripon, Leeds, York, Harrogate and many more.
Ripon and Harrogate were our main destinations. We arrived early on Wed afternoon to visit a family friend we hadn't seen for 9 years. We enjoyed lunch with him in his cafe in Ripon. After hours of chatting and reminiscing we went back to the cottage to enjoy relaxing, watching TV and eating chocolate! 
Thursday was my birthday. We started the day at a place I have wanted to visit for years, Newby Hall dolls house exhibition. Oh what a delight it was, there aren't enough superlatives to describe how amazing the collection is. There are so many beautiful houses on display, I can't show them all. They are all behind glass so there was a lot of reflection from lighting. I knew I was going to buy the book of the exhibition so I will scan some photos from it. I thought of limiting my selection to just 6 but after going through my photos and the book I have triple that amount!! So I have decided to do a separate blog dedicated to them.

Sentry duty

After the glorious dolls houses we went to Harrogate for a cream tea at Betty's Tea Room

Scrumptious
The weather was miserable rain and parts of the town were cordoned off for the cycle routes so we had a brief walk around before returning to the cottage.
Home the next day. It was a great birthday treat, all arranged by my darling daughter.

Be well ~
Polly x

18 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday for last Thursday! Lovely aughter and setting!I thought of you..saw something cute I want to make..a white lantern..not too big but w/ room for a miniature wing chairand footstool..Xmas tree w/ lights..a few books..♥A Chritmas vignette..Footstool and chair..br red and white check:)♥

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  2. What a lovely way to spend a birthday. I don't think I've ever been to Boroughbridge but I know Harrogate and the Dales. Those cyclists are having a rough time of it up there with the weather.

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    1. Hello John, miserable weather doesn't deter the cyclists. Boroughbridge is well worth a visit.

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  3. Happy belated birthday!What a wonderful and relaxing days you had.
    Your photos show the quintessential country lifestyle that I so love.

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  4. Belated Happy Birthday - what a thoughtful daughter you have to have arranged such a lovely few days for you. They come around far too quickly but when they are as nice as yours appears to have been, then they are much more bearable.

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    1. Hello Rosemary, I'm very proud of my lovely daughter.

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  5. Hi Polly and happy belated birthday! I have missed you! Hoping to be back on the blog soon. Lots of love Sarah (People Don't Eat Enough Fudge) x

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    1. Hi Sarah, it's good to hear from you again. I still look at your blog now and again, it will be good to have you back x

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  6. Happy Birthday, Polly! That looks like a lovely trip - your cottage is so cute, and that tea looks delicious! I laughed at the sentry sheep.

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    1. Hi Sheila, I'm pleased with the sheep photo, we were quite a distance from them so I thought it would be more blurred.

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  7. Happy Birthday, Polly! And good job, Daughter! What a wonderful way to spend this special day. It looks such fun and I'll be excited to see the photos from the exhibition catalogue. The cottage is wonderful. Yorkshire is a spot I want to visit when I come back to England next year. I might have to check into that cottage!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie. I would definitely recommend a visit to Yorkshire, especially north Yorkshire, it's absolutely beautiful x

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  8. Luckily, I stopped by your blog. The cottage looks comfortable. Happy birthday! Have a nice weekend in the early autumn.

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  9. What a fab birthday treat! Lovely cottage and very pretty place. And good weather!

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    1. Hi Liz, most of the time the weather was sunny and warm.

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