Lovely Local Drives

I am an incredibly lucky lady. Living in North Yorkshire I am surrounded by rural beauty which (in my humble opinion) can’t be rivalled. One of my non-resolutions (I don’t make resolutions because I break them) is to photograph more of the beautiful places around us and to facilitate that I’m already planning drives and walks out! We have some great places to visit.

Sutton Bank

Sutton Bank forms the highest point of the Hambleton Hills and is the most commonly used route for  us (I’m in Thirsk) to get up to the North Yorkshire Moors / along to the coast (just over an hour away). It’s something of a steep drive up with a 1 in 4 (25% gradient) and features a hairpin bend but oh my days it is worth it! There is a visitor centre at the top, you can watch members of the gliding club set off, fly and land and it is the starting point for some truly fabulous scenic walks.

And the views!

This is just one of the gorgeous views Sutton Bank offers.

Photo credit

Just ten minutes or so up the road this is one of our favourite “jump in the car and go” driving destinations.

The Hole of Horcum

On the way across the North Yorkshire Moors (which is beautiful in itself) you come across the site of a 400 foot deep natural bowl, just over half a mile across. Some say it was formed via an asteroid long ago and some say Wade the Giant scooped up a massive handful of earth during a row with his wife, to throw at her (I love the latter explanation). A bit of a drive it’s definitely worth the effort,

You have to see it yourself to appreciate the sheer size and beauty of the Hole of Horcum.

Photo credit

There are so many fabulous drives local to me, many of them ending up at landmarks or well-known areas of natural beauty such as these however sometimes we just like to pack a picnic, make sure we’re organised (and covered www.chill.ie/car-insurance/ ) and just drive! Doing this is how we’ve found some fabulous little scenic routes, old villages churches that don’ have their own websites or claims to fame yet should still be appreciated, parks and rivers and grassy knolls…..

If you head up towards Masham and take a wrong turn, for example, you might find yourself on a wonderfully scenic route around the countryside with plenty of places to set down, eat your lunch and enjoy the local wildlife (deer included). The same can be said for Richmond (Richmond, North Yorkshire, not Richmond “down south”). 

Sometimes ditching the tourist guides and the local websites and just setting out to see where you find yourself can be a wonderful thing!

Us, heading up towards Richmond.

 

The Run Up to Christmas

Every year I work frantically throughout December to finish all my copywriting work, including all work that needs writing/publishing/scheduling for clients in advance, taking me up to when the boys go back to school. So when they are off, I am off! This means a fabulously festive and much needed break for us, and Daddy too when he finishes a week later, and is very much worth the silly hours working in preparation for it.

You see, I’m something of a Christmas fairy. I love all things Christmas and find the excitement quite contagious. I don’t get stressed, we just enjoy the novelty.

There are the school plays….

Taylor as a reindeer in his school production of "Santa on Strike".

Taylor as a reindeer in his school production of “Santa on Strike”.

I made my own wreath for the first time this year at a workshop held at Kristina’s in Thirsk.

I'm very proud of my efforts too!

I’m very proud of my efforts too!

We always go to the Thirsk Christmas Lights Switch on (quite the affair)!

Dancing with with kids and taking selfies with the big kids (4/6 of the siblings here).

Dancing with the kids and taking selfies with the big kids (4/6 of the siblings here).

I finish work and do a happy dance.

I finish work and do a happy dance.

The Annual Nicki and Lauren (my youngest sister) Christmas outing (shopping, great food, wonderful company and a visit to the Christmas Tree Festival).

c9 c10

I dress up in my favourite festive wear to go and pick the boys up from school on the last day (much to their / and many other’s amusements).

15439936_10155495980623998_1846820601584622796_n

And we’re now on the countdown to Christmas! The run up was fun, the countdown….. I can’t wait!