I know many people have written about the Tour de France but I've not seen or read much about where we were so here's how our weekend went. As you might expect the caravan played a large part and we were lucky enough to get it on a site up Littondale before Arncliffe. (If you follow Lucy at Attic 24 it's the same site she had her van on last year)
An ideal spot with gorgeous views all round
As we had arrived Thursday teatime we had all Friday to do something, that meant a trip into Skipton - how I love that place! Here are just some of the pictures we took
A diversion into Taste meant we were soon filling our shopping bag with goodies
There was some amazing embroidery in Fat Faces window
and yarn bombing at Wild Oats Cafe
I even managed a visit to Purl and Jane to look at all their wool
All that and then coffee and cake at Coopers Cafe Bar
sitting in my favourite corner
Seeing that Skipton was starting to get busy, we went back to the van and avoided the traffic. We were entertained during the afternoon by the wildlife on the site
The rabbit was one of a family of 5 who were just playing around the caravans, running under them when people walked passed. The hedgehog just seem to appear and walked across the internal road in front of our van.
We had an early start on Saturday in order to pack a picnic and walk down from the site to where we were going to watch the race. By this time we had been joined by C and A who were staying further up the dale at a local pub. It was already quite busy when we arrived at our chosen spot
so we got ourselves sorted and put up the bunting
We realised that we could see well into the distance
If you look carefully right in the middle of the picture you can see part of the entourage coming down the road. There was a big shout as the 'caravane' was spotted, here is just a taste of it
After a long wait a helicopter was seen, it got nearer and with it the first cycles in the distance, shortly they were with us
The sun continued to shine as we made our way back to the site
where we felt that a little celebration was in order so Prosecco and homemade elderflower cordial cocktails were made and dually consumed - a fitting end to the day.
Sunday morning David and I went on the hunt for a paper in Kettlewell. The tour had passed through after they left us, and the village had certainly made itself look pretty.
We did manage to get a paper in the village shop
I loved all the tins on the top shelf and then the old baking utensils and bottles underneath!
On returning to the van we had a belated breakfast
which set us up nicely for our walk up the dale to Litton where the Queens Arms was waiting. Now the Queens Arm and ourselves go back a long way in fact to the late 70's when we, C and A and our other friends B and J used to go and camp May Day weekends in the field opposite. It's quite comforting going back as in many ways it's not changed too much and the corner table where Fizz, Buzz was regularly played is still there.
We had another gorgeous evening ending in this sunset
Have to say that was the calm before the storm as although Monday started fine, the heavens opened as we were packing up and poor David was soaked to the skin! It did delay us but I managed to arrive at work with 5 minutes to spare.
But now I need to say bye as I have to finish a 'Crispy Greek-style pie' for tea, pictures and recipe next time if it works out. Till then enjoy the rest of Wednesday, Anne x