We have just returned from our weekend away at Harrogate. We had to stop overnight both ways as it was a long drive for oldies but we stayed withour son and his family and it was great.

The hotel was very nice and they fed us well but we hadn’t realised how hilly Harrogate is. Here on the South Coast it is flat and we don’t have stairs in our bungalow so our knees weren’t used to steep slopes.

As everywhere, there were closed shops but Betty’s was open and we queued for lunch and bought some fat rascal scones to bring home. ( They didn’t get any further than our son’s!)

On Sunday we strolled round the gardens – for two hours! Hubby went to look for somewhere he had stayed in the 1960’s but it had been knocked down in 1976 and rebuilt.

That’s our holiday for this year. We were glad to get home and will now continue our search for a four legged companion. The local kennels has a nine year old schnautzer, but I’m not sure about that. We usually get a mongrel.


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I am a retired schoolteacher now writing novels in Worthing where I live with my husband. After eight locally based relationship novels I have now written a children's story which could be considered a pastiche of Beverley Nichol's works which I loved as a child and still remember fondly. " Penny Down the Drain" may remind folk of " Alice in Wonderland " or " Narnia." but it is set in the 21st century. Our two sons are similarly creative as one is a journalist and the other an actor. When there is no pandemic I am the publicity secretary for Worthing Friendship Centre and listen to live music , folk and jazz.

9 thoughts on “Harrogate”

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed Harrogate, just twenty minutes from my home. Did you visit both Valley Gardens and Harlow Carr?

    Harrogate is surrounded by such interesting places to visit so I hope you managed a little sightseeing. I love Knaresborough and Castle gardens, then there’s Ripley Castle, oh, I hope you managed that visit, so lovely and of course, there’s the jewel in the crown, York.

    I’m afraid most of Yorkshire is very hilly especially here in the Dales.

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      1. Diabetic dog would have been less worry for you, and easy to manage, correct food, watch weight and No treats or titbits. Shame about that.


  2. Gosh, poor thing, I identify with the sore knees. My kids live in a lovely old house built in 1910, their 30 stairs are steep and high and my knees complain bitterly. I love my children. I still visit. What to do?
    Glad you enjoyed. Cheers, Muriel


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