Archive for the ‘Hidden places’ Category

There’s not many places nowadays where you can get a decent drink and cake, where your surrounded in beautiful decor and you can just basically switch off from the busy hustle and bustle of everyday life. Especially in a busy place like York, the latter is the hardest to find, with so many chain cafes popping up it’s getting harder to find a place with a bit of character. Don’t get me wrong I do love a good Starbucks, but sometimes you just want something a little bit different! Wandering down the Shambles the other day, I found the answer to all my needs –The Flax and Twine Cafe – It’s one of those places that you want to keep as a secret from the rest of the world but at the same time shout about it from the rooftops!

From the moment you walk in you know you are in for something special and are treated to a real feast for the eyes! You quite literally dont know where to look! Every surface is filled with quirky trinkets, and vintage finds – with everything from cupcake cases to beautiful lampshades and ribbons. The lovely  cafe upstairs offers lots of treats – and if your lucky enough you can get a seat by the window to watch the world go by. For the creative types they also offer crafty workshops – the next one being make your own vintage purse, more details on their website.

I look forward to my next visit – I know I won’t be staying away for long!

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I always remember reading ‘The Secret Garden’ when I was little, and then watching it come to life in the cinema, probably one of the first films I ever saw! From then on I always wanted to find a mystery key, to my own secret garden, much like wanting the back of my wardrobe to open up to reveal a secret land – (who hasn’t tried to do this??!!) I’ve always been a fairytale kind of person.

Well I think I finally found a secret garden, ok so there’s no mystery key and it’s technically not a secret but when you have the entire place to yourself it certainly feels like that! This garden is so beautiful  with magnolia and cherry blossom trees in full bloom, an ornamental pond,  ivy covered walls, topiary trees and acres of ground to wander round, surely one of the best places to be on a warm sunny day.

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So very sad to hear the news that The House Of Avalon vintage shop is to close at the end of the month. Easily one of my favourite vintage shops – set out over two rooms one full of beautiful vintage clothing and accessories and the other a quirky little tea room complete with ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ on play. It will be such a loss to York , as it’s so much nicer to have a cup of tea sitting in there, surrounded by vintage memorabilia.

I’ve bought some of my very favourite vintage pieces from there, including a beautiful pink prom style dress from the fashion show they put on before Christmas and my cropped floral jacket that I bought on the opening day.

Such a shame to see the shop disappear.

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Haworth is fast becoming one of my favourite places to be, having spent a couple of weekends there recently.

Im in love with the steam train that transports you to this amazing cobbled street village, and how there’s something new to see each time I’m there.

Im in love with the cute little shops and the amazing pottery cafe – Cobbles and Clay, where all the staff wear brightly coloured aprons and the best hazelnut latte ever is made, in fact just the best cup of coffee!!

I’m also fast discovering that there are a couple of local cats who seem to be known by all, and enjoy and a good laze around in various places in the village, including Oscar pictured above who enjoyed sharing a sandwich, and the lovely black and white cat who was sunning himself in the door way of Daisy Days

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Spent the weekend at Judy’s Affordable Vintage fair, at the Corn Exchange in Leeds. Complete with beautiful surroundings, lovely vintageness and a sparkly Christmas tree it was enough to put you in a festive mood to buy lots of christmas presents! I purchased lots of lovely items including a lovely white lacey top, a blue patterned kaftan and some hand made badges that I loved – my favourite were all the bird patterned ones – they are pictured above and you can find lots of lovely vintage and hand made Items here from this stall!!

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