A couple of weeks ago a friend and I ventured out in the wet weather (being strong Yorkshire women we wouldn’t let a bit of weather stop us) to Skipton. Many years ago i’d visited the Fent shop which is literally an Aladdin’s cave of material for quilting, soft furnishings etc.
My intention had been to look for quilting materials for a project that I had in mind for Hula girl. I wasn’t disappointed. They had a variety of fat quarters for £1.50 which I felt was very reasonable and have found the fabric to be excellent quality. The staff there were very helpful, while we were in there Hula the little monkey started screaming blue murder for a feed. One of the ladies showed me to an area of privacy so that I could feed her in peace. So if you like working with textiles and you’re going to Skipton I would definitely recommend a visit.
The only negative is that it is very difficult to find, it took us an hour to finally discover it down an ally next to Martin Macolls newsagent.
Another place of interest for all meat lovers is Drake and Macefield butchers. They’re famous in the area for their award-winning pork pies. I had some and they were delicious, their sausages are lovely too. I had one small niggle which was the service. All of the items that I bought were put onto the counter top and the lady who served me just walked out into the back room without offering me a bag or anything. It was just awkward as I had my 6 month old baby daughter in my arms and other shopping bags. But apart from that it was spot on.
Although the rain was relentless, the drive home back to Castleford was excellent. I decided against going back through Bradford centre and chose a longer but far more fun and picturesque drive through Ilkley, Otley Harewood and then onto the A1 south. It makes me realise what I stunning county I have the privilege of living in. The rain only emphasised the green of everything around. The smell of wild garlic in the hedgerow was overwhelming but wonderful. Looking forward to visiting Skipton again very soon.