Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Black Swan lunch table, Helmsley

À table ! A very generous "light" lunch with French visitors. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Black Swan Helmsley

Unless you've just done a long hike on the Cleveland Way, share your portions here; they are very generous. The Black Swan is so Breeteesh; the scones are as good as home-made and the unique blend of tea is deliciously refreshing - a must for foreign visitors.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Woollons and Harwood

On the same road as Monday's scarecrows, this kitchenware shop is a delight for locals and tourists alike. Woollons, founded in York in 1901,  have a second outlet in Thirsk, another attractive North Yorkshire market town.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

More house

In response to the interest in this Helmsley house, here is a fuller shot with the mini-spires of the church tower peeping over the top. Thank you for your comments.

Monday, April 9, 2012


Still Helmsley, an irresistible couple of characters watching the world go by. They must never get bored, as these gardens are on the path to the castle. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

For all the saints …

The elegant Victorian church of All Saints, Helmsley, seen from the top of the market square near the Black Swan hotel. The unidentified house sets off the church rather nicely. 

There has been a church on this site since before the Norman conquest, and the current one apparently replaced a 12th century construction, which would be unthinkable today.

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Borough Beck, running from the moors to the river Rye just below the town, adds to Helmsley's charm. Children find it irresistible, so young families should allow an extra half hour for their visit.