Can't believe the weather we've had this week. It's hard to believe that last weekend we were happily trotting around the delightful Hebden Bridge, and although admittedly quite cold, it was relatively dry. It was also quite sad to witness the impact that the floods of earlier this year have had on so many businesses in the Hebden Bridge area.
Our first stop was the Blitz war-time tea room, a fantastic cafe above a shop, kitted out in 1940s war time memorabilia, a big band soundtrack and an appropriately attired waitress. There were some wonderful examples of war time posters on the walls, newspapers dated from the era on all the tables, and a hat stand in the corner, holding a German helmet, fur stole and gas mask. I was a bit nervous about the menu, with British war time food not exactly my idea of a treat, but our 'Blitz rarebit' (with an added layer of Spam) tasted wonderful.
Other delights on the menu included Homity pie, corned beef hash and macaroni cheese.
Next stop was the Heart Gallery, showcasing some wonderful examples of British contemporary craft and jewellery. Special mention must go to Heather Wilson, who describes herself on her business card as "Maker of mad and beautiful things". She creates lovely personalised name pictures, which bring together a range of personal details regarding the recipient, such as hobbies, family, pets and occupations. They make beautiful and unique gifts. I also loved her range of hats: highly original, and with more than a touch of humour, they were also extraordinarily beautiful.
Off to Chester today - will report back soon.
Have a great week everyone!
|Heather Wilson's 'Lying Cow' hat|