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October 20, 2012

I came up to Yorkshire clutching my shopping list, which is now permanently with me. You never know where you might come across a little shop, farm or market and be able to tick something off the list.

Calling at the Unicorn and Barbakan on the way here cleared the list so anything else is a bonus.

In my friends village there is a baker, butcher, hardware shop (the sort that sells everything!), hairdressers, pub and little corner shop so we had a wander after breakfast. It gave me the opportunity to buy three of the items I struggle with at home – Kellogg’s cereals, Pepsi Max and marshmallows for Nigella’s Grasshopper Pie! I needed the cereals ready for my grandson being with us in Sidmouth next week and we all like Pepsi Max or Diet Coke. So they can get almost everything in their village and they are really lucky as there are three farm shops nearby too.

Even more surprising is a thriving wool shop that’s been established over the past couple of years. They’ve had the initiative to start classes to teach people to knit and also coffee mornings for Knit and Natter groups. It’s surprising somewhere like that can survive in a village and yet the one in Macclesfield had to close. The only difference is their products are not all high end and she has great displays to inspire you to want to make things. Today one display was of lovely baby blankets from modern chunky, knobbly wool and the other of all knitted Halloween items.

Blacker Hall Farm Shop

Brenda is a Reiki Master Practitioner and Dru Yoga teacher and needed some help with some business things so we devoted the rest of the day to the computer before heading to the kitchen to make supper.


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