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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Tasty Yorkshire Blonde on Sunday...

On Sunday we drove to a little North Yorkshire village for lunch at a friend's pub.
Sunny Sunday.
Beautiful autumn colours.
I decided to take a few photos of this peaceful place.

For a fiver, I would!
Wouldn't you?

On Sunday most English villages never come alive till after midday. This Sunday everyone was granted an extra hour's sleep, the clock having been put back for the winter.

The Black Horse is a typical village pub which the locals visit when there is nothing on the telly worth watching.
Some kind of a social club. The people are so friendly that before you finish your first pint, you know just about everything there is to know about them, the pub, the village and the rest of North Yorkshire.

Then out of the corner of my eye I spied this tasty blonde. She had a bit of a Belgian accent about her. Not as genuine as a Leffe maybe but she did win Miss Yorkshire 2007...
Tasty, very, very tasty!!


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Blogger A Kite Rises said...

Found you via IDahl/Labrat and Colouring outside the Lines on the comments boards. I like your blog. Lived in Yorkshire once, long time ago. Is Mansfield Bitter still available? That music playing in the background is wonderful and your friends wedding in Antwerp sounds dreamlike. I had a nice visit and will pop in again :)

30/10/07 12:48 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Welcome, Rising Kite.
Yes, Mansfield Bitter is still available.
Thanks for your comments and visit.

30/10/07 1:55 PM  
Blogger Queenie said...

You have been out and about whilst I've been away, I need to come back and read more. Sorry to tell you this Cream but Mansfield bitter was taken over several years ago by Marston's formaly Wolverhampton & Dudley. Mansfield brewery is a rusting eye-sore just a few miles away from my home. Even though they have kept the name on casks, it is nothing like it was when brewed at the Mansfield Brewery. Do I get a house-point?????

30/10/07 5:14 PM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

There's nothing quite like a tasty blonde!

30/10/07 5:26 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Hello, Baby Q!
So good to hear from you. I hope everything is ok.
Alright, you get... a house-point.
But as you say, Mansfield Bitter is still brewed by Marston's.
Can't believe it! First day back and you're already raising hell!
Lovely to have you back.

30/10/07 5:33 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Akela, how did get in there?
You have to say that, haven't you?

30/10/07 5:35 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

Sorry about that, but you have to have an old redneck in your crowd to keep everything in balance! HEheh!

Let the screaming and whacking begin!
I'll throw Twinkies at ya!
I fight dirty!

sorry...just being downright silly today.

30/10/07 7:17 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

This post is a bit like watching an episode of Relocation Relocation (minus Kirsty Allsop and Phil Spencer fortunately) where the well off and disillusioned buy a lovely village pub and transform their lives into perfect idyll.

30/10/07 8:12 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

Back in Aberdeen we foreigners use to say Sunday was National Hangover Day, no wonder most villages only start moving about noon on Sundays...

30/10/07 11:00 PM  
Blogger kj said...

what relaxing perfect photos, cream. i love days like that. this actually reminds me of new england, where i live.

it's nice to catch up with you. i have to read your prior posts--i've had my hands full. hope you are well!


31/10/07 12:06 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

Lovely. I could feel my blood pressure lowering as I read...calm...

31/10/07 5:15 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

L, my favourite beer when I am out on the town in England is an ice cool Bud.
Wow, you are in one of them moods. Enjoy!

Andrea, I had to ask Karen about Kirsty and Phil. But I get what you mean. The only thing is that those people without pub experience tend to burnt out after a few months.

DC, exactly! Going down for the Sunday paper looking like they've been through a tumble-dryer.

KJ, happy you liked the photos. Your photos of New England are so beautiful. Great to see you again.

Hayden, I think I'll start an alternative therapy with my photos, eh?

31/10/07 9:29 AM  
Blogger Queenie said...


31/10/07 9:42 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Hahahaha! I thought that would get you going.
Sounds like you're back with a vengeance. Good! Missed you a lot.

31/10/07 9:54 AM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

I just loooove the countryside - Cream, I wanna go on the adventures too!!!!

31/10/07 10:13 AM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Oh you remind me how beautiful England can be on a sunny day ... although that's a bit too close to bandit country for comfort. I like taking pictures of autumn leaves too, usually while humming "Les Feuilles Mortes".

31/10/07 2:24 PM  
Blogger cave renovator said...

I used to drive past that pub many moons ago, if i had known that blonde was inside I would have stopped!

31/10/07 5:20 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

The adventures of a Bella in Yorkshire. What a book!

Daphnée, I thought about it while I was driving through North Yorkshire and yes, England is a beautiful country especially on a sunny Sunday.
Yes, Les feuilles mortes as long as you don't have to rake them...

CR, I don't think she was born then. ;o)
It's a new beer...

31/10/07 5:48 PM  
Blogger zooms said...

The byelaw sign does indeed look like a dare or a challenge to me too.

31/10/07 9:43 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

I want to go to England now. I was saying to Pat on her blog, I'm now completely dissatisfied with where I am, thanks to all these lovely pics, shees Cream, please post some rough lookin' places to keep me happy.

...ahhhm...what does Daphne mean by 'bandit country'...?

31/10/07 10:30 PM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Suddenly I feel like I need a Village Green, a fiver and a blond. Help, I am in the wrong costume!

31/10/07 10:44 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Zooms, it does indeed. I was at a friend's wedding in that same village a couple of years ago, and someone with too much down his neck came off the road and onto that very same green. It cost him a lot more than a fiver.

Gigi, I can assure you there are plenty rough places around. Daphnee means Middlesbrough by bandit country. She did explain to me why when we met in Antwerp but I can't really remember. I wonder why.

And what costume is that, Merisi? Remember it's Halloween!

31/10/07 11:18 PM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

I hear that Daleside copied the original marketing slogan from Perrier...
"pure spring goodness from the centre of a horse."

I also see that you once commented to Lady Daphne about a naughty perrier advert...
"Je vais et je viens entre tes reins..."

and speaking of reins..
I myself prefer a good, strong, Belgian Brabant to a Clydes Daleside any day of the week.

1/11/07 3:02 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

You've done some research, haven't you, HE.
I remember that ad. Serge being faithful.
I'll have to check out this Brabant of yours next time I'm feeling Flemish.

1/11/07 11:32 PM  
Blogger Brom said...

Great pics Sir, and a great blog to boot.

And yes, it would be a fiver well spent, we could even pop over to the golf club for some afters?

2/11/07 10:01 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Welcome and thanks, Brom.
That was just for the village green!

2/11/07 5:33 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

What a beautiful day. Most of the leaves have fallen here. I wanted to get out and take a family portrait amongst the leaves. Hopefully I can find a sweet spot. I love your photos Cream. :)

3/11/07 3:50 AM  
Blogger Mélanie said...

This looks like a wonderful village ..it seems so peaceful

3/11/07 9:27 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

What a delightful place! I love the field with the flowers! i could live in a place like this i think! You got me on the blonde though, you are naughty!

4/11/07 3:46 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Christine, I'm sure you'll find the right place for your family portrait. You are surrounded by beauty.

Very peaceful all the time especially Sundays, Melanie.

Sorry, Val. Just a bit of fun.

4/11/07 10:02 AM  
Blogger Merisi said...

You'd think I can walk around with my witch's hat and broom? ;-)))
I had to take another walk around here. We had 1°C nearing midnight, so I needed a sunny place to defrost. Now, to the blond ... may I ask for a cup of hot tea instead? Milk please. :-)

6/11/07 6:58 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

It was very cold and windy here last night. No time for blondes, either. Just a giant mug of tea with milk and honey.

7/11/07 8:55 AM  

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