Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Valentine's Day

Jack always says you shouldn't have to do anything special on Valentine's Day to prove you love someone .Is that a very true statement or is it because he doesn't want to buy a card. Well I always join the multitudes and find a card which I think suits us.

We had planned to go out with a couple of friends who we hadnt seen for a while and Tuesday was the only night we could all fit it in so a night out on Valentine's Day it was.

It is 11 years since we went to New Zealand on the 14th Feb and only after I was looking through the photographs later that I realised I had worn the same jacket as I did when we did that long long flight to the other side of the world.

We went to Manchega in Ripon which is run by the lovely Magdalena who also owns Pampas just outside Sutton On Forest ,where we have had many a good meal.  They serve delicious steaks and Magdalena promised to take one over Ripon for Jack. Talk about being spoilt.  He did very well as it was cooked rare to perfection and although I enjoyed the tapas, the squid was very good but prefer the food they serve at Pampas.

We walked across the market place at ten past nine and if I had realised what time it was we could have rushed a bit to let our friends listen to the Hornblower .Of course it wasn't George Pickles Mr Ripon Hornblower Extraodanaire but the Hornblower saw us and bid us goodnight.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Someone Like You - Van Morrison.wmv

Someone Like You - Van Morrison.wmv

Cant believe this was 9 years ago ... and yes I would do it all again ..... and asked Jack and he said yes too xx

Does that sounds mysterious ! After knowing Jack for over 30 years we finally made it official in Columbette in the West Indies .At the top of a mountain overlooking the Pitons Mountains .

Friday, 16 December 2016

Busy day with a different hat on ......

Friday, 16 December 2016

The Ryedale Business Award Finalists

Today the finalists were announced for the First ever Ryedale Business

The Judges were

Councillor Linda Cowling.
Ian Rogers
Richard Shaw

The finalists are as follows

Learning and Development sponsored by Alex Yoxall Photography

The Jones Partnership
Viva Hair

Community Contribution  sponsored by Handy Mag

Helmsley Walled Garden
Libby Butler Jewellers - Carolyn Frank
Terrington Stores

Young Entrepreneur sponsored by Ryedale District Council

Fergus Court Funeral Services
Gemma Richardson
GVT Painting and Decorating

Innovation sponsored by Vale Radio

Consultancy Team
High Farndale
The Stick Man

Rural Diversification sponsored by Anna Lupton

Happy Paws Boarding
Deepdale Farm Weddings
Studford Luxury Lodges

Start Up Business sponsored by Federation of Small Businesses

Horsetown Beers
The Cutting Shed
Willow Green Estate Agents

Long Standing Business sponsored by Pearson and Ward [Ware and Kay]

Claridges of Helmsley
RV Rogers Roses
R Yates &Sons
Terry Elsey Tyres

Ryedale Champion sponsored by Gillies Jones

Cuckavalda Gundogs
Easterby Racing
Tommy Banks

The winners will be announced at the Ryedale Business Awards which are to be held on Tuesday 24th Jan 2017 at the White Swan of Ampleforth by kind permission of Simon Parker, Robert Fawcett and Edward Fawcett who have sponsored the event.

Tickets are available  £15  from Handy Mag Office in Market Place Malton or Anna Lupton on 01347 868526. Cheques made payable to Ryedale Business Awards.

Breakfast will be served at 9.30am  and the winners announced by Vale Radio and transmitted live throughout the morning.

The event will end at 11.30am.

The White Swan will remain open should anyone wish to stay on for further celebratory drink and lunch will be available to be purchased.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Rascills at Raskelf --No tricks just treats.

A breathe of fresh air and a large lick of paint has transformed what was the Purple Partridge into Rascills . I must say I did like the giant teapot which used to stand out but this lovely young couple, Richard and Lindsey Johns don't need a teapot to entice people in .

Recommendation does it for me after they did any amazing job down "'Ull way' at their award winning Artisan restaurant in Hessle. Richard has spent some months this year helping his mate,Andrew Pern out at one of his starry places in York .

They are now nicely settled just off the A19 and not too far away from us so guest who stay with us will have another choice in store. And Richard's beef which is mouth watering to write about and even more so to taste, along with the rest of the food he creates.

So it is time for you to take a look at their website

 Tues,Wed and Thursday- an a la carte menu , Friday and Saturday - a tasting menu and the last Sunday in every month - Sunday Lunch.

For those of you who know Jack I can tell you what he will be going for it is Richards Chateaubriand and thrice cooked chips ...he will fore go the red wine sauce but more for me and will probably have the giants half of the beast.  Tasting menus are not Jack's scene as he tends to fall asleep half way. Especially now it is the shooting season and he is out all day, when he comes into the warmth and has a drink or three its goodnight from Jack. So give the baby his steak and let him get to bed.

My "plate of buffet" that we were treated to.
 Even a selection of drinks for me ....
 Jack drank all the red ...Not really surprised are you ?  so there was only white to show you but some very pleasant ones so I was told.

Richard and Lindseys hall of fame .... Yes Hull's angels, your eyes are not playing tricks

And our super hosts for the evening .

Quite apt that I wrote this blog on Mischief Night ,so time to be a little rascal and book a table on with them on 01347 822031.