Saturday, 16 February 2013


Today the weather was perfect for our planned trip to West Yorkshire. We packed up the baby, some lunch and some shopping bags and off we went. 

You can walk along the canal, feed the ducks and help yourself to any herbs and vegetables growing along the way (part of the Incredible Edible scheme).

There wasn't too much around so early in the year...

But there's quite a lot of public art to look at as well as the old houses and cottages with their mullioned windows and wonky walls, and sooty stone from the days of the mills.

We bought our weekly provisions from the indoor market. Hardly surprising that the butcher was doing a roaring trade, what with the recent scandal surrounding processed food.

There's also a lovely deli stall - more like a little shop - which sells all kinds of delights: panettone, squid ink pasta, olives, smoked garlic, and those cans of fizzy blood orange or grapefruit. The teas, coffees and chocolate are packaged very beautifully in tins and waxed paper.

Then we headed to my favourite shop. It's in an old Co-Op and I'm not sure how you'd describe it...

Part health food store, part eco lifestyle shop I suppose. 

Cruelty-free, organic cosmetics and toiletries...

Herbs and spices...

Locally produced food (how nice do these look?)

Herbal teas, herbal remedies, fruit, vegetables...

Bread, baking ingredients, eco friendly cleaning products (with the option to refill your own bottles), books... and there's a cafe upstairs too.

I love the interior of this place. It has the old chequerboard floor and built-in shelves. There's an antique set of weighing scales at the counter with gilt lettering. And chandeliers. I always have time for chandeliers.

Tomorrow's a 'home day'. We have no intention of going further than the garden. But it's always nice to have been out and made the most of a sunny day.

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