On the way to the railway, we were able to admire this Spitfire, though the train seemed a safer bet for transport!
The Munchkin decides to spend his pocket money on a magazine, sold from the back of this travelling shop-in-a-van, to read on the journey.
Time for a little trip on the train then. A steam engine of course, and what a treat it is as the scenery of the North York Moors which we shall ride through once more is utterly beautiful. We were oh so lucky with the weather and were able to wrap up against the cold whilst enjoying the blue skies and bracing fresh air!
Mr HenHouse settles down to read what is happening in the war.
Safely in Pickering town, where else could we head but to see the lovely Anne at her fabulous shop above Reeds in the main street, more importantly, to visit Anne's cafe which she sets up but once a year specially for this wartime weekend, (read Anne's blog here.)
Doesn't it look stunning? To me, it's everything my fave place would be: both gift shop (with the most gorgeous - often handmade- things to buy); and tea room complete with vintage china, embroidered cloths and delicious homemade cakes.
Oh Anne you really outdid yourself!
Anne and her helpers all dressed for the part too, this lady looked great in her gorgeous vintage pinny.
Meanwhile, we were hungry! There's me and the Munchkin with my mum as my parents dropped in for the weekend, too.
I indulged in a little dandelion and burdock - that took me back a few years!
There was much to watch through the large picture windows, a prime view of all the happenings in the street below. Hello Dad!
Down in the high street, many many people had dressed up for the event. What marks this railway event apart from others is that the whole town of Pickering really gets involved.
Loitering, we find a certain young evacuee having rather a jolly time.
Ultimately though, it all proves rather tiring and the lull of the steam train sees him nod off for forty winks, destination unknown!
Last year, we stayed in the same cute cottage and also took part in the war weekend, taking lots of photos. If you fancy a read, you can have a look at my post from last year here.
We had a really wonderful time but you know, it's also good to be back! Two more holiday related posts will follow this week...