Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Post Pickering Report

Such a prolonged absence from my blog usually means one thing: that we've been off on a little trip.  And indeed, Mr HenHouse and I have recently returned from our annual pilgrimage to the war weekend in Pickering, North Yorkshire.  If you've read my blog for a while, you'll know that we love attending this event, it's probably, in our opinion, the best 1940's/wartime event on the calendar.  That's because it really has it all: a fabulous steam railway, a lovely little town and brilliant friendly folk who all get into the spirit of things.  

This year, as the Munchkin was in school, it was just the two of us and we did things a little differently.  We stayed firstly in the well-known White Swan Inn right in the main street of Pickering.  

Cosy little bars with log fires and yummy hearty meals were the order of the day, much appreciated after a long (but very enjoyable) day on our vintage feet!  The weather sadly was not kind this year, cold and blowy, sometimes wet.

The first day dawned bright and sunny, however. It was the Friday of the three day weekend, so on with the first vintage outfit it was.  First time out, too,  for what is a favourite 1940's hat.  We set off to explore the town.

Another day, we headed for the station and admired the vintage bus along the way.

There was time to stop for groceries at the little mobile van.

My favourite engine,  Sir Nigel Gresley, was in steam.  Marvellous!

On the Saturday, which was the busiest day, the station was packed with people.  The platform you can see in the photo below is reserved solely for re-enactors so always makes a perfect people watching spectacle.

On the train, it was time to sit back with a spot of apposite reading material.

Back in the station yard, there was a great display on the theme of women in wartime.  So there were lots of highly covetable items of clothing and accessories to admire and many bits of new information to learn and take away.

Of course, I was highly delighted to see this display of typical fabrics of the time!

There were many many opportunities to shop over the weekend, there were more stalls in Pickering than ever.  A few goodies came home, it has to be said.

By night, we repaired to the fabulous Talbot Hotel in nearby Malton where we were spoiled with super comfy beds and deep bath tubs.  Bliss!

Another day, another 1940's outfit!

We headed up to Grosmont by train where there was an RAF display and Mr HH was most interested to have a gander at the (replica) Spitfire.

No visit to Pickering would be complete without a visit to Anne's pop-up tea room above Reeds newsagent in the main street.  Anne and her friends, not forgetting the lovely Cheryl Ann,  turn this into a fabulous vintage-styled tea room for just two days each year and they do a splendid job.  There are vintage embroidered cloths, floral china and yummy home-cooked pastries and cakes.

More usually, the shop offers a gorgeous array of vintage and retro goodies for sale.  Oh the quilt top!

All too soon, it was time to close the chapter on another wonderful trip to Pickering.

Next year cannot come soon enough and we have some super memories in the meantime.


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  1. What a fabulous weekend away. You looked amazing and I love all your gorgeous vintage outfits. What fun!!! Looking forward to see what you brought back xoxo

  2. Great fun! Love your outfits but that green basket is gorgeous - full of goodies too I bet! shame about the weather but it looks like there was enough to keep your mind off it. Really interesting x Jane

  3. Looks like a wonderful weekend again.
    Julie xxxxxxx

  4. You look fabulous in all your outfits and your mister does too! We went on the Saturday and took our old butchers bike, you might have seen it parked up" P Kinnersley family butcher" we hope to stay over next year and maybe we could finally meet up for a wartime cuppa and natter. xx

  5. You two are so cute.. thanks for sharing this fab event with us. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. I so wish we had events like that around here!

  7. What a great event thanks for sharing a bit with us... Cx

  8. This looks like so much fun. You look beautiful in every photo but that red coat on you at the beginning of the post is just stunning and it's a perfect color and cut for you.

  9. You both look wonderful... like stars in an old movie. Thanks for sharing your weekend.

  10. Oh my goodness, what a wonderful event. I would so love to be able to participate in something so unique. I adore your outfits, they are really spectacular!!!!!

  11. Hen you look divine - I just adore your outfits, wonderful! It looked an wonderful event and you picked up some gorgeous things as always. Hen I always look forward to your blog as it is always colourful and so so interesting. Thanks so much, big hugs

  12. Looks like a great weekend- never wear that rust coloured coat when we meet, I might just run off with it! I was up to York to see all the trains earlier this year- Mallard is my particular favourite.

  13. I always enjoy your post. You are so unique.

  14. I love your clothing and it looks like so much fun!

    Amy Jo

  15. What a visual feast, not on rations with those gorgeous images.

  16. What a wonderful way to spend a weekend, Your outfits are fabulous as are the photos.

  17. Looks like a fabulous weekend! I must make it up next year!

  18. Love it all! It would be so nice to take in one of these events... Living the 40's vicariously through you, thank you!

  19. As always a fabulous post, you look amazing I love your outfits. The room with the 4 poster, well what a lush resting place, Pickering is a lovely small town.
    Looking forward to your next post, enjoy your weekend.

    Peg xx

  20. I love all your outfits! Very Glam...What a wonderful time you both had. xx

  21. What a lovely blog post and wonderful time you both had. Your photos set the scene perfectly. Its really great when everybody takes the time to dress up as it adds to the event's atmosphere. I bet you two were one of the most stylish (and authentically) dressed couples there!

  22. Love, love the last picture of you two. It all sounds delightful.

  23. The Sir Nigel Gresley is my favourite engine too! Glad you enjoyed your visit, loved this post and your Instagram tales. Don't know if you spotted some Cockleshell Heroes, one of my friends made the costumes etc for the lads.
    You looked lovely, perfectly turned out in your fabulous outfits.
    Carol aka Dansnan (Instagram) xx

  24. Stylish as ever!!!
    Love the shot of you in the brown coat x

  25. You look fantastic! Love all of your outfits as always! I'm glad that the Munch had a great day. Xx

  26. Oh.....such fun!!!! You looked wonderful!!! Especially the picture on the train....absolutely stunning!!
    Someday I'm going to one of those looks so much fun!!!

  27. Loving these photos....I always like it when people post photos of their little adventures! Just seeing around the world and all the things in it!


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