"With Pomp, Power & Glory the world beckons vainly, In chase of such vanities why should I roam?While Peace & Content bless my little thatched cottage,And warm my own hearth with the Treasures of Home."*Beatrix Potter

Monday, 8 September 2014

A Beautiful Day's Outing ~ Final Part

After the Pit village we made our way back up the road to Home Farm.
The Farm has a beautiful farm house, stables, barns, two cottages & vegetable garden.
Home Farm is set in the 1940's, it shows how the countryside was in wartime.
The vegetable garden at the farm. I think the fence will be on our to do list in the spring, hopefully it will help keep the little rabbits out of our vegetables.
                                                      Mary day dreaming

  There is a beautiful duck pond at the farm, we would love some ducks.

There are two old labourer's cottages on the farm, this one is called Orchard Cottage & is set out to have evacuee's living there. The twins loved the Ludo game.

At the back of Orchard Cottage is an Anderston shelter, Sidney was straight in there. Not the girls though, Kitty especially does not like anything dirty unless it is planting flowers.

Inside Garden Cottage with it beautiful cast iron range, this cottage is set out as the Land Girls would have been billeted here.

             The front of Home Farm, to the far side is the farm house & to the near is the stables.

Danny & the twins walking in to the old stables, there were two shire horses in there.

A vintage tractor pulling out to work on the fields. The following weekend was a ploughing celebration so they were getting ready for it.

The Pantry at Home Farm.

       Such a beautiful large room, how I could fill those shelves. They have some lovely old hooks for hanging meat & drying things. We have some of those in our cottage, I do wonder what was hang on them many years ago.

The farmhouse kitchen, they have a lovely large old kitchen range always so warm & welcoming. The settle is original to the house, such a lovely shade of old green.

Bobby meeting a very large pig.

The orchard at Home Farm laden with apples.
The farm has many dry stone walls, a favourite of mine.
Yorkshire, County Durham & The Lakes are full of them.

                      The last stop on our day out was to the Georgian Landscape,
               which includes Pockerley Old Hall, old house, gardens & farmstead. 
                                          The first record of a settlement at Pockerley
                                                            dates back to 1183,                  
                                  there is such a feel of history in this magical place.
                             This is by far my favourite place in the living museum.
                                        The Manor House dates back to the late 1700's
                                                      & is built from local sand stone.

We found this back lane that we hadn't walked before,
I love our English countryside.

Mary caught them up in the end.
& then she came back to Mum.

We entered Pockerley Old Hall set in the 1820's through the back kitchen or scullery.
This room was used for heating water, washing clothes & dishes.
Peat is used on the fire in the scullery.
This room does remind me of home.

                                       The Pantry, I love the simple look in here.

Preserves made in the kitchen.

Such a beautiful Georgian dresser with pewter & Spode lining the shelves. I love the set of copper pans over the doorway.

             This room is so beautiful, there is always something baking, today it was cheese thins.
This kitchen has a very early cast iron range, it also has an older brick bread oven in a beehive shape. We have a brick beehive bread oven in our inglenook fireplace at home, that was one of the first things that I loved when we viewed the cottage which we now call home.

An early court cupboard.

                                           The bureau in the parlour full of old papers.

                     One of the things we love about Beamish is the fact that you can touch & feel everything, they really get you feeling the history. Not many museums would let you play games.

Coming out from the main door of Pockerley Old Hall to the formal garden. Below the terrace beyond is the vegetable garden.

Front of the old hall.

Next to the hall is the medieval strong house.
The roof timbers in here date back to the 1440's.
The children love the old spinning wheel & have a go at carding.
The items in this house are so beautiful.

The fireplace in the medieval strong house, it has a beautiful chimney crane & there is always something bubbling in the pot.
Above the fireplace is a rack called a flake, this is used for drying oatcakes.

                                            Making tallow candles & rush lights.

The vegetable garden, the gardens in the Georgian landscape are set out as gardens would have been around the 1820's.
Simple Bee Skep.

                                                       Beautiful nasturtium's.

On our way through the woods back home.
It was a perfect day, one I will treasure for a long time.

Enjoy your day


  1. Another wonder~filled and magical entry full of the charm and simplicity of a time gone by, but sorely missed by many of us. Through the world of online diaries {I am stopping using blog and blogging} I am meeting so many kindred spirits. Thank you for allowing us a little peek into your visit to Beamish, I am only sorry it has ended but will be coming back to re~read these entries time and again ~~~waving~~~

    1. I try to surround myself of time gone by's. We live in the country & our nearest big town is 30 minutes away, so it is the simple life for us.
      Thank you so much for your kind words & yes diary is such a nice word.
      Fondly Michelle

  2. Thank you for the tour, Michelle. I was wondering.....was your cottage ready to move into, or did you have to do some renovating. Do you know the history of it.....how old it is.....who has lived there, etc.

    1. Oh did we work, we could not move in to the cottage when we first bought it. While we were selling our old house we did the cottage up to a position were we could move in. We still have some work to do but the hard work is done. The cottage had not been touched for years & was empty when we bought it. We just love it so much & could see through all the work. Our son Harry said you like a challenge.
      Our cottage is called The Hollies & was built before 1741, it is timber framed with a thatched roof & then tiles on top. It reminds me of Hilltop inside in so many ways. It was built by the church & they rented it out until they sold it around 1910. We have all the old documents dating back to 1741, I will do a post about it one day.
      Fondly Michelle

    2. That would be wonderful, Michelle! I love the history of houses. We stayed in a 1700's house in Pennsylvania last year for a weekend (see my post called Plumb Nilly). I'd get up each morning and head for the old kitchen, now dining room, in the lower level of the house and sit there with my coffee and journal absorbing the "life" of all that had transpired over the 250 years someone had lived their life there.

  3. Michelle dearest!!
    Another BEAUTIFUL, informative post!! I really enjoyed every bit!!!
    Your photos are absolutely wonderful!!

    Oooo!! I too,like Cathy, will love to hear of the history of your home and what you have done in it!!
    Just only yesterday we were so very fortunate to meet a Great-Great Grandson of the builder of our 1853 brick home! He was visiting the area for a class reunion, and he so graciously stopped by and brought a copy of their Great Grandmother's hand written memories of the history of this home!! Hubby and I read it yesterday and are still bathing in the glow of being able to know the stories and memories!! His sister wants to visit next year (they live in Oregon on the opposite side of the continent we are in N.Y. State) and share pictures and stories!! I am thrilled to say the least!!!
    Thanks for another wonderful posting!!
    Warmth , hugs, and many blessings, Linnie

  4. What a wonderful thing to have happened, to have that is such a treasure.
    We have some wonderful old documents with wax seals, folders full of papers, it always amazes me when I open them.
    I am so glad you enjoying the photo's & writing, I am unsure what to write at times but hopefully I will get better at it.
    Fondly Michelle

  5. Dear Michelle,

    What wonderful posts with your visit to Beamish! We so enjoyed all your photographs of your lovely twin girls amongst all the delightful old buildings! You are all so pretty in your frocks! Many of our early families called England their home and we absolutely adore England! You are so blessed to live there and have such a beautiful home and family!

    Your friends,
    Diane and daughter Sarah, and the dolls and Tillie Tinkham the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe

  6. Hello dear Michelle! I want to thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Indeed, we are both blessed to have had sweet Grandma Betty's in our lives. You grandmother sounds a lot like mine :)

    You have a delightful blog and I look forward to visiting again. Have a splendid week! Hugs and blessings!

    1. Thank you very much for your kind comments Stephanie.

  7. Hello,
    I found you over at The Blessed Hearth. I am a new follower. I am from Wisconsin, USA.
    Looking forward to reading your blog.