I’ve been meaning to blog about Baltzersens ever since it opened over a year ago now, in my home town of Harrogate. Since I first tried it, it’s been a firm favourite of mine when I want to meet a friend for lunch or sneak in a quick coffee and a bun (or Skolebrod) on my own. Just like the menu, the interiors are a great mix of Yorkshire meets Scandinavia with lots of natural materials, nordic colours and salvaged furniture.
And now founder Paul Rawlinson is launching Nord, a new dining experience in the evenings, with an amazing menu which I got to sample last week. Fresh, colourful, innovative, delicious plates of food were served up on lovely rustic earthenware – I loved everything about it.
If you’re ever round this way – during the day or night – check out this place. It’s different to anything else you’ll find in Harrogate (in a very good way!).
How are you liking this warmer weather folks? I, for one, spent most of the weekend outside without my coat – that’s quite a big deal for me. It was so nice we decided to head to one of my fave places; Harlow Carr Gardens to see what was coming into bloom and treat ourselves to a takeaway from the Betty’s cafe on site.
I really count myself as fortunate to have grown up in Harrogate and still call it home. But as a place to visit too, it just gets better and better. Not only does it have a cracking high street but also boasts some great vintage and charity shops. Oxfam Harrogate (on Montpellier, just down from Betty’s) has always been on my thrifting circuit but now it’s become a shopping destination!
On Saturday, like most normal, rational people, we went in search of the Easter Bunny. It was surprisingly sunny even though there was still snow on the ground. I feel a bit sorry for all the crocuses that have been trying to poke their little heads through a layer of snow. There should have been a host of golden daffodils by now but it feels like Spring is still on hold. Consequently there isn’t much colour in the parks or gardens round here. But we managed to find a bit anyway; partly by dressing brightly and also with the help of a few coloured walls!
Since I dyed my hair a light reddish brown colour (I have no idea what to call this shade), I’ve realised that a few of my wardrobe staples no longer seem to suit me. When I was blonde, I used to wear a lot of red but that doesn’t seem to work so well anymore so I’m predictably turning to green and blue and er, pink bizarrely. I rediscovered a pink vintage blouse that I hadn’t worn since before I was pregnant with Bea and teamed it with a new Jade coloured jumper I picked up recently. I don’t usually follow colour coding rules (I don’t match my eyeshadow to my clothes either) but I’d presumed pink would clash badly with my hair. Maybe it does, but I think I like it. Luckily all my blue stuff still ‘goes’ with my hair (my Breton top collection isn’t going anywhere!).
Pink blouse: Mad Elizabeth (a great vintage shop in the Leeds Corn exchange that also sells online)
Trousers: charity shop
Coat: White Stuff
By the way, that ‘ahoy there’ hand pose is not intentional – the sun really was in my eyes (YES, the sun!!!). Also, I love the fact that the mister dressed Flo in a bunny top for Easter, although when questioned he said it was purely accidental (men!).
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