Ryedale Folk Museum

I spent a wonderful Easter afternoon in Hutton-le-Hole with P and the grandlings, Isabella and Ava, at the Ryedale Folk Museum.
We hadn't been since the boys were little so it was great to see how the place had moved on with a little help from the lottery. Everything in the old village is really well-presented, from the thatched roofs and wattle fences on the outside to the tools and fittings inside the cottages - it was great for the girls to be able to experience life as it used to be lived on the Yorkshire moors. From the grocery store to the wheelwright, the shops and workshops were stuffed with interesting artefacts...
Outside the chemist
Inside the chemist
Outside the grocery store
Inside the grocery store

The blacksmith's anvil
The saddlery
The shoemaker
The story of Elphi who finishes off any unfinished pieces during the night
while the craftspeople are sleeping - reminds me of The Elves & the Shoemaker
The wheelwright
...some of the artefacts were a little more gruesome than others!
Mantrap - must have been horrid to be a poacher in those days
There were homemade textiles...
Crochet, patchwork and rugmaking on display in this living room
...and Izzi and Ava had fun in the kitchen of one of the cottages, decorating an Easter bunny and chick...
The finished Easter bunny biscuit
Isabella tried her hand at weaving, but sadly Ava will have to wait a year or two until her legs have grown a little - they just weren't quite long enough to move the heddles
But what the girls liked best was visiting Max the Clydesdale horse. We took lots of carrots, so he was very keen on making friends...

... and afterwards we fed the chickens, lots of beautiful old breeds of bantams and a gorgeously hued rooster...
Chaucer's Chaunticleer
...and the girls were tickled pink by the thought of people throwing bad eggs and tomatoes at P and I, after they persuaded us to take turns in the stocks

Beautiful old signs abound...
... and we all had a great time playing in the maze
and with the vintage toys like the hoop and stick and skipping rope - although it was P who had the most fun out of the hoop and stick and sadly I can't find the photo... 
Izzi so enjoyed skipping she decided she'd add it to her
ever-growing list of skills and continue to practise later at home
We were all reluctant to leave by the time they were closing up, but after a quick cuppa in the village café, we were winging our way back to York, warm and snug in the car.  We didn't much notice the cold while we were there, too much to explore - but I can tell you our energetic afternoon in the open air made for four very tired but happy peeps.


  1. Oh my, that looks like a wonderful day's adventure. Such beautiful pictures !
    A glimpse into a simpler yet harder life. Pity we couldn't have retained the better bits into the 21st century. :-)
    The children seem to have enjoyed the stocks .. lol

  2. The places you visit are unreal !!! Wait...*you* are unreal ! I want your life !!!:)

    Thanks for the lovely post Jean :) xx

  3. You're welcome Jen! There are things in all of our lives that aren't so rosy, but it's good to spread the feel good factor. Listened to some of your music and loved your mandolin playing. As far as instruments are concerned I'm a two-trick pony - guitar and spoons - so I have to accept that although the mandolin was my first instrument, I never could or will be able to make it sound that good.


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