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On to the North
Last Tuesday, we put two dogs and four cats into the car, drove to Ongar and deposited them at the Animal Country Club where, as usual, the dogs leaped at the kennel girls wagging their tails and the cats headed straight for the beds under the heat lamps. Then we drove home and filled the car with luggage and headed North up the A1.

Scotland is a long way to drive, and we broke our journey at our friend Cimorene's who lives on the hill behind the Keighley side of Ilkley Moor with her two Russian Blue cats.

Russian Blue

The next day was inamac's birthday but as we had the car with us and Cimorene no longer drives, we spend the morning out at a 'garden centre' on the hill above Bingley

Yorkshire Hillside 2

picking up 'some sacks of compost'.

This 'garden centre' turned out to be so big that we could probably have fitted all the garden centre greenhouses in Essex into it!


Inside the Greenhouses 2

Yellow flush

Red Centre

We then ferried Cimorene, her compost and her plants back home, then headed out for the Nightingale Pub for a terrific lunch, then on into Keighley to try to find someone to mend my computer bag (the shoulder strap had pulled out of the stitching), get some hair dye for Ina (more on this later!) and look round the shops. I ended up with a new jacket at Dash...

Back home where Ina spent some of her birthday knitting.

Jean knits

Under the beady eyes of the cats.

Russian Blue Eye

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Wow. That's quite some garden centre.

And beautiful cats.

That wasn't the half of it. There were three more greenhouses, and half a dozen shopping areas, plus a macaw and water features (I was very fond of the nessie.) But the best bit, for me, was finding a new version of jelly snakes at the checkout - jelly meercats!

The cats came out well and flower porn is always welcome

Thank you. Plants don't sniff the camera, thank goodness. Next, lots of Norman Foster buildings.

Sounds like you both had a wonderful time.
Love that part of the country. Got a pal who lives in a little village before Skipton

Which village? We know that area fairly well from years of visiting. We've stayed in Skipton as well as visiting -- it's one of our favourite towns. They have wonderful pubs that admit dogs. *sigh*

Cowling is the village
Love doggy friendly places

I like the touch of the hanging farm machinery. Also, excellent close-ups.

Oh, there's more hanging machinery to come, just you wait...

Love the Blues. The flower pics are excellent - and wow, that is a huge garden centre.

The Russian girls are old ladies now. They are retired breeding queens (and sisters) and their offspring and descendants are winning all over the place. Our friend took in a retired queen from a rather important Northern breeder, and when Tiggy died, she was soon contacted to see if she wanted to take the other two.

Those are impressive-looking kitties.

Happy birthday to Ina

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