Windows Past and Present

It’s the first Tuesday of the month which traditionally is the day to share photos of windows for Wild Daffodil’s photo challenge, though officially it lasts all month.

Whilst I was walking 80 miles of the Cleveland Way last month I kept my eye open for possible subjects…


The walk starts in the market town of Helmsley, we had plenty of time on the first day so we did a bit of a detour to Rievaulx Abbey, one of the many abbey’s left a shell in 1538 by Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries. The building of Rievaulx started in 1130, it always astounds me to see these beautiful buildings, still standing, which were built totally by hand, left to rack and ruin for 400 years and they still look beautiful. Just imagine how it would look with all the stained glass in…


A week later and we were walking through the pretty coastal village of Staithes, like most of the villages along the Yorkshire coast, it’s a complete hotch-potch of cottages, all jumbled together, for centuries it was a fishing village, perched on the steep sides of a ravine. Just recently it has managed to revitalise itsself with an active arts and crafts scene. If ever you are passing through I can recommend Dotty’s Teashop with it’s fine china cups and vintage feel. I’ve always yearned for a house with an arched window, and here there are three…


The following day we had lunch at Sandsend, another pretty coastal village. Just down on the front there’s a lovely row of interesting cottages…


…I love the windows on the middle cottage with the fancy bits on the top. Nextdoor is a thatched cottage, there aren’t that many thatched cottages around in Yorkshire, though we saw two that day.

If you would like to see lots more interesting and varied windows, follow the link to Wild Daffodil to see what everyone else is sharing.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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9 Responses to Windows Past and Present

  1. Laura says:

    The Abbey is a fabulous study in architecture! I also like the thatched cottage. It is always interesting to go on a walk with you, Margaret!

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  2. I would never have seen these magnificent places if not shared by you – thank you πŸ™‚

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  3. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Your houses and countryside are so inspiring! Thank you for more photos from your walk.

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  4. suth2 says:

    I have actually been to the abbey while on our stay in Yorkshire on one of our trips to the UK. It is a beautiful place. As you say it would look amazing with stained glass windows in the building.

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  5. nanacathy2 says:

    Three of my favourite places from where I live, so very happy to see you showcasing windows from my part of the world.

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  6. KerryCan says:

    That’s a great range of different windows–I do love the abbey.

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  7. Jane M says:

    The abbey ruin is gorgeous. Staithes looks a very interesting place too

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    If I every get to England I will definitely be spending time in Yorkshire; what an interesting and varied landscape, full of history and fascinating sights! Thanks for sharing with us Margaret.

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