This morning friend W and I trundled off to Masham, a little town about ten miles away, to have a wander round the farmers' market.
We were slightly disappointed because apart from a cheese stall and a very good fruit and vegetable stall the rest of the stalls were just the same old thing - belts, clothes, baskets, toys and the like; in other words not really 'farmers' stuff at all.
But we really enjoyed the outing. Masham is a delightful little town, quite unspoiled apart from one thing. The square (shown in my photographs below) is a perfect example of a Georgian Square; almost all of the buildings date back to Georgian times. But of course in those days there would be no cars. I have taken some photographs for you to see but it is impossible to get a shot without it being full of cars.
We looked at the square and speculated that one hundred or more years ago it would have been horses and traps that filled the square rather than cars.
I think the only days in the year when there are no cars are the days of the Masham Sheep Fair in September. This is an event that goes back into antiquity and cars have to be parked elsewhere as the square fills with pens of various breeds of sheep for judging.
We then drove back to our own little town and went to investigate a new tea shop which only opened today. We really have more than enough tea shops in the square, but this shop has been unoccupied for years and to see it painted, decorated up (very tastefully I might add) and open for business was pleasant indeed. The only thing which slightly grated was the fact that on the wall all the food available was peppered with apostrophes. Why is it that so many people believe that where there is an s it has to be preceded by an apostrophe? Friend W praised the young lady for the beautiful decor, the delicious coffee and the excellent service and then just tactfully suggested that perhaps she could make it 'even better' by removing all those apostrophes. I do hope she did so. The shop is an excellent addition to the town and they deserve to do well. The holiday season is coming on so the omens are good.