Justin Bartlett - My Yorkshire weekend
PUBLISHED: 00:00 19 April 2014
Justin Bartlett, a Thirsk-based bespoke furniture maker, carves out some time for himself
Our weekends are just starting to become more social after weeks of making significant changes to our kitchen and furniture showrooms. This involved removing walls, ceilings and installing new kitchen displays and the whole family has been involved in the remodelling, painting and seemingly endless tidying up.
Normally on a Saturday, after an early morning shop for vegetables and flowers on Thirsk Market, we’ll check the factory and showrooms and put the flowers on display on one of the kitchen islands. We usually manage to leave before the showrooms open; although recently we’ve been using this quiet time before the first customers arrive to review the progress of our new factory extension and to plan how we might change some of the manufacturing layouts.
Then it’s home for a leisurely breakfast of free range eggs and, if I’m lucky, pancakes, followed by a tidy up of the debris from our Friday night curry-making.
The main event of the day for Ruby, our labrador, is our family walk. We’re spoilt for walks in Yorkshire, with the gorgeous scenery of the Moors and Dales both vying for our attention. Which we choose depends on how adventurous the family is feeling; Ruby is the only one who never lets the weather affect her decisions.
On long summer weekend evenings, I try to catch a trout at Leighton reservoir, near Masham. I find the tranquillity of fishing a great way to clear the mind.
And if everyone is at home from school and university, we might treat ourselves to a little something at the Buck Inn at Maunby or the Kings Head at Sandhutton.
I often play golf on a Sunday morning at Thirsk and Northallerton Golf Club, where I have been a member for more than ten years. The club is not only incredibly convenient for me, being equidistant between home and work, but, perhaps more importantly, the friendly, equal mix of membership of all abilities, both young and old, make it a special club to be part of.
When there’s rugby on the TV, however, everything stops. Walks and golf have to be programmed carefully as there is little better than being outside all morning before settling down to watch an international with half-time tea and crumpets – or perhaps a pint of Nick Stafford’s Hambleton Ales bitter.
Sunday night is usually a quiet night in, relaxing and catching up on the telephone with friends and family and trying not to think too much about the week ahead. It will come soon enough.
Justin is owner of Treske Furniture, Thirsk 01845 522770 or visit treske.co.uk