Yours truly had a birthday on March 2nd and this year a visit was arranged to spend a few days in York.
Derek's sister and her husband live near the racecourse about two miles from York city centre. It is a few years since we have been to Yorkshire.
We left Hereford on March 1st and after a four hour journey arrived at Janet and Gareth's at 2.30. Lovely to have a cup of Yorkshire tea! Janet cooked a roast beef dinner and a homemade apple and blackberry crumble. Scrumptious! We went for a much needed walk afterwards.
The following day dawned bright, sunny and very cold. I opened my super birthday cards and had some nice gifts from friends and family.
We went into York after breakfast and started off at The Railway Museum. This was more of a treat for Derek than me, but I did enjoy looking at some of the locomotives. One could spend a whole day there and still not see everything. Take a look at their very good website. Admission is FREE, but there are donation boxes for people to contribute to the running and upkeep of the museum.
There were quite a few people there and Derek started talking to a complete stranger about various engines. It turned out that this stranger knows a person that lives in Wistanstow where Derek grew up and still lives there! So they had a good old chinwag whilst I went off and took some photos!
We then went to look at York Minster which looked stunning in the March sunshine. The website is really worth looking at for so much detail and information. The photos I have included do not really do this magnificent building justice. If you live in York I am sure you will agree that York Minster is splendid.
All too soon it was midday and lunch beckoned. There are many pubs dotted about in York Shambles district and we found a very old one called The Punch Bowl in nearby Stonegate. This pub is rumoured to have three ghosts. I didn't spot any! The landlady took our order and asked us where we were from. She then said she was originally from Hereford!! So that was Derek and I who had spoken to two complete strangers in the space of an hour that knew people from where we were born. ''Tis indeed a small world.
We walked around the city centre for a while before heading back to Janet's. The Shambles (photo above) is a cornocopia of marvellous individual shops ranging from chocolates through to bread and gifts.
Derek had arranged for some flowers to be delivered and a lovely bouquet was a super birthday surprise. The evening was spent in a restaurant called Go Down where an excellent meal and wine was enjoyed.
On Friday morning Gareth drove us to Scarborough where we had lunch in a cafe on top of a hill overlooking the bay. Unfortunately there was a lot of low cloud so the view was somewhat blurred. We spent an hour chatting and enjoying a light snack.
We went for a short walk along the streets and then the rain decided to make an appearance. I arranged to meet an OAPSchatter for the first time who lives in Scarborough at 2pm for a cuppa. There was a bit of confusion as to where we were meeting, so we ended up with twenty mins chat instead of an hour. However, it was great to meet Carolyn Souter and we will definitely be keeping in touch. See lead photo. Carolyn used to be the stage manager for the English National Opera and has also written biographies on Rudolf Nureyev and Dave Allen! She has also worked with Peter O'Toole, Alan Bates, Janet Suzman and a long list of amazing people. I have been promised some articles in the future so that will be a real treat!!
The rain was well and truly coming down now and a journey back to York that would have taken just over one hour took nearly two.
On Saturday we drove to a well known restaurant called Thompsons which has a reputation for excellent meals including the traditional fish and chips. We all ordered pensioners portions as the regular sized meals were ENORMOUS!!! The fish was very tasty and so white. Unlike certain frozen varieties by well known frozen food manufacturers!
Janet and Gareth dropped us off just outside York centre and we walked towards York Racecourse. There were many people walking their dogs and after a grey morning, the sun broke through and we ended up walking around seven miles! I think it was nearer five miles after re calculating, but not bad going! I love walking so it was a very enjoyable few hours.
We drove back on Sunday morning in torrential rain and windy conditions, not a nice experience on the motorway(s). Derek was in the driving seat. Luckily the rain stopped seventy miles from home and the sun came out.