We’ve just got back from a mid week autumn break and as usual we’re glad to get back to our own bed and have a rest after all the running around we’ve been doing.
We were staying close to York which is a place we used to visit quite regularly when our boys were wee so but when we counted back we realised that it was about 18 years since we had been there. It doesn’t change though and it was still crowded with tourists, like us, marvelling that the buildings are still standing.
Book wise York was a bit of a disappointment, it was slim pickings and I didn’t see any Thirkells at all anywhere. In desperation I ended up going on the internet to see if I was missing any second-hand bookshops, it was horrible to see a list of shops which had closed written beside their details. Apart from the Oxfam bookshop we could only find one second-hand bookshop, a bit of a shock in what is after all a university city.
We also visited Ripon, another cathedral city, very much smaller than York I think but the cathedral was nice and welcoming and they were setting up an art exhibition whilst we were there which looked interesting. Well worth a visit if you’re in that area.
National Trust wise we visited the Treasurer’s House in York, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, and on the way home we visited Cragside in Northumberland which is an amazing place. We had wanted to go to Lindisfarne but just didn’t have enough time. Luckily we had good weather but when we stopped off at Wooler, a small market town in Northumberland the wind was absolutely freezing. Wooler weather they call it, it felt several degrees colder than at Powburn just ten miles or so to the south of Wooler, and strangely when we stopped again at Coldstream just over the Scottish border it didn’t seem nearly so cold there. Wooler feels like it’s in the Artic Circle.
Anyway, that’s me back on that perennial Brit topic of conversation – the weather. Hopefully by tomorrow I’ll have sorted out some photos of our trip.