17.05.2015 - 17.05.2015
Hi, OMG youre awake! How's it going? How are the cats? Have you seen Jens? So everything's alright then! Rob's 'get down to facts' conversation with Erik....
Hello are you enjoying Bach-ing, what have you been up to? Have you had some friends over for company? We appreciate your help with looking after the house and cats for us, we love you.....Denise's fluffy conversation with Erik - check in with home at 7:45 York, 14:45 Perth time today...both outcomes resulted in positive replies so all is good there.
The streets of York, though relatively people free when we set out on foot today, were echoing with the beautiful music of church bells that seemed to ring for about 20 minutes to welcome us to Sunday morning.
We went to the Museum gardens and then came across the ruins of St Leonards hospital and part of the old Roman wall, still intact. Back towards the garden we spied a lone grey squirrel scurrying up the ferns main stem and down a frond. We walked to the gardens of the York Museum and the St Mary's Abbey Ruins.
We then crossed the River Ouse and ascended another part of the wall near the War memorial Gardens. We walked along thr wals, past the raileay station, the Micklegate and the Victoria Bar and Baille Hill to the Bishop Gate. We then recrossed the river on thr Skeldergate Bridge, past Cliffords Tower and climbed thr last part if the wall at Fishergate Bar. This part of the wall overlooks the council housing area- who also has clean windows Denise observed!!!
At the end of the last stretch of wall was The Red Tower.
Our plan was to then descend the wall and visit The National Centre for Early Music. To Rob's horror it was the National Centre for Early Music. Instead of the joy of seeing early Elizabethan instruments and all things musical, the foyer was filling rapidly with children obviously excitedly coming to perform. Those of us who know Rob can only imagine the speed with which we left said building and ran away toward the safety of the city centre.
If that pain was not enough to bear Denise then insisted o n looking at The Newgate Market and The Shambles....all full of trinkets! We saved our money there and spent 80p to "spend a penny".
We returned to Molly's for elevenses and received a 10% discount voucher on entry which would have paid for the toilet, but because the staff are so lovely, Denise put the change into the 'thank you' bowl....don't tell Rob!!! It took us over an hour to leave the antique store that Molly's is situated in and happily Denise left with a new UK Post box charm for her bracelet
Off to The Treasurer's House! Our second National Trust Site...so free entry and free ghost talk tour. The cellar is at cellar Roman road level, approximately 18 feet under the current road. Whilst the Trust Tour guide appeared to hold the memory of Frank Green, who donated the house and furniture, in high regard, we suspect his unmarried status may be as a result of chronic OCD regarding the cleanliness of the home combined his love of frilly shirts and floppy bow ties.
The hand made quilt in the bedroom where Prince Of Wales slept (future Edward VII) was quite unique. The guide explained the story of the quilt made in 1600s and it just begged to be photographed.
The pendulum on the 1600 clock that was 18 ft long, had to go through the floor to the lower level to swing. The pendulum was retrofitted 70 yrs later to give accuracy to the time piece which was engraved brass. The clock graced us with its chime as we stood and looked in awe at it.
One of the guides recommended a visit to the Undercroft at York Minster....so off we went. It was not a disapointment! Displayed is the history of the restoration of The Minster and the ultimate discovery of the life and times on that site, before The Minster was constructed and modified multiple times between 1100 and today. Underneath the Norman Church was an Anglo Saxon Church and underneath that was the headquarters of the Roman Garrison, which is what archeologists always suspected but could not prove until the time of the restoration.
We could not see the whole of The Minster because of Evensong but we were privy to the organ being played and the choir as we gazed at the colourful windows, ornate ceilings and floors and the Astrological Clock that caught Rob's eye.
Then there was the Chapter House! No words can describe this, it is a must see to believe experience.
We dined in Lower Petersgate at a restaurant with REAL coffee.......aagh yeah. This was the restaurant that didn't name Rob as 'Mr Wirdip' -OK that one is a first.
Back in the real world we await the news of the birth of Am's twins, hoping all is well and sadly sent condolences to someone else we know who has just lost his wife to cancer. We have received some happy fedback from Ally and Kirsty about our blog, which is nice to know others are enjoying our trip also from afar.
Thank you York for the beautiful bells, rich history and glorious antique shops full of quality pieces to look over.
Freddy, our GPS (now so named), is programmed for Penrith for the morning. He will hopefully guide us through interesting points of interest, The Yorkshire Dales and another National Trust site en route. Four days left in England then crossing over to Scotland.
Night night everyone, take care........DnR