The Sanctuary Way Walk described in yesterday's post was not all we did on the 2nd of June. After our lunch at the Warehouse Café (which has featured on my blog before), we relaxed at our pretty cottage for a while. By now the weather was so nice we enjoyed coffee and biscuits on the bench in front of the cottage (third photo from the top in this post).
A stroll around the town center followed, with random visits to various shops and some essentials bought. We also went to the Cathedral and had a closer look at its library upstairs.
Later, I went out on my own again: I wanted to see the Hornblower. A few years ago, I wrote about the tradition of setting the watch in this post; such things fascinate me, and since I had read in one of the leaflets found in our cottage that there was, apparently, a new Hornblower, I thought I'd have a look.
One of the many good things about this time of the year is that there is still enough daylight left for an after-diinner walk. I arrived at the market square in good time; the cottage is only 5 minutes walking distance from it.
To my surprise (but not in an unpleasant way), the Hornblower was still the same: Mr. Pickles, and just like before, he asked the onlookers whether they wanted to hear some history. He told the story I already knew, but he included the visitors, asking everyone where they were from.
Interestingly, the new Dean of Ripon Cathedral and his wife were there, and one blind elderly gentleman said he was from New Zealand and his surname was Aislabie. Now, if you know anything about Ripon history in general and Fountains Abbey/Studley Royal in particular, that name will instantly sound familiar: The Aislabies were the family who built Studley Royal and turned the entire area around Fountains Abbey pretty much into what we see and enjoy today. So this gentleman from NZ was tracing down his ancestors.
Here are some more Ripon pictures. Maybe you have caught glimpses of the Victorian clocktower or the cathedral during "Le Grand Départ", the first stage of the Tour de France.
Not sure which of the two pictures below I like better:
For the next day, the 3rd of June, we had a day trip to York planned. But that, of course, merits a separate post.