Our Ripley trip was on Saturday, the 22nd of August. My next post full of pictures from our Yorkshire holiday will be about Wednesday, the 26th, which was our last day before travelling back to Germany on the Thursday. What did we do the days in between?
It's quickly told:
Sunday was our annual family meal. We all (= around 20 people) met again at the Boat Inn in Sprotbrough, where we'd already been last year. We had excellent food, and it was wonderful seeing nearly everyone again. Some who'd been there last year couldn't make it this time, but others who weren't there last year made up for it.
The waitress who was responsible for our group did her job very, very well: She gave you the impression that it was her pleasure to look after us. Upon her suggestion, we all gathered in the inn's garden for group photos, something we'd somehow never really thought of before.
On Monday, we went shopping in Harrogate. I saw many clothes I liked, but bought only one dress at Monsoon... at first.
Then we went into Miss Selfridge's, where at first nothing really caught my eye. But when we climbed the stairs and walked around a corner, all of a sudden there it was: the coat of my dreams!! Do you know that feeling, when you spot something in a shop and your heart makes a little exclamation mark? It was exactly like that, and I couldn't help drawing in a sharp breath. I tried it on, LOVED it... and put it back on the rack.
By then, we were more than ready for some tea or coffee, and had a break (with delicious cake) in a café one or two roads from the shop. All that time, I kept thinking of The Coat and how much I wanted it. It wasn't the price that had stopped me, rather the thought that I didn't actually need it... but when does one really need something? In the end, we did go back and I did buy the coat, and I am glad I did!
You will of course eventually get to see all three dresses and the coat I bought. (Two dresses at Dorothy Perkins' in Ripon and one at Monsoon in Harrogate.)
Tuesday was going to be the last full day to spend in Ripon, and so we visited all our favourite places again: Several book shops, the Cathedral, the River Skell walk and the canal. Most of the pictures in this post are from that day.
In between these activities, we did householdy stuff such as washing and ironing, cleaning and shopping, cooked our own meals, sat in the sun in our garden with books and cups of tea or coffee, went to see Mary several times, and enjoyed every minute of our holiday. It had seemed so long when we booked the cottage - 11 days! - and we could hardly believe our last day was here.
That day, Wednesday, offered enough for several posts... starting tomorrow!