The day after the rainy interlude at Harewood was so sunny and warm, we decided to turn it into a Very Lazy Day spent mostly in our garden. But first, we started with a shopping trip through our favourite shops in Ripon, all within a few minutes walking distance from our cottage.
A shop I had on my mental list of "must visit" has, sadly, closed since last year. It was a shop for vintage clothes, and I bought this dress there.
But don't worry - I did not go home without two lovely dresses, excellent finds at Dorothy Perkins'! Summer sales were in full swing, and one of the dresses was only 8 quid, the other one 22. Of course, they will appear as Fashion Posts on this blog in due time.
All our other favourite shops were still there, and we spent a pleasant morning browsing and buying, also briefly visiting the Cathedral. There was a lot going on, apparently preparations for a concert, and so we did not stay long. Also, the day was far too nice to stay indoors.
We had a snack in the garden and then spent all afternoon there, reading, sunbathing and having coffee and tea. A wonderful lazy day, just like a holiday is supposed to be!
On Thursday, we decided to walk once again to Studley Royal. Believe it or not, the reason we did this was to buy napkins... and a most wonderful blanket of lambswool we had spotted at the National Trust shop at the entrance to Fountains Abbey, which was just perfect for my sister's living room.
This time, we approached Studley on a different path. And we did not pay admission to walk around the abbey this time; we really just wanted to walk in the sun (which we did) and make our purchases (which we did, too).
In the evening, my uncle and aunt, J & B, arrived in Ripon. We had an excellent meal at The Royal Oak, a pub I can highly recommend. Afterwards, we watched the Hornblower set the watch, as I have already described a few posts back.
For the next day, we had a great day out planned with J & B. You'll find out where we went in my next post.