On a Sunday evening, there aren't that many alternatives; buses and trains are few and far between. Of course we knew this before, but we had not known about the strike, and there was nothing to indicate it when I had booked our train tickets and looked up times earlier this week.
Anyway; we used the enforced break to have sandwiches and something to drink, and in Harrogate, my sister-in-law kindly picked us up and took us the last few miles to Ripon.
Our cottage is as lovely as ever, and my en-suite upstairs even has a brand new shower room; everything in it is shiny and very modern. The wall at the head end of my bed sports a new, pretty wallpaper, which you will get to see as soon as I can transfer pictures from my camera to the computer.
Right now, I am using O.K.'s MacBook which luckily I was able to borrow again, like last year. The photos I am showing you in this post are from my sister's mobile.
Ripon Cathedral this afternoon:
Inside the cathedral. "Beati Pacifici" means "blessed are the peaceful".
View of the cathedral from the bank of the river Skell:
After yesterday's exhausting day of travelling, we enjoyed a realxing, quiet day which included visiting my mother-in-law, doing some food shopping at the first Aldi supermarket I have ever been to outside Germany, a quick lunch of sandwiches and afterwards tea and coffee in the early afternoon sun on the bench in front of the cottage, a round through some of our favourite shops in Ripon plus visiting the cathedral, and finally, a walk along the river.