As mentioned in my previous post, the journey from my home town Ludwigsburg to Ripon takes a full day and is spent using various means of transport from buses and trains to planes. Altogether, on the 21st of March it took us almost precisely 9 hours - everything went well, and we did not have any significant delays.
When the 36 bus from Harrogate pulls into Ripon, it feels very much like coming home, and even more so when we arrive at "our" cottage 10 or 15 minutes later - we've been staying here for quite a few years in a row now, and will keep this up for as long as our kind and friendly landlady will have us.
Here are a few pictures of Matchbox Cottage (of course you've seen it all before). There is a new settee in the living room, a window has been replaced in the ground floor bedroom, and the heating system is now completely independent from the main building.
|The new settee - much bigger, and very comfy.|
|Fresh daffodils on the dining table, put there for us by our lovely landlady.|
|The ground floor bedroom (my sister's).|
|I sleep upstairs. We each have our own en-suite shower rooms.|
We had been sitting all day long (except for the times we spent standing in various queues - part of the parcel when you travel by plane) and were happy to take a detour to the Cathedral on our walk to the supermarket for some basics.
Ripon Cathedral is a remarkable building, and this first walk by it in the dusk was only to whet our appetite for more to come.
Speaking of which - more to come about my Yorkshire Holiday over the next days and possibly weeks, as I'll be back working tomorrow and won't have as much time to blog as I'd like to. And now, it is time to wind down for the night; I can tell it has been a long day, plus we have "lost" two hours - one by switching to summer time, and another one by travelling to a different time zone.