Saturday was our day to meet Hanneke W., an internet friend who lives near York. Eli needed a sleep-in day, so I arranged to meet Hanneke at the Quilt Museum in York and then Eli would join us about lunch time. As you might gather by our jackets, the weather turned a tad nippy and blustery that Saturday.
We had a wonderful visit at the Quilt Museum, where we saw costumes from Downton Abbey including garments worn by the wonderful Maggie Smith as The Dowager Countess Grantham, aka Aunt Violet. I want her wit, but being in the presence of her costume, alas, did not impart that skill!
The hostel was about a mile and a half from the old medieval walls of York, so Eli and I walked in each day
and then “home” in the evening.
Recently learned a fun saying: The difference between an American and a Brit? The Brit thinks 100 miles is a long way to travel. The American thinks 100 years is a long time. TOO true!
It was so much fun to meet Hanneke! We have known each other for years through the QuiltArt list and more recently Facebook. We met her daughter and husband for lunch, where they urged Eli and me to have dessert, so we decided to try Sticky Toffee Pudding. In England, a pudding isn’t the same as the US custard-ish dessert. Instead, it is a dessert, a sort of moist cake. OH MY. I recently ordered the dates and Black Treacle (sort of like molasses but without the bitter edge to it) needed for the cake and made it. EVERYONE loved it! YUM! Good thing, as the recipe makes 7-8 servings, each (literally) about 800 calories. This way if everyone eats it, I won’t eat all of it and weigh 800 pounds. THANK YOU Hanneke and family for coming down to York for lunch!
Eli got up late morning and made his way into town. On the way, he passed the York Museum. Outside was a stand with wild birds: hawks and owls. So I promised after lunch we could go see them. The owls ended up being one of the highlights of the trip for Eli.
There were many hawks and owls, about 8 total. I must’ve taken 100+ photos–resource imagery.
Then we went to the York Museum. There is a place called Jorvik that is described by some guide books as a bucket list place for Brits to visit, by others as “Disney version of Viking York.” It looks to be a great interactive, history-based place for families. We opted for the greater range of real artifacts at the Museum.
What a day! My only frustration is that I didn’t take the time to sketch then (can you imagine a teen waiting an hour for mom to sketch? I couldn’t either.) And I haven’t made time since I got back, either…..I MUST SKETCH! So much esign inspiration!
We trekked back to the Hostel, had a remarkably good dinner there and I had another Pimm’s. The next day, Anna! Another internet friend, another day in the old city.