Not blogging is the obvious answer here. So much for a post a week, I haven’t posted for what…5 or 6 weeks! It’s that old thing that we never have enough of again – time. So, what have I been up to? I can’t honestly remember a lot, that’s what happens if you don’t blog it you see.
One thing I do remember is that Patrick and I went to see the wonderful Gordon Giltrap at the beginning of March. He was playing in the area again at a charity gig organised by a friend of his, we saw him last summer for the first time and I wasn’t really familiar with his work before then. The only track I knew of his was his most famous hit Heartsong, which was the theme of the TV show Wish You Were Here. I have to say I was completely awestruck during the performance. The skill with which he plays is amazing. He is an incredible guitar player and a very humble and entertaining man and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
In knitting news, I have finally finished the green jumper. But…and it’s a big but after about 5 weeks of knitting, I’m not happy with it :-(. It doesn’t fit quite as well as I would like, being a little bit loose. I could live with that but the main problem is that I cocked up on the tops of the sleeves and the shoulders stick up a little. I think it can be fixed but at the moment, I can’t face it. It is in the naughty corner until I can be bothered to unpick the offending bit and re-do it. I will, at some time, because it was an awful lot of time and yarn to have wasted if I don’t….but not just yet. I’ve picked up my Hampton Cardi again, that of the 4 row, 9 stitch pattern that had me flummoxed a few weeks ago. That worked out fine first time when I had another go at it. Sometimes it pays to just put something aside for a while until it learns its lesson and decides to behave :-). So, that is on the go at the moment but will be a few weeks in the making yet. I have also made some progress on my February Lady cardigan and am knitting that as well as Hampton. I’m enjoying both of these projects a lot now.
Patrick and I had booked a couple of days off work this week and had decided to go to York for an overnight stay. We love to go to York, primarily because of the huge number of fantastic pubs to visit. On the York Camra website, there are mini-guides to download and the one for York centre has no less than 82 pubs selling real ale from independant breweries. I do love to try beers that I haven’t tried before and to visit pubs that I haven’t visited before and there are opportunities in abundance to do both in York. Arriving on Sunday afternoon in glorious sunshine, we checked in the Travel Lodge in York Centre and set off for a little walk towards the first of our target pubs. I took this picture of the beautiful daffodils around the walls on the way
Our first pub then was The Rook and Gaskill. Just outside the City walls and named after two 17th Century sheep thieves who were the last people to be hanged at the St Leonard Gallows nearby. A real beer lovers pub with a selection of 12 beers and a friendly barman. It was a struggle to just have the one in there I can tell you! We had more pubs on our radar though so we next crossed Hull Road to visit the Waggon & Horses, a pleasant pub with 3 distinct rooms, sun beating through the windows at the front made for thirsty drinkers. Back to the hotel after this to freshen up for the night ahead. The very convenient Posterngate pub right next door to the Travel Lodge was our first stop for a meal and a beer. A Wetherspoons pub, where you know you are going to get value. I am a huge fan of Wetherspoons pubs. The food may not be gourmet but it is good value and their commitment to Real Ale is second to none in the pub chain industry. After that, we visited a further four pubs that we hadn’t been to on previous visits to York. The Punch Bowl just outside Micklegate, which is another Wetherspoons, Brigantes, a cafe bar type establishment, then Ackhorne, tucked away down a little cobbled street. We would never have found it by accident and now we’ve been in, we certainly won’t be finding it again on purpose anytime soon. After trying out one more new one, Maltings, in the shadow of Lendal Bridge we finished up with two of our favourite pubs, The Yorkshire Terrier and Ye Olde Starr, both down Stonegate. A catfood-like burger on the way back to the hotel finished the night off nicely! Monday dawned bright and sunny again and we had a little wander around before heading off to the Castle Museum. Neither of us had been there for years and we had a good day. I had a strange experience in one of the police cells in that as I stepped in the door, I got an overwhelming feeling that I just shouldn’t be in there. I can’t explain other that it was a kind of panicky feeling and I just couldn’t bring myself to go right inside, I hovered near the door as Patrick went in. Later, speaking to one of the staff in another exhibit, the sweet shop, he was telling us about ghostly goings on in the place, including the time that a child who was visiting the museum had said that he wanted to go back into the police cell to talk to the lady who was in there! Needless to say, Patrick then wanted to go back and see for himself. We went in, I was a bit apprehensive to say the least but the feeling wasn’t there on the second visit.
I’ll leave you with another couple of pictures from York, the first, a lovely little old building, I can’t remember for the life of me where it was but I thought it looked very pretty with the blossom trees outside and the second picture is of Clifford’s Tower. Just look at those daffodils!