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September 19, 2018 — Kirkham Priory and Castle Howard

Bridge over the river Derwent near Kirkham Priory

Bridge over the river Derwent near Kirkham Priory

Weather prediction today was sunny until noon, heavy rain until 2:00 and then sunny with winds the rest of the day. I wanted good photos of the bridge by Kirkham Priory so when we woke to the promised sunshine, we quickly drove to the Priory for bridge pics. It was a short, pretty drive and I got my pictures. The Priory opened so we used our English Heritage membership to get in free. It was not crowded and we had it to ourselves. Bought a Priory guide with a map and explored. I got more bridge photos from inside the Priory.

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

***** Driving on to Castle Howard *****

Entrance to Castle Howard

Entrance to Castle Howard

Got back in the car and made the short drive to Castle Howard. Our English Heritage membership got us a 6 GBP discount. We hopped the train to the castle and discovered the castle restaurant, the Fitzroy Room is cafeteria style so we hiked back up to the Courtyard Café at the entrance hoping they had something besides the advertised pork belly. Fortunately, they did. Ed got scampi and I got the Ploughman’s lunch of cheese, ham, pork, paté, a root vegetable crudité and a very spicy chutney with brown bread. It was excellent. Ed got orange spice cake for dessert and I got carrot cake that was quite spicy. We shared a large pot of tea . . . needed on a brutally windy day.

The  Stable Courtyard

The Stable Courtyard

Little Shuttle Train at Castle Howard

Little Shuttle Train at Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard


We caught the train back to the castle and entered. They turn you loose in the castle with docents in each room to answer questions.

It was very nice, well kept and impressive until we walked into the Great Hall. That was overwhelming. Your eyes go skyward three stories to a dome with a lantern, the curved top of which is painted in the classic style. The entire hall with frescoes, ornate balconies, gilded pillars and fireplaces is designed to impress and it does. After the Great Hall, you continue through the house/castle and as you look through the east windows, you see the Atlas Fountain in the garden. I took photos out of several windows and was glad I did because the promised rain soon started with a vengeance and the windows were covered. Later they turned the fountain off (at 3:00 PM) to save water so if I hadn’t taken the photos when I did, there would only be a very dry fountain in my pictures.

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard - Fountain

Castle Howard - Fountain

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard - Brideshead Revisited

Castle Howard - Brideshead Revisited

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard


We continued through the magnificent castle and ended as usual, in the gift shop. The predicted sun had come out so we went out to the gardens, photographed a dry Atlas Fountain and then followed the beautiful Lime Walk to the Rose Garden that, even in mid-September was impressive. I spotted a cute cotton-tail rabbit nibbling grass and was trying to take pictures when a group of Chinese students first tried to walk in front of me which Ed managed to forestall and then clapped to scare the poor little rabbit who ran away. The students thought it was hilarious and I wished I could speak Chinese. Probably just as well I couldn’t or we would have had an international incident. Their mothers would have been mortified by their behavior.

*****

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard - The Atlas Fountain (after they turned off the water)

Castle Howard - The Atlas Fountain (after they turned off the water)

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard, rabbit in the Walled Garden

Castle Howard, rabbit in the Walled Garden

We walked back to the Farm Shop and got bread and wine for our dinner and drove home. Our neighbors' patio furniture was blown over but ours survived. Winds are supposed to be worse tonight.

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September 20, 2018 - York on the train

We took the train to York and the day started lovely and sunny but promised vicious rain. We decided to take a chance and went anyway. It worked.

Malton Train Station - Here Comes the Train.

Malton Train Station - Here Comes the Train.

September 20, 2018 — Day 17 (Thursday)

York - Cholera Burial Ground

York - Cholera Burial Ground

Woke to sunshine but knew it wouldn’t last. Tropical storm Ali struck Ireland yesterday and was devastating. We won’t get that but we will get rain later today. We quickly ate and drove to the Malton railway station and got return tickets to York. The train arrived on schedule and we hopped on. It was a quick and pretty ride to York and our young seatmate walked us to the place where we crossed a bridge into Old Town. We found York Minster and tourist information following his directions and were soon entering the very large cathedral. They are doing a lot of renovation so there was scaffolding covering the organ and part of one side of the church. You have to pay to enter so we thought a construction discount would have been nice, but they haven’t thought of it. We paid and entered, wandering through the church. They are very proud of their 128 stained-glass windows but we were underwhelmed. We had bright sunshine but the windows were not particularly colorful. They had too much lead holding the tiny pieces of colored glass so all the windows seemed dull and dark. They tried to tell too much and ended up conveying nothing. We much prefer the beautiful windows at Chartres, Bourges and Notre Dame de Paris among others . . . they have bright, clear colors with stories you can follow. We did go through the Crypt and the Undercroft which was interesting. York is impressive but we didn't really have time to explore the town.

Scenes from York

Scenes from York

York Minster - the Cathedral in York

York Minster - the Cathedral in York

York Minster - Stained Glass

York Minster - Stained Glass

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster - Stained Glass

York Minster - Stained Glass

York Minster - Crypt display

York Minster - Crypt display

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster - Crypt display of an oliphant

York Minster - Crypt display of an oliphant

York Minster

York Minster

Walking along Stonegate in York

Walking along Stonegate in York

Bennett’s Restaurant where we didn't eat lunch

Bennett’s Restaurant where we didn't eat lunch


We departed the Minster looking for lunch and Bennett’s nearby had a good menu so we went in, were seated, divested ourselves of rain gear and then the waiter announced everything we wanted was only available after 5:30. A note on the menu would have been helpful. We apologized, put our coats back on and went out to continue our search, finally ending up at Gusto Italian Restaurant with a two-course prix fixe of sea bass. It was a very nice place with very good food and excellent service Ed got a lemon sorbet for dessert and I got a very intense tiramisu. Good choice! [Gusto Italian Restaurant, 2-4 Little Stonegate, York YO1 8AX; tel: +44 190473-1667; Click here for the Gusto Restaurant web site]

Gusto Restaurant - We did eat here.

Gusto Restaurant - We did eat here.

Gusto Restaurant

Gusto Restaurant

Walking to the Treasurer's House in the rain

Walking to the Treasurer's House in the rain


We left the restaurant to the promised rain and programmed my phone to guide us to the Treasurer’s House, a National Trust site beside the cathedral. It’s quite interesting and the docents were informative so we spent a pleasant hour there. We finally had to face the rain so hiked back to the train station in a pretty heavy rainfall. We were soaked by the time we arrived. We had a thirty-minute wait so we found a bench near our track and Ed got me a hot chocolate that helped warm me. The train arrived only three minutes late and we were off. Our stop was the first one so it didn’t take long. No photos through the rain-streaked windows . . . [Treasurer's House, XW79+5M York; tel: +44 190462-4247; Click here for the Treasurer's House web site]

The Treasurer's House - York -Hall

The Treasurer's House - York -Hall

The Treasurer's House - York - Stairway

The Treasurer's House - York - Stairway

The Treasurer's House - York

The Treasurer's House - York

The Treasurer's House - York - View of the Garden

The Treasurer's House - York - View of the Garden

The Treasurer's House - York

The Treasurer's House - York

The Treasurer's House - York

The Treasurer's House - York

The Treasurer's House - York - the two-story clock

The Treasurer's House - York - the two-story clock

York Train Station

York Train Station


Arrived in jig-time, retrieved our car and drove home over quickly flooding roads. Must check the weather report tomorrow . . . and do the laundry. Sigh . . .

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September 21, 2018 - Scarborough Castle and Pickering Castle

We're getting smart and taking our umbrellas everywhere . . . and using them.

View from Scarborough Castle

View from Scarborough Castle

September 21, 2018 — Day 18 (Friday)

St. Mary's Church Pay and Display Car Park

St. Mary's Church Pay and Display Car Park

Woke to sunshine but no breakfast food so we walked to The Secret Garden for breakfast. We returned home, gathered rain gear for later and started for Scarborough. It’s not far and was a beautiful drive until we got to Scarborough where we ran into very heavy traffic. We found Scarborough Castle and Ed asked a man where to park and fortunately it was only a block down the hill. He parked and we walked up to the castle . . . English Heritage, so free for us as members. We climbed all over the ruins in high winds and got amazing photos of Scarborough and the north coast. We climbed down, visited St. Mary’s Church on the way to the car and fought our way through traffic, stopping to add air to the car tires yet again. [Scarborough Castle, Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY; tel: 01723 372451; Click here for the Scarborough Castle web site]

Scarborough Spa from St. Mary's Church in Scarborough

Scarborough Spa from St. Mary's Church in Scarborough

St. Mary's Church from the parking lot on Castle Road

St. Mary's Church from the parking lot on Castle Road

Entrance to Scarborough Castle

Entrance to Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle

The Bay from Scarborough Castle

The Bay from Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle

Information signs outside the Master Gunner's House at Scarborough Castle

Information signs outside the Master Gunner's House at Scarborough Castle

The Master Gunner's House at Scarborough Castle

The Master Gunner's House at Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle - ruins

Scarborough Castle - ruins

Scarborough Castle - ruins

Scarborough Castle - ruins

Scarborough Castle - Ruins

Scarborough Castle - Ruins

Master Gunner's House at Scarborough Castle

Master Gunner's House at Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle - flowers

Scarborough Castle - flowers

Harbor from Scarborough Castle

Harbor from Scarborough Castle

St. Mary's Church from Scarborough Castle

St. Mary's Church from Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle

Saint Mary's Church

Saint Mary's Church

Saint Mary's Church - Cross

Saint Mary's Church - Cross

Saint Mary's Church

Saint Mary's Church

Saint Mary's Church

Saint Mary's Church

Saint Mary's Church

Saint Mary's Church

Saint Mary's Church

Saint Mary's Church

Saint Mary's Church - Stained Glass

Saint Mary's Church - Stained Glass

Saint Mary's Church - Stained Glass

Saint Mary's Church - Stained Glass

Castle Road, Scarborough

Castle Road, Scarborough

Pattison's Fruit and Vegetables (and flowers)

Pattison's Fruit and Vegetables (and flowers)

St. John the Baptist Church in East Ayton

St. John the Baptist Church in East Ayton

The Downe Arms in Wykeham

The Downe Arms in Wykeham


Driving home we stopped at the Downe Arms Hotel for a pleasant lunch. We both had Whitby scampi with peas, thrice-fried chips and a salad. Ed got a beautiful mango cheesecake with fruit for dessert and I had the warm chocolate brownie. [The Downe Arms Hotel, Main Rd, Wykeham, Scarborough YO13 9QB; tel: +44 1723 862471; Click here for the Downe Arms Hotel web site]

The Downe Arms in Wykeham - Dessert

The Downe Arms in Wykeham - Dessert

The Downe Arms in Wykeham - Dessert

The Downe Arms in Wykeham - Dessert

Pickering Castle - Entrance

Pickering Castle - Entrance


We continued home in and out of rain and sun, left the car at the house and walked up to the Pickering Castle, also English Heritage. Climbed all over before it started to rain so we walked home in a very steady rain, this time with umbrellas. [Pickering Castle, Castlegate, Pickering YO18 7AX; tel: +44 370-333-1181; Click here for the Pickering Castle web site]

Pickering Castle - Entrance

Pickering Castle - Entrance

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle

Storm coming to Pickering Castle

Storm coming to Pickering Castle

Checked email and Charles got a new job so we’re all happy about that and we got an email from Hunter this morning. Good day! Tomorrow . . . to Helmsley.

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September 22, 2018 - Helmsley Castle and Walled Garden

Arrived early so had lunch at the famous Walled Garden before moving in the hotel. Then Explored the castle in the afternoon. Fun day.

Driving from Pickering to Helmsley

Driving from Pickering to Helmsley


September 22, 2018 — Day 19 (Saturday)

Market Square - Helmsley, UK

Market Square - Helmsley, UK

Hate to leave our lovely cottage in Pickering. It’s been absolutely perfect and so was the location; central to everything we needed. Ah well . . . time to move on. We packed the car and started, stopping once for gas. Very pretty drive to Helmsley where we parked right in front of the hotel. I walked through and found no one so we decided to visit the Helmsley Walled Garden before lunch. Managed to get lost looking for it and found the Duncombe Park and Estate which was very impressive. Back on track, we finally found long-term parking down the street that was an easy walk to the garden. Ed paid and displayed and we set off for the Garden. The sign had fallen down but two gentlemen set us on the right path (and put the sign back up) so we soon arrived and got our tickets. We spent a lovely couple hours exploring the garden and then had lunch in their tea room. Ed got a ham melt and I got a minted lamb rump sandwich . . . all with two salads and tea. It was very good and served in a greenhouse. Fun. [The Vinehouse Café, Cleveland Way, Helmsley YO62 5AH; tel: +44 014 3977-1194; Click here for the Vinehouse Café web site]

Duncombe Park Estate outside Helmsley

Duncombe Park Estate outside Helmsley

Helmsley Castle from Duncombe Park Estate outside Helmsley

Helmsley Castle from Duncombe Park Estate outside Helmsley

Helmsley Castle from Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Castle from Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

September fruit in the Helmsley Walled Garden

September fruit in the Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Castle from Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Castle from Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Espaliered apples in the Helmsley Walled Garden

Espaliered apples in the Helmsley Walled Garden

Medlars in the Helmsley Walled Garden

Medlars in the Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Fountain in the Helmsley Walled Garden

Fountain in the Helmsley Walled Garden

Some Amazing chickens at Helmsley Walled Garden

Some Amazing chickens at Helmsley Walled Garden

Lunch at The Vinehouse Cafe at Helmsley Walled Garden

Lunch at The Vinehouse Cafe at Helmsley Walled Garden

We walked back to parking where we met the parking lady (meter maid) who told us about a very reasonable weekly parking pass we can use in the entire area. We walked to the Castle entrance where the pass is sold and bought one. Next we checked into the Royal Oak Hotel on the Market Square. We have a great view over the market place, bed, chair, stool and love seat, lots of storage and blackout blinds. Looks good. [The Royal Oak Hotel, 15 Market Pl, Helmsley, York YO62 5BL UK; tel: +44 1439 770450; Click here for the Royal Oak Hotel web site]

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Next we walked up to the Castle that is English Heritage so free for us. It’s impressive as English castles go. There are a couple unruined buildings with interesting, if somewhat redundant, exhibits. There are also three striking sculptures by Malcolm Brocklesby at the entrance. We went through all of it and walked back to the hotel to rest and unpack. We have a 6:30 dinner reservation downstairs. [Helmsley Castle, Castlegate, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AB; tel: +44 01439 770442; Click here for the Helmsley Castle web site]

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

The Swordsman, The Warrior and The Archer by Malcolm Brocklesby

The Swordsman, The Warrior and The Archer by Malcolm Brocklesby

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Interior - Helmsley Castle

Interior - Helmsley Castle

Ed Checking Exhibits - Helmsley Castle

Ed Checking Exhibits - Helmsley Castle

Interior - Helmsley Castle

Interior - Helmsley Castle

The Walled Garden from Helmsley Castle

The Walled Garden from Helmsley Castle

The Warrior and The Archer by Malcolm Brocklesby

The Warrior and The Archer by Malcolm Brocklesby

The Swordsman, The Warrior and The Archer by Malcolm Brocklesby

The Swordsman, The Warrior and The Archer by Malcolm Brocklesby

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September 23, 2018 - The National Centre for Birds of Prey

I love having a birthday traveling because I get to choose what we do that day. We were near the National Centre for Birds of Prey and it was a must-see on my list so despite rain, off we went.

St. Mary's R.C. Church<br />with Our Lady and St. Chad

St. Mary's R.C. Church
with Our Lady and St. Chad


September 23, 2018 — Day 20 (Sunday and my birthday)

Relaxed start to the day since church didn’t begin until 9:00. About 8:30 and armed with better directions than when searching yesterday, we set off in search of the elusive church and found it. It’s small and hidden between two houses, but there it was. Small church, small congregation and no children at all so it won't be here in a generation. They were welcoming and friendly and had a good organist. We forgot our Tilley hats when we left and were grabbed on the way out and our hats returned . . . thank goodness. We lost the previous hats in France.

We stopped for hot chocolate on the way back since it was really cold. I opened my gifts. Ed got me a hawk video and Jean sent a Kindle book to my Kindle, “Café d’Oc” about the Dordogne, one of my favorite parts of France. Got a couple ecards and some donations to my Facebook fund-raiser for Doctors Without Borders . . . including David Zimet, bless his heart. Then we walked around Helmsley exploring. It’s a very cute village.

*****


Thomas the Baker (cheese monger, butcher, etc.) - Helmsley

Thomas the Baker (cheese monger, butcher, etc.) - Helmsley

La Trattoria in Helmsley for hot chocolate

La Trattoria in Helmsley for hot chocolate

Thomas the Baker (cheese monger, butcher, etc.) - Helmsley

Thomas the Baker (cheese monger, butcher, etc.) - Helmsley

Market Cross in Helmsley

Market Cross in Helmsley

Typical vine-covered house in Helmsley

Typical vine-covered house in Helmsley

Market Square with everything

Market Square with everything

The Feathers Hotel in Helmsley and a very cute little dog

The Feathers Hotel in Helmsley and a very cute little dog

Porters Coffee Shop - Helmsley

Porters Coffee Shop - Helmsley

When noon arrived we returned to our hotel for their Sunday Roast, our favorite British tradition. Ed got beef and I got lamb. Fortunately you could choose a smaller serving so we had room for dessert . . . cheesecake and chocolate cake respectively. Very good. The Royal Oak Hotel is not only perfectly located on the Market Square, it is comfortable, friendly and has a very nice restaurant.

National Centre for Birds of Prey outside Helmsley

National Centre for Birds of Prey outside Helmsley


After lunch we drove to the National Centre for Birds of Prey and arrived in time for the two o’clock flying demonstration. Great fun. Afterwards we walked around the aviaries enjoying the birds until it started to rain pretty heavily. Retreated to the Owl Café for tea and hot chocolate until the rain stopped then resumed our aviary tour until time for the 4:15 flying show. One of the birds sat nearly in my lap and I got some great pictures. Sun is out again. [National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, York YO62 5EB; tel: +44 1439 772080; Click here for the National Centre for Birds of Prey web site]

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey - a very young visitor

National Centre for Birds of Prey - a very young visitor

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey - a wild visitor

National Centre for Birds of Prey - a wild visitor

Helmsley Castle seen driving home from the National Centre for Birds of Prey

Helmsley Castle seen driving home from the National Centre for Birds of Prey

Drove home for a quiet Sunday evening! Good day; great birthday.

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