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September 24, 2018 - Rievaulx Abbey and Rievaulx Terrace

A beautiful ruined abbey and Rievaulx Terrace. You can see the Abbey from the Terrace. It's a good day trip.

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

September 24, 2018 — Day 21 (Monday - Piper’s birthday)

Got some more birthday greetings that were sent last night. We’re eight hours ahead of home so it makes sense. Today is Piper’s birthday and we hope it’s a grand one for a granddaughter.

We’re B&B here at the hotel so went down at 8:00 for breakfast. There are choices so we opted for the Full English breakfast minus beans and tomatoes. That worked well although I think I'll also skip the sausage tomorrow. Don't know how people can eat so much at breakfast.

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

We read until time to leave. I’m enjoying my birthday book from Jean . . . set in Sarlat and it already mentioned the Rocamadour goat cheese I like so well. As ten o’clock approached, we bundled up and walked to the car. The drive to Rievaulx Abbey was about five minutes and we had no trouble parking. We’re English Heritage so it was free. We walked past grazing sheep and picturesque stone walls taking pictures of the ruins of the immense Abbey. We went through the little museum first to get some background and then went outside to explore the place. They are featuring their Annunciation stone carving so it was featured both in the museum and then when you get to it over a door in the Abbey, there is another exhibit directly beneath it giving information and accompanied by a digital reproduction of it when it was new. You can look up and compare the two . . . new and ancient. [Rievaulx Abbey, Rievaulx Abbey, Rievaulx Bank, Rievaulx, Helmsley, York YO62 5LB; tel: +443703331181; Click here for the Rievaulx Abbey web site]

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley


Walked back to the Abbey tea room for lunch. Ed had soup and I had a sandwich, both adequate but not exciting. The hot tea was truly appreciated on this clear but very chilly day.

*****

Setting up a chess game to attract an opponent

Setting up a chess game to attract an opponent


After lunch we drove back to Rievaulx Terrace, a National Trust site so free for members, parked and entered. You walk through the woods and there are picnic tables, quoits and a giant chess game so we detoured to the chess game and Ed set up a few moves to lure others in. It worked and immediately a man came over to explore so we left him to make his move and continued down the forest path. We finally found the first folly, the Tuscan Temple and knew it would be closed but we could look through the windows so we climbed up and looked through to see a lovely table on a beautiful floor and a gorgeous ceiling barely visible for reflections in the window. A young man saw me trying to get ceiling pictures and told me there were mirrors on the inside window sills to help view the ceiling. Hooray . . . great ceiling photos. I thanked him profusely.

Lean on these trunks and watch the sky above at Rievaulx Terrace

Lean on these trunks and watch the sky above at Rievaulx Terrace

View from Rievaulx Terrace

View from Rievaulx Terrace

Rievaulx Abbey from Rievaulx Terrace viewing point

Rievaulx Abbey from Rievaulx Terrace viewing point

The Tuscan Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

The Tuscan Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

The Tuscan Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

The Tuscan Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

Ceiling of the Tuscan Temple at Rievaulx Terrace<br />(shot via a mirror in the window sill)

Ceiling of the Tuscan Temple at Rievaulx Terrace
(shot via a mirror in the window sill)

Interior of the Tuscan Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

Interior of the Tuscan Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

Rievaulx Bridge from Rievaulx Terrace

Rievaulx Bridge from Rievaulx Terrace

Rievaulx Abbey from Rievaulx Terrace viewing point

Rievaulx Abbey from Rievaulx Terrace viewing point

Rievaulx Abbey from Rievaulx Terrace viewing point

Rievaulx Abbey from Rievaulx Terrace viewing point

Admiring The Wire Horse sculpture<br />by Emma Stothard at Rievaulx Terrace

Admiring The Wire Horse sculpture
by Emma Stothard at Rievaulx Terrace

We continued back along the terrace coming to each of the Abbey views cut through the trees . . . all necessitating photo stops. At one there was a life-size wire horse so Ed took my picture with it and the gentleman who had continued the chess game came over to talk to us and was soon joined by his wife and son who was the one who told me about the mirrors. We chatted quite a while as they have another son who went to Berkeley near us and now teaches at the university at Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. They finally walked on and we met them again at the next folly, the Ionic Temple. We chatted some more as we waited for the 2:30 opening. They had seen it before so left. We entered and the guide spoke briefly since there is only one room. The ceiling painting is the main attraction and they give you mirrors to help you look at it although turning one’s head and looking up isn’t difficult. [Rievaulx Terrace, Rievaulx, Helmsley, York YO62 5LJ; tel: +44 1439 748283; Click here for the Rievaulx Terrace web site]

View of Rievaulx Abbey from Rievaulx Terrace

View of Rievaulx Abbey from Rievaulx Terrace

The Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

The Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

The Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

The Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

The Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

The Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

Dinner setting at the Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

Dinner setting at the Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

Ceiling of the Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

Ceiling of the Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

Ceiling of the Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace (seen in a mirror)

Ceiling of the Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace (seen in a mirror)

Dinner setting at the Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

Dinner setting at the Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace

Driving back to Helmsley from Rievaulx terrace

Driving back to Helmsley from Rievaulx terrace

Finishing there, we checked the gift shop and then drove back to the hotel. We have 6:30 dinner reservations at The Feathers Hotel and Eatery across the square. They have duck confit!

The Feathers Hotel and Eatery in Helmsley

The Feathers Hotel and Eatery in Helmsley



Later: Ate at Feathers and it’s quiet . . . no rock, no jazz, no music! Wonderful. Ed got the haddock and I tried a duck confit that was shredded duck on a bed of greens with orange slices and pomegranate seeds and pearl cous cous with peppers. It was very good, but definitely not your traditional duck confit. We got the crème brulée for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a shortbread cooky. It was all very nice and the place was packed. Glad we reserved! [The Feathers Hotel and Eatery, Market Place, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5BH; tel: +44 01439 770275; Click here for The Feathers web site]

Ed enjoying The Feathers in Helmsley

Ed enjoying The Feathers in Helmsley

Finally figured out how to turn on our heat. Yes!

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September 25, 2018 - Nunnington Hall

A watercolor exhibit and the very fun Carlisle Collection of miniature rooms.

Nunnington Hall in Yorkshire

Nunnington Hall in Yorkshire

September 25, 2018 — Day 22 (Tuesday)

Ate a slightly smaller breakfast this morning. Ordered Scout’s birthday present . . . a gift certificate for Target for her requested cast iron frying pan and Dutch oven. Internet shopping is very helpful when traveling.

Nunnington Hall - Entry

Nunnington Hall - Entry

Walked to the car and set off for Nunnington Hall, another National Trust site. We quickly arrived and parked. The ticket lady asked if we’d been to Rievaulx Abbey yesterday. She was working there and recognized our Tilley hats. We walked through most of the lovely hall and were almost to the special watercolor exhibit when Montezuma struck. We headed down many stairs to the facilities. I decided a pill was in order so we started looking for water and found the tea room. It was just after noon so we decided to have lunch before climbing back up all those stairs. Ed got soup and a cheese scone, and I got a ham and spinach sandwich. They were alright and there’s no place else to eat so it sufficed. We climbed back up the stairs to view the maid’s room and the watercolor exhibit. Very nice watercolors by David Birtweistle that we thoroughly enjoyed. We moved on to the fun Carlisle Collection of miniature rooms. Then we climbed back down. We didn't realize until later that we missed the resident ghost. The paneled bedroom and adjoining small Oratory are supposedly haunted but we didn't see or hear a ghost. Maybe next time . . .

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall - Tapestry

Nunnington Hall - Tapestry

Nunnington Hall - Drawing Room

Nunnington Hall - Drawing Room

Nunnington Hall - Bedroom

Nunnington Hall - Bedroom

Nunnington Hall - The Oak Bedroom

Nunnington Hall - The Oak Bedroom

Nunnington Hall - The - Haunted Oratory

Nunnington Hall - The - Haunted Oratory

Nunnington Hall - The Maids Room

Nunnington Hall - The Maids Room

Nunnington Hall - The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms

Nunnington Hall - The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms

Nunnington Hall - The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms

Nunnington Hall - The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms

Nunnington Hall - The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms

Nunnington Hall - The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms

Nunnington Hall - The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms

Nunnington Hall - The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall


Next was their famous organic garden still full of fruit and vegetables even in late September. They pack fleece from their sheep around the base of young fruit trees as mulch . . . looks cosy. There were bronze sculptures set out all through the garden and you could play croquet or badminton on the lawn. We opted for a couple lounge chairs in the tea garden overlooking the river Rye and enjoyed our second day of sun. [Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, North Yorkshire, YO62 5UY; tel: +44 01439748283; Click here for the Nunnington Hall web site]

*****

Nunnington Hall - Beribboned Tree - We have no idea why.

Nunnington Hall - Beribboned Tree - We have no idea why.

Nunnington Hall - Garden Sculpture

Nunnington Hall - Garden Sculpture

Nunnington Hall - Croquet on the Lawn

Nunnington Hall - Croquet on the Lawn

Nunnington Hall - Garden Sculpture

Nunnington Hall - Garden Sculpture

Nunnington Hall - Garden Sculpture

Nunnington Hall - Garden Sculpture

Nunnington Hall - Garden

Nunnington Hall - Garden

Nunnington Hall - Garden

Nunnington Hall - Garden

Nunnington Hall - Apple Orchard

Nunnington Hall - Apple Orchard

Nunnington Hall - Resident Peacocks

Nunnington Hall - Resident Peacocks

Yorkshire Lavender Gardens - Closed

Yorkshire Lavender Gardens - Closed

We then drove to Yorkshire Lavender Gardens and parked. As we walked to the entrance, we were greeted by a doddering old man who mumbled they were closed. Could have mentioned it on their web site instead of announcing they were open! I snapped a couple photos over the fence and we left . . . grumpily.

Returning to Helmsley from the Yorkshire Lavender Gardens

Returning to Helmsley from the Yorkshire Lavender Gardens

It was a lovely drive back to Helmsley and we have a dinner reservation at our hotel tonight. ‘Twill be noisy but good.

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September 26, 2018 — Beningbrough Hall and Garden

Fortunately saw most of Beningbrough Hall before the lights went out and they closed. Spent the rest of the day in the beautiful gardens.

Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park

Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park

Autumn leaves in Helmsley

Autumn leaves in Helmsley


September 26, 2018 — Day 23 (Wednesday)

Even lighter breakfast this morning. We’re not used to the B&B thing where they try to stuff you like a Thanksgiving turkey. Retreated to our room for a while then walked up to La Trattoria to make a dinner reservation. That done, we got the car and set out for Beningbrough Hall and Gardens. Took a little longer than we planned so we arrived in time for lunch. Only the tea room which is self service was open and not very inspiring so we had ham sandwiches and lemonade. Ed got a lemon cake and I got a National Trust shortbread cooky for dessert. The National Trust makes excellent shortbread.

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Road to the Hall

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Road to the Hall

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Gate House, Restaurant, Garden Shop

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Gate House, Restaurant, Garden Shop

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Entry

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Entry

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - The Pergola

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - The Pergola

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Pathway

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Pathway

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Wildlife . . .

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Wildlife . . .

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens


After lunch we decided to do the Hall (house) first and this turned out to be a very good decision. We wandered through the moderately impressive house climbing from floor to floor. Up one flight to their special exhibit on Distinguished Women in History. It was a minimalist exhibit featuring the likes of Amy Winehouse so quickly gone through and forgotten. As we walked out and started up the next flight of stairs, the lights went out. They told us the electricity was out but otherwise we were okay so we continued through their collection from the National Portrait Gallery in light from windows and skylights. As we walked out the last door, a lady came through saying they were closing the Hall because of the electricity . . . but we had seen it all.

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall - Live Music

Beningbrough Hall - Live Music

Beningbrough Hall - Grand Staircase

Beningbrough Hall - Grand Staircase

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall - Admiring paintings

Beningbrough Hall - Admiring paintings

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall - Lost electricity<br />so we all have to leave . . .

Beningbrough Hall - Lost electricity
so we all have to leave . . .


Downstairs we saw a group of school children dressed as Victorian house servants who were being ushered out from their field trip day. So sad. We departed the now-closed house for the Victorian Laundry with a lot of other people determined to see something before they went home. After the laundry, we walked to the Walled Garden and entered. Trees were heavy with apples and pears but we saw no medlars here. They espaliered apples and pears into fences and archways and used sage as a border decoration. We talked to a gardener who told us the trees with cherry-like fruit were Siberian crab apples. She also said she used liquid sea weed for her pumpkins and that comfrey was a good fertilizer. We thoroughly covered and enjoyed the gardens and then headed home . . . still in sunshine. [Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York YO30 1DD; tel: +44 01904472027; Click here for the Beningbrough Hall web site]

Victorian Laundry

Victorian Laundry

Victorian Laundry

Victorian Laundry

Victorian Laundry Ladies

Victorian Laundry Ladies

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Siberian crab apples

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Siberian crab apples

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Pumpkins

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Pumpkins

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Grapes

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Grapes

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Wildlife

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Wildlife

Leaving Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Leaving Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Driving from Beningbrough Hall back to Helmsley

Driving from Beningbrough Hall back to Helmsley


Back in Helmsley we strolled around the pretty town taking pictures and visiting art galleries. Fun. Then I put my pictures on the computer and we walked to La Trattoria, two doors down the street, for dinner. Ed got pork and I got lamb. The food was less than memorable, but the staff was wonderful. It was a fun experience.

Long day and off to Manchester tomorrow . . . sigh . . .

*****

Driving into Helmsley before the storm

Driving into Helmsley before the storm

Church of All Saints in Helmsley, UK

Church of All Saints in Helmsley, UK

Helmsley - Market Square before the storm

Helmsley - Market Square before the storm

La Trattoria Restaurant in Helmsley, UK

La Trattoria Restaurant in Helmsley, UK

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September 27, 2018 - Driving to Manchester

A wasted day but relaxing and comfortable. We got to the Manchester Airport, much more relaxing then LHR.

Just past Helmsley on the A170

Just past Helmsley on the A170


Fall color between Helmsley and Thirsk

Fall color between Helmsley and Thirsk

September 27, 2018 — Day 24 (Thursday)

Up bright and early, down to breakfast and then finished packing. Ed paid the bill and loaded the car and we were off. Some clouds, but a mostly sunny trip to the Manchester Airport. We found the Car Rental Village and turned in our trusty little Mercedes with its leaky tires. We walked to the shuttle area and I called our hotel to discover shuttles don’t run between noon and three o’clock . . . oops. They cheerfully offered to arrange a driver for us and he appeared in less than ten minutes.

*****


Driving from Helmsley to Manchester

Driving from Helmsley to Manchester

Thirsk

Thirsk

On the way from Thirsk to Leeds

On the way from Thirsk to Leeds

On the way from Leeds to Manchester

On the way from Leeds to Manchester

Returning our rented Mercedes with the leaky tire

Returning our rented Mercedes with the leaky tire

We were soon at our hotel and they checked us in early except we’re in the basement with no view. The bathroom door doesn’t close completely but we have a restaurant reservation and a shuttle booked to the airport in the morning and the room is clean and comfortable.

We had lunch in the bar and I checked into our flight on my phone. Dinner is at 6:00 PM and we must waste the afternoon. Will be glad to get the flight over . We’ll miss seeing Peg when we land but I’m sure she’s enjoying her vacation in Vermont at this time of year. There will be a lot of Fall color in Vermont right now.

Leisurely afternoon doing nothing and a decent but mediocre dinner in the hotel restaurant. Last day . . . last day.

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September 28, 2018 — The Trip Home

Getting to the Airport, getting checked in, surviving Security and finally flying home

Manchester International Airport

Manchester International Airport

September 28, 2018 — Day 25 (Friday)

Slept pretty decently. Finished packing and climbed up all the stairs with our luggage. We waited with one other couple for the shuttle driver who soon arrived. They were headed for a holiday in New York City and Orlando . . . interesting combination. We were dropped at MAN Terminal 2 and the adventure began. Long lines for luggage drop and they tagged all our bags as carry-on. Then when we got to drop off, they couldn’t find we’d paid for two checked bags . . . 90 GBP. The gal finally sent them through without making us pay again. I had a receipt on my phone but she wouldn’t look at a phone. Strange since they accept your ticket on the phone . . .

Next adventure was security. They bark at you, albeit politely. You and your things are completely separated into several bins and several lines. You can’t possibly keep track of anything. We were also separated and I got the usual pat-down and wand. All these airports must have major problems with 70+ year old grandmas. The two of us and our backpacks got through but the briefcase didn’t make it. We had to stand in line to wait for it and then a man went through it with us. The electronics (laptop brick and cards with extra hard drive) didn’t cause any trouble but my nice dry non-electronic paints seemed to set off alarms. They were removed and put through x-ray again and we were free to go. In France when they see your paints, they immediately usher you through like an honored guest. In England artists seem to be suspect . . . despite the fact that Prince Charles paints.

Next you are forced to walk through a major shopping mall to get to the gates. There is no escape and very assertive vendors are in the aisles busking their goods. The perfume section goes on forever and smells horrible. You finally get to the Departure Gates and the gate is not posted so we’re waiting in the lounge until flight time when they finally post the gates.

Leaving England on Virgin Atlantic Air

Leaving England on Virgin Atlantic Air


Flying over Widnes and Warrington from Manchester to San Francisco

Flying over Widnes and Warrington from Manchester to San Francisco

Later: We did get on and had a delightfully boring flight, landed in San Francisco and caught the BART to Pleasant Hill. Since Peg was gone on vacation, Ed hailed a taxi and we had to use our GPS to guide the driver to Peg’s. A taxi without a GPS in 2018 . . . wow.

We did arrive at Peg’s, used our key to get in and settled in for the night. The next morning we packed up our car and drove home without problem. It was good to see our little kitty, Mimi, again.

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