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    • Day 15

      Ripon - Radlager

      May 21, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Seit knapp 1000 Kilometern machte das Radlager vorne links Geräusche. Zunächst heulte es (stimmig mit dem Differential), danach fing es an mahlend auf sich aufmerksam zu machen. Seit Glasgow fährt ein Radlager Reparatursatz mit.
      Heute Morgen haben wir dann eine Werkstatt aufgesucht.
      Kwik Fit macht zwar hauptsächlich Reifen und Räder, aber nach kurzer Prüfung auf der Bühne wurde dann auch der Reparatursatz verbaut.

      Jetzt steht der weiteren Rückreise nichts mehr im Weg und wir fahren so langsam zum Fährhafen.
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    • Day 22

      All Creatures Great and Small

      May 18 in England ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      It’s hard to avoid the whole James Herriot / All Creatures Great and Small connections when you’re deep in the Yorkshire Dales.
      But we weren’t really trying to avoid them - in fact we sought them out. We are unashamedly fans of the books as well as the 2 series that arose from those volumes as they portrayed a rural life so different to ours in Australia. Beautiful, rugged, harsh, stark, majestic - the list of adjectives goes on. What we discovered today was all of this and more.

      But first things first.

      Indeed our destination today was Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales, but as we were so close to Liverpool after departing Chester, Loss insisted 😉 we take a slight detour to capture a couple of points of interest from the most famous of all Liverpudlians - The Beatles. Two songs were released by the band in February 1967 - Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields and both of these physical landmarks were on the ‘easy’ side of Liverpool so we sought them out.

      First stop was ‘Penny Lane’ and we snapped the obligatory photos of some of the landmarks from their childhood - the Barber, The Bank, The shelter behind the roundabout etc. We even took some video with the song playing quite loudly. No one batted an eyelid as I suspect it is an everyday occurrence for the locals.
      About 10 minutes away is ‘Strawberry Field’ which was also a childhood haunt, particularly of John. It was a children’s home ‘back in the day’ with large gardens and grounds. It is now a Salvation Army centre and they do a strong trade in Beatles memorabilia.

      Although Loss was keen to seek out other places such as their childhood homes etc, I dragged her away from her 60’s nostalgia and we headed for the Yorkshire Dales. The scenery changed quite abruptly after we left Liverpool suburbia behind us and before long we were marvelling at the beauty of the Dales as they started to reveal themselves.

      On the way to Grassington, we stopped at Broughton House (Mr’s Pumphrey’s residence) and then arrived in the absolutely gorgeous town of Grassington at midday. It was too early to check in at our accommodation (The Devonshire Hotel / Drovers Arms) so after exploring the town and appreciating its unquestionable beauty we went off for a longish drive through the Dales. The roads are impossibly narrow and winding and progress is slow - but that is a bonus because around each bend lies a new vista of beautiful rolling hills, little streams, bridges, stone fences and buildings dotting the landscape creating an ‘otherworldly’ sensation.
      We ended up passing through Askrigg (the Drovers’ Arms and Skeldale house of the original series) and Yockenthwaite (the Alderson’s farm).
      We’ve just returned to Grassington, checked in to ‘The Drover’s Arms’ and been assigned room 7 - the Tricki Woo room :)
      We’re just hoping that as a result we don’t end up with Tricki’s unfortunate, recurrent affliction😳
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    • Day 45

      The World of James Herriot

      September 19 in England ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

      World of James Herriot Ltd is a visitor attraction in the former Thirsk home and veterinary surgery of author James Herriot.

      Displays include recreations of James Herriots 1940s flat; depictions of rural life and veterinary practice at the time, together with sets and props used for the 1978 BBC All Creatures Great and Small television series based on his books.

      This was so cool.
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    • Day 54

      Harrogate Expands and Develops

      July 16, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

      Harrogate still attracts lots of visitors. Many do use the two remaining spas for steam treatments, massages, manicures, etc. The concert hall was formerly named Kursaal, but during WWI that German name was changed to Royal Hall. There is lots of shopping, restaurants, tea shops, gorgeous architecture, and of course the gardens. The Yorkshire Dales National Park is close, for exploring and hiking. One could spend a lot of time here!

      Our housesit is only about 1 mile from the town center, easily walkable, except for all the hills! For all this, we are taking care of two loving cats. A pretty good deal!
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    • Day 36

      Knaresborough: Castle and Beautiful View

      June 28, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 64 °F

      Knaresborough is famous for its beautiful railroad viaduct over the River Nidd. The grounds around the castle ruins are a park, used for many things, including lawn bowling.

      There is a market square with some benches to rest in the sunshine. Two statues of historical people sit on the bench. One is Mother Shipton, England's most famous prophetess, who was born in 1488, Because of being taunted for her looks, bent back, and twisted legs, she lived in the cave in which she was born. Many of her prophesies did come true, and she was famous.

      Another statue is of Blind Jack. Even though he was blinded by smallpox at ate 6, he could play the fiddle, swim, dive, climb trees, play cards, drive a delivery wagon and stagecoach, and more. He is famous as a civil engineer, having built 180 miles of turnpike roads (including across bogs) mainly in Northern England.
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    • Day 3

      Burnsall, End of day 1

      July 29, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      It was raining this morning when I set out so I didn’t get a good photo of Ilkley moore sadly. My legs felt jet lagged today so it was slow going but enjoyable never the less. Photos include Sign posts with no signs, Quaker house,, beautiful stone bridges and aqua duct. It was a great day for penguins as it was wet and very little sun.Read more

    • Day 34

      Open Gardens in Marton-cum-Grafton

      June 26, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

      Lucky me to be here on Open Garden Day! There were over 20 gardens on display, I was surprised how large the lots were! Many had beautiful views of the hills beyond.

      There was lunch at the village hall, games and face-painting on the greens, a classic car display, music by the pub, an art show, and an afternoon tea by the Women's Institute, a women's club that has members ages 30-80! It all benefited the school, church, and community.Read more

    • Day 10

      Grassington and Skipton Castle

      August 1 in England ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Today we drove to Grassington which is only about 25 minutes from where we are staying. It is a very pretty village which is used for the latest James Herriot TV series as the town of Darrowby. There were a surprising number of people wandering around. There were 3-4 coaches in the car park, so very popular. There were lots of interesting shops and we had a drink at a Cafe.
      That ginger cat was so similar to our late Garfield that I went to say hello. He was very friendly and put his paws around my neck and head butted my chin. Twice we walked past that bench and both times different people were giving him a cuddle. I think he's on the town's committee, a bit like Skimbleshanks.
      On the way home we dropped into Skipton Castle. It appears that every place has their own castle - like Australia has OTRs! This one is somewhere between Warwick and Kenilworth in relation to preservation. It has a roof (unlike Kenilworth) but is not quite sealed enough to furnish like Warwick, apart from benches to sit on and some things hanging on the walls. Bits of it date to 1090 but most to 1310. Now I know I said I like old things, but I think I am a fan of modern toilets!
      We didn't wander back through the town. There was too much commotion. Apparently 1 August is Yorkshire Day. Not sure what was going on but we were a bit tired to check it out.
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    • Day 15

      Der Coldstones Cut

      September 11 in England ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Wir kommen in Yorkshire an.
      Der Coldstones Cut ist ein ziemlich grosses Kunstwerk, das vom Künstler Andrew Sabin als Gegensatz zum Coldstones-Steinbruch geschaffen wurde. Auf Bildern sah es ziemlich gut aus, darum haben wir diesen Platz gewählt.

      Wir sind mit unserem Übernachtungsplatz sehr zufrieden und laufen sofort zu diesem Werk hoch. Es ist im Innern wie ein Irrgarten, man hat keine Ahnung, wie es richtigerweise aussieht. Aber der Gegensatz zum grossen Loch des Steinbruchs dahinter, sieht es in der Landschaft einfach toll aus. Neben dem Kunstwerk hat ein anderer Künstler (der Bauer?) aus Traktorreifen ein grosses Velo geschaffen, das interessiert uns natürlich auch noch.

      Wir sind sofort verliebt in die Gegend und laufen die 400m zurück zum Womo, wir brauchen die Drohne. Danach wieder den Berg hoch und hoffen, dass die paar Regentropfen nicht zu einem wirklichen Regen anschwellen.

      Wir geniessen die Zeit hier oben, die Landschaft, den Steinbruch, das Velo, das Kunstwerk.
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    • Day 59

      Brimham Rocks National Trust

      July 21, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 61 °F

      These giant rock formations have interesting shapes and many have been named. The panoramic views are beautiful, which is why it is called an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

      There was a large school group visiting, and they wore helmets so they were probably learning climbing skills.Read more

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