after an enjoyable holiday in [you’ve guessed it] Yorkshire. We were very lucky with the weather apart from one very wet day when this -the River Skirfare in April -
looked like this.
The river bed is usually dry, due to a sink hole upstream, so for it to get this high there must have been a lot of rain. Not that it worried the sheep.
However, as it was so wet, I persuaded Wensleydale that we needed to go somewhere with a roof. Like Gawthorpe Hall, home of the Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth collection of textiles – not that that influenced my desire to visit it, of course. :-^)
It is a lovely house in its own right – I could imagine living there quite happily. And the exhibition is lovely – very useful for C&G students researching either the history of embroidery or foreign embroidery – if you still have to do that in the new version of the course.
We also explored Nidderdale, because we had discovered that Wensleydale’s great grandfather had been born there - or rather here.
Not that the family owned it – neither of us come from families with that sort of money!
Yesterday we were intending to go up to the Royal Parks to cheer on Babybel’s mum, who was running a half marathon. Unfortunately we didn’t quite make it, but we were able to catch up with the successful athlete later – 1 minute inside her predicted time, despite suffering from the after-effects of gastro-enteritis, seems very impressive to me!
Despite his apparent exhaustion, the dog didn’t run the marathon with her.
And Babybel seemed to be thinking about stepping into her daddy’s shoes – although she’ll have to grow a bit before they fit.
We found out yesterday that our childminder and her husband also had gastroenteritis over the weekend like me, so it must have been that, although, I suppose,at least they didn't have to run a half-marathon!
Muscle soreness easing and started running again but really looking forward to post-race massage now!
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