Half term Atmosphere

To Autumn

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun…..

(John Keats 1795-1821)

*   Our half term holiday has arrived at last and we wasted no time in getting outside to enjoy the colours and fresh autumnal air. We made our annual visit to York and spent many happy hours wandering the old streets in the city and soaking up the atmosphere. York is so beautiful in the Autumn and its medieval streets lend themselves so well to the darker nights when the days are so much shorter.

*    The Shambles was particularly atmospheric with each shop window dressed in a Halloween theme.

*      CC certainly enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere.

*    York’s most haunted pub and our favourite place for  beer and conversation.

*    The view from our window and the morning sun.

*   Wow ! a beautiful terrace house.

*    The stunning minster, never get tired of spending time in this spectacular building. To the people of Medieval England it must have been awe inspiring.

*     The latest addition to the Minster was a rather surreal orb, containing stained glass panels from the enormous window they’re currently restoring It gave us a rare opportunity to see the stained glass at close quarters, normally of course it’s so far up that you can’t appreciate the stunning detail.

*     The Treasurers House, with its unsettling atmosphere, furnished by a Victorian gentleman who then left the house to the national trust with strict instructions on the exact placement of furniture. Said to be one of the most haunted places in York, including a basement where a legion of Roman soldiers make a ghostly appearance from time to time and furniture is regularly returned to its ‘rightful’ place by a mysterious visitor.

*   We celebrated Halloween by carving Jack’O Lanterns ( CC much better at this since he’s had many more years of practise !). We also made spicy Pumpkin soup and toasted the pumpkin seeds. Delicious !

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