Monday 27 February 2012

I Need to Run Away More Often!

I really should run away from home more often. I had a great time! (Ooops! Helen just read that opening sentence and is less than impressed.)

I would also like to be able to show you tons of photos from my weekend escape, but I was having too much fun to remember that I had a camera. I did take some photos in York. Sorry to everyone who suggested that I go to the Quilting Museum there. We didn't. Francine is not a quilter. We wandered, peeked in the minster, wandered more, ate. I love walking around York and at this time of year the numbers of tourists was decidedly low so it was easy to just meander about.

The markets were flourishing in the lovely weather.

If you have never been to York,
it is one of the prettiest of English cities with
so many medieval buildings intact.

I love the mellow colour of the stone used to build York Minster.

The minster is in a constant battle to maintain or replace
the stonework while keeping the integral character of the building.
You can just see new carvings in the bottom right of this photo.

This ceiling  is new,
replaced after a huge fire in 1984.

Not a bad spot for a resting place.

York Minster is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe in my opinion.
And that's it for photos. Because we moved on to Newcastle. Had a lovely evening with my mum and stepdad, being spoiled. (I was starting to see the benefits of not having the girls with me.) And then Saturday we were on the go all day. The weekend market in Tynemouth Station.

Photo nicked borrowed from here -
Then it was fish & chips in Tynemouth followed by time in town. Which led to a night out in the Bigg Market. Yeah right! We were in the Bigg Market but by the looks of things I had on far too many clothes to be out in the clubs. Just the fact that I was wearing a jacket was enough to mark me out as 'too old'. We did have a fabulous dinner out in a Greek restaurant though. Flirting harmlessly with Greek waiters is a great way to keep me amused as well.

Sunday we strolled the length of Long Sands Beach in Tynemouth, sat and enjoyed a morning coffee in the beach cafe and then went home where my mum served up a cooked breakfast/brunch. Heaven! Then I had to drive home again. 

You may wonder how himself and the girls fared together. They did great. And on Sunday the three of them hiked to the top of Kinderscout in the Peak District. They were happy but knackered when they returned. Himself was so thrilled that they had both done the walk so well and I was happy that they weren't climbing the walls waiting for me to come home.

All is well in our household. This is good!



  1. The Minster is looking clean at the moment, they must have just taken the scaffolding down! I always picture the Minster covered in Scaffolding, it really is a bit like the Forth Bridge, once it's all done, it's time to start again.

    It sounds like you had a great time, and the rest of your family did too!

  2. i have got the quilt museum penciled in for july ,looks and sounds like you had a great time !

  3. so glad you had a fun time...will do you goodx SEE they can manage without you can do it again! xx

  4. Hah! Too old for nightclubs? In that case we need to shoot the both of you! Glad you had a good time. Bet you're glad you're back though?

  5. Sounds like a lovely weekend - I'm impressed you went out in the Bigg Market but any form of coat is a no-no on a night out in Newcastle...unless you're nesh ;o) So glad the rest of the family managed without you - I'm impressed both girls managed the walk!

  6. Wow, you really should get out more! In the best sense of course! I thought every girl knew no coat required for Newcastle! How about a daytrip to York on the train, we could all meet up at the station!

  7. Heh, sounds like himself had a cunning plan to wear the troops out for some P&Q ;o)

    Glad you had such a fab time though, looks like a great escape!

  8. York is a lovely place to visit. My other favourite historic city is Chester (especially The Rows).
    Glad you had a good time.

  9. Sounds like you had the most fabulous time and it sounds like the girls and himself didn't do too badly in your absence either. :-)

  10. Sounds like a fantastic time! Love seeing the pictures from York...DD2 just came back from there on Friday and they visited the Minster so it is nice to see what she saw :o)

  11. Good for you- getting out and about without the kids helps them as much as it does you! Next up - an escape with Mister- without the kids!! Sounds like everyone had a great time!

  12. You need to plan your next break - or is that in June!?

  13. Looks like you had a great weekend - loved the pics.

  14. York is a great place to visit, especially by train. Glad that you had a great weekend with your friend. Di xo

  15. Old buildings are kind of a thing for me. We dont really have them here since good old Australia is only just over 200 years old.

    Your weekend sounds perfect. Spoiling, shopping, eating and I'm sure some wine snuck in there. Bonus points for finding everyone alive when you got home.

  16. That sounds like an amazing weekend of fun! Next time you need to get away just pop yourself over here - lots of lovely sights to see in Belfast! And of course, the ultimate stroke inducing breakfast ..... the ULSTER FRY! Jxo

  17. Oh you didn't!!??
    I am aghast!
    Glad you had fun, and the girls and Mr survived xxx

  18. Sounds like you had a great time!

  19. great girl's getaway. Looks like you had great weather and a fun time

  20. Looks like you had a great time!

    Surely a bit of man tan and a mini and you would have fitted right in ;-)

  21. Love York. Sounds like you both had a great time.


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