It all started last week, when we were looking at something to do over the weekend. We had no plans and were trying to arrange a night away somewhere but even Llandudno was just too expensive. We decided instead to head off up to Harrogate for en evening with Matt and Nikki who have just arrived back from their 6 month honeymoon trip.
A few quick messages back and forth and it was arranged - a nice night out in Harrogate on Saturday night. However, when I woke up on Saturday morning, after a week on call and a Thursday nihght when I worked till 2am and then 4am till midday, i wasnt really feeling to chuffed about a night on the lash. But upon looking outside I spotted a lone magpie in a tree and we all know that one magpie is 'For trouble', so I knew it would turn out to be a good night!
|This was taken while I lay naked in my bed! I have a good zoom on my camera! I do think he could see me though..|
We headed off up to Harrogate about lunchtime as it had neen raining most of the morning. On the way we drove through the lovely Yorkshire dales - through little villages and across moors that just please the eye as you pass. Eventually we passed Harrogate and decided to take a quick trip to Knaresborough and 'Mother Shiptons Cave'. This is a wonderful little attraction - in fact Englands oldest tourist attraction, being nearly 500 years old - where teddy bears, hats and everything else you could think of, including a pair of pants - are hung under a waterfall which petrifies it all - turning it to stone. Mother Shipton was supposedly someone who could foresee the future ane was born in a cave right next to the petrifying waterfall.
|Petrification on an Ewok!|
|The standard teddy bear petrification|
|..and some pants|
We had a lovely hour wandering around the gardens, knocking pennies into a huge log and listening to the story of Mother Shipton and her prophesies as well as exploring the cave and waterfall itself, before heading down to Matt and Nikkis in Harrogate itself.
|Buffterlixious knocking a penny into a log..it seemed like a good idea...|
|Lots of other people have doen it too and theres a big hammer to help|
|Mother Shipton statue in the cave|
|Great night out..|
|Great big breakfast!|
|Waiting to depart|
|Cute dog on train.|
|A wander through the countryside|
Our next night out was on Monday, when we went along with Emma to see Warhorse at The Lowry. I must admit, I didnt know much about the show - but it was brilliant. The horses, which if you dont know are huge puppets with two men inside and are so realistic its scary. They are so obviously the stars of the show and the story of how they end up at war and followed by their teenage owner is really fantastic. We realised on the way to the theatre that it coincided with teh 100 year anniversary of the start of WW1 and we wondered if there would be anything special abou the show, since it was based at that time and during that war. We were then brough to tears at the end when as a special finale a song was sung to rememer the fallen and as a sign of respect all the actors removed theor shoes and boots and left them on the stage in ranks as if worn by soldiers. It was a moving and emotional finale and great way to remember the anniversary. Well done to all at Warhorse.
|The boots left on stage in memory of the fallen|