The last day of this year's Yorkshire Holiday was Wednesday, the 19th of July. Circumstances forced us to pack quite a lot into it, but it was a an appropriate end to what had been a great holiday.
"Our" visiting cat - she came to see us often last year, but these pictures are from this year, taken with my mobile phone while I was sitting on the bench in front of the cottage and she was rolling around on the ground:
We met George Pickles (the former Hornblower of Ripon, who has featured on my blog a few times, for instance on this (sort of) guest post, and his lovely wife Lilian for lunch at the "Water Rat", a popular pub within easy walking distance from our cottage. We had a nice meal in delightful company but ate only lightly - you will see why in a minute.
Anyway, it was wonderful to meet George and Lilian again, and we certainly are going to repeat that next year.
In the afternoon, my sister-in-law picked us up, and we drove to Swinton Park, a large estate outside Masham where we were booked for afternoon tea at Swinton Park Hotel - an experience I can highly recommend!
It had been my sister-in-law's suggestion, as she had been to the hotel at a wedding reception some time ago and really liked the place. Look at the pictures, and you'll understand why!
Our table, seen from different perspectives:
I do not have permission of my companions to show their picture on my blog, so you'll have to make do with me sitting between two black rectangles - but the picture shows the beautiful room so well! We each had a settee to ourselves, we only were sitting on one for the photo which our waitress kindly took:
There was everything you'd expect from a "high tea": sandwiches (four different types for each of us, for instance egg and cress, ham, salmon, and probably cucumber), small cakes (in German, we'd call these petit fours), scones (plain and fruit ones), tea cake with cheese, and some shortbread to top it all off), and of course tea! The tea menue gave you a choice of several very nice teas. I went for a "China Rose", which was delicious. To start with, we had champagne - see the size of our glasses?!
You can learn more about Swinton Park here.
The room where we had our tea was through the open door/window you can see here:
View from the front of the castle:
The former stables are now a cookery school:
We were eating and drinking, chatting and laughing for the better part of two hours. The food and drink were delicious, the service great, and the entire afternoon was simply wonderful and definitely worth every penny of the 25 pounds per person. Afterwards, we were so full we did not need anything to eat in the evening!
Well, that was the last of our holiday. It was great, and we will definitely be back next year.