Just three days remain until our flights to the UK, so it's high time to clean out the fridge, literally and figuratively! I am boxing up last year's October/November visit with this buffet of leftover photos. Bon Appetit! (And yes, there's more than food!)
On our last night in Skipton, we ventured to The Royal Shepherd, the only pub in the country with this name. It is thought to have been named after George III at the beginning of the 19th Century. He was nicknamed Farmer George after creating model farms at Windsor, and The Royal Shepherd was named in his honor in keeping with Skipton's agricultural and sheep farming connections.
The food was plentiful and delicious.
All this shopping made us hungry; we opted for the Three Sheep since Spousal Unit and I had eaten there on a previous trip and remembered the quality of the food. We were not disappointed! Three of us ordered the Ploughman's (shown below). A Ploughman's lunch is a cold meal based around bread, cheese, and fresh or pickled onions, usually accompanied by butter and "pickle", which in Britain denotes a chutney-like condiment. I believe this is the best Ploughman's I have ever had the pleasure of consuming!
On our way back to the car, we passed through Skipton Castle Woods, which I also wrote about previously. Given the rainfall in the preceding week, the stream was voluminous and the waterfalls a sight to see. Check out the videos!
It warmed my heart to see my in-laws strolling arm-in-arm; I suspect they were holding on to each other to keep from slipping on the mud!
With love - I ask you to sit here and enjoy nature
With love - I ask you to listen to the trees
With love - I hope you find peace and contentment here
Sharon Elizabeth Kemp (from the plaque on the bench)
At the cottage, we played Mexican Train. And earlier in the day, my mother-in-law had discovered this cupboard on the landing of the stairs - look what was hiding inside!Sometimes it's the little things that get my attention, such as the snail and the mushroom in the collage below. In the end, I love the sights we see and the history we learn when we visit my in-laws. But the most important aspect is investing time with them, and being with my dear Spousal Unit, free of the perceived duties at home. United Kingdom, here we come!