I am spending a few days ‘up north’ in Yorkshire.
Now, I quite like Yorkshire; when the sun is shining the Dales are a majestic place to be. However, as I journeyed north on Tuesday the weather steadily worsened until my arrival in the afternoon: I was met with a heavy, overcast sky and a penetrating drizzle.
However, all was not lost as we found an excellent pub in Otley with eight (EIGHT!) real ales on the bar. This was followed by a wonderful jamming session with an ace guitarist and drummer in what could only be described as a garden shed.
Wednesday worsened. It poured down with rain all day. And I came down with the cold that had been threatening all the way up on Tuesday; the symptoms can best be described as Manflu. Everything ached. My head, arms *and* legs! However, I was a brave soldier and made it to Saltaire to have a good look at Salt’s Mill. I had read so much about this place and the magnificent effort to put life back into the heart of this wonderful village. I wasn’t disappointed; the mill is an amazing place now occupied by a huge collection centred on David Hockney (who I can cheerfully say leaves me stone cold) but the mill is vibrant and full of life once again – offering employment and entertainment. The collection of sixties furniture is well worth the visit on its own.
Wednesday evening saw me in Otley again, this time in The Fleece – what a cracking pub! They have their own micro-brewery; their IPA was a sensation and the food was tasty too.
Thursday has mostly been spent feeling sorry for myself: Drizzle in the morning but at least the afternoon brightened to some watery sunshine. Catching up with the blogs is fun; it seems everyone has been busy out there in cyberspace.
I am amazed that anyone ‘up north’ can ever dry their washing at this time of year. It’s damp, damp, damp with rain and mist chucked in for good measure. I am told the sun might finally come out tomorrow. With a bit of luck I might drag my sorry carcase out for a walk, if it stops aching.
It definitely is ‘grim up north’ but seeing my little brother with the hair makes up for it all, as he is a ray of sunshine.