“Breezy Knees” – what’s that? A garden, north-east of York that we visited on one of the few “summer” afternoons. It is so-called because the original plot of farmland was very exposed (if you stood there in January you would feel the draught!) We had an enjoyable afternoon, strolling through the gardens, admiring the colourful flowers and then rounded the afternoon off with a meal at the Fox in Stockton on the Forest.

We have also been to Harlow Gardens (after lunch together), one Sunday afternoon, where we saw a splendid display of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

In spite of the grey skies and rain that have beset us this summer, the weather has been kind to us on many of our outings – although we had to don brollies and waterproofs walking round the walls at York. At the railway museum we had an insight into the railways and train travel of yesteryear.

We have seen Mother Shipton’s Cave and the petrifying well at Knaresborough. Some folk went for a row (not an argument!) along the river. D organised a splendid day at Fountains Abbey; some had a guided tour of the monastery and learned about life in its heyday. There was time to stroll round the spacious grounds before going to the Sawley Arms for a meal. We celebrated C’s and P’s birthdays in style.

Our ranks have been swelled by folk from York and from the Scarborough and Newcastle Christian singles group on several outings. Other events have included:

  • An afternoon at Nostell Priory
  • A concert given by the Leeds Symphony Orchestra, together with the Bradford Choral Society, at Saltaire
  • A summer barbecue at Caroline’s
  • An outdoor performance of Emma at Temple Newsam (followed by fish and chips at Jean’s!)

Saturday 5th September – Bring and Share at Caroline’s: it’s that time again – food and thoughts about activities for the coming months.