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Weekend Over…

3 February, 2008

Quite a good weekend just had, a little bit of shopping on Saturday, bought some new G-Star jeans. I’ve lost weight, the 34s are a little loose!

Saturday night we stayed in with supper and watched a classic Doctor Who DVD from the Jon Pertwee era, long (two and a half hours, 7 episodes), but fun.

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Sunday we braved the cold and went for lunch at the Harewood Arms in Harewood. I had chicken in a white wine and tarragon sauce with seasonal veg, slightly boring I know, with jam sponge and custard for dessert. Ian had the lasagne and salad with banana creme brulee for dessert, the caramelised sugar was burned, not a great success.

From there we drove up to Fountains Abbey, Ian and I had never been before so didn’t really know what to expect.

The Abbey, apparently Britain’s largest monastic ruin, was founded in 1132 by 13 Benedictine monks seeking a simpler life. They later became Cistercian monks.

After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 by Henry VIII, the Abbey buildings and over 500 acres (202ha) of land were sold by the Crown to Sir Richard Gresham, a merchant. The property was passed down through several generations of Sir Richard’s family, finally being sold to Stephen Proctor who built Fountains Hall probably between 1598 and 1604.

The place is huge, the monks must have been very wealthy indeed, the place as it stands now, is a great day out, you can wander through the ruins of the Abbey at will. I was amazed at the skill and craftmanship that the masons must have had. It’s still evident in what is still standing.

It’s a place we’ll definately go back to when the weather is better, and maybe take the dog too. There are miles of walks around the lakes and gardens to explore, which we didn’t really have time for today.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. 15 February, 2008 9:01 PM

    yeah harrogates lovely, can be a bit confining when you live there tho, but at least its close to Leeds. I think its safe to say that were the only2 gay bloggers in Yorkshire, but between the two of us who needs any more.

    Mike Says: – Well as long as we don’t want to set up a social we’re ok then! It’d be a bit of a lonely affair!

  2. 6 February, 2008 9:00 PM

    I’m often in Harrogate on a weekend, I like it for relaxed shopping, it’s not as pushy as Leeds. It’s nice to finally find another gay blogger in Yorkshire. I thought I was the only one!

  3. 6 February, 2008 8:08 PM

    Harewood’s near my neck of the woods.

  4. 5 February, 2008 12:09 AM

    You’ve reminded me what an interesting place Fountains Abbey is. Must go back there soon: thank you!

  5. 4 February, 2008 7:15 PM

    Looks like you had a nice time and the rain/snow held off. I like monasteries too. When I went to Glastonbury Abbey that time I found it fascinating.

    Mike says:- We did, and would definately go back when we have more time to explore the gardens too!

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