Made glorious summer by this son of York.
All the family were either at school or in band rehearsal so Susan and I went to York for the day.
Being the incredibly unpredictable people that we are, we thought we'd do something different and bought tickets for an open top bus tour. Unusual huh!?
Founded by the Romans in 71 A.D (although there is evidence of settlements there since 700/800 B.C.) it still has a lot of the old city walls still intact and also has one of the largest finds from the Viking invasion.
My favourite part of York is the Richard III museum, although we didn't get a chance to visit it during this trip. It maps out the case for and against Richard. Was he or wasn't he the evil hunchback monster who killed his nephews in order to claim the throne? Or was he a devoted Uncle and distraught brother who reluctantly took the throne after his brother Edward IV death? For those of you interested there is a great book called The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey, well worth a read. I'm a big advocate of Richard III and think he was much maligned after his defeat by Henry Tudor - but then they do say history is written by the victors.
The bus trip took us all round the city and we even passed the grave of highwayman Dick Turpin.
We then took the obligatory river cruise. We do love these, have you noticed? You get to look at the City from a different aspect and relax.
We had a wander around the little back streets of York, known as The Shambles. They are tiny little medieval buildings, some so narrow that if two people lean out of the upstairs windows they can shake hands across the road.
As you come to the end of one of the roads York Minster appears looming above you. It is incredibly impressive, the photo's really don't do it justice.
We drove back to Empingham and the boys were rehearsing again for the weekends Battle of the Bands comp, so we grabbed some more take away and took it down to watch them.
Next day we got ready to travel down to Eastbourne for the comp. There was a few of us and a hell of a lot of equipment so we took four cars and drove down in convoy. We didn't arrive 'till 11:30pm so after unloading the equipment we all went off to our various lodgings for the weekend and went to bed, ready for the big event the next day.