Today, a friend and I have had a day out. I took my camera to record our exploits and then - for the first half of the day - forgot to use it. We had a lovely lunch in a local pub - ate too much - then went on to Fountains Abbey.
Our real destination was Ripon and the annual Art Exhibition, which is held in the cathedral and features most of the leading artists in the area. It is difficult to get a really good shot of Ripon cathedral and it is in such a built up area, so I took one from the front seat of the car as we approached, so at least you can get some idea of what it looks like.
Later I took one while walking down Kirkgate - sorry there is a lean on the cathedral Derrick (I am sure you will notice) but that is the only way I could take it. Kirkgate itself, as you will see from the photograph, is an interesting and rather quaint little street.
The market square in Ripon had a little Victorian trailer - looks almost like an old fashioned bathing machine - the building in the background is the Town Hall and here every night at sundown the Ripon Hornblower blows his ancient horn to warn the townspeople to get inside and lock their doors!
The journey from here to Ripon is interesting - I have featured parts of it on my blog in the past. One place I have not mentioned is West Tanfield - here the road crosses the River Ure and the view from the bridge is spectacular. Considering I took the photograph from the open window of a moving vehicle I don't think it is too bad.
Hope you enjoy these photographs. I am sorry it is a brief blog tonight but time is short. Have a good weekend - and those of you who are joining TFE's Monday meme and Derrick's Monday meme had better get cracking.
## What of the art exhibition, you may ask. Well - as ever - it was very good. There were some brilliant seascapes but very little this year which blew me away. The only picture I really liked was sold (just as well as I would have found it hard to resist as it featured a hare).