Wednesday, 7 September 2011
A Visit to Studley Royal Park.
A friend and I went out to lunch today. I had to go to the hairdresser in Ripon, so while we were there we went round an art exhibition in the Cathedral and then on to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.
Lunch in the restaurant at Fountains Abbey was delicious. Pan-friend mackerel for my friend and Yorkshire rarebit for me. Then we had a tour round the National Trust Shop where I started my Christmas shopping!!
Then we toured round Studley Royal Park, which is attached to the grounds of Fountains Abbey. There are roe, fallow and sika deer - we saw them in the distance. The park was laid out more than three hundred years ago and is very beautiful. The sweet chestnut trees have the most fantastic gnarled trunks. The chestnuts were just beginning to fall and lay on the ground under the trees.
The weather was not desperately kind as there was a strong wind blowing but at least the sun was shining. I do hope this is not the last outing before Autumn sets in in earnest. St Luke's little summer is coming up and I am hoping for great things.