What a lovely day out friend W and I have had.
Today was The Oldie Literary Lunch at the Ilkley Literature Festival and W had booked us tickets to go.
Ilkley is about 50 miles from us and by far the most pleasant route is through Wharfedale - literally up hill and down dale as we climb to 1400ft before going down the other side. It took us about an hour and a quarter to get there and almost all of the way light rain was falling.
We arrived during the book signing and with plenty of time to spare before lunch was served. There was a seating plan on the door and we quickly found our seats in this very pleasant hotel.
Lunch was chicken liver pate followed by salmon served with potatoes, courgettes and green beans and finally a chocolate souffle-type pudding. All accompanied by a couple of glasses of white wine.
There were eight to a table and our eight were charming people. We all got along well with plenty of chat - it was a pleasure to chat to new and interesting people all gathered together there for the same purpose.
The three speakers were each promoting their newly published book - speakers being ex M P's
Austin Mitchell and Alan Johnson and also Tracy Boase who had written a book about the origins of the RSPB (Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather). All three were good speakers, spoke clearly, were witty so that there was plenty of laughing.
The day was over by half past three and we set off home in high spirits - still rather wet outside but nevertheless a lovely journey back and we arrived home uplifted by such a good day out with new people, intelligent conversation and a complete change of scene. A delight from beginning to end.