Our family took a road trip to Yorkshire and stayed at The Wellington Inn in Darley and took some pictures in front of the inn on the lawn – here my wife takes a picture of David and I.
The Wellington Inn was a comfortable stay for us as I recall, and the Yorkshire Dales National Park was conveniently located just a few miles down the road to the west.
David and I were always making rabbit ears behind each other when having our pictures taken, and this opportunity on a windy Yorkshire day was no different.
David then reciprocated and did the rabbit ears trick behind my head, as I pretended not to notice his intentions on a blustery but sunny Yorkshire day.
The Yorkshire views were beautiful and as a fan of author James Herriot, the town of Thirsk was just to the northeast, where his veterinary surgery was located in his book, “All Creatures Great and Small.”
I’ve always talked to farm animals – horses, cows, sheep, etc. – whenever I’ve been near their pastures, and this occasion was no different with these two beautiful horses.
We visited the city of Harrogate just to the east and the Victoria Shopping Centre, which was a beautiful setting to stroll through as David enjoys a cup of ice cream in this photo.
This is the monument to Queen Victoria in Harrogate, and the namesake for the Victoria Shopping Centre behind it, on a partially cloudy but beautiful Yorkshire day.
I always try to visit famous churches and cathedrals when I’m in a new city, and Harrogate was no different – I’m a great fan of stain glass windows, and this one is beautiful.
The inside of this church was very dim, but you can still make out the Altar area with the stained glass windows behind it – I really love medieval and Gothic architecture as well.
As I recall Harrogate was a nice comfortable city to visit, not too large and intimidating, but easy to get to and a nice, pleasant excursion for strolling and shopping.
We were lucky to have beautiful weather, as Yorkshire and England are both known for fickle weather that can change on a moment’s notice from pleasant to wet and cold.
Finally, we arrived at the destination David was especially waiting for, “The Sherwood Forest Visitor Center” – and we were on the lookout for Robin Hood and his Merry Men!
We never saw Robin Hood or his Merry Men during our visit, but this statue features Robin Hood and Little John in action behind David, who was eager to visit the forest itself.
There was little to photograph during our visit, except for this historic, massive living oak tree that required propping up, and here David tries to do the rabbit ears trick behind my back.
When I tried to make rabbit ears behind David’s head he succeeded in preventing me from having a free hand…we were always best buddies and goofed around as often as possible!