We all thoroughly enjoyed our August outing to Browsholme Hall near Clitheroe in Lancashire. The weather was great, lunch in the Tithe Barn was delicious, the tour round the house was fascinating and strolling around the grounds in the afternoon in the sunshine was lovely. More photos in our Photo Gallery 2013.
We had a lovely time on our annual outing to Nostell Priory, a National Trust property near Wakefield, last Wednesday. The weather was kind to us and we had plenty of time to explore the grounds in the morning before we got together for lunch in the recently restored Orangery. We had booked an "Upstairs, Downstairs" tour which took us behind the scenes down into the cellars then up the female servants' stairs (90 of them - someone counted!) to see the attics where the servants slept - fascinating. There was still plenty of time to explore the main part of the house afterwards and just time to grab an ice cream before our return journey.
Last week we had our annual August outing and this time 21 of us
headed over the border into Lancashire for a cruise along the Leeds Liverpool canal at Foulridge. We usually travel to our August outings by coach but as it wasn't too far this year, we used our own transport to get there. The sun was shining for us yet again and we boarded our narrowboat at 11 am for the 1 1/2 hour cruise. A delicious lunch of pie and peas was served at 11.15 which was a little earlier than our usual time but even though some of us had only just nicely finished our breakfast it didn't deter us from polishing off our plates! It was a very relaxing way to spend a couple of hours drifing along past swans, ducks, cows, sheep, horses, etc, and other canal transport but all too soon we were back at the warf. As there was still plenty of the afternoon left and we were not too far from Boundary Mill several of us ended the outing with a little retail therapy!
A big thanks must go to Shelagh for organising the outing for us - definitely not an easy task.!!
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