Christmas Lunch at Castle Howard

A snowy day at Castle Howard on 6 December 2012 – fantastic!

18th Century Castle Howard, a snowy December day, lighted Christmas trees all along the route from the Entrance – beautiful.

Nearly every room, including the room where we had lunch, featured a blazing log fire and huge or unusual, bare-branched Christmas trees with hundreds of baubles and lights.  Even the statues were festively draped.  The whole effect was fabulously seasonal, welcoming and warming.

The driver took the scenic route to Yorkshire and we were able to enjoy the sight of beautiful snow covered trees, fields, drystone walls and a watery sun along the way.  We were indeed fortunate to be able to see such scenery and still manage to safely circumnavigate the still-snowy roads along the way.

The water feature in the middle of the sweeping landscape of Castle Howard grounds, the centrepiece of many a scene from the original serialised Brideshead Revisited, as well as the more recent 2008 film, was frozen over! (a bit like us during the morning, waiting for the bus  and then having coffee later, however we warmed up somewhat afterwards and found that upon our return the icy conditions seemed to have disappeared)

It was a wonderfully successful and unique day, all things considered, and grateful thanks are due  to Gordon for arranging it!

Trip to Harrogate on 23 November 2012

We had wonderful day in sunny Harrogate on Friday with some members of the Patchwork Group, yes the sun shone for most of the day. I think someone was smiling on us from above because the rain started after we were on the coach coming home.

The Christmas Market was interesting with loads of different stalls from purveyor’s of the traditional pork pie and very good they were too, to a lady who was making wooden kitchen bowls and utensils with some fearsome looking implements. They even had a donkey and a couple of reindeer as well, the red noses were missing but apparently they only appear on Christmas Eve!

We left at 4.45pm so we got to see the Christmas lights, all the trees lit up, not quite as good as Blackpool but they were impressive, the main feature looked like a blue waterfall/fountain.

I would like to thank Jean and her group for inviting Carole and I, and also Sunderland U3A for organizing it.


Christmas Lunch

This year’s Christmas Lunch is to be held at Seaham Golf Club, on Thursday December 13th, at 12pm.

There’ll also be Carol Singers for us to listen to.

Contact Mabel Hepplewhite, cost £13.00 each.

Castle Howard Visit

We are visiting Castle Howard on Thursday December 6th, the bus will leave the car park behind Dow House at 8.40am. Please be there in good time.

Approx. journey length is 1 hour 45 minutes

Departure from Castle Howard about 4pm, dependant on weather.