We tried to get out as much as possible last week to make the most of Mick taking the week off work, and it also being the last week of the school holiday. I find that there's plenty of places to go when the sun is shining, but less so when the weather isn't quite so favourable.
Last Wednesday was a really rainy day, but rather than going somewhere indoors, we decided we'd go in to York and have a mooch round the shops. Daniel wasn't keen on the idea of a shopping trip so it was just Mick, Eleanor and I.
We always use the park and ride when we go to York. For one thing, the car parks are always chock a block, and another, it's so expensive to park in York. The park and ride bus drops us right in the centre of York just beside Clifford's Tower. This is almost all that remains of York Castle, which was built by William the Conqueror.
I love shopping in York because there's lots of small individual shops as well as all the larger well known stores. I always head straight for The Shambles, a narrow, cobbled street with overhanging buildings which date back to the fourteenth century.
There's a mixture of shops in The Shambles. One of my favourites is Ramshambles, a wool shop. It has a good selection of yarn and the staff are really friendly.
Half way up The Shambles, I spotted this cat climbing up the wall. It's part of York's Cat Trail, a two hour walk around York taking in cat statues on some of the historic buildings in the city.
I'll have to put the Cat Trail on our list of things to do as we've never done it yet, though we did spot another couple of cats on our travels. Can you see this white one sat on the window ledge?
A shop we always visit is Christmas Angels. It's filled with all things Christmassy as well as lots of fun pocket money toys.
I couldn't leave without buying a new ornament for the Christmas tree.
York Minster can be seen from most of the shopping areas. It's a long time since I have been inside, but I believe they now charge an admission fee.
Another of my favourite shops, The Teddy Bear Shop. I've bought many soft toys from here.
Some of the streets in York have wonderful quirky names.
I always remember to look in all directions, including skyward, when I'm in York. There's so much to see and I wouldn't want to miss anything.
We didn't buy an awful lot, but had a good time wandering round the shops, and it kept us out of the rain.