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Ripley Castle,Yorkshire.

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Yesterday,was one of our days out,organised by the hard working committee of Sainsbury’s staff Association,for the benefit of all retired members,all over the country.Every area has one of these,and run by volunteers,at subsidised cost to us.This was the first one this year,and was lovely to meet up with old and new friends,from all over Yorkshire,and Lincolnshire area.It takes a lot of planning to be able to find new venues to visit,,to enable everyone to go,if they wish,as 2 large counties,is hard to plan for.We used to have coaches provided originally,but it is no longer viable,cost wise,as all the funding is provided by the stores themselves.We now have members who volunteer their services to drive,and take other people in their cars.and it seems to be an agreeable solution.
Our visit to Ripley Castle,near Ripon,started off,on arrival for 10.30am,with coffee or tea,and beautiful home made fruit scones,..with jam and cream,of course,in an elegant dining room in the castle,mmm,Lovely.The castle is also home to the Ingleby’s,who go back to the period of James the 1st,and
who stayed there one night,en route.After our refreshments,we were taken on a guided tour,around the castle,and very interesting.It was nice to see all the recent Family photographs in almost every room,alongside the Gainsborough portraits,and other painters of long ago.
We then went to another lovely dining room,which is used for weddings etc ,and helps towards the upkeep of the castle,where we were served with a nice 2 course leisurely lunch.We were then free to explore the grounds and gardens,before leaving .Hope you like the pictures,the Hyacinths were stunning,and the perfume was very strong.I don’t have a problem with them,but a few members did,so weren’t able to go too close to them,which was a shame.The weather was nice and sunny,but a bit of a cool wind,but at least it was fine,so we could enjoy the day very much.Our next day out is in July,to Harewood house,at Leeds,in July.we have had family days out there before,but never been in the house,so that is another nice outing to look forward to.
The cost to each person,was £10,and a really good price,when we saw how much the full price would have been,to do all that we did.A great day out was had by all…..

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stunning pictures sandra, would love to go visit there ;o)) thanx for sharing

23 Apr, 2010

 

Oooh! I love that stone trough - could you go back and sneak it out under your jacket for me, please? LOL. The grounds look very well cared for.

23 Apr, 2010

 

Beautiful photos, a very good offer from Sainsburys ! Love theTulip planting.

23 Apr, 2010

 

lovely tour thanks Sandra looks like a beautiful place to visit in the summer very tranquil:-)

24 Apr, 2010

 

It looks a lovely place to visit. I'm glad you had a nice day. The weather looks good.

24 Apr, 2010

 

A wonderful day out, such a beautiful place with so much interest and colour. The home made scones mmmm could you "Taste the difference"? Three cheers for Sainsbury's.

24 Apr, 2010

 

Thank you,San,YW...Spritz,Lol.I wish it was mine too,...Megan,the tulips were gorgeous,and yes,Gina and Hywel,it is a lovely place.,and we were the only party there,so very peaceful,as not open to the public that day.

24 Apr, 2010

 

Lol,Heron,yes,you could "taste the difference"(better than mine) .J.S look after us "oldies" very well....

24 Apr, 2010

 

That was nice. I find if there are lots of people it spoils a place. You don't get the same atmosphere.

24 Apr, 2010

 

That's true,Hywel.I hate being in crowds anytime,so it was very relaxed.The only down side,was the journey home,as it was the first day of the Harrogate spring flower show,so all the traffic merged after a while,and it took us an hour longer to get home.But a small price to pay,for a lovely day out....

24 Apr, 2010

 

A a lovely day out Sandra.........Ripley Castle is just on the outskirts of Harrogate where we lived for many years. I was at a "works dinner" there once and we had a lovely meal......so your lovely pics brought back memories. I remember many a "summer show" there with traction engines etc.......lovely :-)

24 Apr, 2010

 

Looks a lovely interesting place Sandra and you sound as if you had a very enjoyable outing meeting up with old friends too, we have been looking at a number of places for days out and this is on our list.

24 Apr, 2010

 

enjoysd the tour with you, nice pics...

24 Apr, 2010

 

Louise,glad it brought back memories for you :o)
Carole..I'm sure you will enjoy it,and its near enough to Ripon and Harrogate,to do the three..if you set off early Lol.also Brimham rocks,which is brilliant too.Think it might call for a B& B though,to fit them all in......
Thanks Holly,glad you enjoyed them....

24 Apr, 2010

 

Enjoyed the tour...fantastic displays of Spring bulbs too....

24 Apr, 2010

 

Thanks BB,they were lovely,and looked so much nicer in the lovely sunshine...

24 Apr, 2010

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