Culture, Craft and Religion
Well, that’s a lot to cram into one week isn’t it? I definitely managed it though.
The project I’m managing at the moment is in a super busy phase, so last Thursday’s trip to the office was filled with meetings. Although, I did get to catch up with one of my colleagues who I hadn’t seen in ages, so that was nice. It was a warm, if not bright day, so after work the chap met me for dinner.
Having changed my mind about wanting curry for dinner, the chap suggested a return visit to Las Iguanas for Fajitas. We decided to sit on the roof terrace, and had a lovely time chatting away and getting in a right mess with the food. There is no tidy way to eat Fajitas, is there? They are so tasty though.
While in York, I’d also paid a quick visit to a shop that’s fast becoming one of my favourites, the Hebden Tea Company. For years, I’ve always started my day with a peppermint tea, saving coffee for later in the morning. Lately, I’ve wanted to give it a bit more of a kick though, so I bought some loose peppermint and a bag of Yerba Mate. I’ve been blending the two for my morning drink, and I have to say, I do think it gives me a bit more verve first thing in the morning. I still have my coffee later in the morning, but at least I’m energised for things like the school run, and trying to negotiate with a 5 year old who wants to watch Teen Titans when it’s time to leave for school.
Saturday, I spent a lazy morning in the garden reading a bit more of my book. Before I knew it though, it was time to get ready as we’d got tickets to go and see Valley of Fear (a Sherlock Holmes story), at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Finally, the sun was making an appearance, so I got to wear one of my beautiful new dresses that I’d bought in a sale a few weeks back, along with my trusty customised denim jacket.
I wasn’t familiar with this particular Sherlock Holmes story before, but I’m a big fan of Holmes and the performance was fabulous. With so few actors playing so many roles, it was quite awe inspiring how energetic they were. Maybe they’ve been drinking Yerba Mate too.
Despite the fact that the sun was actually out on Saturday afternoon, and I spent it in a theatre, I wasn’t at all resentful because it had been such a riveting show. I used to love to visit the theatre a lot, and I feel like it’s not something I do nearly enough of now, with my last visit to a theatre being last October. I am trying to change that though. Not only do I think that the arts and literature are really important to experience, I also feel if we don’t use them we’ll lose them and then these facilities just won’t be there any more.
The rest of Saturday was spent quite chilled in front of the box with a glass of Pinot Grigio. Sunday morning though, we decided to visit a different church for the Sunday service. We went to St Mary’s, which sits in the old town and is home to the grave of Anne Brontë. It’s the most beautiful church, sitting in the shadow of the castle ruins and with a fabulous view out to sea.
The service was a bit different to what I’m used to. Far less traditional, but little Miss loved all the singing and the energy. After mass, we popped into town for lunch, which for me was a roulade because, who says I can’t have cake for lunch? Then we had a bit of shopping to do in town, where I found this fabulous plant pot in TK Maxx. I just need to find a plant for him now.
Then it was time to head home to enjoy the chicken casserole that I’d put in the slow cooker before leaving the house.
The rest of the afternoon was spent playing football in the garden with little Miss and Thelma, before it was time to think about getting ready for the week ahead. In the evening though, I settled down to finally finish the crochet bag that I started a few weeks back.
There’s a few errors, I am a novice crocheter after all, and more than one person has pointed out that it looks like a swimsuit. I actually love it though. I’m so pleased with how it’s turned out, I can’t wait to use it. I love to end my week with a finished creation.