Below: scenes from Haworth’s Steam Punk excursion
Hhhalifax town hall
We started off the day in Christ church Sowerby Bridge, meeting my friends at the weekly coffee morning. The font was used to baptise many generations of babies in our family, and the altar was the scene of many of my ancestors’ weddings. Then it was off to meet Jean and John from Sowerby who took us up to the hills above Elland to a farm shop that has a cafe with an amazing view. Then to walk off our lunch we had a stroll along the dam at Baitings reservoir near Ripponden. It was windy and raining but us Yorkshire folk are tough!
The bells of the ‘new’ church were ringing for Remembrance Day
A trip down Memory Lane to see the concert hall that I used to attend in high school. It’s now a smart hotel but the Bar keeps the name Opus One which was the title of the series of concerts I attended. A nice coffee there and a friendly manager who needed little prompting to relate the story of the building’s conversion to the hotel made for a lovely hour in which to shelter from the cold north wind outside. The conductor of the Halle orchestra was Sir John Barbirolli and I went to say hello to him again after a hiatus of 44 years! Manchester’s Christmas market opened today and St Peter’s Square has been converted into a village of wooden chalets serving all manner of warming libations (check out the names of those beers!) and tempting foods. I found it too cold to eat outside – no wonder, it was cold enough for an ice rink! Talk about a wolf in sheep’s clothing – how about a sheep in woman’s clothing. Just love the British sense of humour.
These are all works in progress.