There is a huge amount to see - and to do - in York. I am being highly selective. After more than five weeks as a tourist, I am tired and in need of a slow, relaxed pace. The bus is very useful, and excellent value. It passes in and out of the walls - a most useful way to gain a sense of the evolving modern, as well as the historical city.
Some things, however, are constant reminders - like the mass grave of most of the 185 local victims of the 1832 cholera epidemic, outside the wall near the station, with about 20 sad memorials, still, apparently superstitiously avoided by some for fear of infection.
The river, like the wall, disappears and reappears.
I alighted from the bus near the Minster.
Before visiting it I checked out The Viking Loom - the needlework supply shop much recommended by the English women on the Scottish Highlands tour.
It was worth checking out. I had noticed two round needlepoint cushions in their online shop. They looked even better in the physical shop.
I didn't add to my luggage, but may one day order them online.
The Minster has some lovely detailed stonework, creating a lace effect.
Some of it is too high to either view with the eye, or photograph without a telephoto lens.
It is painstaking work involving teams of highly expert people. The entire East window is boarded up as each individual pane of glass is removed, cleaned, repaired and restored to its place.
I spent a couple of hours in the Minster. Some of what I observed I am keeping for another post - there was just so much. The Kings' screen and the embroideries will be the subject of a later post - tomorrow or Friday.
A group of women were providing tea or coffee and cake inside the Minster to raise money for the parish.
One of the women saw me photographing some embroidery and came and talked to me about it - but more on that in the next post.
By this time I was pretty tired, so I took the bus back to my hotel for a rest, past the Shambles and shopping areas,
I sat outside the Minister for a while to listen to a couple singing folk songs - including a lovely rendition of "Where have all the flowers gone?".
For this exhibition Kaffe Fassett has created 15 quilts to pair with 15 historical quilts from the Guild's collection. It was a most interesting juxtaposition - and very beautiful.
Photography was permitted, but Internet publication is not, so I only show here the general view of the lovely hall. If any of my quilting friends would like photos for their own study purposes, email me privately.
I had a restful afternoon writing this post and beginning my second Icons piece .