It was not my first time in York. I was there in my twenties, during a stay at Harrogate, came back with my husband in the eighties and another time with a friend in the nineties. York is such an attractive town! And York Minster is so beautiful. To think that it could have had the same destiny as Rievault Abbey or Whitby Abbey!
I had forgotten that there had been a fire in 1984.
This time, we got out of the rain and went into the Minster when they were going to close it to visitors, but just in time to attend Evensong.
It was beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed that moment of peace and beauty. I was quite surprised to see girls, boys and men in the choir.
I remember that summer I spent in Cambridge, when I was eighteen, I happened to visit King’s College Chapel , just as Evensong was starting. The choir was so beautiful that I made a habit of sitting there in the afternoon to listen.
After Evensong, we went to have cream tea at Betty’s where we had the lightest and fluffiest scones you can imagine. That particular cream tea raised a capital question. There was a woman at the table next to us who put the jam first and the cream on top, which had never occurred to me! I had to try (on my second scone) and then couldn’t decide which I liked best.
You may want to visit Baking for Britain for suggestions and recipes. I know I am never going to bake, but I liked the photos and the discussion.
- I took photos of York Minster, but the inside photos are not so crisp as it was rather dark because of the rain outside.
- My photos of York are here