Life has slowed down a little bit now that we are all settled in York. We have gotten into a very nice routine: cooking, cleaning, haning out with lovely people, taking walks, eating, cooking 🙂 Life is good.
This last week we got to hear a wonderful concert given by the Yorkshire Bach Choir. They performed in St. Michael le Belfrey in York. It is the small church right next to York Minster. It was very special to hear Byrd (1540-1623), Allegri (1582-1652), Gesualdo (1566-1613), Tallis (c.1505-1585), and Eccard (1553-1611) performed in a church that was completed in 1536 when some of the composers were not yet living!
It appears small next to the Minster, but I thought it was rather grand inside. There is so much history. While we were sitting in the audience of the beautiful concert, John researched the church. It seems that Guy Fawkes was baptized there, which makes sense because he was born not a block away. Another interesting factoid is that the architect who built the house we live in, designed and refurbished the facade of the church in the lat 1860s. Everything in York is connected! Its so fun!
After the concert, we went to a party that the choir conductor’s house as Katie and Owen’s plus ones. This was an excellent experience, as I got to meet Peter Seymour, conductor and harpsichord teacher at the uni, and his lovely wife, Yvonne, a voice teacher. They were marvelous! I had the most fun visiting with them both. John and Peter Seymour hit it off. They talked about architecture and music and all sorts of things, while I listened and was left to admire the kitchen and Yvonne’s delicious Bread and Butter Pudding. I will be asking for the recipe shortly. Their house is on Bootham Terrace, not a block away from our flat. It was built in 1860 something, just 10 years before ours, by men who worked on the railroad. It is gorgeous.
Yesterday Owen and Katie were both off at the same time and so we got to hang out with them during the day 🙂 I felt very honored that they shared one of their free times with us. We all went to see the new James Bond film. Spectre was grand! It was unbelievably fun to see it in England! Going to see it meant that we also got to see a different part of York. We road the 6 bus to Cliffton Moor. John and I hadn’t been to that side of York and it was fun to see.
This week has also been fun because we have been busy on Skype! Joanne, John’s mama, got an iPad 🙂 Now we can Skype with her. We got to show her our flat and get all caught up. It was nice. We also got to visit with my grandmother and aunt and uncle. Uncle PeterG is from England. He and Auntie Molly made sure to leave us with more wisdom this visit 🙂 Robinson’s Orange Cordial is delicious. haha John loves it! Thank you for telling us about it! We are also going to go geocaching very soon. I found a few right around us!
On the food side of life I have been having fun! I made gnocchi last week and I will be making it again! It was a hit. I also made several batches of cookies: plain and simple chocolate chip, Nutella, and double chocolate. They were all very tasty and especially good with a cuppa tea. I also made focaccia bread loaded with cheese and turkey. Scrumdiddlyuptious. (which I just learned is actually a tea room in Derbyshire. We will have to visit 😉 )
Now I’m off to the grocery store to find inspiration in more food 😀