Cally the Monster Kitten (cally_tmk) wrote,
Cally the Monster Kitten

Harrogate Day 4 - Friday 14th August

Friday was a bit of a 'day off' for us. The original plan had been to take the train to Knaresborough, which we'd been told was very pretty, but the unremitting rain made this option seem not so attractive. Instead, we swung by the Utopia Pavilion (where I purchased a copy of Diana Burleigh's G&S quiz book), and then headed off to the Bean & Bud Coffee Shop for a rather late breakfast and a spot of quizzing. Bean & Bud have earnt a reputation for paying careful attention to the details - John's Lapsang Souchong came with an egg-timer to judge when the brew was ready, and a glass carafe into which to decant as much of the tea as wouldn't immediately fit into the cup, to avoid it becoming stewed. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and the place has been almost full to capacity both times we've been there.

A leisurely breakfast over, and the rain still very much in evidence, we made a quick dash across the road to 'Books for All', which kept us occupied for the next hour or so. The shelves went all the way up to the high ceiling, and there were several stepladders dotted about that I eventually concluded must be intended for the use of patrons. I bravely ascended to the 'A's on the top shelf of the sci-fi section, but sadly there were no copies in stock of Asimov's I, Robot, which I have a hankering to re-read after being reminded that there's a G&S reference in one of the stories. We ended up making a single purchase (Thanks to Jennings by Anthony Buckeridge, to add to our slowly increasing Jennings collection).

By this time we were getting a bit peckish again, but also keen to try and stick to our budget, so we made our way through the rain (which by this point was really chucking it down) to the Winter Gardens, now run as a Wetherspoons pub. It's a fantastic building, and we got a decent meal at a very reasonable price (veggie burger, chips and a drink for around a fiver).

In the evening, we went to the Sullivan concert at St Peter's Church, where we were treated to some virtuoso piano playing from James Hendry, a couple of string quartets from the Didsbury String Quartet, and the song cycle The Window or The Songs of the Wren, sung by Alexander Grainger. After the concert, it was back to the Utopia Pavilion for the pot luck Ruddigore, which was good fun, though I was surprised at how much background noise was coming from the folks up at the bar end of the venue. The lady sitting next to us on our table was clearly very familiar with the chorus parts. We got chatting to her afterwards, and discovered that she is also on the Savoynet discussion list.
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