European Adventure 2017
Saturday, the morning of the wedding was lovely -sunny and
warm and then as we headed off into the town to find a place to park close to
the venue it clouded over and started to rain.
We had time to spare so equipped with an umbrella we wandered around
Ilkley which is a beautiful town.
The rain eased for the guests and the bride to arrive but
came down in bucket loads during the ceremony and reception which meant that
only the wedding party and parents when up to the moor for photos while the
rest of got to remain in the warm and dry with the bar.
The wedding was fantastic.
Becky looked absolutely stunning and Dominic looked wonderful in his
kilt. It was probably one of the nicest
weddings I have been to for a while made extra special by the little details
that were evident everywhere.
Place settings were marked by individually painted glasses
which were gifts to us. Each table was
named after something that was important to them and ours was the silver
fern. There was a string quartet playing
as we gathered and as Becky walked down the stairs towards Dom who started
getting emotional at the sight of her.
The band for the after party was a rock band and although it
wasn’t our kind of music they were very good and extremely LOUD. The younger ones were on the dance floor from
the minute they started playing and shortly afterwards Dom and Becky brought
out a suitcase with wigs, blow up guitars, oversize glasses, butterfly wings
and all sorts of other stuff. The dance
floor was soon covered with some strange looking individuals using the props in
all sorts of ways. A good time was had
by all until about 1am I believe.
It was lovely to be part of such a happy event and
especially nice to spend some time with Ryan.
It was also a chance to catch up with my cousin John and his fiancé Jane
and John’s son Chris and of course Mary, mother of the bride.
The next day we moved off to have a look at Bolton Abbey and
the priory ruins which are close to Ilkley.
What an amazing area that is and well worth a visit. It is an area of walks, historic buildings,
picnic and bbq areas, a river with medieval stepping stones across it and many
other interesting places. We spotted a couple of men fly fishing in the river
and there were children playing all over the place.
The lanes around the village close by are very narrow as
they are in every village. One issue we
have had is the lack of anywhere to park the motorhome so that we can get out
and have a look at what they have to offer.
All the drivers we have encountered though have been so friendly and
courteous, waving us through in tight spots.
As we came around the corner in this village we pulled in behind a line
of cars waiting for what we assumed must have been a traffic light controlling
some road works on the narrow piece of road.
After admiring the gardens in the houses beside us for several minutes
we suddenly realised that the cars had no drivers and we had been waiting
behind parked cars!! It’s sometimes hard to know with the narrow streets and
some of the parking whether they are queuing or not.