There's nothing like a change of scene for inspiration so I went to Harrogate for the weekend. The beautiful old buildings give the town a real sense of place. We went to see Strictly Strauss at the Royal Hall directed by Charles Stewart and his violin bow. The Johann Strauss Orchestra and Dancers and Victoria Joyce (soprano) were a delight. Go see the gala when it's near you - well worth it. I have to say that the Royal Hall is a stunning venue.
Meandering home, we visited Richmond and took as pleasant stroll along the River Swale to Easby Abbey. And on the way home we stopped off at Sedbergh, England's Booktown in the Yorkshire Dales, and I hopefully one of the shops there will very soon be selling copies of from the field book which is pleasing.