Last weekend I went back to the UK for a few days to see some of my old friends in York. Waaay back in October 1977, I began working in the offices of what was then the Rowntree’s Chocolate factory until October 2005, by which time it had been taken over by Nestlé and I eventually moved over to Switzerland to finish my career. In those 28 years I made a lot of good friends and it’s always great to go back and catch up with a few of them. On Friday, I played a round of golf with Martin and Ian and his wife, Janice. (Sorry, and perhaps thankfully, I have no pictures of me hacking my ball out of the undergrowth at York Golf Club, Strensall).
On Saturday, Pete organised a walk from Millington, which is about 30 minutes drive to the east of York. Our route would take us partly along the Wold’s Way and partly along the Chalkland Way. But, most importantly, there would be a refreshment stop at the Wolds Inn, at Huggate. 😋
During our walk we spotted quite a few spring flowers, (and many thanks to Martin’s wife, Jan, for helping me to identify them), a red kite, some white pheasants (though I only got a very bad picture of one hiding in the undergrowth – see pic 12), ‘one of the finest views in England’, according to Pete, and it’s hard to disagree (see pic 25) and yet another use for one of those old telephone boxes. Previously I’ve seen them turned into tiny ‘swap a book’ type libraries and a defibrillator point, but this time it was a bike service station, complete with pump and repair kit (see pic 32). Now that is what you call ‘recycling’! 😊
The final image, courtesy of Google maps, shows the position of Millington relative to York, within my home sub-county of East Yorkshire.