Last week it rained, and rained. And rained a bit more for good measure. We are all so weary of the rain, of thinking about it, talking about it, getting wet. So, when Saturday was dry and sunny (ish) we had to make the most of it. My parents were staying with us and it was John's weekend off, so a day trip was in order.
We took the train to York and visited the National Railway Museum. I can't say any of us are train mad, but what a wonderful time we had. Old trains were admired (especially the royal one with the bath) new ones climbed on, lots of running around and quite a few heart-stopping "Where's Angus????" moments. I think there is a scientific ratio which says that the more adults there are, the greater the chance of misplacing a toddler, because everyone thinks that the other person has their eye on said toddler.
Bella and Angus loved the museum park. (dry playground equipment! A slide that isn't running with water!)
I really enjoyed the display of vintage railway art in the gallery. These posters capture a bygone age when train travel was exciting and full of adventure, and British seaside resorts were a destination to get excited about.
Bella enjoyed the interactive art.
Angus likes to really take in a piece of art. He is very advanced. See how he has perfected his art gallery pose?
Walking from the museum into York I noticed the Big Wheel. No time on Saturday, but I'd love a trip up there sometime for the views of the Minster and the river.
The river Ouse has burst it's banks again. This is quite a regular occurrence in York and the locals are used to it, but still, I felt very sorry for the businesses along the edge of the river.
We had lunch in Pizza Express. The floor to ceiling windows open onto a balcony that overlooks the river and it was heaven to sit in the sunshine and look out at York.
We wandered around for a couple of hours, pottering and shopping, trying to manoeuvre the pushchair over York's narrow pavements and bumpy streets.
A lovely day out. We are so starved of blue skies that the smallest amount of sun put us all in an excellent mood. The high point of the day for the children? The train journey there and back.