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Shambles and Minster



My friend and I really enjoyed our recent trip to York. We strolled around The Shambles, a Medieval street lined with shops, restaurants and pubs, whilst all the time dominated by the impressive York Minster.

The Shambles (official name Shambles) is an old street in York, England, with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century. It was once known as The Great Flesh Shambles, probably from the Anglo-Saxon Fleshammels (literally ‘flesh-shelves’), the word for the shelves that butchers used to display their meat. As recently as 1872 there were twenty-five butchers’ shops in the street but now there are none.

Our primary task was to search out craft shops in the midst of this ancient city, oh and also Charity shops! We did very well and found some wonderful crafty venues. One of our favourite craft shops was “Ramshambles” http://www.ramshambles.co.uk. It was packed to the rafters with wool, patterns,fabrics,wool,magazines and wool! We replenished our stash and were buzzing with thoughts of new projects.

I particularly liked the crocheted cover on the stool. I might steal this idea one of these days. We staggered back to our hotel after dinner and watched The Great British Sewing Bee. Happy days!

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York Minster and Museum





No time for crafting today as I took my Gorgeous Grand daughter to York for a day out. I even detoured away from craft shops as it was her day. My day  will come soon!

York was very Christmassy with lots of street entertainers,decorations and food stalls. Grand daughter thought that York Minster was amazing and how did they build that?

We visited the Jorvick Viking Centre which was very exciting and educational. We boarded a time travelling machine and went back to pre 1066 when the Vikings lived and worked in York. There was a village representation based on an archaeological dig carried out in 1976. You could see the people (well models) hear the chatter and even smell the dung heap! There were 2 human Viking skeletons and 4 holographic Viking ghosts, great fun.

We saw the house where Guy Fawkes was born and Grand daughter was very impressed. I had to take the photo of this curly dog but not sure if its a good or bad hair day. Generally a great (but craft less) day out and bonding day out👭