OK, I'm not going to do a lot of waffling, just want you to enjoy my city.
These first three images are of Micklegate Bar, on Blossom Street.
And the next set are of the City Walls around York, with the annual display of daffodils. A lot of these bulbs were planted by local school children.
Now we're heading toward the York Wheel. And no, before you ask, I didn't go on it, sorry!
The wheel is situated in the grounds of the Royal York Hotel, next to the station. These next shots were taken whilst I was sitting on a bench across the road from the hotel.
This must be on full zoom. At least I can hold the camera steady while I'm sat down.
As you can see there is a VIP cab ready for me when I do decide to go for a spin!!
The view from my bench was superb, I could just sit and take pictures and not feel out of place, after all this is York, a very photogenic city!
Folk just went on their way as I pointed and clicked.
The green of the grass was, well green!!
And I loved the long shadows between the trees.
Plenty of flower beds too.
The steep banks were just a carpet of daffs at this point.
The looked great against the city walls.
So that's the walls and the daffs. Next stop is.........
..the Museum Gardens.
Where there are quiet corners
and little rockeries
with lots of colour
This rockery was made using some of the carved stone from the ruins of the church in the grounds of St Mary's Abbey.
As usual I have to capture the trees.
Of which there are plenty in the gardens.
Odd shaped ones too.
Which I just have to capture.
In rich and lovely colours.
Beautiful white ones.
And squirrels digging
..for food, nom nom nom....
So, more of the gardens...
..and folk taking picnics and sat sitting in the sunshine.
It's time to move down to the riverside.
Which is just t'other side of the railings.
Just have to capture that forsythia first.
Its so gorgeous against the blue sky.
Even more beautiful when viewed on full zoom.
Meanwhile, back by the riverside walk.
We'll just sit on the steps in the wall and look at the view that way.
Capture a lone dandelion growing out of the wall.
And look t'other way.
Zooming in again and under Lendal Bridge we can see the Pitcher and Piano bar, really popular with locals and tourists alike.
Back to where I'm sat and I spy a bike on a boat!
And across the river is the wheel.
A slow walk back, via the seats and steps we are now at Lendal Bridge and I love this tree.
Talking of trees this weeping willow is just near to the exit of the Museum Gardens, next to the library.
And I love to look at it as I'm sat opposite in Baileys cafe, nice name that, seems vaguely familiar...........any way that's it, the end of our tour; I am going to sit here a while and enjoy my pot of Yorkshire tea and some gluten free caramel shortcakes, nom, nom nom.......
Thank you for joining me, I hope you managed to grin and bear it to the end.
I am enjoying my XS1 and the last of these images were taking mainly on the manual settings, I'm trying to be more adventurous!!!
I think I've made the most of the warm sunshine; it's freezing out there tonight and snow is forecast!! So I'm off to dig out me thermals for the next installment!!
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