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the rise of civilisation

glitzfrau and biascut are all civilised! And it was an absolutely gorgeous day - a ceremony so sweet that everyone got a bit sniffly, both ladies looking ridiculously fabulous, lots of brilliant people and hilarious babies and It was great to see jinxremoving and yiskah and class_worrier again, to say nothing of cangetmad and her entire delightful familia. Tiny Gnipper and I went for a promenade around the garden after the ceremony (he is very good at walking now), a walk on which I looked like a Bad Baby-Minder as I had an (UNLIT! UNLIT!) fag and a class of champagne in one hand and a wee baby's hand in the other. So yes, it was brilliant, and York is really lovely, especially the amazing Minster (although I went a bit mad in the Cath Kidston shop, which, as biascut said, really does look a bit like the inside of my head). There was a lot of eating and laughing and lovely people (I finally got to meet famed internet celebrity the Heretikal One, which was great) and drinking wine and eating delicious food - in other words, it was pretty much a perfect weekend. Hurrah for the civilised ladies and all their chums!

Also, yesterday I fulfilled a life-long - well, since my teens, so a sort of half-life-long - dream and went to Haworth to the Brontës' house. Unlike most fulfilled dreams, it wasn't disappointing at all. It was really moving being in their house, seeing the table where Emily made bread while teaching herself German from a book propped up on the utensils, and I'm very glad I went. Afterwards we ate pies and drank pints in the Black Bull, where Branwell fostered his chronic alcoholism (a fact they are strangely proud to advertise), and then went for a walk on the actual moors, which are, well, wuthering and very wild and strange and beautiful. I wish we could have stayed longer. But it was a good ending to a really great weekend.


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Aug. 11th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
All the times I've been in and around Yorkshire, I don't think I've ever been to the Bronte's house. It sounds very cool!

And hee, advertising yourself as the pub where Branwell Bronte fostered his chronic alcoholism. I mean, I *guess*.
Aug. 11th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
I'd never been to Yorkshire before! Which is strange because it's much nearer home than, say, London, where I have been dozens of times. It is very beautiful and I'll definitely go again.
Aug. 11th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
Heh, I love the Bad Baby-Minder photos. And next time I go to Yorkshire I must be a grown-up and go to Haworth rather than spend all my time in the railway museum playing with the kids' exhibits.
Aug. 11th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
I am substantially responsible for the Bad Baby-Minder photos. I was stood next to Niall and said, "Quick! Get a picture of Anna with fag, booze and baby!"
Aug. 12th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Hee! I do look suitably raddled in it, too...
Aug. 11th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
I would have happily gone to the museum if we'd had more time! Sorry we didn't get to see you on Sunday, though. Now I'll just have to go to Edinburgh and take you up on that sofa bed offer...
Aug. 11th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
I love reading yours and leedy's accounts of the weekend and comparing.
Aug. 12th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
Am off to Haworth sometime next year for a much-discussed Bronte expedition - very excited, glad to hear one can relive Branwell's drinkathons.
Aug. 12th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
It's a very nice pub, too, and they serve a good Yorkshire pud...
Aug. 12th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that it was such a good time - it sounds like everyone had a wonderful weekend. That was a genius idea to visit Haworth while you were there. I've never been, and I really ought to!

You *had* to say 'wuthering', didn't you?! Hello, earworm.
Aug. 12th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)

etc. etc.
Aug. 12th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
I didn't have one until you mentioned it. Thanks very much. :-)

Aug. 12th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Oops. Sorry about that.
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