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The other day saw my beau and I celebrating his birthday over in York. This has become an ongoing tradition, that on both of our birthdays we take the train, over land and scape, to this great city. Despite raining when we left, it remained dry throughout the day in York and we were able to complete our usual mixture of shopping, sight-seeing and bargain hunting! We went to some of our favourite haunts: The French House on Micklegate, The Red House Antique Centre on Duncomble Place, Banana Warehouse on Piccadilly and Wild Hart on Stonegate.

Despite not being my birthday, I still managed to buy a few things for myself – or rather the flat.  From the Red House I bought an 18th century engraving and from Wild Hart I bought a Gisela Graham re-conditioned kitchen storage unit. Want to see?

What do you think? The former looks great in the bedroom whilst the cabinet looks excellent in the kitchen. I am very pleased with my purchases indeedy ;-) We also did some sightseeing, with the obligatory walk past the Minister and down the Shambles towards Cliffords Tower.  We also called in another little church and lit a candle for my late sister, whose birthday it also would have been that day.

We found a shop which sold vinegars, dressings and oils, wines, liquers and gins – all the alcohol of which you could sample on site. Well of course we did (!) – it would have been rude to have refused the shop assistant! We also doused ourselves in eau de cologne’s from Crabtree & Evelyn and Molton Brown – yep, we smelt like a brothel by the time we left York!