I'm admittedly writing this on Bank Holiday Monday, but it's still technically the weekend so I'm gonna roll with it and give you a breakdown of our weekend so far.
As you *may* have noticed, it's unusually warm at the moment here in the UK, I like to think this is payback for the fact that winter lasted for 6 months (give or take).
Provenance aside, I'm making the most of this weather. Because before you know it, we'll be back to grey skies and drizzle...
1. Spark York Opening
On Friday night we headed to the opening of Spark York - a brand new and extremely exciting addition to the city!
The project, focused around a box park development of shipping containers, includes a community of small independent businesses including street food, bars, retail, co-working and entertainment.
The general public's reception to the project has been somewhat mixed, with some objecting to the aesthetic of the shipping containers etc. etc. general nay-sayery.
The buzzing atmosphere on Friday was undoubtedly a testament to how badly this city has needed something new and innovative. I'm super excited to make Spark a permanent fixture in my weekend plans, as I *need* to work my way through all the bars and street food stands...
2. Supporting other new local businesses
After an evening of drinks at the Spark York opening on Friday, we spent Saturday pottering about York.
Taking over the Shamble's much loved bakery, Via Vecchia, Pinder and Scott has revamped the old premises and added even more baked good and sundries to the range! We came away with a beautiful olive focaccia - my staple Via Vecchia purchase since my student days.
After loading up on bread, we then wandered down Fossgate/Walmgate to Botanic, a beautiful plant themed shop on Walmgate in the former paper shop. I ended up coming away with three gorgeous plants/succulents which I'm now doing my best not to murder...
3. Cycling the Solar System
Having lived in York for almost 8 years, I have never actually done the famous solar system cycle, which takes you from Fulford down to Riccall along a disused railway line
A scale model of the Solar System is spread out along the 6.4 miles, which includes models of all the planets and models of the Cassini and Voyager spacecraft.
We decided to extend the route and head all the way down to Selby, where we grabbed some lunch and took a quick turn round Selby Abbey to escape the heat.
As we had done about 16 miles from York -> Selby, we decided to hop on the train back to York, with the promise that next time we would do the full round trip.
4. Letting Winnie Free
Winnie joined the house back in January from York RSPCA, where she had been bought as a stray. As an older lady, we weren't initially sure whether she would want to go outside, perhaps preferring a more sedate life as a house cat.
Due to her advancing years (13) we were also expecting her to be pretty lazy... rather on the contrary she has been full of beans from day one - literally waking us up in the middle of every night to play.
After a couple of months of appalling weather, we decided that now was the time to give her free reign of the garden and beyond. So far she hasn't ventured more than a couple of gardens away, so I'm hoping that means she likes us and wants to stay at least a little bit!