Heather and Gary in Europe - Spring 2014 travel blog

Heather with her university professor and mentor, Jay Appleton

Sit Tatton Sykes monument near Sledmere

Heather at the entrance to the walled garden at Sledmere

Thursday April 10

Heather called Cath Harris early in the morning to work out how to get together with Jay Appleton and her for an early lunch. With the help of Richard Appleton (Jay's son), Heather managed to determine that Jay was not at his bungalow, but rather in a local rehabilitation centre presumably getting assistance with his mobility issues.

For several reasons (preparing for a visitor from New Zealand and dealing with some tradesmen at her house) Cath had to back out of any get together. We did, however, arrange to visit with Jay in the rehabilitation centre around 10:30. We had a bit of a bother locating the centre but were eventually successful.

We had a lovely visit with Jay who is still vert chatty and full of interesting stories. He had been to London in late March for the opening of his landscape and photography exhibit (a collaboration with a friend). All three of his sons Richard, Mark and Charles were with him at the opening as well as his friend and BBC television documentary host, Julia Bradbury. Several photographs of the event covered the wall of his room at the centre. We stayed with Jay until Richard came, continued to chat and left after an hour or so.

Leaving Hull around 11:30, we drove over the East Yorkshire Wolds, through Beverley and Driffield into Sledmere where we stopped to visit the Sledmere Estate, taking a photograph of Sir Tatton Sykes's monument en route. We did not go into the house but spent an hour or so walking around the grounds and gardens, especially the double walled garden, which was a shinning example if how a garden can be prepared for the coming season.

After a lunch in the small restaurant at Sledmere, we drove through Malton and Helmsley and on to the NorthYork Moors. It was for the most part a lovely sunny day with only a spot of light rain on the Moors.

We followed instructions into Sunderland as given to us by Joyce and eventually found their flat. It was great to see Joyce again and to meet her husband, Chris. Joyce had made a Thai meal and we ate in, having a glass or two of wine. We all talked until quite late and then headed to bed.

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