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Swords and smiles

This entry was posted on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: travel, silly, happy, gallery, food, family, entertainment, england, drink, birthday

I’m back from a wonderful weekend in Wakefield (and Leeds) and despite feeling a bit knackered from a long train journey, my soul is feeling a bit rejuvenated. (It generally does after spending time with my family!)

Since images are more fun than words sometimes, I’ll just give a quick highlights-review then you can see some photos from my weekend.

I travelled to Wakefield on Friday where I had a belated birthday dinner-and-drinks celebration with my sisters-in-law and one of my nieces, which was a lot of fun though I admit I ate way too much food! Then on Saturday, I travelled to Leeds with Jack where we had a blast at the Leeds Royal Armouries. There, we got to play with swords and crossbows—and even managed to learn a thing or two. From there, we went to the Leeds City Museum before heading to the Sky Lounge where we enjoyed fancy cocktails and a panoramic view of the city before heading back to Wakefield.

Once back in Wakefield, it was time for the annual Ryan Family Dinner, which was at a nice little Italian place called Rusticos. Then it was off to Elliot’s Bar for some post-dinner drinks before the long process of hugs and goodbyes as everyone departed. And then again this morning, there were more hugs and goodbyes as I made my way to the train station for my trip back up to Scotland.

Thankfully, I only enjoyed one pint of beer after yesterday’s afternoon cocktail, so my journey home was not sullied by a sore head. (This is rare after a family dinner, so I’ll enjoy the clear head as much as I can!)

So to summarise: What a fantastic weekend I've had with my family!

And now—as promised—some photos!

Swords and smiles - Gallery


lovely to see you frances, glad you had safe journey home xx

by debbie at 7:48pm (GMT) on March 2nd, 2014

Leeds has been on my list of places to see, but I think it was because of a castle.  That museum and the armoury have given me more to add to the list.  Nice view from the lounge, too!  I’m so glad that you had a good time at the annual Ryan gathering.

by Mom at 8:07pm (GMT) on March 2nd, 2014

Thanks, Deb! It’s always lovely to see you and we’ll have to try to do it more often!

Mum, my next Leeds visit will be an owl trail. Apparently the city’s coat of arms has a couple of owls so there are owls all over the place. It’ll be fun to explore and count up the number of owls I can spot in a day’s walking!

by Just Frances at 9:38pm (GMT) on March 2nd, 2014

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