|Shirley before dinner tonight in Darlington|
This blogpost comes to you from a town called Darlington - sometimes known affectionately as "Darlo". It is just over Yorkshire's northern border in County Durham.
We drove up here this morning - stopping off in Northallerton for a couple of hours. Amazingly, I had never been to Northallerton before - even though it is the historic "county town" of The North Riding of Yorkshire.
It was a hot day with temperatures reaching 100 degrees fahrenheit. At Croft-on-Tees we saw local people swimming and paddling in the river. Maybe we should have joined them but we carried on to our hotel on the outskirts of Darlo. It is called The Blackwell Grange Hotel.
|Down by The River Tees this afternoon|
Soon after arriving we were in the hotel's pool and then in the jacuzzi and I even had twenty steaming minutes in the sauna. We dried off on a sunny terrace, soaking up the rays as if we were in Greece or Florida or a beach in southern Thailand.
Afterwards we treated ourselves to dinner in the hotel's restaurant with a bottle of French sparkling wine. It was a gorgeous meal and the service was both friendly and efficient. My dessert was chocolate brownie with warm chocolate sauce and a scoop of homemade walnut ice cream while Shirley had a summer fruits pavlova with whipped cream and fresh mint leaves. Food to die for...or of!
Last October when I hit sixty five, my beloved son and daughter bought me a two night hotel stay and this is the one I picked from a list of over two hundred hotels available. I am presently not disappointed. The window is wide open and there's a fan stirring the sultry air. The wife is sparked out on the bed. I will have to stir her soon. Night night from Sunny Darlo!
|In All Saints Church, Northallerton|