Shibden Mill

We had a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed, after which we were treated to an excellent breakfast; fruit juices, cereals, fruit and jams from the buffet and a choice of items from the full cooked breakfast menu that were all cooked to order.

Shibden Mill

The morning was crisp and misty. Our car needed demisting before we could set off on our journey for the day. The demisting caused a spectacular display of steam to rise from the car, an unusual sight. Whilst the car was being sorted out, I took the opportunity to take a few photos in the early morning sunshine.

The Royal Armouries

We set off towards Leeds and the Royal Armouries. As we approached Leeds we could see a layer of mist above which was a brown foggy mug of pollution. I am so glad that I don’t live in a city!

Elephant Armour

The Royal Armouries has many interesting exhibits. I particularly enjoyed seeing the Mughal elephant armour dating around 1600. I found the armour fascinating. Another display, showing how guns and knives are used in street crime in the UK along with personal stories, left me feeling disturbed.

Halifax Peace Hall

When we had finished our tour of the Royal Armouries we set of toward Halifax, intending to visit the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Museum. The traffic was so bad we realised that once again we would be too late to visit the museum so we flexed the plan. We headed into Halifax to see the architecture of the Peace Hall. We walked around the Peace Hall and the nearby streets, stopping for an afternoon refreshment along the way and headed back to Shibden Mill Inn.

Whilst I was considering an indulgent soak in the bath, the fire alarm went off. Mr C and I exited through the nearest door (leading onto the room’s patio area). Mr C quipped, it is fortunate that you were not in the bath. Everywhere else seemed calm and the fire alarm stopped sounding so we returned to our room. Mr C went to collect some milk for a cup of tea and found out that the fire alarm had gone off when to a fire being lit in the grate caused more smoke than expected!

Shibden Mill

After the false alarm I had a nice relaxing bath before it was time for us to enjoy an aperitif in the bar. We enjoyed the Valentine’s Day special menu in the room above the bar. It goes without saying that we sampled an after dinner drink before retiring for the night.

18 Comments CherryPie on Mar 7th 2019

18 Responses to “Shibden Mill – Day Two”

  1. lisl says:

    How doubly concerning the knife crime exhibition must have been in the light of recent events

  2. Ginnie says:

    Midst all your travels stories, Cherry, I would expect at least one fire alarm to go off. HA! It makes the “book” more interesting, of course. :)

    • CherryPie says:

      LOL Other than this incident I can only remember two occasions of a fire alarm going off when I have been on my travels.

      The more recent incident was in the Tate Modern a few years ago. We were in the process of getting a cup of tea in the cafe when the fire alarm went off. The staff were a bit unsure what to do. Suddenly they sprung into action and directed everyone outside to the front of the gallery building. The wind had blown one of the doors open, but everyone (quite rightly) had to wait until the fire brigade turned up to give the all clear. We waited a while and then decided that the Tate could wait until another day ;-)

      The incident before that was in my school days when I visited Arthog (a bit like a Youth Hostel) as a school trip. For me the purpose was to study marine biology. I was given boots and waterproofs, the smallest size boots gave me blisters on the first day. We all had problems walking in the sand trying to monitor what lifeforms were within the sand. The sand was too wet, the teacher had to improvise ;-) Sooo

      Getting back to the fire alarm! In the middle of the night the the Fire Alarm went off. We all dutifully lined up outside our room. I was feeling most uncomfortable standing in public in my nightclothes. We were informed that it was a false alarm, the wind had blown open one of the doors…

      Do you see a common theme with me and fire alarms ;-)

  3. Astrid says:

    Never a dull moment, Cherry. I always like a crisp morning. That elephant is something else. Great story and yes, I am glad you were not in the bathtub…. you would have enough water around you to be safe though ;) ….

    • CherryPie says:

      The elephant armour blew me away. It is the one thing I really wanted to see on our visit.

      I hope you enjoy my follow up stories :-)

  4. The museum looks interesting. Great story about the fire alarm and I am glad you were not in the bath at the time :)

  5. I visited the Royal Armouries in Leeds last year too :)
    Leeds is worth visiting again!

    I have not been to Halifax though.
    The square looks very “European” :)

  6. Andrew Scott says:

    How did you manage to briefly visit the International Space Station for that 3rd photo? I remain puzzled by it.

  7. The peace hall looks amazing – I had no idea! Fabulous shots – and it sounds as though you had a marvelous time!

  8. The Yum List says:

    Oh I do enjoy a good soak in the bathtub once in a while.