Tuxedo Stan’s World Tour – England James Herriot

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Dec 21, 2013 3 Comments ›› Hugh

My Friend Diana Piggott recently took her minions Albert and Victoria on an adventure to the land of world famous veterinary surgeon / writer James Herriot. “Mr. Herriot” is my mom’s favourite author and the inspiration for her Urban Tigers series. Here we go…

Wish we could have met him......

Wish we could have met him……

 

Where to begin the minions’ story?
When minions Victoria and Albert heard that Diana was planning to visit her old aunt in Yorkshire, they could hardly believe their ears, and started planning to stow away in her luggage.  Time for a pilgrimage to that storied country!
They found themselves on a very big airplane, for a very long time, but fortunately knew the right backpack to hide in, and were soon brought out with plenty of reading material for the long flight.

Minions Albert and Victoria traveling by train.

Minions Albert and Victoria traveling by train.

 

Once in England, trains were the way to travel!  Very fast, comfortable trains took them all the way to the old market town of Thirsk, which has seen some changes since the old days…….

Thirsk Market Place

Thirsk Market Place

 

Some of the pubs have been there forever, though, and everyone had worked up an appetite on the journey.

Albert and Victoria enjoy a pub lunch

Albert and Victoria enjoy a pub lunch

 

After a good, filling pub lunch, it was time to pay our respects.  Sadly, “James Herriot”, aka Alf Wight, is no longer with us, and there is quite an extensive museum in the building where he lived and practised veterinary medicine.

Guess what they have in Thirsk now!

Guess what they have in Thirsk now!

 

Outside the famous vet clinic

Outside the famous vet clinic

 

We wandered through the old residence, to exhibits on the books, movies and TV shows, and finally many rooms of old veterinary equipment, some of it quite terrifying!

Not for use on cats!!

Not for use on cats!!

 

Rooms of old vet instruments...

Rooms of old vet instruments…

 

Dispensary C

Dispensary C

 

Nice kitchen!

Nice kitchen!

 

Lovely old typewriter

Lovely old typewriter

 

Retro telephone!

Retro telephone!

 

Even a model railway!

Even a model railway!

 

From an upstairs window we could see the church where Dr. Wight and his beloved wife were married.

Church, plus window dressings

Church, plus window dressings

 

By all accounts, he seems to have been a lovely man of exceptional qualities, who left us a delightful legacy, both literary and humane.

James Herriot, larger than life

James Herriot, larger than life

 

The stories........

The stories……..

 

Cat stories!!

Cat stories!!

 

Victoria and Albert trying to read.......

Victoria and Albert trying to read…….

 

Feeling very satisfied and warm inside, we all returned to a very cold and wintry Calgary!

All the best,
Diana and the NW Calgary division

Thank you Diana and Minions Albert and Victoria for another great adventure! Mom thanks you too!

Love,

Earl Grey

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Comments

  1. LOVED IT. Read a few of the Herriott books, including his picture book. Saw the television series with Christopher Timothy and rest of cast. This adds to the stories. Love the Museum pictures, rather all the pictures.

    Thank you Diana and Minions Albert and Victor. I love you.

  2. Estella Clifford says:

    Oh, how neat! I loved his books, and just started reading the biography his son wrote about him. What a perfect pilgrimage for Victoria and Albert to make. Thanks!

  3. I remember reading his books when they first came out and they fortified my love of animals and those that care for them.

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