Friday, 16 January 2009

Ruby's Morning Bus Ride #3 - Bishopthorpe Palace

The bus ride is nearly over. We stop at York College of Law while an early student gets off, and then continue on up Bishopthorpe Road, to Bishopthorpe. Since thorpe means a place in Old Norse, I guess "Bishopthorpe" means the place of the bishop. In fact bishops have been living in Bishopthorpe for centuries. And one still does. Not just any old bishop, either. This is an Archbishop.

Yes, Archbishop John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, lives in Bishopthorpe. We go past his palace every morning, and as we do, it has become a bit of a tradition to call out a greeting and enquire how he is getting on with his daily routine (please take note, I am with my young son when I do this).

The bus is going fast, but here comes Bishopthorpe Palace ... "Good morning Archbishop Sentamu! How are you today?"

"Are you up yet? Have you cleaned your teeth yet?"

"Or are you in your office already? Good-bye!"

Why do I get the feeling that this is going to be one of those posts you regret doing the minute it's up?

10 comments:

Olivier said...

amusant ;o)) et une belle demeure.

Gail's Man said...

Are you going to show us what you see on the return journey?

Catofstripes said...

ROFL.

I hope the other passengers appreciate your street performance! Nice to have a child young enough to appreciate. My kids got rather sniffy with me and my eccentricities as they got older.

ALMOST MRS AVERAGE said...

Hee hee - and I wonder what his bins are like - do ask next time you're passing :-D

x

Anonymous said...

How CUTE!!
*sniggers*

Freda L said...

Ruby, I think the Archbishop would be delighted to know that you greet him and would wave back if he saw you.

lunarossa said...

I agree with Freda, Ruby. I'm pretty sure that the Archbishop would be very happy if he knew that people think of him and greet him every day like that! Wish you a lovely weekend. Off the bus finally! Ciao. A.

rich said...

The Archbishop would DEFINITELY wave back, he's a great bloke.

Jackie said...

How cool. I think the Archbishop is a top bloke. My friend works there - do give him a wave next time!

Ruby said...

Yes, Archbishop Sentamu is brilliant, and I would love to bump into him in Bishopthorpe Co-Op, nipping out for a loaf of bread or something! I haven't yet, but I live in hope. There are also lots of opportunities locally to hear him speak, or go to services he leads.

Gail's Man, the return journey is the same, as the bus goes back along the same route, but I missed quite a few things out, so I might do a return series at some point.