York has long held a place in this southerner's heart. It's the city in which I got married. And I just find it beautiful like no other place, particularly on a sun-dappled early evening: the medieval streets, the Minster, the city walls, the river running through it.
But I've never really associated it with my work, which I also happen to love, by the way.
And so I was particularly looking forward to attending the Institute of Fundraising Yorkshire region's annual conference, which had been fixed in my calendar for many months, and it hasn't disappointed.
Opening the show was the warm, inspiring, and very funny Helena Sharpstone, talking about how to be the fundraiser everybody wants on their team.
"Being able to fight back, bounce back. Resilience is not a super power. We all have it. You have to go through bad things to develop it."
"Fundraising is a discipline like no other. The trick in life is to find out what your cleverness is. It comes in many forms."
First up at #IoFYorksCo