So at slightly short notice and with minimal planning, me, GBoy8.08 & DBoy5.08 loaded the family truck and primed the satnav. After 3 1/2 hours, including a stop for chips we made it to Whitby by the sea. The weather was sadly inclement and the potentially impressive view across the north Yorkshire moor was diffused by rain.
Dispute Homers best efforts to get us lost we made it through some very narrow roads at the top end of town and finally found our dwellings, The Stables, on Horse Lane. Some historical reference I guess. The cottage is very nicely maintained and I think we will just about manage to survive without incident. As we didn’t arrive until after 3.00 pm the best we managed in the mizzle was a brief exploration and for the boys to plant a toe in the sea.
GBoy8.08 (from here forward named only as G) decided that Whitby was the best place he had been other than Cyprus. His world view is a little limited I guess but at least he pays attention. The following selection are iPhone shots with Olloclip & HDR Pro or Hipstamatic. Let’s hope for some sun tomorrow.
Day Two & Three
The two couldn’t be more different. Yesterday was brilliant. The sun was out all day and we made it to the beach by 8.45. We probably walked 10 miles, covering the west beach all the way to the end of the beach huts, them traversed back up the cliffs, walked back to the ton, through the whale bones, back down through the Shambles, down to harbour, them up the Abbey steps, around the abbey grounds nd then back down the hill to the harbour. We got back at 6.30, scoffed some very enjoyable fish and chips and watched telly. D fell asleep by 8.00 and didn’t wake until eight this morning.
Today however is cold and wet. We have been outmost the morning but have come back the dry up and thaw out. In theory it will be a bit later I hope.
I took about a hundred and fifty photographs yesterday. Here are a few choice ones.
After a damp dull morning we came back to the cottage, the boys played computer games and I watched videos for a couple of hours. We went back out at 3.00 and whilst not Mediterranean it had chippered up a little. We had a good walk around, Dboy hammered some 2p in the arcade and Gboy had whelks. I took some photos ……..
The weather on Thursday really didn’t improve. We went out late and ended up at the Museum & Art Gallery. They have one of those really obscure and eclectic Victorian collections. Of course lots of seafaring references but also mummified hanged men’s hands and stuffed animals. Later in the day the sea became intense, you could lean on wind and the sand exfoliated your eyeballs.
This is what various bits of the day looked like.
This next one is Photoshopped on iPad. Its subtle but if you look carefully you can see shadows that aren’t real and all kinds of bad pixels and effects.
…and finally in this run, the following is from a pub. Pubs are place that adults without children can go to drink alcohol and have adult conversations. Personally I take children with me and eat tapas.
This next little gallery is from Saturday morning, a very low tide on the south beach, lots of people looking for fossils and clams. Most of these are using iPhone4 with Olloclip and HDR-Pro.
So I’ve been back almost a week but I still have a few pictures to share. This next little group are food or fish related. Fortunately both boys will eat fresh fish. GBoy will try almost any kind of sea food and DBoy will happily catch and slay anything but is pickier about consuming it. I am unsure on the volume / tonnage of chips and battered fish consumed in Whitby on a daily basis but it must be huge. Fortunately it’s local industry makes letting small boys try lobster viable which is a good thing.
So here are a few of my fish related shots which include ‘Fortunes’ Kipper smoking emporium. The best smoked kippers anywhere….
So, despite being back in employment for nearly two weeks, here we go with the late runner pictures. These are from the Canon, all edited on iPad, mainly with Snapseed but also using Modern Grunge, and a few other apps. I would definitely say that the best camera is the one you have with you, and best dark room is the one that sits happily on your knee.
Well done to Whitby for being a really great place to visit. We had a fun time despite a couple of days of dubious weather. The UK has some creditable, characterful & historic sea side towns all around the coast of this sceptred isle. I’m looking forward to showing the tiny monkeys a few more.