I’m writing this from my phone with a sleeping baby in my lap, as Oliver has been fighting a nap all day and I don’t want to risk putting him down. But he’s slept through the night for the past two nights so I can’t complain too much!
We had absolutely stunning weather this weekend so we decided to take a trip somewhere new. Instead of going north like we usually do, we headed south into North Yorkshire to the seaside town of Whitby. Whitby is famous for being the home of Captain Cook and its nearly 1000-year-old Abbey, which inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It’s also a massively popular tourist destination, as evidenced by the wall-to-wall crowds out enjoying the gorgeous sunshine.
Eliot got a bit travel sick on the windy road through the North Yorkshire Moors, so we took him to the beach to cheer him up. Despite the sun, it was still too cold to get in the water (it’s always too cold for me, even in August, let’s be honest) but Eliot had a blast digging holes in the sand with Brian. The tide comes in quick on the Yorkshire coast, and the beach backs up to some cliffs, so we had to beat a hasty – and damp – retreat to avoid getting stranded!
After that we mostly walked around enjoying the sun and sight seeing. We didn’t even make it to the Abbey ruins, I’m sad to say, but they closed early given it’s still the off-season. At lunch I had a traditional Yorkshire fishcake, which is flaked fish mixed with mashed potatoes and herbs and then deep fried. It was as delicious as it sounds!
Before we called it a day, we took a quick boat ride around the harbor, which Eliot loved. (Though when we asked him later, he said his favorite part of the day was having a lollipop.) The sunset over the moors on the drive home was stunning, and peaceful as both boys fell asleep.
The next day was Mother’s Day and I got a lovely lie-in followed by breakfast and mimosas and relaxing in the garden, so it was a pretty great weekend overall!