Monday, 10 July 2017

Saltburn part 2

A few extra pics courtesy of John & Marie.

This was a well composed shot on the Saturday walk

We had lunch at the trig point

This was the car mentioned earlier, whilst it was still dry!

One of the parishioners kindly took our photo after mass

A short breather for some on our Sunday outing

This was taken at the start ...

and finally Neptune blowing his trumpet!

The next walk is on August 12th....

Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Saltburn weekend

This year our annual weekend away was based in  the charming Victorian seaside resort of Saltburn. The weather was outstanding, the hotel excellent and a great time was had  by all.
I will try to gather some more pics and do a second post but here are my offerings for now.

After coffee and scones at the hotel we climbed upward- Saltburn pier with Teeside industry and wind turbines on the horizon.

This was a fair climb although it does not appear that way in the photo

I think that I saw St Mary's lighthouse

Did you remember your sunscreen Ken?

After we finished a circular walk we had a rest but when this pic was taken a little drama was starting to unfold. Notice the back of the grey car just to the left of the man in the green shirt (not the car with the yellow plate). This was parked on the beach. A small crowd was gathering together with some concerned coastguards because the tide was coming in with no sign of the owner. Soon the waves were splashing over the bonnet. We heard later that the driver returned and the car had to be winched away.

Terry is keeping an eye on the car situation whilst we enjoyed a drink from a good vantage point.

After mass in the Victorian church in Saltburn ( our lady of Lourdes - quite appropriate considering where some of us are off to soon) we returned to the hotel. It was the Brockley Hall hotel, a 'boutique' establishment with some interesting decor. Here was my room...

The staff were excellent and the evening meal and breakfast much to our satisfaction. Here we are awaiting the first course.

The quirky decor had the theme of jackets. At our end of the table Ken was rather taken with his cushion! Apologies for the quality- the flash would not fire!

Some of us had fine ales to help us off to sleep..

The next day after a fine breakfast we did a short walk to Skelton and found this delightful garden .

The statue is of Frank Wild who was a Skelton lad. He was the leader of the group that stayed on Elephant Island whilst Shackleton and others went in search of rescue in South Georgia.

The trip was rounded off with a walk along Saltburn pier with these wonderful knitted sea creatures displayed along much of the pier by anonymous knitters.

And that was our weekend away. The weather was so much better than our previous weekends so the choice of a seaside location was perfect. Personally I cannot wait till next year. Well done Andrea/John for an unforgettable weekend. If only Jackson could have come!