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  • Day8

    Craster

    April 26, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Edward had another wakeful night so Andrew once again took him through to the lounge so Sarah could sleep. Edward was not in the best mood and made sure his daddy was aware of this!

    After a late start we headed off to Craster. We ate lunch overlooking the harbour and Edward once again got plenty of attention from passers by. After lunch we walked part of the way to Dunstanburgh Castle before heading back.

    Sarah was dropped off in Seahouses on the way back so she could look in the shops. Unfortunately her favourite, Drift, was closed. Andrew took Edward back, gave him some afternoon tea and settled him to sleep so Sarah returned to a nice quiet caravan.

    Tonight is our last night in Willerby. As is tradition we will be having take-away fish and chips for supper. Nice and easy.
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  • Day7

    Barter Books

    April 25, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    We were up with the lark as usual this morning and decided to head to Barter Books in Alnwick as the weather forecast wasn’t great. We chose a good day as it was lovely and quiet. We had a choice of tables in the coffee shop, which is quite rare when we have been recently. Edward was in a good mood this morning and the coffee shop gave him an opportunity to be nosy, watching other customers around him. As is often the case he attracted several ‘awwws’ and smiles from those around.

    After coffee we browsed around the shop, choosing one book for mum and dad and one book for Edward. Edward got to see the trains running around the top of the bookcases although it was a little lost on him. In a couple of years he will really appreciate them a little better.

    We returned to the caravan for lunch and had a relaxed afternoon. Andrew tried out Willerby’s new washer-dryer for a couple of loads (including a bit of drying). Edward’s baby bath makes quite a useful basket for the clean laundry!
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  • Day6

    Holy Island

    April 24, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Edward had a somewhat disturbed second half of the night, getting Sarah up every 45 minutes. So Andrew took Edward through to the lounge while Sarah got a little more sleep.

    After we were all up and ready we headed off to Holy Island. One of Sarah and Andrew’s favourites. It was lovely to take Edward across for the first time. Holy Island can get very busy, but we caught it on a fairly quiet day. We walked towards the castle and ate our lunch sitting on a bench overlooking the harbour. We then walked back through the village to see the little school before heading back to the car.

    This afternoon Sarah went for a back and shoulder massage at the Ocean Club while Andrew stayed with Edward. Sarah returned feeling relaxed and thankfully Edward was in a good mood so gave her plenty of big grins. We finished off the day with a takeaway from the Italian restaurant in Seahouses.
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  • Day5

    Puffins

    April 23, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    This morning Andrew set off across the sea on a boat trip to the Farne Islands. This time back to Inner Farne, as Staple Island is not yet open to visitors.

    Sarah and Edward walked up to some benches overlooking the harbour and waved to Andrew as his boat left. While another baby, a similar age to Edward did make the trip, Edward’s parents didn’t like the idea and so Sarah remained ashore (Sarah’s treat comes tomorrow).

    There was quite a swell and the boat was tossed around a bit but it was still a pleasant trip. The lighting was bright but diffuse which allowed for some good photos of the puffins on the island.

    Andrew returned mid-afternoon to news that Edward had been a very good boy while his daddy had been away.
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  • Day4

    Easter Monday

    April 22, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Edward slept a little better last night, although still woke for the day around 6am as usual. After a slow ish start we set off for a walk, Edward in the sling. We walked past the harbour, which was still fairly quiet, up the hill and along the clifftop path, through the golf course, which was also quite quiet, and down onto the beach beyond. All the while Edward snoozed peacefully. Our return trip was the reverse and Edward woke while on the clifftop path. Once back in Seahouses he suddenly announced his hunger so we hastily made our way to our favourite feeding bench.

    We returned to the caravan via the Northumbrian Hamper, a shop in the town selling all manner of food and drink that one might put in a hamper, to buy ice cream to go with tonight’s pudding.

    Later in the afternoon we decided to go for yet another walk, this time using the buggy, and rather than contend with the hoards on a bank holiday afternoon we set off around the caravan site (being nosey) and then out along the road footpath towards Bamburgh. Turning around before the edge of Seahouses itself we headed back along the clifftop path on that side of the town, which was a little bumpy for the buggy.

    This evening we tested out the baby bathing facilities in Willerby... Edward was perhaps a little puzzled as to why he had his bath on the kitchen floor!
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  • Day3

    Easter Sunday

    April 21, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    We were awake in plenty of time for the Easter Sunday service (just under 5 hours before). It was a nice service and Edward was much admired. We walked back by way of the harbour where Edward, having informed us of his hunger, had a mid morning snack on a bench outside the Harbour Master’s office.

    After lunch we set off for a walk along the beach towards Bamburgh, with Edward in the sling. On the way back Edward stood on the sand and jiggled his feet about a bit. It must have been a strange sensation for him!
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  • Day2

    Sunny Saturday

    April 20, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Edward slept as well as he does at home, which was somewhat of a relief. Once again he woke us up around 6am, quite a departure from our usual Willerby lie-ins.

    Andrew converted the pram into buggy mode and we set off into Seahouses to do some shopping. Seahouses was, to use a phrase from Sarah’s side of the family, ‘jumping’. It seemed the whole world decided to make a trip to the seaside today. Unfortunately we were unable to get all the supplies we needed in town so after lunch we set off to the nearest big supermarket, Sainsbury’s in Alnwick. We accomplished another first by parking in a parent and child bay!

    We made our way back to Seahouses, Andrew enjoying the drive in the glorious sunshine, and fought our way through the town back to the caravan. We had a restful afternoon and settled in for the evening.
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  • Day1

    Edward's Longest Journey

    April 19, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Edward was very excited this morning and woke us up at 6am. Of course this is not exceptional and is his usual get-up time. Despite the early start it was 11:15 before we left home having loaded the car (and roof box) and found space for Edward.

    The first part of the journey as far as Washington services, where we stopped for lunch, was pretty good with no hold-ups. It was a new experience for us, feeding Edward in the car park of a services, but I’m sure we will get the hang of that! The traffic around Newcastle and Morpeth was slow but thankfully Edward was very calm and slept most of the way. We arrived at the caravan around 15:00 and Andrew unpacked the car while Edward had a snack.

    Later in the afternoon we all set off for a walk around Seahouses (Edward in the sling). We were a little disappointed to find the harbour wall closed off due to maintenance work. One of Sarah and Andrew’s favourite things is to walk to the end and look out to sea. The maintenance work is set to last 6 months and cost £3million!

    We then had a quiet evening in the caravan. How will Edward sleep? Watch this space...
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  • Day41

    Robin Hoods Bay

    June 1, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    We were woken early again by birdsong but managed to doze off again and slept until 8.30am, which is late when camping! We set off at around 10am and walked to Robin Hoods Bay. We thought it was delightful with lots of little streets and alleyways. We wonder how many actual residents live here - we think the majority of the cottages are holiday lets. We enjoyed some delicious ice-cream down by the harbour and then enjoyed visiting the National Trust shop and an Art Exhibition with watercolours by a local artist. We then wandered back to the campsite via St. Stephen’s Church, Fylingdale with an interesting tall tower. Back at the campsite for lunch and we are now enjoying a lazy afternoon in the sunshine. So that has been our day!Read more

  • Day40

    Whitby

    May 31, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We slept well but woke early due to birdsong. We left the campsite at 9.15am to walk to Whitby along the Cleveland Way, a walk of seven miles. After walking for two hours in thick swirling mists with initially no view of the sea below, the sky suddenly cleared and the sun came out. However, we came to a signpost which informed us that Whitby was still three miles away. We had been walking for two hours and M had clocked up 14,000 steps on her Fitbit which equates to seven miles!! It had been a challenging walk with some rough terrain and lots of ups and downs. However, there was another signpost saying that it was one mile of Hawkser so we took that path steeply uphill and across fields and then on to a track to join the main road to Whitby. A bus came along within minutes and we hopped on, M using her bus pass and P paying £2.60. We shortly arrived in Whitby which was absolutely heaving with people including children and yappy dogs! We fought our way through the throngs and up to th North Promenade and Whitby Pavilion where it was much quieter with elevated views over a big sandy bay with colourful beach huts. At about 2pm we headed back down but before reaching the main thoroughfare and the crowds we found a delightful restaurant where we enjoyed an excellent late lunch of lovely fresh fish. We then fought our way back through the crowds to the bus station and got a bus to Fylingthorpe and from there it was a walk of about a mile back to the campsite. A great day out, enhanced by an excellent lunch and Pinot Grigio Rose.Read more

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