Friday, July 21, 2017
On our way back home we stopped off in Derby and visited the Derby Silk Milk . During the war it made medical supplies.
The Weeping Willow installation is outstanding. The poppies cascade down the silk mill and all I kept thinking was how each poppy at the Tower of London represented someone who died during the World Wars. A privilege to see.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The Humber Bridge has just been given 'listed' status so we visited a great viewpoint of the bridge first and then paid the £1.50 to go over the bridge to Lincolnshire. Our next stop was an English Heritage site - Thornton Abbey and Gatehouse. The Gatehouse is the largest in England. We wandered down to the ruin of the Augustinian Abbey. The nave, cloister and chapter house were visible in the ruin. Penny absolutely loves a ruin and looks in all the books and crannies.
Back to Hull, the Environment Agency Tidal Surge Barrier has also been given listed status so we paid a visit.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
We tried to find a dog friendly beach and first tried Skipsea but alas we couldn't find the beach. Onwards to the next but we couldn't actually find the way down to the beach and the road was closed. It literally looked like the road had fallen off the cliff and the rest of the entrances to the beach had holiday homes in front of them. We eventually found Wilsthorpe and it was a cracker. I love the feel of fine yellow sand between the toes. The beach is huge and connects the beaches we couldn't find, all the way to Bridlington and around the Flamborough and it's chalk white cliffs which look like the white cliffs of Dover. We ate our picnic on the sand and had a paddle in the warm water. Well warm for the UK.
Onwards to our next stop - Bempton Cliffs. We spotted the leaflet and noticed that the reserve allowed dogs which is rare for RSPB sites so off we went. Oh my gosh, what a treat. £4 entry or free for RSPB members. We walked down to the first viewpoint of the cliffs and it took our breath away. Gannets, fulmars, guillemots, kittewakes and puffins everywhere! There were so many of them flying and clinging onto the cliffs. We visited 5 of the viewpoints and each one completely stunning. We had no idea the gem we happened upon.
Monday, July 17, 2017
It's amazing to think that Sunk Island started as a sandbank in the Humber Estuary. Then during the reign of Charles 1, the land was drained to form the land today, full of agricultural land.
A sign of a good cottage is if you can imagine living there permanently, and the answer is a big yes. It's a modern cottage with wooden floors, very high end décor, view onto the chicken coup on the garden and fresh eggs, bread and milk awaiting our arrival!
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Saturday, July 08, 2017
On route we bumped into a group of Canadian Guides and had to introduce ourselves. We arrived at HQ and donned our bright pink 'girls can be proud' tops, covered ourselves in rainbows and all 50 of us boarded a bus to the starting point. I was sat next to a gentleman wearing full blazer and long trousers on a really hot day. He was off to the members enclosure at Lourdes and was shocked when the bus turned pink with guiders.
We took the long walk to the start and set up camp. You could tell who had been before, we were the ones sat down straight away and ready for the very long wait. The wait seemed much longer this year. Half way through the wait I found the work walking group and wished them happy pride. Meerkat and Philippa were loving it and we hadn't even started yet!
We finally made it to the start of the parade and we were off...then stopped...then off...then stopped. That was the whole parade. We high fived the crowd, blew bubbles at them, blew whistles and gave out stickers. My favourite bit was making the crowd do the guide promise sign.