Well dear reader's I'm back - yes we've been we've conquered - we've eaten chips - Carmen look away now - (quite a lot actually to the point where I stomped my foot yesterday and demanded a panini) and now we're home - so was it a good break - absolutely fabulous. I haven't been to Scarborough since I was about 5 - apparently the first time I went I hadn't seen the sea before and apparently ran into it fully clothed resulting in a new outfit - you'll be pleased to know this time that I managed to refrain from doing the same - let's be honest it would have been slightly mad. We stayed in a fabulous little converted chapel just outside Scarborough at a place called Cloughton - first interesting point to note it's not pronounced Cluff-tun but Clow-tun - no wonder we got some weird looks from the locals.
We managed trips out to Whitby (and a Treasure Hunt), a day at Robin Hood's Bay (and a Treasure Hunt), a day at Rievaulx Abbey (no treasure hunt but left with a desire to paint that knotwork when we get home), Scarborough (and a Treasure Hunt), Filey (and a Treasure Hunt)
we got thoroughly lost in the process, we walked and walked and walked and walked a bit more, we had quiet time to read, time to art journal (despite the fact that dear hubby forgot to pack paintbrushes) and just loved having family time together - sheer bliss - following the stresses of last week and the mental time to try and walk the options of patching things up and then deciding that some things don't directly involve me and no matter what my brain said sometimes 'happily ever after' doesn't pan out in quite the way you'd thought, so universally as a family we've came together and really had an awful lot of good old fashioned fun!
SO ROCKING MY WORLD THIS FRIDAY
The East Coast of England in God's own county of Yorkshire (I know I live in Yorkshire but it's more quaint where we visited than it is here mainly down to the fact they pinched all the glorious stone following the dissolution of the monasteries to make their own houses) plus lots and lots of down to earth people bliss
Beautiful blog comments from beautiful people that I get to read when I came home - double bliss
Treasure Hunts - good family fun
Membership to English Heritage - we might manage a few more days out this way!
Converted chapels particularly ones with spiral stairs in them - kept said 9 year old busy for hours he spent all his time 'fishing' over the balcony!
Wood burning stoves
Blue Sky days
Charlaine Harris books
Whitby - a truly impressive place to visit with a glorious ruined abbey on the hillside and little tiny shops in the town)
Finally husband's genius idea of washing the clothes before we came home - needless to say it's now all ironed and put away! (Loving washer driers in hired venue tee hee)
So proof that I did do a little bit of art journaling along the way
So do I have any humorous anecdotes from the week - you have to bear in mind that I've not seen my Mum (only spoken to her) so no internet craziness to report - my brother has obviously not been to any more fancy dress nights so nothing to report there, Melanie would appear to be completely missing in action so all I have are questions from a nine year old!
Set the scene walking around Whitby Abbey said nine year old has been given a question sheet - find the letters re-arrange and get chocolate - easy?
MMMMMmmmmm additional questions to help on the back
so the big questions was "What is an easter related item you can wear on your head?" followed by a picture of a rabbit in an easter bonnet - mm great detective work required the additional questions on the back could also be made up from some of the same letters so he decided to look at these first
Four letter word "Fishermen use these to catch fish in...?" - 9 year olds answer - bonnets!
Five letter word "You might like marmalade on this for your breakfast..." - 9 year old answer - soldiers!
Anyone think he didn't get this!
He did get the chocolate though!
Later in the week after visiting a gorgeous little sweet shop in Robin Hood's Bay - next to the Dock we headed back to the car little man with a bag of mixed sweeties from candy necklaces to parma violets but once half way through the bag I get
"Mum - what's this?"
"Mum what is it?"
"I don't know what it is" I said as he was behind me
"It say's 'chew' on it"
"What do I do?"
"Do I chew it?"
"Yes" I replied laughing so much I was almost crying
"Can I swallow it Mum"
The mysteries of a black jack chew!
On the same journey we spotted a fire in the distance on the moors
"The fire is on the moors"
"Where?" said 9 year old asks
"Where's the moors Mum?"
"We're on the moors!"
"All around us!"
There'll be more later no doubt - the popple crack snap one was quite humourous too LOL but I need to go otherwise I'll be rocking my world on Saturday not Friday LMAO!
If you pop by say hello, if you join in come and tell me!
Hope you're all having a great "Rocking your World Friday"