Well fancy starting a holiday with panic packing! It was Wednesday and I happened to check the holiday rental friendsN&T had booked and discovered we were going Friday when all along I'd thought it was Saturday and put it on the calender as Saturday to Saturday! We were out all day Thursday so washing ironing and all the packing happened Wednesday......I work well under pressure hahaha
Friday 8th - friendsN&T picked us up at 10am and after the usual "load the car jigsaw" game we were off. Services coffee/comfort break, later found a lovely pub for lunch. Arrived at Gunby Hall Cottages about 4pm. Just two semi-detached cottages set remotely on a working farm, and lots of wide open space and fields around us :-)
That brown box at the side is the hot-tub and after unloading the car and having a cuppa we all got in the bubbling warm water, yes even me (for anyone who doesn't know me personally that's a big deal for many reasons).
We'd had a meal rather than a snack at lunchtime but thought we'd go and find the local pub which had rave reviews in the cottage guest book. The menu looked so good, as did the food on the tables of other diners that we all had another dinner and the reviews were not wrong!
Saturday 9th -
We imagined how Skipsea Castle had been while looking at the grassy mound in the rain. Thanks to my two strong men I made it over the stile.
Bridlington beach - lovely long prom and beautiful beach, all very clean.
Flamborough Head - wild and windy but great.
FriendsN&T ventured all the way there, I actually stopped at the sign as it said very steep path for 3/4 mile, Hubby kept me company. Seems I made the right decision as they told us the vegitation they had to walk through was higher than friendN so I'd have been totally lost!
Getting back after 6pm and tired, two jumped in the hot-tub then the men went out for Chinese takeaway and there was masses!
Sunday 10th - Late start as very heavy rain first thing followed by little showers so we didn't rush. It was decided to be a no-drive day so when it brightened up we'd find the nearest pub walking through the fields, think it's about a mile away.
Sun out, great walk, fantastic views! Shame when we got there the pub didn't serve food, but two drinks each and two packets of crisps and a packet of peanuts between us made it all perfect lol.
Sat for ages outside the pub, enjoyed the walk back just as much in glorious sunshine. T used the hot-tub even though it had started raining again and we all relaxed with me knitting, N reading, T sitting in the corner on his ipad so he could stay plugged in and Hubby watching Andy win the Wimbledon men's singles. Dinner was in a village called Escrick at the Fat Abbot pub, Sunday roast yummy! Very slight detour on the way back, mainly because N forgot to look at the satnav even though she insisted that she was showing us all the village duck pond lol.
Monday 11th - Castle Howard
Tuesday 12th - A sunny, warm dry day yippee! Today we did the Moors, Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay and lots of points between :-)
Having had a Whitby fish and chip dinner at lunch time we bought snack food for an evening in after the daily hot-tub session!
Wednesday 13th - Had another busy day, today was in York. So much to see and a buzzy happy atmosphere. The Shambles and The Castle Museum of course!
Another local pub for dinner and as it had a dart board we used it, wife swapped to make our teams then won one game of 501 each team so decided to leave on a draw!
Thursday 14th - We decided on a relaxing day because of the early start and long drive home tomorrow. So just a little local drive to our neighbouring air field as we've watched all the light aircraft overhead. Unfortunately it all looked very private so we didn't stop. We did however stop at The Jug And Bottle which is a booze and deli shop highly recommended in the visitors book, and we bought some goodies for lunch and some to take home. After lunch it was lazing outside in the sunshine, reading for us girls and snoozing for the guys. Such lovely weather I even put my shorts on!
This afternoon a couple of games of KUBB
The girls lost (I'm the biggest handicap)! Hahaha facebook brought up the memory of us four playing KUBB a day later one year ago!
Another lovely pub dinner (apart from the ladybird in my salad).
Friday 15th - All packed early, time for breakfast to use up bread, milk etc that won't keep and pack up the rest, then on the road and a good drive home. Comfort/tea/coffee stop in a service station, then later stop for lunch at Krazy Horses motorbike retailers in Bury St Edmund that has a great American style diner. Then home having had a great holiday. Thank you friendsN&T we love you both x
So so tragic that tonight instead of feeling happy, relaxed and content we are reflecting and worried about the attack in Nice killing so many and the news about the military coup in Turkey! :-(