The one where it’s a beautiful day on the North Yorkshire Coast

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Our sprocker spaniel, Ella, has recently turned four and pictures of her as a puppy have been cropping up on my memories on my Facebook timeline. When we made the decision to have a dog – a first for me – I’d been working from home as a distance learning HR Tutor for over a year. I thought that having a dog to walk would provide the perfect excuse for a break from the computer, would give me a reason to leave the house each day, and would provide some much-needed exercise before my bottom expanded beyond the size of Brazil a la Bridget Jones. The reality was that my working day was too long and the dog-walking quickly became the responsibility of hubby who also works from home but has a job that is slightly less demanding on hours than mine. So the bottom did continue to expand and is now the size of South America, never mind Brazil!

IMG_8166At the start of lockdown, I resolved to get outside for a family walk with Ella each day, in-keeping with the government’s guidelines around exercising once a day and keeping a safe distance from anyone else doing the same. I managed a few walks during the first week and it was lovely but I hadn’t quite appreciated the impact lockdown would have on my workload. Students who have been furloughed or have sadly lost their jobs are at home with the opportunity to knuckle down and study, those who are still working are no longer going out on weekends or evenings so they’re studying too. And a stack of new students have enrolled. My workload has gone through the roof. I often struggled to fit writing around it and now it’s even more of a challenge. I know I’m fortunate that I still have my job – which is just as well because I am one of the self-employed who falls through the gap for financial support, being a sole trader who happens to be set up as a limited company – but I do long for an opportunity to pause and take a breath occasionally!

So I made a big decision that, this weekend, I was not going to work on the day job. I don’t mind working 12-14 hour days the rest of the week but I needed a break and I’m so glad we did this morning because the weather is stunning on the North Yorkshire Coast although a bit blowy on the clifftop as you can see from the photo above.

Hope you’re staying safe. Wishing everyone all the best and I’ll leave you with some of the photos I took earlier. The Yorkshire Coast welcomes you to visit and explore its beauty as soon as we’re through this but hope you enjoy a few photos in the meantime.

Jessica xx

The Cleveland Way passes along the clifftop just 5-7 minutes walk from our house. We didn’t take the path down to the beach today but probably will do one day soon:

The north and south ends of Cayton Bay. We could see a few walkers down there. On the south side, there are some WWII ‘pillboxes’ that fell down the cliffs and embedded in the sand many years ago:

 

Ella found an abandoned tennis ball so had great fun running after that. We live on the housing estate just over that field in the middle photo and are so lucky to have this on our doorstep:

This bench fascinated me. It would once have had such a stunning view but it’s become somewhat overgrown over the years:

One of the gardens in the houses overlooking the sea has the most amazing treehouse in it. Would have loved a treehouse when I was a kid. Actually, scrap the kid bit. Would love one now! xx

6 thoughts on “The one where it’s a beautiful day on the North Yorkshire Coast

  1. Smashing photos, Jessica! Thanks for sharing them and bringing the Yorkshire coast to us less fortunate mortals. I really am missing getting out and about in Yorkshire. I console myself with the thought that this will be over one day, and all those beautiful places will be waiting for me. Seems like ages since I saw you! xx

  2. Thank you. Yes, it will be over and you’ll be able to explore all the places you love and many you’ve never been before too. Same here. We’re very lucky that this is only a short walk away but I’d love to walk along the seafront at Scarborough and past all the beach huts that I love so much. Can’t as it’s a drive. Actually, could walk it but that’s a very, very long walk and doesn’t quite fall within guidelines! Yes, it does seem like forever since we were able to meet up. Soon, my friend. Very soon xxx

    • Thank you, June. It is stunning and, at times like this, even more so. I’ve lived in cities myself (including Edinburgh and Birmingham) and I love the buzz and excitement (in usual times) but I was brought up in a small market town surrounded my countryside so my heart is always in a rural area, and particularly by the sea. Hope you’re doing ok xx

  3. Jessica, thank you so much so very much for these soothing pictures. They calmed my mind beyond belief. Simply beautiful. I love it. Wow. No words just thank you

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