Beside the seaside

ScarboroughI had to go to Scarborough for work the other day.  One of the advantages of being self-employed is I can take time off on a whim – provided I don’t have any looming deadlines, of course.  So, when I emerged from a basement meeting room at lunchtime to find that the sun was shining brightly and no clouds were to be seen, I decided to play hookey and spend the afternoon exploring this seaside town.

My parents took me to Scarborough once in a while when I was small, because it was near my North Yorkshire boarding school and made a suitable day out for a girl who couldn’t get enough of rock pools, dodgems, donkeys and other seaside delights.  The fish and chips there are second to none too.  I’ve been back rarely since; Whitby and even Filey are more my cup of tea today.  But I found enough in the town in the way of museums and other points of interest to keep me occupied for a few hours.  The shops were disappointing but the glorious weather helped – how often do we get unadulterated sun at a northern beach resort?  The beach was surprisingly empty, probably because it was a weekday and early in the season.

Bethel chapelI discovered that Scarborough has a Sitwell connection.  Woodend, the birthplace of Edith Sitwell, is now a gallery as well as hosting a number of creative media businesses.

I also found this rather sweet former Wesleyan chapel.  All in all, a good day out.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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