Wednesday 21 July 2010

Scarborough- A day at the seaside

Our friends- Tony and Liz Fawcett have an apartment on the Northside of Scarborough above Peasholme. They are there for the week so Jack and I went over for the day.Thanks to Fiona who brought little Owen over to look after things here. We called in at Glaves the Butchers on the way at Brompton by Sawdon to buy some of their excellent pork and black pudding sausages. We were soon through to Scarborough sitting out of the balcony overlooking the sea. Liz and I nipped into town to pick up some ticket to see the preview Beauty and the Beast which have been kindly given to us by the YMCA theatre . For lunch we went down to the new cafe/restaurant which I think was called Oasis on Marine Drive. The food was ok, our only complaint was they got the order muddled up more than once.We then set off to walk along North Bay to Scalby Mills. The sand and the sea appeared very clean,there were not many people around and certainly no crowds as this is not the amusement end of Scarborough. Ideal in fact -a place to go as long as the weather is good so why do we all trail to the ends of the earth for our holidays when we have all this on our door step. We used the miniature railway to get back to Peasholme. It was a very laid back affair and very enjoyable as we waited on the station for the engine driver to have his mug of tea and tuck into his packet of chocolate biscuits and discuss with the ticket collector what had been going on the Saturday night before. Toot toot, the whistle blew,we were off something like a scene from Thomas and the tank engine. Through a tunnel,past the Open Air Theatre which plays host to Dame Kiri te Kanawa and Jose Carreras on Friday night,then it was time to disembark. Tony and Jack went to what was the corner cafe which is now the posh Sands complex for a drink.Liz and I went up into Peasholme Park,Jack giving us some money to buy an ice-cream. We recalled our childhood days when the tree walk was open at nights and how magical it was.Unfortunately it is long gone- the Red Indian campsite has replaced by a Japanese garden at the top of the mould. Our day at the seaside was nearly over . The weather had been perfect all day making for a very enjoyable day but reinforcing the fact of how lucky we are to live in North Yorkshire where it isnt far to travel to have a day by the sea and to get home in time for supper.... and a big hole in the living room wall but that's another story.