I don't think Mick could have picked a better week to take off work, the weather was glorious, with the temperature just dropping a little on Wednesday but that was okay. We really made the most of his time off with some days out and a little relaxation at home too.
On Monday we headed off to Scarborough on the east coast. It was wonderful to see the sea again after more than a year. You can read about our day in my Vitamin Sea post.
We were in North Yorkshire on Tuesday visiting the market towns of Helmsley and Pickering, though we didn't visit on market days. The towns are always nice to wander round though.
Afterwards we visited a couple of villages in the North York Moors. We enjoyed seeing all the new life around, particularly all the cute lambs.
It was overcast when we woke on Wednesday so we decided to visit a few shops close to home in the morning. I don't wear much make up but I needed a couple of things so a trip to Boots was in order and I couldn't pass The Works without popping in. I picked up a few crafting supplies, and I couldn't leave that pretty bee themed writing set behind. Things are such good value in The Works. I bought some new books on their three for £5 offer, two of them have the same title but are by different authors and have totally different stories, it will be interesting to read those. We came home for a spot of lunch and then headed out to Otley, a market town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. We were going to have a walk along the river but it was still cold when we arrived so we just had a stroll around the town instead. We passed the crematorium on the way home so we took some flowers to leave at the family memorial stone we have there.
On Thursday we decided on another trip to the coast, this time Whitby. We love strolling round the little shops in the Old Town. Again, it was fairly quiet though not as quiet as we'd found Scarborough on Monday, certainly a lot less busy than it usually is in Whitby though.
In the afternoon we had a drive up the coast to Sandsend so that Archie could have a run on the beach but we hadn't checked the tide times and unfortunately, the tide was in. Actually, Sandsend was really busy. We like it there as we often have the beach to ourselves but there would have been no hope of that on Thursday, we couldn't even get a parking space. Instead, we headed back down to Scarborough where Archie got to have his paddle.
Friday, another day, another beach. We made it to Sandsend, but again, it was busy. We've noticed places getting busier as the week has worn on. Archie's grown tireder as the week's gone on too, so it was a case of an hour at Sandsend and then we drove into Whitby for some lunch and then went on to Thirsk for a mooch.
We may not have been away from home for a holiday but our staycation was wonderful. Plenty of days out and time spent together. I think Archie enjoyed it too, though he's probably enjoying the rest he's getting at home now after such a busy week.