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.
The weather has been beautiful and good to know you've been out and about with lovely beach walks with Archie. I will pop into The Works to see if I can buy the bee stationery set as I am fond of bees and that set looks really nice. Archie's recharging his batteries for more seaside visits :)ReplyDelete
Did you visit the walled garden in Helmsley - it's dog friendly/ReplyDelete
We didn't, the walled garden is closed on Tuesdays.Delete
It's great to have time to visit local places, normally holidays include airports, with all the stress, we hope maybe later in the year to do another city break here in UK, still so many cities we would love to see.ReplyDelete
It sounds like a lovely week Jo, those baby lambs are so cute! poor Archie must be worn out haha but I bet he enjoyed all the seaside air. Once there's just a bit of sunshine the beach front is usually heaving in my tiny town. I do love the Works you're right there are so many bargains to be had, the books are great value at that price. Have a great week. xReplyDelete
Sounds like a really grand week. I'm busy doing a little decorating this week, but I'm hoping for a wee seaside trip before I go back to work on the 20th. Sunshine and sea, you can't beat it. Jean xReplyDelete
Wonderful that the weather was kind to you for your little break, I´m sure it lifted the spirits. Sounds like some good bargains were to be had xcxReplyDelete
Sounds like a fabulous staycation!ReplyDelete
Your staycation was busy! Aren't you fortunate to have all those beaches so close! I loved the lambs, those colors. And doing a bit of shopping always lifts my spirits. Your beach communities interest me also because they are so different from ours here in Maine. Of course Archie is the star...so cute. I hope this comment makes it through your security because I want to thank you for your visits and comments to my blog. I always look forward to them.💖ReplyDelete
Glad to see that you had such a good week weather-wise and clearly made the the most of it. xxReplyDelete
You've visited some wonderful places during your staycation and the weather's been great too. You'll be feeling revitalised and ready to go!ReplyDelete
Lovely Jo, but it's left me feeling somewhat teary & longing to visit all our favourite haunts & see our family & friends again. One day again I hope & thanks for the photos of places we know & love. Take care & huggles.ReplyDelete
You certainly made the most of the lovely weather with your trips to different places. I love the lambs and the photos of Archie :)ReplyDelete
It all just sounds absolutely wonderful. I long for a few days doing just this kind of thing. xReplyDelete
You certainly did well with the weather, and what a great week.ReplyDelete
Your day trips/visits sound just right, and your photographs are lovely.
All the best Jan
Sounds like the perfect staycation to me - esp. with all those beach trips. I would stroll the beach every single day, if we had one close by.ReplyDelete
Well you certainly made up for not seeing the sea for a year. How lovely all these places are. Your purchases are interesting too, isn't it great non essential shops are open again. Archie certainly looks happy, a fantastic staycation.xxxReplyDelete
It sounds like you really made the most of your week and you managed to visit some lovely places. A trip to Sandsend is always a pleasure. XReplyDelete
A great week! I'll be humming Scarborough Fair for the rest of day.ReplyDelete
Looks like you had a lovely outing. Good finds during your shopping spree. I've never seen sheep that looked spotted before. Nice to get out and explore after a year of Covid and being unable to get out.ReplyDelete