It was my birthday on Friday. Mick took the day off work but we didn't really make any plans, we just waited for the day to dawn and then decided what to do on the spur of the moment.
We headed off in the direction of the east coast but this time, decided to travel a little further north than we usually do to Saltburn by the Sea, a lovely seaside town which still has the olde worlde feeling about it. The main attraction here is the Victorian water balanced cliff lift, and though it's still in operation today, it wasn't in use on Friday.
It was a murky, grey day but there were still quite a few people about, I suppose they were making the most of, what will have been, the last day of the school holidays for many. Here you can see the pier. Yorkshire was once home to six piers but sadly, one by one, they've been lost to the sea and the pier at Saltburn in the last one standing.
We took a walk along the pier but only got half way, as you can see by this photo of the sea, it was quite choppy out there.
Instead, we went down onto the beach but even Archie avoided the sea on this trip, he's usually up for a paddle. He's such a good little dog, he comes on all our outings with us and never complains when we traipse him all over the place. He's getting older though now, he's eleven, and I'm mindful not to overdo things for him. Saying that, after our stroll on the beach we headed off to Whitby where the weather improved somewhat and we had a wander around the cobbled streets of the old town. It was a lovely day out and the hours zoomed by.
We were going to have a meal out in the evening but I've been suffering quite badly just lately with hayfever, something I suffered with terribly as a child, though nowadays I seem to just have sporadic flare ups. I decided that I'd rather stay at home and have a takeaway instead so Eleanor and Jacob came round after work and joined us. Daniel and Jasmine called from Essex to wish me a happy birthday.
I got lots of lovely presents, I'm always so lucky, my family and friends know just the things I'd like and they're always very generous. Maggie from BlackCountry Wench blog sent me a lovely card and this wonderful gift. The 'Sunflowers in Summer' chart is so pretty, I shall enjoy stitching that, and Maggie has been so kind to even include all the thread I need too. Not only that but I also received these three pretty notebooks , I do love my stationery. There was also a box of Toffifee but you know what it's like once the box is open, you just can't resist, or maybe that's just me. Anyway, they're all gone now but they were delicious. Thank you, Maggie, I'm thrilled to bits with this gift.
So that's me at fifty three, I do wish these years would stop whizzing by so quickly.
Still a youngster then, glad you had such a lovely birthday, xxReplyDelete
A belated happy birthday, it sounds like a good day, although sorry you have bad hayfever. Archie is such a sweetie, that's a lovely picture of him by the sea. CJ xxReplyDelete
Belated birthday wishes to you. What a shame the cliff lift wasn't working that day as that would have been a nice experience, would dogs be allowed on it? Nice you shared a takeaway meal with family and had some lovely gifts. I hope your hayfever settles down.ReplyDelete
I'm pretty sure that dogs are allowed on the cliff lift.Delete
Happy birthday, Jo. It looks like you had a fun day! 🥳ReplyDelete
Happy belated birthday Jo, sounds like you had a lovely day, regardless of the weather not being great! There are similar railways down here in the West Country, one at Lynton & Lynmouth, another at Torquay. I've not been on either, not very good with heights!ReplyDelete
Belated Happy Birthday Jo, it sounds like you had a lovely day, it's ages since I went to Saltburn it's a lovely little place. Your gifts are perfect so kind of Maggie I think I would have eaten them all too, I can't resist any kind of sweet once it's open if only we could restrict ourselves to a couple a day haha. Have a good week. xxReplyDelete
🎂🎁 Happy Birthday Jo 🎁🎂 it sounds like you've had a brilliant celebration especially with the seaside trips included. I rather like the grey beach tones in your photos.ReplyDelete
Happy belated birthday. Lovely post and pictures, even though it was a dull day. My sympathies re hayfever, which I had until my early 20's and still do still get itchy eyes occasionally.ReplyDelete
If anything the years seem to whizz by even quicker as we get older. xx
Happy belated birthday. It sounds like you had a LOVELY day.ReplyDelete
I have NEVER had allergies until this year. They've been really bad some days.
A lovely outing - and Happy Birthday! That's so sad about the piers - have they tried reinforcing/restoring them or is it no use?ReplyDelete
I really don't know. We have various piers around the country but only this one in Yorkshire.Delete
happy Birthday, looks like a lovely day. I do enjoy your trips out as we rarely venture up your way!ReplyDelete
A belated happy birthday.ReplyDelete
Many happy belated birthday wishes.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed seeing your photographs and it sounds as if you had a very nice day.
The years do seem to whizz by don't they.
It will be Christmas before we know it!
Enjoy the week ahead.
All the best Jan
Oh, Saltburn is lovely & I remember it from one of our visits. Pity it wasn't the nicest weather but your stroll round Whitby would have been great. Glad your card arrived on time & we'll catch up one day I hope. Take care, stay safe & hugs.ReplyDelete
Many Happy Returns of the Day, Jo. It sounds as if you had a really good day so I hope that bodes well for the year ahead. xReplyDelete
Happy Birthday. Your scenes are so much 1ike our Great !akes. 1ake Michigan is huge. The waters are fresh waters, and they can get rocking. Fun gifts. I have fun on my birhtday . Happy for you!ReplyDelete
happy belated birthday. Visiting somewhere different is always fun, no matter the weather. I get chronic hayfever - it's a pain in the butt currently as it's also a covid symptom. I could ahave tests every week due to it, but then that would require days off school (when not in lockdown) waiting for the result to come back... My doctor will not see me either unless i ahve a negative test to show her... sigh.ReplyDelete
Belated Birthday wishes, Jo. It sounds like you enjoyed a lovely day. I hope your hayfever settles soon. XReplyDelete
Happy Birthday for last Friday! It looks like a lovely day. I think beaches can be just as nice on a grey day as a sunny day - a grey day is a great excuse for hot salty chips!ReplyDelete
I’m the same with an open box of chocolates…
Glad you had such a splendid birthday. Time does whizz past, but remember its not the years in your life, but the life in your years. Sounds like you're doing just fine. Jean. xReplyDelete
What a lovely birthday, and such sweet gifts. All the very best, and here's to the years stopping whizzing by.xxxReplyDelete
Belated Happy Birthday - It was my birthday last Friday as well and we are the same age! I also spent the day at the beach but we had a bit better weather - started overcast but the sun did break through lunchtime xReplyDelete
A belated happy birthday to you too, fancy us being born on exactly the same day. Yes, it was the same in Yorkshire, it was a lovely afternoon in the end after a murky start.Delete
Belated happy birthday! I enjoyed your day away pictures very much. There's nothing like sea air to blow out the cobwebs and renew the soul.💖ReplyDelete
Hope you are feeling better now Jo and you still managed to have a lovely day. So glad you liked the birthday goodies 😉ReplyDelete
Belated birthday wishes, sounds like you had a lovely time xcxReplyDelete