Sunday, December 20, 2009

Thought for the Day

Olli and Gareth went to Whitby in North Yorkshire yesterday. Just in case you don't know it, it's a delightful old-fashioned seaside town, very scenic and with excellent fish-and-chip shops, formerly home of Captain Cook who discovered lots of far-flung places, and latterly the location of many good Goth shops.

Olli and Gareth have been there every Christmas since they met, so yesterday was their seventh Christmas visit, amazingly. I was worried about yesterday's trip because there was lots of snow on the North York Moors, but they managed to get there and back safely in spite of, as Olli put it, "a bit of Snowy Death on the way".

You can climb up lots and lots of steps to Whitby Abbey, which has wonderful views from the top, and next to it is St Mary's Church.

Inside the church there were lots of messages and prayers that people have left.

Olli texted me with his favourite, written by a small child.

To everyone in the world who has dieded. Merry Christmas.


Anonymous ruth said...

It feels like the end of A Christmas Carol.

(Tiny Tim "God bless us every one!" in case anybody didn't get the reference)

10:11 am  
Blogger Yorkshire Pudding said...

In primary school we often visited Whitby on school trips. I still have a Whitby project I had to do when I was ten. It is a unique place what with the jet shops, the wild North Sea, fossils, the whale's jawbone on the north cliff, the salmon river, Dracula references, those famous sepia photographs, the folk festival, The Magpie, the Abbey, the 199 steps, Cook's legacy, the harbour and a whole lot more. Its isolated location emphasises its uniqueness.

11:52 am  
Blogger Michael said...

Do they still have lucky ducks - or were these glass things just the tourist gew-gaw of the 70s?

12:04 pm  
Blogger Diz said...

Whitby still IS in the 70s, as far as I have heard.
Olli bought Gareth one about 6 years ago, so I'd say they're still available.

2:27 pm  
Blogger Debby said...

Love Whitby!

3:50 pm  
Anonymous Milo said...

Never been but if they do great fish and chips I'm sure to love it!

11:05 am  
Blogger rhymeswithplague said...

I would like to wish a Merry Christmas to everyone in the world who has NOT dieded.

1:39 pm  

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