Yorkshire coastal highlights

For those who enjoyed the post about Bempton cliffs, here’s a few more images of the wonderful North Yorkshire coastline. Whitby is famous for the Abbey of the wonderful St.Hild on the skyline, fish (their smoked fish is fantastic!), fossils and jet jewellery.

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And not forgetting that Whitby hosts both a summer Folk Festival and a Goth festival in November for the Dracula fans. There was child’s drawing signed “Bram” in the house we rented and a collective shudder when we spotted it. Go to Staithes, a tiny village at the bottom of a steep hill to the sea (last picture) now home of children’s TV programme Sailor Jack or to other charming villages on the coast like Robin Hood’s Bay and Runswick Bay. And spoil yourself with a superb crab sandwich at the beach cafe in Sandsend. We always do !)

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X-ray Specs and band leader Poly Styrene

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I still have X-rays Spec’s album from the late 70’s “Germ Free Adolescents.” Poly was a witty, punk, proto eco-warrior who sang about the damage chemicals and plastics were doing and also very memorably, screamed about “Identity”. A classic.

Knitted Graffiti – Yarn Bombs

Stunning examples of women’s textile sculpture and peace activism! Thank you Frizztext for sending me the link.

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More and more we can find in our urban jungles a female movement called “yarn bombing” — a graffiti version that uses yarn / wool: standing sculptures and moving cars, standing lamps and moving bicycles now have a new outfit: dressing objects with a glimpse of warm, female humor some women are acting vs. a cold world. The following 6 photos below were kindly sent to my group BLOG IT. Click on the pictures to enter the various galleries of the different photographers at Flickr.com:
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2010 Wide Open Space tree
title=”2010 Wide Open Space tree” by Schonkala
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Soho Boho Tricot
title=”Soho Boho Tricot” by marineavoile
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happy new year
title=”happy new year” by blick.kontakt – fotoristin
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Knit graffiti
title=”Knit graffiti” by Queenie & the Dew
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knit-up - 25
title=”knit-up – 25″ by joy-art
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title=”Untitled” by amolho4
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title=”Untitled” by amolho4
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related:
http://blog.flickr.net/2013/02/06/yarn-bombsphotos-of-guerrilla-knitting/
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http://www.queenieandthedew.com/2011/10/yarn-bombing-knit-graffiti-movement.html#.URIg8qXhqlc
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http://designtaxi.com/news/355681/Colorful-Knitted-Graffiti-Art-Brightens-Up-London-Streets/
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http://spinsandneedles.com/stuff/2010/03/21/knit-graffiti-as-advertising-in-montreal/
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/yahooeditorspicks/galleries/72157629016639089/
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tank, knitted, Dresden:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/9864659/Pictures-of-the-day-12-February-2013.html?frame=2478106

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Wool Against Weapons

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It’s not too late to start, I’m only half way through crocheting my 100cm x 60com rectangle ( above) of pink wool to send to to WAW. My effort and anything you send will be included in the 7miles of work that will stretch from the Womens Peace Camp at Aldermaston to Burghfield Nuclear Weapons Establishment in Berkshire, England. We are protesting the planned replacement of Trident nuclear submarines during this recession or ever.
Check out more details at www.woolagainstweapons.co.uk or on their page on Facebook.
Women (and some men) from all over the world are sending knitting to the organisers of this protest. It’s a good buzz.

VW Van – the picnic bus

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All spring we‘ve been poring over maps of Europe and planning grand trips through France, Italy and Scandinavia. But what we’ve actually used the van for is picnics.

Family gatherings in parks and days out birdwatching, flower watching or visiting exhibitions. And very useful it is too.

We’ve improved the facilities slightly by getting rid of the horrible fake wood on the units and painting them pale lemon, getting a cooker built in and buying a kettle. The novelty of heating water for tea in a saucepan soon wears off!

Instead of trying to store cups, forks, plates etc neatly, I’ve just put them all in the picnic rucksack. Folding chairs and tables are under the seat if we need them but as it’s rained a lot we often we just eat in the van, cosy as you like.

Another very useful thing about campervans is that when you get stuck in tea time traffic as we did when we were coming back from Bempton, you can get off the road and have something to eat. There was a leafy layby about an hour into our homeward journey so we Ieft the road and I put together, rather than cooked, a simple meal. The high top allows you to stand upright while you’re working and I really enjoyed myself in the little kitchen in the trees, the green was very restful.

Pasta with sardines and beetroot (for 2)

Enough pasta for 2 people

A tin of sardines (these were in spring water}

A few slices of red onion (diced)

A medium plain cooked beetroot (diced)

Juice of half a lime

A little extra virgin olive oil

Black pepper

While the pasta is boiling, mash the sardines in a large plastic bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Drain the pasta and mix everything together then divide onto two plates. Naturally it does end up a bit pink which doesn’t appeal to everybody, but it’s delicious!

Unbelievable Bempton

ImageBempton Cliffs is a nature reserve run by the RSPB on the Yorkshire coast. It’s famous for it’s seabird nesting colonies of gannets, kittiwakes, fulmers, razorbills, guillemots and PUFFINS! The numbers are spectacular, 30,000 gannets alone.

The puffin population is much smaller but so rewarding! I saw about 10 or so puffins on the cliffs and some others flying, which is comical.They very sensibly nest in burrows in the cliffs so they are less visible but with patience and good weather you will see them.

A wonderful sight to behold, Bempton Cliffs are also a fantastic seabird education. With a pair of good binoculars, you can quickly begin to distinguish the species from one another. You can only see all this from April to July when the birds go back to sea, so go soon. It’s the sort of thing people would put on a bucket list if only they knew about it 🙂

Image and text copyright S.Roberts 2014