Last week we did something we haven't done for over 2 years-we went camping! We only have a small 4 man tent now, since we sold our big 8 man Outwell tent a couple of years ago. We had a couple of big camping holidays when the peeps were younger but its not as easy to go a) away with teenagers electricity-free camping or b) be away from the business for too long. So we settled for two nights camping at the seaside, we live nearly a 2 hour drive away from the coast so we don't really go that often. Which is a shame as I love the sea.
We stayed at a quiet campsite about 20 minutes drive from Scarborough, its a lovely place and one which we have been visiting as a family for many years. It was Piper's first holiday back in September 2001, when she was 9 months old, Bailey 3 years old and me early on in my pregnancy with Cordelia. We actually spent two weeks in a holiday apartment near the castle and although it was before had a car we visited all the little towns up and down this bit of coast on the bus /train. Was a lovely two weeks and I remember it fondly.
It was very hot when we arrived, Hubby managed to smash the wing mirror into the side of the cliff he was parking against, it was actually quite funny. He's been driving for 4 years next month and apart from one incident in a very tight car park in Lourdes he's had no mishaps in 4 years! After we got parked and walked right up into the town centre-its a very steep place-and bought everyone drinks we had a walk around to the North beach.
The view of the castle, looks very dramatic up there n the cliff:
This statue of local miner Freddie Gilroy has quite a sad story, it was only supposed to be a temporary installation here but a local resident purchased it and so everyone still gets to enjoy it. Info taken from the Discover Yorkshire Coast site
'Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers' is a giant steel structure made by Ray Lonsdale an artist fabricator and sculptor and is now on permanent display thanks to the generosity of a local Scarborough resident. The sculpture is based on a retired miner Ray became friends with who turned out to also be one of the first soldiers to relieve the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the end of World War II. This piece of art is not just about Freddie Gilroy but represents all the normal people that were pulled out of an ordinary life and forced into a very extraordinary and dangerous one during the World Wars. Ray Lonsdale sculptor from County Durham said: "Scarborough is a unique town and I am pleased that my 'Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers' will be on show there for residents and visitors alike to look at and enjoy. This piece is almost a war memorial as it depicts the lives of all those who suffered during the World Wars". "I hope that people get enjoyment from my sculptures but also reflect on the sensitivity and emotion which I have tried to convey through my work."
Cordelia thought it was very cool.
Beautiful views on the beach at Scarborough North Bay
So nice to dip your toes in the cool sea..
Paddling with Dad :D
Best photo of Loki EVER!
The perfect weather for playing in the sea with Dad
The view from Cayton Bay looking towards Scarborough
Beautiful Cayton Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches, felt like we could be somewhere much more exotic than North Yorkshire to be honest!
Bridlington Harbour, Piper found a statue that resonated with her, since the lady was sewing/knitting!
Ice cream time!
Loki liked burying himself in the sand to keep cool-Ruben thought it might be fun to bury him and he actually let him haha!
Beautiful Peasholm Park-great for Pokemon Go time and eating chips :)
We had a nice couple of days, although have to admit to not being that fond of camping. Didn't sleep much at all, especially the second night due to high winds and hubby being repeatedly woken up by being hit in the face with the tent, albeit gently, but still annoying! The girls had a huge row in the showers Tuesday morning and Ruben had a bit of a meltdown in the showers too the same morning. Meaning our first camping morning was super stressful. It always takes a while for the kids to come around when we are away, its like they have to remember how to behave without the lifeline that is being online. I find that quite hard as a parent. I really wish they could be offline more, in fact, I wish we all could. By the time we had arrived for the beach the argument had blown over and everyone had calmed down (headphones in, spotify on!) I love spending time with them away from distractions and we had some wonderful moments in between some not-so-wonderful moments (life isn't perfect, we're not perfect parents, we don't have perfect children). Like watching them play with their puppy in the sea, watching Ruben and Cordelia swim and play with their dad in the sea, watching Piper sit so peaceful and take everything in around her. I wish we could have stayed away from home a bit longer but we are just too busy at the moment with work. I've pencilled in a full two week break later in the year and I'm really hoping we get to escape somewhere with limited internet so we can all have a break and enjoy each others company.