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All Aboard the Yorkshire Belle

Yesterday I went on the RSPB Puffin and Gannet Seabird Cruise, and it was one of the most wonderful things ever. I loved every moment of it. My trusty camera was not really up to the job of capturing amazing pictures, sadly not one of a puffin, in the end I just concentrated on enjoying every second of the three-hour trip. Who knew three hours could pass so fast? There was quite a wind blowing so we couldn’t get right up close to the cliffs, and the waves were really quite something, so glad my Kwells did the trick and I felt fine throughout. Anyway let’s get going.

Leaving the harbour- I was very POSH (Port out, Starboard home)

Leaving Bridlington

and out towards Flamborough Head.

I was greatly indebted to the lady sat next to me who helped me get my eye in and see what was what- here Guillemots and Razor bills.

Going round the lighthouse and fog station.

and onto Bempton Cliffs- see the idiot in the jet sky going far too close and creating a disturbance.

those be Gannets above, I think- 6 foot wing span, imagine!

and look carefully to see nesting birds on those incredible cliffs.

Returning now- the blob on the beach is apparently an old ships boiler from one of the many wrecks off the cliffs.

And that really is the best of my pictures on what was a truly amazing experience.

I certainly recommend the trip, organisation was efficient, RSPB volunteers amazingly knowledgeable, gave a brilliant commentary, made sure everyone saw puffins. I saw most on the return leg , but no time to see and click, seeing was great. Other passengers really nice helpful people too.

Wouldn’t recommend it for a child who wasn’t passionate about birds, three hours sitting still is not for children in my opinion. Worth every penny, and I would certainly go again.

My big Go Wild adventure lived up to everything I hoped for.

Birds spotted were, Puffin, Kittiwake, Gannet- ( Their yellow head meant even I could spot them), Guillemot, Razorbill, Fulmar and Shag.


Knit and Natter Friday!

This has been such a busy month for us with one thing and another. Far too much time spent on hospital appointments, garages and dentists, but these things have to be done. The TV was safely delivered last Saturday, it does seem enormous to me and it is still a novelty to push the on button and a picture comes up straightaway. The last one was taking ten goes to get it to start, and it wasn’t a faulty remote control in case you were wondering.

I was able to spend the last hour in the Kirkbymoorside Repair cafe. I gather it had been a very slow day for everyone, which was just as well as not many repairers had been able to attend. A lady from a nearby town had visited having heard of the venture and is very keen to set up one in her community, so that was a big positive for everyone.

I have finished sewing in the ends and adding a black border on the crochet blanket which is to be a raffle prize for the cafe.

I was thrilled that so many people could see the dragon emerging from my knitting last week. I am still working on the same wing, so not much to show this week. I have been able to do some more crochet on the Attic 24 weekend bag, which look bigger now I have done more, but I can’t help feeling there is going to be an awful lot of leftover yarn.

Hoping that when I sew in the ends I can get rid of the joins which look awful to my mind. The instructions said to join on alternative sides and in a different place each time to avoid a seam. I think I would rather have a seam than a mess. Must be me and my poor crochet skills!

So we are at the end of a month and I am quite surprised that I have managed to go a whole month and not buy a scrap of yarn, or a book or fabric. Nothing, zilch in the craft buying department, not even a button or a piece of tape or even glue. Have I turned over a new leaf? I doubt it!!

I am hoping that February will be a quieter month and so have more crafting time. What about the weekend, do you have anything exciting lined up, was January filled with craftiness? How is your stash?

This weekend for me, tomorrow is Holocaust Memorial Day and I am participating in an event in the library, I shall be doing a couple of readings. Sunday is the day I shall do my bird count for the RSPB. According to the pet shop where I get my bird food people have been buying lots of bird food this week in anticipation. We shall have the fattest sparrows and pigeons you ever did see I reckon. Still very good that so many people want to join in and care for our feathered friends.

So over to you now, please join in with the natter wherever you like in the comments. The natter is what makes these Friday posts.

Be Happy,



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