Sunday, August 13, 2006

Happy holidays - part 1

Well, I am back after a wonderful week in Yorkshire. We had a great holiday and did something for everyone in the family. First of all, we went to the beach (North Bay at Scarborough), which has all the essential ingredients for a traditional British beach holiday: beach huts in cheery colours:

donkey rides (here they are having a well-earned rest)

and endless potential for sandcastle architecture:

As well as days on the beach, we spent some time with steam trains (Edward and his dad are both train-mad!) and we were lucky enough to have a run with Sir Nigel Gresley on the North York Moors Railway, who was taken out of service for restoration in 2001 and made a grand return on the 5th August! This is the same class of engine as Mallard, which we saw on a trip to York Railway Museum, and which holds the world record for steam of 126mph. The engines are huge and very impressive in action.

As well as the seaside and steam engines we had some lovely walks, to Mallyan Spout waterfall near Goathland and to Falling Foss waterfall near Littlebeck:

At Falling Foss (pictured above) we were even prepared for a bit of swimming, and although the water was freezing cold, the kids had a great time.


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