Monday, 15 April 2013

A Nice Day Out......

Last Friday we booked a day trip to Whitby,  on the Yorkshire Coast.    Whitby's skyline is dominated by the ruins of St. Hilda's Abbey, high on Whitby's East Cliff.      Whitby is a maze of alleyways and narrow streets running down to the busy quayside and from the old town of Whitby 199 steps lead up to the parish church of St. Mary, whose churchyeard on Whitby's East Cliff gave Bram Stoker the inspiration to write the world famous book, Dracula.  

We didn't visit the Abbey as we've seen it before and the purpose of this visit wasn't to take in the sights it was to meet up with a fellow blogger the lovely Denise (Mrs. Nesbitt's Space). 

Denise and I have been trying to arrange a meet-up for quite and while, so when I saw that a local coach company were running a day trip to Whitby (Denise lives nearby) I couldn't resist asking if she could meet up for lunch.   We have been blog friends for a long time and friends on Facebook and have spoken on the phone a few times but never actually met.

The weather was miserable, drizzly and foggy but it was great to finally meet up with Denise.  MWM and I were hoping to meet John, Denise's hubby, but unfortunately he was working.    Denise took us to the best Fish & Chip restaurant in Whitby, where we sampled their best battered cod, chips and mushy peas, washed down with a lovely pot of tea.   Denise had brought me a gift

six freshly laid eggs from her gals and had even drawn on each one the name of the chicken that had laid them!

After lunch we went to the railway station, part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which operates steam trains along an 18 mile line between the market town of Pickering and the village of Grosmont, through the heart of the North York Moors National Park, and also operate trains to Whitby on certain days of the year.

You know MWM loves steam trains and of course he had checked before we left home to find out if any steam trains were running to Whitby that day - they were.

Denise and I waited in the station cafe, with a warming cup of tea, whilst MWM took his photographs of the steam engines, then when he'd finished we ambled round the alleyways looking in the quaint shops and markets, catching up on what we'd been doing and where we had been.  

We decided to retire to a lovely little pub, where they sold real ale and had a real coal fire, for a couple of drinks before it was time to meet the coach for our journey home.

We had lots of laughs with Denise and had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, but all too soon it was time to say our goodbyes.   We are hoping Denise and John will come over to see us soon so we can treat them to some Lancashire hospitality.

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Ron said...

You had me smiling through this post because I could feel the joy in meeting up with your blogging friend. Isn't it the most wonderful experience to meet people who you've been blogging with for so long?

And I am eagerly anticipating the day when you and I meet. Hopefully one day when you visit NYC, I'll be able to meet up with you and MWM!

", whose churchyeard on Whitby's East Cliff gave Bram Stoker the inspiration to write the world famous book, Dracula."

Now that was VERY interesting to me because I'm such a HUGE Bram Stoker, Dracula, fan!

Great photos! I especially enjoyed the ones of the train.

Thanks so much for sharing your day, m'dear. Enjoyed it!


MorningAJ said...

I love Whitby. I wonder which chip shop was deemed 'best' though. Everyone has their own opinion on that question. :)

Akelamalu said...

It was so much fun meeting up with a fellow blogger Ron and I would dearly love to meet you too. Hopefully we will be coming to NYC next year and maybe we can make that a reality. Glad you enjoyed the photos.

Ah yes AJ everyone does have their own opinion on the best chip shop. I can confirm that the fish and chips we had were extremely good so I take Denise's word for it that they were the best in Whitby. ;)

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

what a cozy looking pub to meet a friend! good for you two!

smiles, bee

Finding Pam said...

You find the most interesting trips and pubs. How nice to meet a blogging buddy.

Banker Chick said...

What a delightful day for you and MWM. Wonderful pictures, I think I will wander over to Mrs Nesbitt's Space to see what is going on. I have followed a few of your favorites.

Beach Bum said...

I've never met any of my blogging friends. A few live in my area and I've been thinking about trying to arrange something.

That pub looked awesome, wish something like it was in the town I live. What we have is a little too redneck for me.

Valerie said...

*Waving to Denise in case she's looking in*

How marvellous to have a day out together and especially in Whitby. Hope you enjoyed the eggs from the girls; fresh eggs taste so much better, so I'm told.

Akelamalu said...

It was very cozy Bee and great to meet up with Denise.

I wish I could meet more blog buddies Pam :)

It was a great day BankerChick. I think you will like Denise's blog. :)

It would be great if you could all get together Beach, it's nice to meet fellow bloggers. We have LOADS of pubs like that one, all over the country - you'd love them.

It was a good day Valerie and the eggs were just beautiful - great big yellow yolks and a lovely taste - so much better than supermarket eggs.

Maggie May said...

Oh, how lovely to meet up with Denise.
In the days before I *knew* her, I visited Whitby! We were staying in Scarborough.
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Akelamalu said...

Oh what a shame you didn't know Denise when you visited Whitby Maggie! I've been to Scarborough a few times.

Flowerpot said...

and I just love those eggs!

Daryl said...

oh i love blogger meeting posts ...

Akelamalu said...

The eggs were delicious Flowerpot!

It was great to meet up with a fellow blogger Daryl, I'm hoping we can meet up when I come to NYC. x

Secret Agent Woman said...

I love that your friend labeled the eggs with the name of their producer!

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Akelamalu said...

I know SAW, I loved it too.

tony said...

Its really nice (if a bit scary!) to meet fellow bloggers "in the flesh"! And what a lovely place! Whitby must have the best Fish&Chips in The World!

Akelamalu said...

Yes it is nice to meet internet friends after 'knowing' them for so long Tony. Whitby does have the best fish and chips in the world for sure!

Sifat Anonta said...

I think your opinions are reasonable.I totally understand what your stance in this issue.
It’s very well written... :)

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Travis Cody said...

That looks like a neat place to sit and have a drink and conversation.