For my birthday my son and his wife bought me a beautiful large scarf and also promised me a visit to Saltburn on the North East Coast. Today at lunch time he rang to ask if I would like to go this afternoon. Of course I said yes please.
It looks to be a chilly North Sea and I am sure it was although there were one or two surf boarders around (in wet suits I hasten to add).
There were hundreds of families there walking along the promenade and walking down the pier. The whole place has a real Victorian feel to it and it almost seemed incongruous to see people in up to date clothing. There were lots of children with their Christmas presents - little bikes, scooters and the like and there were lots sitting in the outdoor cafes on the side of the prom. We joined them and had a cup of coffee and a cake and watched the world go by.
Because both my daughter-in-law and I are disabled (she in a wheel chair and me with a wheelie) we went down from the car park to the prom in the cliff railway - a fascinating contraption constructed in the late nineteenth century and one of the things which gives the place its Victorian feeling. The two carriages
pass one another on the journey - one going up and the other coming down and the whole thing takes maybe about a minute. Coming down we were at the pier in no time.
There was a strong aroma of fish and chips on the pier as dozens of those sitting on the seats had cartons of fish and chips and dainty little forks with which to eat them. They smelled divine!
We didn't have long there before the sun began to go down and it began to get near to dusk so we had to set off for home, but we had had a lovely afternoon. By the time we got home we were all three hungry but nobody felt like getting any tea so after calling in at their house to feed the cat they took me home (only a mile away) and ordered a pizza each - they were jolly good. The sea air had given us an appetite! My son took Tess for an early evening walk and we settled down for a chat. Now they have gone home and it is time to get ready for bed. The sea air should send me to sleep soundly.