Sometimes we work too hard and forget to make the most of our weekends, so last weekend that is just what we did! Originally we wanted to find somewhere doggy friendly and take Lily and Lola along with us but as Lily has just had an operation on her leg and they've both had a scale, polish and several teeth removed we thought they would have a much better time with my mum and dad, away from the hot weather and walking!
After trawling the internet for somewhere to go and not having much luck I finally found somewhere after looking on Air BnB. We booked a tiny little cottage which was built in the 1790s in the village of Castleton which meant we could spend a day in Whitby and a day on the North Yorkshire Moors.
Whitby was great! I thought I had visited before as a child but neither of us recognised anything so I guess it was our first visit. We walked up and down the pier, took the 199 steps up to the Abbey where we saw snippets of a Dracula play over the wall (we had just missed it, damn!) and walked up to the whale bones to take in the view.
Of course we had to have fish and chips for lunch so we stopped at the Magpie Cafe which was packed even though it had only been open 10 minutes. Luckily they had one table left so we were in! I went for a pot of decaf tea, small cod and chips with a side of bread and butter. Jonathan went for an ale, a large haddock and chips. The fish was such good quality, so white and flaky, and my small size was just right for me.
After fish and chips we had room for something sweet (of course) and found the Teare Wood's ice cream parlour which I was keeping a beady out for after seeing the reviews on Trip Advisor. This is where I made a mistake of epic proportions. They had so many yummy flavours that I panicked and went for mint choc chip which I could have any time. Jonathan got raspberry pavlova and kindly gave me a taste and it was bloody beautiful! I definitely should have tried lemon meringue or pannacotta. Damn it! Anyway the ice cream was beautiful and the man who served us was so friendly. Check it out if you visit.
After a stint on the 2p machines desperately trying to win some Lego for Jonathan (it was never going to happen) we walked round the shops, popping in to look at quirky house stuff and organic smellies, before popping into a fudge shop and devouring a bag of chocolate orange fudge.
After a trip to the art gallery we headed back to the car and drove to our cottage for the evening.