Jan 052016
 
2015 - a stay at home year

Despite having over a dozen overseas places on my ‘must visit’ list, 2015 was a year in which I stayed on these shores, unless you count the Channel Islands as abroad. Although outside of the United Kingdom, I don’t regard our annual holiday in Herm as a trip overseas. Holidays Apart from a day trip to Llandudno in April, my first holiday was a repeat trip to the Outer Hebrides, this time on an organised rail and coach trip. The last time I was in the Hebrides, Sandra and I flew there and drove the length of the Isles from Barra to Stornaway. [Read more]

Sep 162014
 
Caravanning at Kilnsea - so how was it?

At the end of July, I wrote about our plans to visit Kilnsea, staying in a caravan for the first time in 25 years (read the article here). As regular visitors to the village, we have stayed in several places in the locality, but we haven’t returned to the Sandy Beaches Holiday Village since the kids were toddlers. We, that’s my wife Sandra and I, decided that we would spend a few days at the caravan park at a time of the year when the tides were high, this happened to be August 11th to 15th. The tides were high [Read more]

Jul 312014
 
Caravanning at Kilnsea

Ever since I learned to drive, over 30 years ago, I have visited Kilnsea and Spurn Point at the mouth of the River Humber. This is a wild and windswept part of the North Sea coastline prone to coastal erosion and flooding. Spurn Point and the peninsula is a three-mile spit of sand extending out into the Humber estuary formed by the sea depositing sand eroded from the clay cliffs to the north. The peninsula is constantly moving, but sea defences built around the first World War have prevented the natural movement of sand from taking place. These defences have now [Read more]

Dec 192013
 
Spurn - after the surge.

Spurn is a long, narrow finger of sand stretching out into the Humber Estuary from the rapidly eroding Holderness coastline. Spurn is a unique, and beautiful. place, a concoction of beach, mudflats, salt marsh, sand dunes, grasslands and lagoons. Spurn was formed from sediment washed down the coast as the clay cliffs of the Holderness coastline were washed away. Spurn is dynamic, always changing and always interesting, but no-one could have foreseen the changes that occurred on December 5th and 6th 2013 when a tidal surge swamped the peninsula, and the nearby village of Kilnsea. Thousands of pounds worth of [Read more]

Jan 312013
 
60 years on ...

I was born 60 years ago today in my grandparent’s small, two-up, two-down Victorian terrace on Albert Street, Eastwood. The house was part of a block with Scargill Street, Victoria Street and Princes Street forming the other sides to the ‘square’, as it was called. The house was demolished years ago, but I can still remember the tin bath hanging outside, the ‘copper’, also outside, which was the only way of heating water for the house, and the black iron kitchen ‘range’, which was the source of heating for the house and was where all the food was cooked. There [Read more]

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