Wednesday, 27 April 2011

And now for something completely different ……

No boat … we are in our old campervan!

Having made the monumental decision to sell our much-loved old van, we are having our ‘swan song’ tour …………. for two months!

Never before have we been able to visit well-known bird reserves at optimum times of the year due to work commitments so ……

1ST  STOP ….. BEMPTON CLIFFS in Yorkshire.

There were thousands and thousands and thousands and  ……. probably even more thousands of nesting seabirds:- guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars, puffins and gannets.  The birds were SO close.  The schools in Yorkshire are obviously still on holiday because there were hundreds and hundreds of visitors …. including young people!  Good news for the RSPB.   We ended up renewing our membership, buying/re-placing two books and getting a new pair of gloves for John ( to match his coat!!).  Such extravagance!! 

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If you’re not into birds ………………….. yawn!!!!!!  There were actually more people (mostly men) wielding expensive photographic equipment than those wielding telescopes! 

We are currently sitting in a camp site on the edge of the North York Moors.  Never again should I complain about the lack of space in a boat!  We are adjusting to being back in our van though and are really enjoying being able to access a wider range of environments.  Filey was lovely.  A typical (unspoilt) English seaside town.

Tonight we have the all-important electric hook up!  The heater is on, so are all the lights and the internet connection is in full swing!!  In the last eight years campsite fees have gone up considerably but …….. who cares?!!  We are on holiday!!!  Tomorrow we aim to visit Whitby and Staithes. 

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