We have been to Whitby on the north-east coast for a lovely catch-up with my brother and sister-in-law. My, but it was chilly, autumn has definitely arrived. (But we warmed up nicely with a plate of fish and chips and mushy peas!) The derelict abbey dominates the town
and has long been a favoured subject for artists. These small watercolours were extremely popular in the Victorian era.
There's lots to see from our relatives' windows; the abbey, of course,
and the steam train coming and going, billowing smoke and hooting, cormorants fishing from the mooring posts or spreading their wings to dry.
These cheerful heads of autumn chrysanthemums were for sale in the local flower shop
but there was little colour to be found elsewhere
and quite a swell outside the harbour walls.
Captain Cook was keeping an eye on the weather, with help from a seagull!
Several famous people have links with Whitby.
Bram Stoker wrote 'Dracula' while staying in the hotel seen on the left of the horizon
and in a few weeks the town will be full of people dressed for halloween.
Back home in time for Friday Skywatch.