Friday 10 October 2014


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.

 They were painted by George Weatherall who worked in the Whitby bank. He was so successful that he eventually gave up the day job to concentrate on selling his paintings!
There are no large sailing boats in the harbour now and not so many smoking chimneys, but not a great deal else has changed.
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.
We drove home across the moors on a much sunnier day, stopping at Horkum Dyke to enjoy the view.
Back home in time for Friday Skywatch.


  1. You take beautiful, interesting photos, Rosemary and that view from your relatives window is magnificent.

    1. Thank you for the compliment, Maybe. I have been known to wave from the window at the tourists as they travel up river in the old lifeboat - they wave back!

  2. I know I keep saying "lovely" or something to that effect, but I mean it. Thanks for the tidbit about Captain Cook and Bram Stoker!

    1. I'm rather fond of Captain Cook. He was born and brought up in a small inland village. Quite amazing to think where he traveled from there.

  3. That's a really beautiful harbour, and I like all the history associated with the area!

    1. As usual on a Friday I've been over to look at your photos. They look so exotic to my English eyes and Whitby now seems greyer than ever - but to compensate it is crammed full of history! I wonder what it would look like with your camera eye if you were to visit here.

  4. Whitby is one of those places that looks wonderful no matter what the weather..Great photos.

  5. Oh, how I love your photos Rosemary and it's lovely to see Whitby through your eyes. And I'm glad you had a nice stay with your brother and sister-in-law.

    Take care Rosemary and have a great Monday.


  6. How absolutely beautiful. Such a nice little voyage away from my local California neighborhood. Thank you!

  7. I love the photo of the moors, such peaceful subtle colors, and your photos of the sea.

    Those were some interesting door knockers. I liked the dragonfly, but the other one was a bit Halloween-y, but still interesting.

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