We’ve been staying in Market Weighton for a little over a week now. I was born and grew up here and so when I come home I have always felt like a hobbit returning to the ‘Shire’ (or a womble returning to Wimbledon!) but as time passes, I find myself being regarded as the foreigner in the pub and Yorkshire life seems more bizarre to me; I had a chuckle at this when I asked my mum why the fire-truck was parked in a residential front yard. She simply replied, well that’s where the fireman lives (apparently fire trucks can be used as commuter vehicles here).
I wouldn’t be British if I didn’t make some comment on the weather, which has been really cold. Even though it’s summer next week, we’ve raided mum and dad’s wardrobe for jumpers and jackets. I could have quite honestly worn a hat, scarf and gloves as well, if it hadn’t looked so stupid!
So, what have we been doing? We have taken day trips to York, Hull, Beverley and Bridlington for a potter around the shops. On such jaunts it is obligatory to visit a tea room or coffee shop. You are also obliged to order a bun or a scone that is fresh out of the oven. I’m trying to increase my running to account for these extra calories.
Jason and Dad were invited to join a friend to a cricket match between Yorkshire and Lancashire. This is an old rivalry called the war of the roses (Yorkshire being represented by the white rose and Lancashire a red rose). Dad introduced Jason to a cricket legend, Dickie Bird who is well known for his time playing for the Yorkshire Cricket Club but better known for his umpiring.
It is school holidays here this week and it appears that we joined the children of York on a trip to the National Railway Museum. Here we are standing in front of the Mallard, which is the worlds fastest steam locomotive. The museum was really busy and so after taking in the main attractions, we soon found ourselves making our way to the nearest pub for a pint (this made me feel less like a teacher on a school trip!)
We also had a family trip out to Whitby, which is where Captain Cook started his apprenticeship as a sailor before setting sail to chart the waters of New Zealand and Australia. Whitby Abbey (at the top of the hill) is also the setting that inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula!
This was a lovely day trip. We enjoyed ambling around the streets and climbing up to the abbey, before nourishing ourselves on some scampi and chips and visiting the Captain Cook Museum for a bit of education. As always we stopped for tea and cake on the way home.
We have another week in yorkshire next week before flying to Prague.