After a long time longing for the sea during this landlocked lockdown, we finally managed to get there in the REALS. It was like a reverse research trip. Usually I would go to a place first to gather inspiration for a design but my paper pebbles and pebble window film were born out of a longing to get there so this was more like a celebration!
It was a spur of the moment trip, deciding to go at lunchtime on Sunday, finding a lucky late room at Raven House with a beautiful sea view and arriving at Robin Hood's Bay by teatime!
Dean had never been to Whitby, which was the place of many cherished childhood holidays for me, so we popped there for a fish and chip supper and many stories about lucky ducks, penny arcades and me and my sister with bowl cuts and deely boppers.
Seeing the seagull chicks made my day. Can you spot them?
The evening beach back at Robin Hoods Bay was so peaceful and beautifully warm. I was getting excited about the whole day of beach combing ahead!
Robin Hood's Bay is famous for it's rock pools and its fossils. I found a couple of nice ones. A fossilised fern? Or maybe seaweed?
When the tide started to go out the wonderful, bejeweled world of the rock pool was revealed.
And to the sound of the waves washing in and out, the seagulls crying, the dogs barking, the children squealing and the barnacles popping we got lost in this sparkling world.
After not leaving the valley for over a year and a half it was really refreshing to be looking up close at something completely new, finding new textures, new creatures and new things to marvel at.
We're home now with lungs full of sea air, a few perfect pebbles for the collection and lots of gorgeous moments to remember.