We booked ourselves into the Travelodge in Scarborough for Halloween night. We stay here quite a lot, especially in the Autumn/Winter. It is only a 30 minute drive from the caravan taking a lovely scenic route along the coast. It's normally around £70 for a double room (without breakfast) but they have some fabulous offers and we've stayed in the past for as little £10! We can usually find a room for under £40 which I still think is reasonable for a seaside town. Last night we paid £24, what a bargain. The rooms are very basic, but they are clean, modern, comfy and warm. We don't stay in the hotel much so that is all we need. We had a seaview this time too and we even had our own seagull!
Once we'd checked in, we headed down to the seafront for a lovely long (hilly!) walk. It was another beautiful, bright Autumn day, not too cold. We sat on a bench on the sea front and shared a bag of chips. It was still fairly busy, lots of families with kids dressed up for Halloween. MrFuzz had a go at winning a soft toy, without any luck. It was a bit cold for an ice cream though so instead we trotted back up another steep hill and found a cosy coffee shop for a cappucino.
Later, we headed back to the hotel for a quick change before a walk around Scarborough for a few drinks and a bite to eat. There was a lot happening with it being Halloween and also a University town. Students do love Halloween.
It didn't end up being too late a night :) so I was up in time to see the beautiful sunrise. Not bad for November 1st. Can't wait until the next time.
Hello Again :) At last I am back in the blogging world having taken the plunge and replaced my very old, broken laptop. The new laptop came with Windows 8 which I am finding rather difficult to fathom!
This week we are at the caravan for October half term and I have decided to get ahead and start my Christmas shopping. Today we took a scenic drive to York over the beautiful (but very hilly) Yorkshire Wolds.
MrFuzz may or may not be getting these in his Christmas stocking. I do like a bit of silliness at Christmas.
I did quite well and have managed to pick up over half my presents. I am going to have a look for more in Scarborough tomorrow, along with some cards and gift wrap.
Ended the trip with a bit of a treat - Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte - Yum :)
Just popping in to say a quick hello. My glee of having internet at the caravan was short lived! My laptop has given up on me. I did try blogging with the ipad but it doesn't like typepad for some reason so I had to abandon that idea. I am getting a new laptop and hopefully be up and running shortly. I have some lovely seaside photos to share & lots of catch up reading my favourite blogs. All this is such bad timing - I am back at work full time tomorrow after 6 glorious weeks off. BOOOOO!!
Here I am in our little caravan by the sea, actually blogging. It's only taken them 6 years to sort some internet signal out here in Skipsea. I had to change networks when I heard that this one was possibly going to provide some coverage. I anxiously waited and...yes there it was, the little 3G sign. It's a bit hit and miss but a huge improvement so I am very happy. I am a bit of a social media addict :)
August is the best month for our Days By The Sea. We really, really love them :) I am praying that they go very slowly!
:: fruit platter - nice healthy start to the day ::
I like to get up early and take my cup of tea outside. I've always thought that early mornings at the coast are the best time of day. We had a caravan when I was growing up. One of the things I remember is getting up early and walking to the little seafront shop with my dad and brother for a pint of milk and a newspaper. I still do this some mornings but the little seafront shop now sells freshly baked crossiants, pain au chocolat etc and the smell when you walk in is sooooo good. But not so good when you are trying to be healthy. I do have a little treat now and again.
I love the 6 weeks summer holidays. We spend it going back and forth to the caravan and it is such a pleasure to be at the coast. We are enjoying some actual summer weather for once here in the UK and it is lovely spending so much time outdoors. We do a lot of cliff top and beach walking, breathing in the fresh sea air. Then stopping for a pub or picnic lunch because as everyone knows, the sea air makes you hungry!
Do you think there is enough tuna on this sandwich?
Salmon salad, lovely pub lunch
We were expecting some bad weather, everyday the forecast said rain but it didn't and remained gloriously sunny & warm. We only had one thunder storm in the early evening but luckily we were back in the caravan preparing tea when this happened. (I say lucky but if you've ever been in a caravan during a thunder storm you will know how bloomin' scary it is!)
It was soon over and the next morning we were back to sitting outside for an early breakfast.
We are back home now for a few days while Mr Fuzz goes into work and I tackle the mountain of washing, ironing and cleaning that needs to be done. It's a small price to pay :)
I have just ordered a new dongle so I live in hope that I may even be able to get some actual signal and use the internet at the caravan. I do miss it!
Well it is sweltering hot here in the UK. I am not complaining though I love the sun. It is making my days at work difficult, we don't have air con. I've only got 3 more days to work before the 6 week summer holiday though so I think I can cope :)
I am doing good on my healthy eating plan, well it is so much easier in this weather. Lots of big salads with BBQ chicken and plenty of fruit straight from the fridge. I lost 11 pounds during the first 18 days which I am very happy with. I always find the summer holidays difficult as we spend a lot of time at the caravan. A lot of our days revolve around food and drink, but I can make healthy choices if i really want to and we do a lot of walking and swimming. I would usually gain a bit of weight each year but this year I've set another goal of 10 pounds off instead of the usual gain.
Last Friday we were lucky enough to see The Script at Bridlington Spa. What a fantastic night. I love this band and have wanted to see them for ages. I managed to see Danny O'Donoghue in the corrider after the gig, phoarrrr he's gorgeous close up!
At last we are having some sunshine in England....hurrah! I have quickly done my house work and intend on going to the park for a walk soon. This afternoon some pottering in the garden would be nice. I wish I was at the caravan this weekend, it is lovely to be beside the sea when the sun is shining. Mrfuzz has to work though (poor him!) so no seaside for me this weekend.
Weight Watchers bagel with melted edam and tomato plus melon & yogurt
What I wanted to post about today was my new healthy eating plan. Having suffered three major health problems in the last two years (two thankfully sorted and one still looming, hopefully not for long) I was really fed up and decided that the one thing I can do to help myself is lose some weight.
To kick start this, I have set myself an 18 Day Challenge I like to keep things simple so I am trying to
stick to 1500 calories a day or less
eat less sugary, high fat, high carbs foods
Instagram is a brilliant motivational tool. I have been posting my meals and also getting some great ideas from other dieters regarding what to eat, different ways to exercise and I love reading their progress reports and viewing their before and after pics. If you would like to keep a check on me, here is my instagram seasideangie so you can follow me.
fresh orange juice with sparkling water
I am planning on doing some 'What i Ate Today' type blog posts too. I am already on DAY 13 of my challenge, so the photos here are just a selection from the past 12 days. (Plenty more on instagram) I do plan on carrying on after the 18 days, this is just a kick start. The plan was to join Weight Watchers but I haven't made a decision yet. I am really enjoying the meals I am eating and haven't found this all that difficult so I may just stick with this for a while and set myself another challenge.
fish in sauce with sweet potato mash, broccoli & fresh green beans
I am really looking forward to the final of the Great British Sewing Bee. I could watch this show forever, what a shame it is over in four episodes. I really do hope they make another series.....and soon.
For 14 wonderful years we have had the pleasure of sharing our home with you. You have made us laugh, cry, you've been a loyal companion and shown us so much love. We wouldn't change a thing. Thank you boy x