I have a friend, Dr Moira Laidlaw, who is working with me on a research project, and we wanted to visit while we were close by her home of Flamborough, about an hour and a quarter’s drive from York. So we hired a car and headed off on Saturday. Again, we were fascinated by some of the names – Buttercrambe, Ampleforth and Wetwang (where we stopped for a lovely lunch in a wayside pub, happening to share the restaurant space with only one other couple who had visited Cambridge, Ngaruawahia and Papakura! Small world.)
On reaching Flamborough and booking into our B & B, we collected Moira for a trip about in the car. Moira uses a wheelchair and doesn’t get about as much as she would like, although she does most impressive distances in the wheelchair, so we drove around the greater area whilst having lively education-related conversations. Moira most kindly shouted us dinner at the North Star pub restaurant, which does the most wonderful seafood. I had a ‘starter’ of smoked salmon mousse and an entrée of half a lobster thermidor, by which time I was too replete to continue! Bruce had a Norwegian prawn started followed by crumbed scampi, and still found space for a large meringue sandwiched with cream and adorned with strawberries and chocolate! (It’s my last 3 course meal ever! Promise! But it won’t be my last pint of Old Speckled Hen – Ed.) It was a most enjoyable evening.
Today we left Flamborough and meandered up the coast to Whitby (which has strong connections with Captain Cook, and is a very interesting place), also stopping en route at Robin Hood’s Bay, a most picturesque spot. Watch for the pictures in a later blog. Fortunately the English summer had chosen to return today, so we had great weather. We reached Newcastle mid-afternoon, and our Plagiarism conference starts tomorrow afternoon.