Mum and dad had happy memories of Sandsend, near Whitby, so we invited them to accompany us on holiday the second week of July 2012 to stay at Ebor cottage.
My Range Rover 2.5D nearly didn’t make it with the gearbox going into “limp mode” on the Filey by-pass (I successfully hid this from my parents – but not Debbie) despite me putting it in sport mode throughout the journey to try and fool the electrics.
The sound of the waves was a lasting memory, especially during the night, as was the continuous burning of any scrap of wood we could find in the front room’s log burner whenever we were in the cottage!
We had a number of trips to Whitby but for some strange reason I don’t seem to have taken any pictures of mum & dad during this holiday.
The cottage was quite small so we went on a number of trips, not just to Filey, but to Helmsley otherwise we’d have been on top of each other.
We visited the Black Swan hotel where I had stayed with one of the partners from Kidsons way back in 1982 while we undertook an interim audit of Lord Faversham‘s estate including the Duncombe sawmill. Dad had picked me up from Hull on arrival by train and then drove me to Helmsley as I didn’t pass my driving test until six years later!
My lasting memory was of reconciling hand written leather bound ledgers used for book-keeping, no computerised system for the Lord! Alas I found out later from a more forensic audit of the sawmill’s books that the manager had been embezzling funds, had been found out and committed suicide..
On this occasion we didn’t visit the castle pictured behind me, something we made good last year on our Whitby holiday with mum.