I needed to see the sea…….

Every now and then I have this urge to see the sea. However, on this particular day, my brain was functioning in my favour and told me the seaside would be busy as it was the school holidays 🙄…..so where could I get to by myself? 🤔……Bempton!

I knew it wouldn’t be really busy there as the Puffins, the main attraction, will have flown off at the end of July. So train time sorted, I decided to walk into town for the train at 09.35…..

Heading towards the edge of the village and 2 new horses have appeared where the foal used to be 🤔

It was a breezy morning so was expecting mega breezy on the coast as I walked by the Westwood, the town cows probably wishing for rain to provide them with greener grass. It’s just like straw at the mo…🙄

The cows all appeared to be at this side of the pasture today, St Marys church in the background

Couples out walking alongside the cows

I must have been distracted as the next time I looked at my watch I had only 20 mins left before my train so had to get a wiggle on. By the time I got there I was perspiring perfusely , in other words, sweating buckets. I managed to get there with 5 minutes to spare 🥵

The woman behind the ticket window was lovely and smiley and could see I’d been rushing. She calmed me down with a smile and said I had plenty of time now and go and have a sit down 😊

The train pulled in soon after and it was packed with day trippers heading to the seaside town of Bridlington, Filey or Scarborough at the end of the line. Excited children with buckets and spade, one mum entertaining her son with simple games out of the window. Luckily I found myself a seat by the window and settled down for the 35 minutes journey.

Many got off at the stop before mine, Bridlington, the first seaside town on the route and suddenly the noise disappeared along with all the buckets and spades. 

We pulled into Bempton 5 minutes later, just me getting off and I headed down the deserted road towards the cliffs. The little church at Bempton stands proudly on the village green

…and once passed all the houses, I was alone trundling the mirage lane to the bird reserve..the wind whistling through the fields to keep me company. Eventually the sea came into view just on the horizon..

Forty minutes later, I reached the centre. I was huffing and puffing a tad so I went to sit down and watch the birds by the feeding stations. I don’t think I’d heard of Tree Sparrows before 🤔 and they’re often mistaken for House sparrows, which are in abundance. Whereas Tree sparrows are in serious decline and Bempton RSPB do all they can to encourage them to nest here

If I hadn’t known I probably would have thought they were the common house sparrow, but now when I looked closer I could see the difference

The Puffin Trail, I wrote about some time ago, actually starts at Bempton, quite fittingly, but I don’t think it was here when I came last 🤔 It’s title is The Balance of Threat and Hope…

It was quiet, as I thought, but still plenty of like minded people enjoying the great outdoors 

The first cliff edge I came to, previously full of black Razorbills, Puffins, Guillemots and Cormorants lay relatively quiet and empty

But still many birds were flying the skies and it felt peaceful, restful and ….well, my perfect place.

I knew the Gannets would still be there and I do love these birds. I didn’t have to walk far before they came into view

Don’t know what it is about their face, but it always looks as though it’s smiling…

I stood and watched these two couple for ages, sometimes having a barney, sometimes the best of friends 😂

As the sun shone, the sea sparkled

It was mega windy, as I thought it would be, but it didn’t matter….apart form the times when it was hard to keep the camera from shaking 🤣

Some Gannets were sheltering their chicks from the strong winds. How they managed to stay on the tiny ledges beggars belief

Many were flying all around us, soaring high then swooping down trying to find a landing ledge

I don’t think I’d noticed the pale blue ring around it’s eyes before, so perfect, like it had been placed there by hand

They’re such huge birds, their wing span so wide..yet when they’re folding them down it looks like a piece of origami, being folded into place

The Kittiwakes were also sheltering their fluffy bundles of joy

Gannets and Kittiwakes seem to like each other’s company on the cliffs, each taking care of their young

This mum was precariously asleep before chick look how tiny the ledge is 😳

When you see the size of them in flight, you wonder how could they possible land of the tiny ledges 

I stood and watched these favourite birds of mine for ages. Other people coming and going. An elderly mother and her middle aged son talking about the puffins. Mum asking people if anyone had seen the puffins, them saying it was too late in the season for them. The son then saying they may as well go home, as his mum had convinced him to come with the promise of seeing puffins…..but he was also laughing and giving his mum a ‘never mind’hug…maybe next year.

I left the gannets to walk along the other side of the reserve. A man on a bicycle came over the headland from Flamborough way, his bike bedecked in load of birds, his fluorescent jacket decked with RSPB all over. And most of all, a happy smile and a wave to everyone he met.

A huge black bird flew over the sea…maybe an odd Guillemot wondering where all his friends had gone…

One of the wardens had said the Albatross had been sighted today, but at the far end heading towards Flamborough Head, so I ambled my final walk along that path and came to a lovely bay, reminding me of a smaller version of Durdle Door in Dorset

I could zoom in towards Flamborough 

…but my legs were telling me they’d had enough…I’ll leave the Albert the Albatross for others to spy…

I watched an artist sketching the view and thought how wonderful it must be to be able to sketch the beauty before you…😍

I headed back to the café for a welcome cuppa tea and a much needed sit down. Two spaniels had been tied to a post and were following their owners every move while they also got a drink and something to eat

As I sat outside drinking my cuppa, I saw the bicycle man sat in the shade having his lunch. All the staff seemed to know him so a devoted regular must he be.

I suddenly saw a swallow duck under the canopy, zoomed in and saw the heads of the chicks in the nest

As I was watching them, their mouths all suddenly opened so I knew mum must have just arrived

I sat for ages watching mum come and go, many hungry mouths to feed

I got so lost in watching them, I lost track of time and suddenly realised I needed to be heading back to the station …

The long track lay ahead of me but the wind was behind me this time making it easier

The combined harvesters were in the field gathering the crops that were probably ready ahead of time this year due to the dry warm weather we’ve had..

Finally there, I sat alone at the station, thinking that, although no puffins this time, I’d still had a wonderful few hours with nature…….and in no time at all the train pulled in

As we pulled into Beverley, the bus wasn’t due for half an hour, but I had this niggling feeling that I should walk home. The village buses had been very unreliable lately since being run by a smaller bus company. The drivers are wonderful, but the old little buses keep breaking down d sometimes not even showing at all 🙄 so instead of walking towards the bus station I headed straight on towards the Westwood. If I got stuck, the bus would have passed me heading into town to turn around and I’d know how long I’d have to wait at any of the bus stops.

The town cows were busy with their own traffic light system of holding the cars up 🤣

…and the sun was shining

The village bus didn’t go by until I was almost at the village, so half an hour late heading into town, so my niggle was right……and the Heron was even at the village pong to greet my weary legs but took off as soon as it saw me 😂

A lovely day…..even if it was long and tiring….

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

11 thoughts on “I needed to see the sea…….

  1. Such a lovely article to read Wendy, thank you so much. You make me feel lazy with all the trekking you do but you also encourage me to get going too!

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  2. Aww Wendy I can see why you think the bay towards Fremlington resembles a smaller Durdle Door! Beautiful pics of nature as always. Glad you had a good day 😊

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  3. Hi Wendy, what a wonderful day that was. I’m so glad that you managed to get to the sea. I have been longing to go this year but although it’s not really very far to say Weston Super Mare from Bath it’s still to far for me these days. And Peter who does the driving for me has never mentioned Weston in fact he isn’t keen on the seaside at all….so my hope is fading however I’m thankful for when he does drive us anywhere……Sorry that the Puffins had gone so the young boy didn’t see them…..Ive never seen them but got lots of photos from my friend who moved up to Orkney…..Looking forward to seeing where your trundle will take us tomorrow. God Bless. Xx

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  4. Wendy, I so enjoy your walks and all your photos. I watch a number of British TV shows and I love to see your country and villages in those programs. Thank you so much for all you share with your readers. May you be blessed today.

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