Opinion: Whitby area coastline is the perfect place to be
Stunning skies over the sea, the purple heather now carpeting the North York Moors and experiencing the seasons in the countryside beside where I live and work are just three reasons why I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather live than in this, our beautiful part of Yorkshire.
My family’s association with this area started when my father came as a child across the Pennines from Manchester on a residential school trip to Staithes.
He stayed in huts on the cliff tops and has very happy memories of that time.
I was born in Cheshire, we then moved to Norfolk and as my dad had a job as a deep sea diver for the oil industry we were able to live anywhere.
He came to Staithes on a trip with us all as a family, including grandma, when he spied a farmhouse on the cliff’s edge which he bought for us to live.
We enjoyed being teenagers there.
When I met my husband I found that his family had always holidayed in Runswick Bay, but lived in Leeds.
So, when we married as both of us had an affinity with the area decided we wanted to live by the coast, and so we bought our first home in Staithes. We then spread our wings and we were posted by the BBC to Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean where one of our daughters was born.
We then moved to another island Antigua, in the Caribean before relocating back to live near Sandsend. We have always lived near the sea.
Even though I have been lucky to have lived in exotic locations around the world there is nothing to beat living here for me.
You miss the seasons when you are abroad and I love in summer walking into the garden first thing in the morning to smell the fresh air and feel the dew on the grass.
There is nothing like watching the farmers in their fields in the summer late into the night hearing the combine harvesters going strong to get all the crops in before the weather draws in.
I love seeing the frost taking over the landscape in winter and wrapping up for a brisk walk on the beach with the dogs.
I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else we have 26 miles of the the National Park’s fabulous coastline from the fishing village of Staithes, fantastic views over the sea from the cliffs at Runswick Bay, the rockpools of Robin Hood’s Bay to explore and the wonderful sandy beach at Sandsend from which we can see from where I work at Dunsley Hall.
I love the agricultural , country and village shows and really enjoyed going to the Yorkshire Show this year but I also love smaller local ones.
My favourite is our local Danby Show in August.
Lovely place to live for all generations from my granddaughter to my elderly parents; there is something for everyone.