Category Archives: North Yorkshire

Bats and batter

We had been getting anxious for bats, not having seen any flitting above our patio this year. But we finally saw one—just one—on Tuesday evening. The bats are attracted to the house by insects, which are themselves attracted there by the residual day-warmth radiating from the stones of our south-west-facing house. The warmth was very noticeable. Jen and I could feel it from at least ten feet away. Our own little micro-climate!

Seeing the bat made my week.

Then, on Wednesday, we made a day-trip to Whitby to buy crab and to eat fish and chips. We took our farmer friend along for good measure. The fish and chips were excellent, as was the crab, which we ate in a sandwich for lunch on Thursday.

Herring gulls
Herring gulls in Whitby harbour.


Bempton Cliffs

Jen and I drove to the RSPB reserve at Bempton Cliffs today. It was a long drive, but well worth the effort, as there were seabirds in almost overwhelming abundance:

One of thousands of gannets I saw today.

What a fantastic place! But my poor, sunburnt legs!

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