Sunday, November 11, 2012

Weekend Away

The Man of the Place and I have been working pretty hard this year.  We never took a vacation this summer.   Just about the time we were going to book the vacation, great chunks of the render (or stucco) on our lovely house needed to be replaced.   In preparation for getting the place painted, it was noticed that there was a scary hollow sound being made when the side of the house was tapped . . .
Scary cracks that shouldn't be painted over
The entire west wall of the house with the bad render wrapping around the south west corner and a small portion of the north side (a third of the exterior of the house) As the render was leaping away from the house in vast chunks, we waved good bye to our chance for some much needed sun.
North side of the house

West wall of our house
We did get a small break to Amsterdam just after my birthday and that was fun . . . so our life wasn't completely devoted to work.

In September we realised that it has been a bit full-on lately and we needed something to look forward to.  We booked a couple nights at a hotel in Whitby, North Yorkshire.
Ruswarp Hall Hotel
The Man of the Place and I stayed there over twenty years ago before we were married.  It was a romantic gesture to stay there again now that . . . time has passed and we're still married.
Another reason to visit Whitby, in addition to reminding ourselves of when we were love's young dream was to have a bit of fun at the now famous Whitby Goth Weekend.
Abbey as seen from St Mary's churchyard
Whitby is a working port on the North Yorkshire coast.  With the ruined abbey on the cliff overlooking the small town, it was the perfect setting for Bram Stoker when he needed a place for Count Dracula to arrive in  England.
undead me
Wow!  We had fun!
Zombie Paul from Newcastle and his zombie girlfriend
I loved our weekend there.  What a wonderful concentration of creative people.  There were the old school goths and vampire folk.
It was mixed in with the steampunk and other creative types.
Steampunk dudes
Really charming bloke in a dress
It was an accepting crowd and anything goes.  Take bits from goth, bits from steampunk and make it your own.
Which is what we did


Anonymous said...

What an unbeatable combination - a romantic interlude and a goth adventure. You two look great!
--Cousin Susan

Dogbait said...

Have you thought of just leaving the original brickwork as is. Doesn't look bad.

I think Whitby was the port Captain Cook departed to explore this neck of the woods.

Peggy said...

Susan - Thanks! We did have a lot of fun (which was the point of the weekend away)¬

Dogbait - I think they look good too, sadly those bricks are not frost proof and the whole house would be at risk if they were not covered up and protected from all this rain.

Shammickite said...

It sounds absolutely wonderful! All I need is a goth outfit and a goth partner and I'd be there in a flash! I've been a very naughty blogger just recently, what with my internet going horribly wrong and then as soon as it was fixed, the Christmas Variety Show kept me busy and now all the Christmas prep.... however I promise to be better in the future. So Have a Happy Christmas and all the best for 2013!