12 in 12 Challenge – June

Just snuck into June this one! Our annual visit to Thornwick Bay caravan park for my birthday weekend and as our usual caravan wasn’t available, in fact won’t be ever again as the owner has upgraded it for one in a different location, we decided to book through Haven. We went for a ‘silver’ grade of caravan with a wrap around verandah and patio doors but didn’t know where on the site it would be situated. Well, I’ll tell you what, we couldn’t have chosen better ourselves. Right on the lakeside of one on the newer developments called rather obviously ‘The Lakes’, we were in number 5 Malham and it was absolutely beautiful. We had ducks and a rather handsome swan family with two cygnets wandering round, probably hoping for food!

On Saturday night we went to the always excellent Seabirds Inn in the village for a meal of fish and chips for me and steak pie for Patrick and I finished off with a delicious rhubarb crumble with custard, yummy! The annual flowerpot festival is on during June and lots of the community get involved in the displays. There is a map of where the displays are but we didn’t really fancy the long walk around following the trail. Flamborough is a surprisingly large village as it is spread out over a large area. However on our way to the Seabirds, we did pass by this impressive display at a house just past the holiday park.

Flamborough’s annual flowerpot festival

Saturday and Sunday, we did the usual trips to RSPB Bempton and Flamborough Cliffs reserve managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust where we spotted our first ever puffling. It popped out of its burrow but by the time I’d got my camera ready, it had done a quick poo and scurried back indoors. Walking back along the cliff path to Thornwick Bay, and looking back over North Landing, it looked beautiful in the sunshine and there were even people swimming in the sea…..bloody nutters!

North Landing, Flamborough

Although I didn’t take as many photos of the birds as I usually do, the gallery below shows off some of these beauties I hope. Scroll through the slideshow.

four-puffins

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Monday morning came around far too soon and it was time to head off home. Before that though, we popped into the village for a breakfast at Scrumdiddlyumptious, a lovely, friendly little cafe on the High Street. We then drove down to the lighthouse car park to walk down to the drinking dinosaur with the intention of viewing the seal colony but they were all out fishing! We could see them bobbing about in the sea, lots and lots of them but they were not hauled up on the beach like we’ve seen on other visits. A little disappointed but it was still a nice walk to finish off a lovely weekend in my favourite place.

The ‘drinking dinosaur’

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