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Indoor Fun for the Family this January

Indoor Fun for the Family this January

January can bring the worst of the weather, but there's still plenty of indoor family fun to be had across the Yorkshire Coast. After the excitement of the Christmas break, ideas on keeping the kids occupied can start to run a bit thin. So here are some ways that I keep my little ones entertained when the weather isn't kind - that don't cost you the earth either. I've provided a few examples here but be sure to check out your local village or town that may offer something closer to home. Swimming - Make a splash and visit one…
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Keeping Warm 🧣

Keeping Warm 🧣

Hats, Scarves and Gloves, matching or not? Passing the time, chatting with friends, listening to each other's points of view on specific topics can be pretty educational and thought-provoking. However, we all know we can talk about, well, just about anything! I was listening to my friend talking about her purchase of a new hat and scarf, she then added gloves into the mix, and it sounded like she had lost a penny and found a pound! "It's a matching set," she declared! So for the next 10 minutes, our conversation was about hats, scarves and gloves, which looks best,…
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The Letter……💌

The Letter……💌

Making New Memories When the decorations have been taken down, and the last bit of tinsel sparkle has been dusted away, or so I believe, (I always miss something), I began to think about what would be nice to do next?🤔It needs to be thoughtful and meaningful to create a new memory. Then! a light bulb moment! I will write a letter to my Aunty. My Aunty grew up when, "in those days," it was "the norm" to write and receive letters. The sound of the "letterbox clatter" would have her racing to the window, looking out and shouting "the…
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Christmas Eve Magic

Christmas Eve Magic

I don't know whether it's the memory of childhood excitement, the thought of surprises and fabulous food, or just that everything is sprinkled with glitter and festiveness, but it is magical at this time. I recognise that those with young children have already had a week of them bouncing out of their skins (yes, I know - it's only been a week since they broke up from school!). Many are at utter fever-pitch at this point. So this is a good time to slip into traditions - the relative calm of repetitive activities. I'm sure we all have our Christmas…
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The owl and the pussycat

The owl and the pussycat

A step back in time. I was mesmerised standing outside the Owl and the pussycat shop in Whitby.Whoever had dressed the window had a natural talent for creativity and flair, and I couldn't wait to step inside. Wishing you a Merry Christmas As I browsed, I overheard a lady who was purchasing her items waxing lyrical about the window display and how she and her husband were due to go home the day before, however, they had stayed an extra night to enable them to visit this shop as it was closed the previous day.How wonderful, I thought, and I…
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Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

I feel it necessary to warn you; I am definitely more of a ‘Buddy the Elf’ than an ‘Ebenezer Scrooge-(pre ghosts)’ type of person. It’s fair to say I LOVE Christmas decorations; I have five giant boxes full that somehow keep multiplying each year! These decorations range wildly from classic paper robin chains – that wouldn’t look out of place in a Victorian house to a 4ft high sparkly illuminated penguin called Percy. You can spot my house on the street – it’s the one with the animated snow that falls daily from 4 pm till midnight. I appreciate there…
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Electrodec

Electrodec

Twinkling lights in the dark! If ever there is a time to stop a minute and think about a remarkable retailer, it's now. Walking down Victoria Road in Scarborough, I can see the lights in the window at Electrocdec, and I know I'm in for a real treat.Electrodec’s original founders Peter and Margaret also lived above the shop it has been family-run ever since.  The shop has changed with the times. However, it's clear excellent customer service has been at the very heart of this place and still is, nothing is too much trouble. They have given us a truly…
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Kemps on the Coast.

Kemps on the Coast.

Don't miss this hidden gem! … There are so many things to see and shops to shop in the beautiful town of Whitby it's hard to know which direction to take.Walking across the swing bridge over the River Esk, admiring the views of the harbour and town I was feeling excited about finding another perfect gift and happy with myself for being so organised this year! As I stood at the crossroads, I noticed a sign which indicated that Kemps on the Coast was down a winding street to the right of me and today, this is where I'm heading.…
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The Gentleman’s lifestyle Store

The Gentleman’s lifestyle Store

With a twist…… Furbellow & Co is a Gentleman's lifestyle store with a twist, nestled on Sandgate in the old part of the town of Whitby. Everything about the visual merchandising in this unique store is perfect.It is clear that hard work, creative skills and artistic design are at work at their very best in this beautiful shop. As I entered the shop, I felt immediately that it would be a truly unique experience, and It definitely was.The beautiful delicate aroma, coupled with the smell from the wood burner, filled my senses which were divine.I could see a big leather…
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Lilly’s Treasures

Lilly’s Treasures

Lilly's Treasures Handmade Gift Boutique Some of my family will ask me what I want for Christmas? I always answer this question the same way, and here's how. "I would love a surprise", I hear a quiet sigh, this does not seem to sit quite right. So I'm asked to give a clue as to what I need or want? I sigh this time, " a surprise would be lovely", the conversation will continue until I stop and think, mmm, do I need anything? Should I answer with "save your money, I'm ok" or "how much are you spending on…
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