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A Steady Trip

20 Oct

With plenty of photos of both bays filling my SD card, it was the smaller features that began to fascinate more as time went on.  It was pleasant that I could choose to go from a fun fair and noisy amusements at one end of the south bay to peaceful climbs above and around the Spa Complex, a regular holder of musical events and sometimes featured on the small screen to boot.

Pathé

Out of season holidaying may make the walks satisfyingly peaceful but one thing that is never out of view for long is those treasured bits of cheap colourful plastic that are part of so many memories and pretty much everyone’s first lesson in architecture.

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From looking through the blog comments, I am given to understand that there are a few literature fans amongst you so I snapped this, I walked by the graveyard five times before remembering it was there, typically.

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Keeping fit is easy as there are so many steep – some deceptively so – streets to pant up.  Sadly all of them were afflicted by cars so the feel of another time was distinctly absent.

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There was a bit of a Lord of the Rings vibe wandering below the castle and looking at the path at this point almost had me shouting ‘get off the road’.  A while later a black dog did wandered amiably by but I didn’t say ‘you shall not pass’ as its Ring Wraithing rider could have been sniffing about close by and there were no eagles to save me and advance the plot.

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And there concludes my trip so next up…books!

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64 responses to “A Steady Trip

  1. Letizia

    20/10/2016 at 12:54

    The first and last photo are particularly lovely – places where I would walk my dog, quite enchanting. Thanks for taking us on this journey with us, SteJ!

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    • Ste J

      20/10/2016 at 12:59

      It is great to enjoy those paths by oneself and that is usually rare unless you get out early in the holidays season but at this time of year, I rarely met a fellow traveller. Glad to have you on travelling with me my friend, bot you and your four legged friend!

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  2. cricketmuse

    20/10/2016 at 13:28

    Anne–the forgotten sister gets the spotlight for once. Lovely tour

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    • Ste J

      20/10/2016 at 13:57

      I’m all about inclusivity and it is a reminder to actually pick up her books, I missed a trick not doing so whilst I was away.

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  3. Jill Weatherholt

    20/10/2016 at 13:55

    I agree with Letizia, Ste J. The first and last photo are beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us!

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    • Ste J

      20/10/2016 at 14:00

      It is nice to focus on the smaller details rather than the bigger scene photos, I do love like those little details that make you stop and feel enriched.

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  4. Alastair Savage

    20/10/2016 at 14:14

    The eagles kind of provide JRRT with a deus ex machina rather than advance the plot of LOTR methinks.
    No pub photos? Your admiring public wants to see some!

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    • Ste J

      21/10/2016 at 11:29

      Yes I remember you mentioning a post of that nature ages ago, I have another holiday booked off in a few weeks with nothing planned so I think a day at the pubs will be an excellent start and reason to go to the pub as if one was needed.

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  5. shadowoperator

    20/10/2016 at 14:42

    Some nice photos, Ste J. You have a pictorial perspective. Sometime I think you ought to pick some particular book you’ve read and discuss maybe how you visualize the scenes that are described. For example, often when I read a book, the descriptions of places match up in my visualizing abilities with places I’ve actually been and seen, though a bit altered to fit the story involved. Just a thought.

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    • Ste J

      21/10/2016 at 12:56

      What an intriguing idea, I like your thinking, I shall add it to the 150 odd drafts and think on it some.

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  6. Sarah

    20/10/2016 at 14:49

    Ok, I’m going out on a limb here, but I likethe second picture best. It has buckets of charm! 😉

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    • Ste J

      21/10/2016 at 11:16

      Haha, you pile on the humour in spades!

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  7. Liz

    20/10/2016 at 15:23

    I have enjoyed catching up with your recent posts – what a great time you have been enjoying! I love all the various literary references – particularly the Narnian chairs. And I approve greatly of your recent book acquisitions. Funnily enough, I am about to embrace Seneca, having recently been working my way through Meditations – I seem to be on a bit of a stoic-run. 🙂

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    • Ste J

      21/10/2016 at 12:07

      Seneca seemed to be following me around that day, I came across the same book in three different bookshops so pretty much had to pick it up. Having just picked up Football Manager 17 I think stoicism will be the order of the day in some obscure league somewhere in a tiny nation somewhere.

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      • Liz

        21/10/2016 at 15:17

        That Seneca is a little devil, isn’t he. The perfect virtual coach to help you on your way in all sorts of games, I should think.

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        • Ste J

          24/10/2016 at 14:12

          Having just taken over Maidstone half way through the season and they are rock bottom of the league I will need some sort of help, perhaps some Roman values like annihilating the opposition!

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          • Liz

            24/10/2016 at 19:48

            Perhaps you need a sprinkling of Sun Tzu’s Art of War….?

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            • Ste J

              25/10/2016 at 12:51

              If it stops me conceding late goals I certainly will!

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  8. renxkyoko

    20/10/2016 at 16:11

    I ‘d watched 13 seasons of Midsomer Murders,., then stopped when Tom Barnaby ” retired ” and his cousin John ( ? ) Barnaby took over his position. I have resumed watching last month, and am now starting to like the new Barnaby. The series is already on its 18th season. Wait, what’s my point ? The stories take place at an idyllic , very English countryside…… and I love it. But ,believe it or not, I have to watch it with English subtitle, haha ha. Do all small English villages look like that ? They are so postcard pretty !

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    • Ste J

      21/10/2016 at 12:22

      A lot of the ones down south tend to look like that if they are right out in the country away from built up towns. Sometimes subtitles are handy even for us over here, lol. We have so many dialects for such a small landmass, it can be confusing even for us natives. If I ever stumble across such a village, you shall have many photos and a history lesson too!

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  9. Resa

    20/10/2016 at 19:01

    The grave marker is very neat!

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    • Ste J

      21/10/2016 at 11:18

      The old stone is so weathered that its nice to be able to read the original for all those pilgrims…and me.

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  10. Lyn

    21/10/2016 at 00:47

    Yep, have to agree with Jill and Letizia 🙂 Wonderful photos, Ste J. My imagination would be running wild too.

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    • Ste J

      21/10/2016 at 12:02

      Thank you, I have little confidence in my own abilities sometimes but it seems to have turned out alright again. Practise is what U shall endeavour to do when the chance arises again.

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  11. Liz Dexter

    21/10/2016 at 08:27

    Loved these pics – have shared these posts with a friend who is up that way a lot, as I know she’ll enjoy your posts and photos.

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    • Ste J

      21/10/2016 at 11:25

      Thank you my friend, I wish I would have taken more photos but I was so wrapped up in my own thoughts…strangely it seems I get more focused when out with others.

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  12. macjam47

    21/10/2016 at 13:21

    Fantastic photos, Steve. I particularly enjoyed the Anne Bronte gravemarkers.

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    • Ste J

      24/10/2016 at 14:54

      It’s nice that they have preserved the words off of the original stone without replacing it which would have lost the effect.

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      • macjam47

        24/10/2016 at 15:11

        That is so true. When you were in Boston, did you visit Paul Revere’s grave?

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        • Ste J

          24/10/2016 at 15:13

          Yes, I wandered the Freedom Trail and came across it, that was before I got all dehydrated from the hot day, lol…it was a memorable wander though.

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          • macjam47

            24/10/2016 at 15:14

            Oh, good. I could spend hours in that little grave yard.

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  13. Lucy

    21/10/2016 at 13:57

    I love Scarborough! I’ve not been there for years. And yes, deceptively steep! Last time I went I was heavily pregnant and bought a cone of chips and looked up and thought castle didn’t look too far and I’ll walk it easy peasy. I don’t think I’d have made it without the chips to power me.

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    • Ste J

      24/10/2016 at 14:32

      The struggle is real…that is until you see people coming the other way, or people to overtake then its easy loping ‘look at me I’m like a Terminator’ style of walking. I bet that was an epic waddle up the hill for you, thank goodness for all those benches that allow us the excuse to just be looking at the view and not needing to recover from what feels like a severe heart attack.

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  14. Christy B

    21/10/2016 at 17:43

    After seeing Anne’s grave marker here I thought what exactly did she write, aside from poetry? I see there are two novels. I recently reread Wuthering Heights by her sister Emily and hope to write a post soon about my thoughts on it. I am glad you had a nice trip and like the inclusion of the Lord of the Rings reference 🙂

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    • Ste J

      24/10/2016 at 15:05

      I look forward to your thoughts of Wuthering Heights, I wasn’t that much of a fan when I read it but maybe one day I will have another go at it. Book references come so freely in Scarborough, I like to think it is Anne infusing the ground with her ‘mad skillz’ as I am sure she would have called them.

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      • Christy B

        25/10/2016 at 18:30

        It’s funny, I wasn’t a huge fan of Wuthering Heights the first time I read it but then the second read had me deep into the pages. It was like I couldn’t get enough of it. Maybe it’s all about timing?

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        • Ste J

          28/10/2016 at 16:00

          Yes timing is a wonderful thing when you have it, I will maybe reread it again one day, I want to attempt Moby Dick again as well…which I am sure will be fun.

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  15. Sheila

    21/10/2016 at 18:24

    It does look like Lord of the Rings. I hope you’ll run into a hobbit sometime. That would be fun. The picnic table looks like it’s about hobbit sized.

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    • Ste J

      24/10/2016 at 14:21

      I met a deer which was close enough on account of hairy feet.

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  16. clarepooley33

    22/10/2016 at 00:12

    Most enjoyable post and all good photos! I never remembered to visit Anne’s grave while I was there which I was very annoyed about so thanks for visiting for me! 😉

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    • Ste J

      24/10/2016 at 14:27

      Not a lot is made of the grave but typically I missed it for most of my time whilst walking past it every day bar one. Next time I go somewhere I will get a list going of what people want to see, it would make for a different adventure.

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  17. writersideup

    22/10/2016 at 03:19

    I love your outings, Ste J 🙂 The pictures are always fascinating for so many reasons. It’s so sad that Anne Bronte died so young 😦 , but I guess back then it wasn’t that unusual. And for sure—-get off the road! 😉

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    • Ste J

      24/10/2016 at 14:10

      I do like the small details as well as the obviously beautiful stuff. It is amazing how far medicine has come and for that matter special effects in films lol.

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      • writersideup

        24/10/2016 at 16:51

        yes, and how they came up with that distinctive “waviness” for the Ringwraiths!

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  18. Andrea Stephenson

    23/10/2016 at 21:18

    It’s good to find those little hidden spots that others miss, you found some lovely ones here – and didn’t forget the literature connection either 🙂

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    • Ste J

      24/10/2016 at 14:47

      It’s great to see books bleed into the real world in unexpected ways, the world is wonderful when one looks at it.

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  19. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

    26/10/2016 at 01:28

    The winding roads…aha…I love to take strolls through such roads on a sunny morning.

    It’s a sheer coincidence that I was reading Anne Brontë’s poems a few days ago.

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    • Ste J

      28/10/2016 at 15:58

      I love little coincidences like that. You would love the walks, the sea air and my company as its always nice to have company on such rambles.

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  20. Chelsea Brown

    28/10/2016 at 18:33

    I agree that last photo does have a Lord of the Rings feel. All of the others you snapped makes me yearn for a trip across the pond. The first round is on you right? 😉

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  21. LuAnn

    29/10/2016 at 15:08

    When traveling I think it is all about the small details, but they sometimes get lost, as we do, in the crowds. Would love to walk up some of these same streets someday.

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    • Ste J

      29/10/2016 at 15:59

      I take a notebook with me usually but sometimes there is just too much to document and then recall with decent clarity after the fact, the challenge of a travel post! Those streets would be right up your street with great views and no chance of getting lost.

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      • LuAnn

        29/10/2016 at 16:10

        I always carry a notebook with me when I travel. I love jotting down my thoughts and emotions when I come across something that tugs at me. I would be less than honest if I didn’t also admit that with my advancing age, it helps me to remember all I have seen. 🙂

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        • Ste J

          29/10/2016 at 16:15

          I’m with you there but my worry is that if I nip into a pub for a few pints, things may get hazy so it makes sense. We are much alike!

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          • LuAnn

            29/10/2016 at 16:39

            Ok, I admit it, the wine tastings along my route added to my haze. 🙂

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  22. Mika

    04/12/2016 at 16:06

    Hi thats emily brontes sisters graveyard right?

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