We had quite an eventful weekend looking after my granddaughter and my mother, now affectionately known as Great Granny, me being Granny now of course! We had already planned to stay with my mum last weekend but in the middle of the week we received an SOS call from my daughter asking if we could look after Baby L (now little L due to the growth spurt) for two days at the weekend due to staff shortages. So nothing else for it but to take both on at once whilst staying in my mum’s apartment.
On Friday I took the train as planned to Eaglescliffe, just outside Yarm in North Yorkshire, and mum met me on the station, then after off loading my bags at her apartment we took a taxi to Teeside Park to do a bit of chatting, lunching and shopping.
On Saturday morning we were joined by my husband who had driven up collecting our granddaughter little L on the way. We headed off to nearby Saltburn by the Sea for the day. It took us a while to park as the weather was so hot everyone had the same idea to go to the seaside.
We finally got a spot in the car park down by the sea and then took a ride on the Cliff Tramway which goes up the steep cliff side, 102 feet above sea level, into the town centre so we could find a place for lunch. We had a ploughman’s in my favourite cafe a little Deli called Real Meals.
Saltburn has that quaint British seaside feeling – it is a Victorian Spa town with amazing iron work verandas along the shop fronts. I always find I get a strong feel good factor when I am there. You will note the lack of pictures but holding on to a 3-year-old and a 91-year-old does not allow for much photo taking.
After lunch we strolled along by the shops then made our way back down the hill to the bottom of the cliff by road – bad move – it is extremely steep for both the push chair and a ninety-one year old – in fact I am not sure who was clinging on to who in the end!
Reaching the bottom we then decided to catch the little train that runs along the valley bottom through the pleasure grounds ending at the tea rooms and Italian Gardens. I had no idea any of this existed and it was quite exciting exploring the windy paths and hidden corners. We skipped the tea rooms having just had lunch but did treat ourselves to an ice cream each.
We walked back so that we could take Little L on the swings and slide along the way.
After this we just had time to fit in a bit of playing time with a bucket and spade on the beach by the pier and find a cup of tea in the nearby cafe for my mum together with a take away pensioners fish and chip tea. So everyone was happy but I must say I did feel a little worn out trying to cater for two opposing age groups.
On Sunday I was woken early by guess who springing out of bed like a Kangaroo and wide awake saying – ‘Hello granny are we going to play’?
After building bricks and getting the whole ‘chocolate bunny’ family sorted in the Sylvanian Family house we had a trip over to Bedale for lunch and then went round the corner to Crakehall a beautiful little English village with expansive village green on which stands the church.
At the far end is Crakehall Hall and the owners of this beautiful house had opened their gardens to the public for charity.
It was a glorious day again but with a slight breeze and we wandered around admiring the plants and taking photos. This hidden secret garden was my favourite with the fluffy yellow Alchemilla Mollis mixed with Lavender and Delphiniums – a classic country garden.
We came across a tree swing in the Orchard and then ‘wow’ a trampoline – Little L had a fab time on this while Great Granny headed once again for the tea tent and a sit down.
After more tea and cakes we dropped off Little L back with mum and Great Granny back at her apartment and then drove back to our own home exhausted but relieved it had all gone quite so well and everyone seemed to have a lovely time.
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