More from St Oswald’s & Back to Whitby

We drove up to Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay again today. One of my mother's neighbours had recommended a gardener to her to help plant a new hedge in the front yard and he arrived this morning to start work as we were preparing to leave. It took about an hour to sort out everything my mother wanted the gardner to do but we convinced her to come with us for a few hours out and about so the gardener could work uninterrupted.


Chris managed to find herself a two week birthday present in Whitby. I know, two week birthday, sounds strange, right? She has birthday next week but has been joking that her birthday celebration should last two weeks instead of just one day. What better way to celebrate a birthday than with a little shopping trip to Whitby. It's taken a few trips to Whitby jet stores over the last ten days but Chris finally found a suitable jet charm for her Pandora bracelet. Happy two week birthday!


By the way, “jet” is a product of high pressure decomposition of wood from millions of years ago, commonly the wood of trees of the family Araucariaceae. Jet is found in two forms, hard and soft. Hard jet is the result of the carbon compression and salt water; soft jet is the result of the carbon compression and fresh water. The jet found at Whitby, England is of early Jurassic (Toarcian) age, approximately 182 million years old.


Weather was overcast again today in Whitby but no significant amounts of rain fell. Although, there was plenty of flooding from severe storms in the Newcastle area today. England has certainly been getting lots of rain since we arrived. I was happy to see the North Yorkshire Moors steam train pulling out of Whitby train station as we returned to the car park. I managed to grab the above shot by holding my camera high up over my head to avoid a chain link fence and focussing blindly as the steam locomotive pulled out of the station.