|The lower gardens at Filey|
|St Oswald's Church, 12th century, lovely place|
|The Gulls are plentiful if somewhat noisy!|
|It's a long way down!|
One of the other places we visited is actually in Filey, on the outskirts, another nature reserve, The Dams, a preserved area of wetland, where there was not only a significant variety of waterfowl to see but also another very tranquil place.
|View from one of the hides at The Dams|
Obviously with such a large family group as ours we didn't all do the same things at the the same time but pleased ourselves whether we went off to see or do things together, in smaller groups or alone, the best thing was that there was no pressure, this meant everyone was able to relax, forget about work and everyday life and really chill out.
Filey Museum was another interesting place combining local history, geology, nature etc. in a pair of old cottages in one of the oldest streets in town, it has, not unsurprisingly, won awards for 'Small Attractions'.
|The Victorian room in Filey Museum|
I was particularly taken with St. Oswald's Church and Churchyard, dating from the 12th century this place is absolutely full of history and the graveyard is beautifully kept and has many extremely old headstones etc. By day it is a good place to see Swallows and House martins and by night it is a fabulous place for Bat spotting as we did on several occasions during one of our many late evening walks.
|St. Oswald's from the Mausoleum|
Spending a quiet hour in the peace of the Churchyard I wrote the following poem;
In St. Oswald’s Churchyard
Sitting in the quietude of a country churchyard
The departed all around me are my only company
I ponder upon the frailty of my own mortality
I wonder about the lives of those buried here
Were they good people?
I suppose in reality
The majority were just ordinary folk
Like you and me
This is a serene place a place of peace
Where I could all too easily
Lay me down to sleep among the Angels
Among the carved crosses and weathered headstones
As the sea breeze rustles the leaves on the trees
The gulls wheel and soar overhead
As I rest here, at peace, among the dead.
Another of Filey's local attractions is the Filey Bird and Animal Park, despite the weather (Rain, rain, rain), it was another interesting place to visit and the rose gardens in particular were beautiful.
|One of the many varieties of Roses in bloom|
|A pair of handsome chaps|
All in all it was a very splendid and relaxing holiday, it was also great to explore "That bit of coast" between Filey and Bridlington, having previously done the Scarbourough - Whitby coast a few times now, would I go back, indeed I would.
|Filey seafront from the Country Park cliff top path|
So it will soon be back to work and there is at least one more festival to go to this year, that being Balstock which no doubt will get a bit of write up in due course and then there will be the round of Autumn and Christmas gigs, oh well, such is life, until the next time, cheers one and all.
All Photographs above and the poem 'In St. Oswald's Churchyard' copyright Grant Meaby 2014 All Rights Reserved.