Friday, 31 October 2008
Things seem to be nicely back on track again at the hotel and I'm having a great time. The guests are all lovely and all want to talk to me and ask me questions, and well, I really enjoy the attention :) Ellie and I have been doing late night work-outs in her room with an excercise dvd as we've been indulging in far too many cream cakes, profiteroles, cooked breakfasts and roast dinners. We're having a great time in Yorkshire! My hostel is already booked for the end of November and I'm really excited about York.
I've been catching up on my reading in my days off and have just started Hemingways Green Hills of Africa and it's making me have delightful pictures of game parks, sunshine and dust in my mind :)
Time is up and I've been sent on a very important mission of finding camomile tea for Ellie.
Saturday, 25 October 2008
Monday, 20 October 2008
Here is me, standing by a very dated medieval toilet. I'd hate to have to run up the stairs every time I needed the loo! Plus, the lighting was very bad and I saw no holder for the loo roll. I think it was probably a little unhygienic and a bit uncomfortable. At this point I was cold and very windswept.
Ok, I had this picture taken just because Elizabeth had one. I spent most of the day running after her with a camera and taking pictures of her in front of everything. It's rather refreshing to find another person as obsessed with photos...and well, vain really.
This is the main road of Pickering. It's a small town, but compared with Lastingham is very big and populated. It was just great seeing some people milling about on the streets, and young folk drinking coffee in the coffee lounge.
Saturday, 18 October 2008
A ship in the harbour. It was open for tours, but I didn't go on.
Whitby - the cliff with Saint Marys, the abbey and the old town.
This is how it looked before the bus load of school children on a day trip took over and started running amok all over the site.
I had a wonderful day spent walking around, visiting the Captain Cook memorial museum, looking in to the little shops on the narrow, cobbled streets in the old section of the town, eating fish 'n chips and finishing off with a custard and rhubarb flavoured ice-cream and taking photographs. It was dark by the time my bus arrived and when I returned the Royal Oak, I still had half an hour to kill while I waited for Tim the taxi driver to arrive. I braved the pub by myself, had a pint of Spitfire ale, and busied myself wrapping up the large stash of Fair Trade chocolate I found for Nols at the Co-op. It was a lovely and memorable day :)
Monday, 13 October 2008
Kerstin and me in the pantry after our supper shift. Kerstin's in England to learn how to speak English, she's German. Such a sweet pretty girl :) All of the girls are nice. Lara is Spanish, she seems so patient and steady. Christina is wild and emotional and looks like she wants to start crying a lot of the time. Elizabeth is more quiet and I really like her.
Me in my room getting ready for breakfast shift. All I need is a feather duster and I'll be a French maid. Almost. I'd never have thought that I'd be wearing skirts and stockings every day. I actually rather like it. Freakish.
I'm loving been out in the middle of nowhere. I have Saturdays off and I walked for three hours over the moors. I found a small clearing near the top of a hill, where I laid down my extra top on the grass and lay down and closed my eyes and nodded off for a while. That probably explains why on Sunday morning I woke up with no voice, but at some point in the day, it came back to me. I managed to get over a little river without falling in, climbed up some hills, chatted with locals I encountered along the way...The Yorkshire folk are super friendly and welcoming! I even met the neighborhood watch lady who pulled me aside and told me all the local gossip, which nasty old man to watch out for and the scandalous going ons at the house down the road which has just been sold. Aah, small town life :)
Friday, 10 October 2008
Some houses in Hutton-le-hole.Look at meeee...
I never the leave the house without my camera crew.
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
My second day in to the job, and things seem to be going well. The hotel is lovely, the people who visit are all old and chatty and the staff and owners are all very nice.
Yesterday while taking a walk around the village church I got chatting to the lady who is staying in the self catering cottage down the road. She invited me for a cup of tea with her and her husband and they sat and chatted with me for a while. They live in Worcester and were very excited when I told them that I had stayed there for two weeks and then insisted that when next I am there, I come and stay with them so that they can show me around their small village. The English are very friendly! This afternoon, I got to serve them some tea!
Some sheep. There are a lot of sheep. Everywhere.
The North Yorkshire Moors...ever so pretty and large, but unwise to walk around alone, especially at this time of year. So I didn't go too far...yet.
One of the few places I can get signal on my cell phone. A lovely spot over-looking the grange to the one direction...and total nothingness in the other.
Sunday, 5 October 2008
A side entrace to the hotel.
The North Yorkshire Moors look moody when the light starts to go.
My room - I'm sharing with a Romanian girl until the end of October. We're looking forward to finding a few pubs together. I think we're going to get on just finnne.
And then about an hour afterwards and a cheese sandwich later, I went back to my room and sobbed! It's just a settling in thing! Tomorrow I start work and will have lots of things to do to keep me busy for the next 7 or 8 weeks!
Friday, 3 October 2008
I managed to walk from Bloomsbury to Westminster on my first day, and I reckon that probably helped contribute to the pain I suffered for the rest of the days! I made friends straight away, which is freakish, but wonderful. On redeeming my free drink at the hostel bar on arrival, I met an American bloke who was very friendly and we drank beer and tequila and Jack Daniels together.
Camden high street. So many shops. And people.
So we had a few jokes at his expense. Renee, George and Anthony. I met Renee on the second night I think. She's awesome, and we're basically the same person, she's just a tall version of me. Haha.
The bar at the Generator Hostel.
Last night at the Generator. It seemed appropriate to take photos with random strangers. What fun.