November 25th


It’s long been a source of great pride, pleasure (and some surprise!) that this modest little website receives more than 1000 hits a week; next to nothing compared to some, but a very big deal to me, and I’d like to thank anyone reading this, especially regular visitors, for your support and interest over the years.


The only major change I’ve made was migrating to a newer version of the software accessible to tablets and smartphones, and given the choice, I’d keep it as is for the sake of people like me who prefer basic sites set up primarily to share information. However, a much bigger change is afoot. Due to insurmountable problems with my existing provider, WebEden, I need to build  a new site with a different company; I won’t bore you with the details but if you’d like to know why this is necessary, posts on WebEden’s Facebook page show the ridiculous Catch-22 situation ‘Classic’ users find themselves in now that Flash Player is about to become obsolete. So I’ve bitten the bullet, upgraded my laptop, and am about to construct a totally new Herstory site.

Please bear with me while I create it, and accept my apologies in advance if this leads to any interruption in service because I may soon find I can no longer log into this site to update it - though if you need to contact me or order books, you can still do so by email to [email protected] or phone/text on 07977 967963. While it's a nuisance being forced to do this, I'll be glad to ditch the awful, glitch-ridden software I've been struggling with - and whatever provider I choose, I'll never go back to WebEden!!


Meanwhile, on a lighter note, here’s Part 2 of the Helmick 13th Anniversary Adventure (continued from October 2020)! After our expedition to Richmond (see October 2020), we went on to spend the night at one of our favourite country house hotels, Dunsley Hall. As Hubcap was suffering from a calf strain which made lengthy hiking impossible, instead of walking the coastal path from Dunsley to Whitby as we’d planned, we set out by car to Staithes, a spectacularly gorgeous East Yorkshire fishing village within the North York Moors National Park (pictured)


Staithes has a long and interesting history; the name derives from the Old English for ‘landing place,’ and it used to be a major fishing port with a fleet of cobles sailing from its sheltered harbour. The industry declined as such vessels were replaced by much larger steam trawlers around the turn of 19th century, although a few cobles are still used by fishermen for catching crab and lobster, and others to give pleasure cruises for the tourists on whom the local economy now largely depends. Staithes is also famous as the place where Captain James Cook worked as a grocer’s apprentice before moving to Whitby and joining the Royal Navy; sadly William Sanderson’s shop, where he worked, was destroyed by the sea, but parts of it were recovered and built into the so-called ‘Captain Cook’s Cottage.’ It was also home to the group of artists known as the Northern Impressionists, and more recently, Staithes featured as the home of Old Jack of the CBeebies series ‘Old Jack’s Boat’.


In common with similar East coast settlements like Filey and Robin Hood’s Bay, the permanent population has significantly decreased due to the number of beautiful period cottages being bought up as holiday homes, making it difficult if not impossible for local people to get onto the property ladder, and it was so to see so many of these lovely residences standing empty. However, we tried to do our bit for local businesses by doing a spot of early Christmas shopping as well as enjoying a drink in a harbour-front pub and a visit to the interesting Staithes Heritage Museum on the High Street… and as it’s a perfect starting point for exploring the fossil-rich Jurassic coast and many other places of interest, we hope to return one day to stay in one of the many B&Bs and improve our acquaintance of this truly beautiful village and its environs.




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