Friday, September 5, 2008

Another Explanation

This is the link to the article written by Will Self about the East Coast of Yorkshire that prompted my response posted yesterday:

http://self.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/05/vanishing-act/#comment-166

You will have to scroll back up over the other comments before you come to the article.

I really didn't mean to come over so strongly in a negative manner in my reply. So I apologize if I sounded hot under the collar. I guess my school-teacher persona comes out when it comes to something I feel passionate about. (I did say that I am opinionated in my profile!) All I felt was such disappointment that Mr. Self went the wrong way and missed the real beauty of the area, which for me is probably the most beautiful place on earth. He should have traveled north instead of south. Of course his purpose wasn't to write about beauty, it was to write about erosion so he had to go south. But what an opportunity he missed ! Flamborough is not a place to be simply passed by, but then I am most definitely biased.

With this bias in mind , below is a copy of my blog posted today on my Homesick For Flamborough blog written mainly for people who know Yorkshire and FlamboroughHead. I don't seem to be able to post a link to this blog, so if you would like to know more about this blog you may have to Google it until I find a way to link it.

LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT

I got this idea from another blogger who was asked to name ten little things in her home that meant a lot to her. I didn't have much trouble finding ten little things from Flamborough in my home, even though it is all the way in San
Diego.

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From the top, left to right:

1. Teapot table mat, showing puffins.
2. Blueware pottery sugar bowl with Flamborough Head written on it. I have four other pieces to this set but they don't qualify as 'little'.
3.Miniature drawing of a Flamborough coble with sail(!) fishing off Flamborough Head. Perhaps I'll post this separately next week.
4. Slate coaster showing the Lighthouse.
Second Row:
5. A whelk shell picked up at North Landing years ago.
6. Teabag saucer with primroses on it and imprinted with 'Flamborough'.
7. Tiny pebbles from the beach at South Landing -- now I find out from the Brid Free Press that I might have stolen them from Crown Property!!
8. Beautiful lifeboat fridge magnet bought at North LandingLife Boat house, before the new lifeboats moved to South Landing.
9. Another teabag saucer with puffins on.
10. A leather book mark gold stamped with 'Flamborough' and the white rose of Yorkshire.

I have dozens of paintings and books, including two copies of "Mary Anerley", Frank Brearley's book "A History of Flamborough", Ron Green's books,"A View From the Headland" volumes 1 and 2, one copy of "Flamborough Village and Headland" edited by Robert Fisher, not to mention my own book, "The Tale of Robin Lyth".

I have placed an order through Amazon for two copies of the new book "The Right Side of the Dyke" by Smith and Sellers, (one for my sister), but they're taking a long time in coming so I may have to look for another source.

Anyway, when all is said and done there is quite a bit of Flamborough out here in Southern California.
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So there you have it! Sorry if I shocked some of you. I'm still the slightly eccentric cat lady, animal lover, sometime artist and pastor's wife. (My husband would say at this point, "Note where I come in that list!" He loves to say that that the cat gets more attention than he does. Not true -- but the cat doesn't answer back!)

9 comments:

Jose said...

Chris, post it like this and it should give you your link:

With this bias in mind , below is a copy of my blog posted today on my Homesick For Flamborough blog written mainly for people who know Yorkshire and FlamboroughHead. I don't seem to be able to post a link to this blog, so if you would like to know more about this blog you may have to Google it until I find a way to link it.

Jose said...

Oops! I guess not.

ChrisJ said...

JOSE: Thanks any way, Jose.There is a way, but the instructions for the reader are not as simple as I would like, but I'll try again in the morning.

Betty Flocken said...

I love your favorites. I think I should do that some day. My favorites would be little things from my mom and mother in law's home I think.

kaybee said...

You describe Flamborough Head so aptly, Chris, but I'm sure you'll agree, nothing can do it justice except to spend some real, quality time there. I don't blame you for being a little indignant. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and unfortunately Mr. Self was beholding the wrong things!!

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

what an interesting collection!

Ken said...

Our cats have never had fleas-knock wood.
What a great place to grow up and a bedroom window so close to the cliff.
Chris you have my permission to use the door photo. Thanks for asking.

Kahshe Cottager said...

You have a lovely collection of memories that you shared Chris. It is easy to see how much you love Flamborough!

mrsnesbitt said...

All familiar! LOL!