Today I did the 140 mile round trip to Robin Hoods Bay to bring my Grandmother B, who will be an amazing 91 on Monday, to Ripon as she has finally relocated to somewhere much easier to live and to be closer to family.
B has lived at the Bay for nearly 30 years, and much of that time alone after my Grandpa passed away. It has been a place my family have been attached to and holiday’ing in for over 60 years after my Great Grandfather bought 3 cottages there for his children. As a kid I remember the great family gatherings at Easter and the weeks we would spend there during the Summer holidays. And then I have now spent the last 13 years taking my kids there.
This is me at the Bay when I was about 4 or 5 I think
When I got to the cottage this morning the removal men were well under way. Every piece of furniture and box had to be lugged down the back streets to the van. When I arrived there was furniture on the street ready to be shifted, and the cottage was emptying.
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, the sun was shining, the sky was blue and the tide was out. I took the opportunity to snap B sat in the sun on the balcony.
This is the view from her bench on the balcony .. priceless
B is moving into a lovely rented bungalow in Ripon with everything that she will need, so the cottage is being sold. Fittingly it went on the market today…I bet Tiger (my great grandfather) wouldn’t have thought in his wildest dreams what an amazing investment he made all those years ago.
I love the description the estate agent uses
“Dating from 1653, during the reign of Charles II, Whitegates is a unique traditional cottage with a fairytale look.”
We were finally off. We left my Aunt & Uncle to finish packing the last few things and helping the removal guys and got on our way.
This is the last time B will have to tackle all those steps and cobbled streets to get provisions or go for a walk.
When we got to Ripon I settled B into my house with some lunch while I waited at the bungalow for the removal men. It didn’t take long to unload the van and get the furniture in place in its new home. When B came round shortly after it was all done. In 6 hours the removal team had packed up the cottage, traveled to Ripon and unloaded. Amazing.
Special thanks to Rocket Removals from Whitby for the amazing service and their superb patience.
This is them heading off after a long, hard day.
So the next era begins … and I can already see a new lease of life setting in. I started searching a new place for B to live in January and I am so pleased that it has all worked out. Everyone in the family has pulled together and its great to see how strong everyone is when we pull in the same direction.
Unpacking boxes tomorrow …. and hopefully B will be in on Friday.