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Sean is never happier than when he is at sea… by the sea… scouring the foreshore… or wandering the cliffs… this environment is Sean’s second home…

Any outdoor environment can be dangerous… but Sean’s knowledge gained over the years of fishing… roaming the foreshore and rescuing those less acquainted with the tides and other hazards encountered in this area has given him an unique awareness and respect for this world… it is this knowledge that he will share with you…

Sean sat for hours on end in the baiting sheds with retired fishermen and sailors… while preparing the lines for the next days fishing… naturally tales were told… some taller than others…  often you could travel from Santiago to Dar es Salaam … twice… before ‘smoko’… it’s these old stories about Staithes that will be retold to you…

Beachcombing is a part of  Sean’s life here in Staithes… going onto the rocks just after or even during a storm is likely to bring big returns… if you managed to ‘get under’ the scars first… to retrieve some fishing gear… it is the ultimate in one ‘upmanship’… it also gives you an over whelming sense of freedom…   it’s this sense of freedom… the feeling of ‘nature at its best’ that we hope you will get a chance to feel…

It’s very rare that Sean returns from  foraging  without a piece of jet or a fossil… he will share with you the secret spots…
Sean can also name and spot the birds along this coast… so while you are scouring the scar for ‘flotsam and jetsam’… pulling the pots… listen for Sean’s cry of ‘there’s a ……’  if your quick you might just manage to see a peregrine falcon… or a whimbrel…

Many hours… days…  weeks… and even months of Sean’s life have been spent at sea in one type of boat or another… if you are interested you can see lots of photos of Sean’s adventures… over on Sean’s other website… here

any questions you would like to ask… please do… contact Sean

Tiff is Sean’s constant companion… unless Sean is on a boat then Tiff is nowhere to be seen… Tiff doesn’t ‘do’ boats…!

The boys…

 Both Thomas and Luke contribute a great deal to our courses… they are enthusiastic… familiar with… and knowledgeable about the foreshore and the area in general.

While Luke, is a lot like the dog – it’s difficult to take a photo without either of them in it…!

Thomas is more often than not to be found behind the camera…  Thomas’s self portrait (above left) is a reflection taken while on ‘All My Sons’…  a lot of the photos on this website have been taken by Thomas.

Tricia’s family come from ‘Steers’, her Mother was a Crooks… the family tree that Tricia has been researching goes as far back as the 1700’s…

Tragedy and superstitions go hand in hand in ‘Steers’ folklore and stories… even today while walking along the foreshore Tricia can still hear the warnings issued by her Grandfather during her childhood … he died over 30 years ago…

Tricia’s Mother encouraged her to ‘spread her wings…’ so after studying ‘Hotel & Catering’ at Scarborough her work took her to London and Israel… Harrogate and the Italian Riviera…  after spending nearly 5 years in Italy… Tricia felt it was time to come home… settling in Staithes in her Grandfather’s house… the home she now shares with Sean, Thomas & Luke…

At one time ‘White House’ had been a pub – known as ‘The White Horse’…there is a wonderful  story about a man who came to Staithes to buy a ‘white horse’ that was for sale… yes it was the pub and not a horse…!

Tricia is the one behind the scene… while Sean and the boys may catch the lobsters it’s Tricia that cooks them and the rest of the picnic too…so while Sean is out at sea or on the foreshore… Tricia is to be found in front of the computer updating websites or ‘trying’ to keep up with the paper work… as well as baking cakes or making soup…

However, Tricia also loves colour… she is often to be found dyeing fabric or thread or painting a canvas with a vibrant palette of colour… but one colour in particular fascinates Tricia and that’s the colour blue… indigo has been used for centuries to dye fabric…  Tricia is never happier than when she is playing around with her dyes and paints… some rather smelly experiments have been happening this summer with sea slugs… they give a wonderful purple dye… the sails on Cleopatra’s boat were said to be purple…

The family also have an allotment where a few strawberries… some rhubarb… or the odd onion or two can be found however, there are other more unusual plants to be found growing…. woad… madder… St John’s Wort to name but a few… Tricia has a ‘dye’ garden…

any questions you would like to ask … please do… contact Tricia
or visit her website  www.triciahutchinson.com