Articles by: tricia

Goldcrest

It’s not just us humans who get disorientated in this foggy weather we are experiencing here on the coastal edge of the North York Moors National Park, it’s the wild life too.  Sean’s just phoned from sea, he’s got lots of  goldcrests taking a rest on board his boat ‘All My Sons‘.  One of them is actually in the cabin with him. Goldcrest, regulus regulus, are actually the smallest bird in the UK along with […]

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Lots of layers of clothing…

If you are joining us for a day on the foreshore lots of layers of clothing are best, as this is the north east coast of England after all. I did start off  with mittens as well, you can just see them peeping out of my pocket, but got to warm…:) Both coat and jumper had hoods for when the wind got to much… Wellington boots are far the best thing to wear on your […]

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Home made soup

After a morning spent on the foreshore on one of our Coastal Craft or Ancient Paint Palette Day Courses look forward to a mug of home made vegetable soup with fresh crusty bread and Tricia’s special lobster and seaweed butters. Carrot and Coriander will be next on the menu, in the style of Elizabeth David, using her method for making Potage Crécy (Carrot Soup)  from her book ‘French Provincial Cooking’. After the carrots are scraped […]

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Holy Mackerel…! Fishing and Foraging off the coast of North Yorkshire…

Here’s the video we mentioned in a previous blog post, it was filmed in August 2013 together with Martin Dunford (Cool Places), Josh Sutton (Guy Rope Gourmet)  and Jules Brown  (North York Moors National Park & Cool Places) and a film crew (Audere TV).  Hope you enjoy it… If you are interested in learning about catching and cooking your own mackerel supper details about our trips can be found here… and Josh’s drawing of Sean’s […]

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Discover all there is to know about Limpets or Flithers…

Flithers is the local vernacular for limpets, the common limpet, patella vulgata, is to be found in abundance here in Staithes.  The limpets design, it’s streamline shape and very powerful clinging foot, is idea in allowing it to survive the pounding of the waves.  The limpets ability to cling on is legendary, how many of us remember as children trying to dislodge these shells from the rocks when we wanted to use them as bait […]

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Starling murmurations and a film for Visit England…

What an earth do “Starling murmurations and a film for Visit England….” have in common…?  I hear you ask…  well follow this, if you can…:) While checking out on Facebook what the relatives in Australia have been up to  (believe me… you really don’t want to know…!) I found a link to a film by Sophie and Liberty. It’s a  “short film that follows the journey of two girls in a canoe on the River […]

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Red-necked Phalarope

What a great day to be walking on the foreshore,  blue skies and sunshine.  Spotted a peregrine and a red-necked phalarope, Phalaropus lobatus, just south of Staithes harbour.  It looked like the phalarope was walking in one of the tidal pools but it was in fact swimming.  Phalaropes have lobed toes, which sets it apart from other wader birds, these ‘toes’ enable phalaropes to swim in pools and out at sea. Very unusual to see […]

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North York Moors & Howardian Hills

Four films – many stories. See the North York Moors area through the eyes of the people who really know it! The first film features the Heritage Coast and Real Staithes…. The second film features the ‘Hidden Valleys. ’The third film featuring the Forest and Woods of the area. The fourth & last film, features  the North York Moors & Howardian Hills. Featuring: Thundercliffe’s Fishmongers, Helmsley Helmsley Walled Garden Helmsley Castle Sutton Bank National Park […]

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Forest and Woods of the North York Moors National Park

Four films – many stories. See the North York Moors area through the eyes of the people who really know it! The first film features the Heritage Coast and Real Staithes…. The second film features the ‘Hidden Valleys. ’The third film featuring the Forest and Woods of the area. The fourth features  the North York Moors & Howardian Hills. Featuring: National Trust Yorkshire Rievaulx Terrace, Rievaulx Dalby Forest Dalby Bike Barn, Dalby Forest Pesky Husky […]

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