Thursday, November 24, 2011

Almost Wordless Thursday


We are back from Scarborough. There was a delicious out-of-season feel about the place, and it was well worth putting up with the chill wind that blew in from the North Sea in order to experience it. Words can't really describe the November mood, so I am going to let the pictures take centre stage.


Who knows when this sun-metre that stands proudly on the promenade was last set : certainly it wasn't any yesterday that I was there. But even in the damp mists of November there is a certain beauty about the thing : from the studied shading of the lettering to the graceful sweep of the pointer arrow.


The boat in the foreground is the MV Hatherleigh which is a former deep-sea trawler, floating museum, pirate-radio station and corporate hospitality vessel. Now it is a nice centre-piece to a foggy photograph.


This is one of two statues of swimmers that are located in Scarborough. This one is at the far end of the harbour, next to the lighthouse. I never managed to find the other. It was a foggy day.

20 comments:

  1. What nice pictures. They really do convey the atmosphere of out of season - also makes me think Scarborough could be an interesting place for a visit. What a pity if it isn't anyone's responsibility to set the hours of sunshine. Next thing, someone will nick the clock, these things need to be cared for.....

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  2. Great shots this time around. The first photo in particular was incredibly atmospheric.

    Welcome back, by the way. Your presence has been missed, not only here, but on my blog! My recent posts have lacked your unique perspective in the comments section.

    And you may appreciate the item at the top of my sidebar, as well. Who knows?

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  3. Enjoyed the pictures, welcome back Alan, hope all is well with you.

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  4. Ah lovely Scarborough. We just watched the TV programme about Alan Ayckbourn and the influence of Scarborough on his writing. Whenever we’ve been the weather has been kind. Lovely photos, especially the swimmer.

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  5. nice...that harbor pic is so cool....love the water, the boats the fog...a sun metre...intersting, never seen one...

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  6. Great shots, Alan! I especially like the beach and the harbor shots. This is what I miss most about living in Newport - the waterfront in Winter.

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  7. Like the shot of the harbour; amazingly versatile trawler.

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  8. absolutely beautiful photos - wonderful job capturing the stark beauty of november

    oh i want to visit that lighthouse and see that marvelous swimmer statue

    i will raise a glass today on our thanksgiving to you alan with give thanks that our paths crossed in cyberspace and give hope that one day they will cross in terra firma too!

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  9. wonderful photos, a sense of the charm of the past even through the fog :)

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  10. You wouldn't be The Famous T- Bone Burnett would you? In which case you' better be off to London....there's a musical event you are supposed to be appearing in.
    Nice photos of Scarboro' august was my month though, but it can still be cold and dull even in summer.

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  11. I haven't been to Scarborough for almost 40 years. It might be time for me to put that right.

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  12. The top one especially has a timeless quality. Did the wind take your breath away?

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  13. One of the beauties of overcast days though is the delightful light for photography. I love your harbour shot.

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  14. I've been to Scarborough twice and never seen the beach. On both occasions I was dragged round the Town, in and out of the shop. I simply cannot understand the fascination with shop that are the same as shops where we come from.

    The pictures show a different view of the Town. The beach has that almost eerie quality that, sooner or later, something is going to happen. Not quite sure what, but I seem to see roaring fire, lights outside, comfy chair and a Whiskey Mac, and a convivial companion.

    The Harbour scene, brilliant, and reminds me I have some old pictures of Yorkshire coastal towns.

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  15. November light makes these rather mellow. Awesome!
    This reminds me of my wife's story about visiting Scarborough when she was a girl. It must have been impressive as she still talks about it.

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  16. What a charming place! And now I'm humming that wonderful old Simon and Garfunkel song...

    ...parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme! :)

    It's Thanksgiving here, as you know. I wanted to stop by and tell you, Alan, that I'm thankful for you. xo

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  17. I really liked the harbour shot though I'd want it to be a tad warmer if I visited.

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  18. Not sure what it is, but I'm always more attracted to western facing shores. It could be the Lancastrian in me - or the Dutchman.

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  19. I was singing parsley sage rosemary and thyme too..it looks like a lovely place to stroll along in the fog. Interesting sunshine piece..:)

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  20. Yes, those photos certainly describe a November mood! I can almost smell the salt air!

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