We wish all of our guests and customers a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.
There are some dark goings on around Robin Hood's Bay this next couple of weeks as the Dark Skies Festival gets underway. It runs from 15th February until 3rd March and details of the many events planned can be found on the National Park's website at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/darkskies. Here at Skerry Hall Farm we are priviledged to enjoy superb dark skies away from street lights and the light pollution glow of large connurbations. There are few places better to enjoy starry skies or the moon, which is spectacular when seen across the bay reflecting on the sea. There is a full moon on 19th February.
No sooner have family and friends departed after Christmas than it seems the time for reopening our B&B is upon us, with just over three weeks to go now until Friday 15th February. We thought that it was hectic preparing for Christmas, with family arriving from Australia, Iraq and Trinidad, as well as the UK, but we are just as busy now preparing for our first guests of 2019, making marmalade and jams, as well getting on with jobs such as TB testing the herd, fitting a new hot water cylinder, etc. etc.
The long days are slowly leaving us as we slip from summer into autumn. Soon the children will be back at school and Robin Hood's Bay will be a little less busy (and Whitby too).
Autumn came rapidly, and before we knew it we were starting to slip into winter with its colder mornings and darker evenings. But every season has its virtues, and we have been treated to some beautiful sunrises and glorious moonlight over the sea. On a fine day there is little to beat going for a walk at this time of year - the air seems so much clearer and photographs have that extra crispness to their focus - and few places can be better located for walking than Skerry Hall. Even cloudy or misty days can produce some beautiful sights - atmospheric glimpses of the countryside and the villages that seem to defy being placed in time. Taking a break at this time of year can be very rewarding as places aren't so crowded as earlier in the season and yet there is still plenty to see and do. In Robin Hood's Bay the Victorian Weekend running 8th - 10th December is well worth catching, and local shops in Bay and Whitby give the opportunity of finding Christmas gifts that you won't find elsewhere. We are open for bookings until the end of the Victorian Weeekend, so why not treat yourself to a short break? Or why not treat someone you love with a voucher for a stay at Skerry Hall Farm at a time to suit them? They are available for any amount towards the cost, just email or phone for details.
Happy New Year to all! We plan to reopen our B&B on Friday 21st February following our winter shut down - which began early as both Jan and Alan required surgery. Both are now on the mend and we are looking forward to welcoming our first guests of 2020. We have not yet determined when our next beef will be ready as it will still be a while yet before Alan is fit to deal with that.
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