‘Where art thou Rosie?’ I hear you ask.

This retirement lark is so busy. I thought that once retirement came I’d have ‘time’. Time for what I hear you ask.

Well, I wanted time for sewing and crafts and I certainly do that, but maybe not as much as I’d like.

I wanted time with my grandchildren and children. I get that but perhaps not as often as I’d like. The one on the right is an honorary grandchild-in-law (that’s probably not a word!)

I wanted to give something back to the community and I do that by volunteering at the community library and the church, but maybe that takes up a bit more time than I’d like.

It’s been a difficult couple of years with family illness and funerals (13 in all). So I’ve made myself some promises and hoping for more Rosie time in the future.

All I want to do is sit by Rosie, our campervan, reading a good book and watch the sun setting over the ocean. That would be heaven.

So to get me started we travelled to Yorkshire parking up on the North Yorkshire Moors at Egton. The site was the Lady Cross Plantation Camping and Caravanning site. It was a quiet, pretty site set amongst a tree plantation and was ideally placed above Grosmont where we were to meet our friend Barbara. Hi Rosie 🤗

Barbara is someone we met in Florida and is a friend of my best friend Pauline who lives out there. Anyways Barbara was over visiting family and friends and then she was doing the coast to coast walk from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire. A total of 192 miles.

What you need to know about Barbara is that she just goes for stuff, real adventure stuff, nothing by halves; sometimes with a friend, but sometimes on her own. She’s a bit of a dare devil in my book and I admire that she can just go off and do this stuff even if she’s just a little mad crazy (and sometimes gets lost) – and I mean that in a sincere heartfelt way. And best of all she makes me smile.

Anyways we met her and her friend Anne when they reached Grosmont with one last stretch to go.

We shared dinner with them at the Geall Gallery where a new cafe has opened and where they were staying. The plan was we’d be their Sherpa van to Robin Hood’s Bay and we would be there to clap them in. As you can see from the map the last few miles were on The Cleveland Way so we walked along there to meet them.

The views were stunning over the bay, and the wild flowers were abundant as was the sunshine.

We were having a glorious walk.

The other thing that was important to Barbara and Anne was that it was the 4 July, so we had a little plan.

They were so excited, firstly to see the sea, then to see us and lastly to hear the Star Spangled Banner playing.

And some of the friends they made along the way also arrived so we took this picture. Happy, proud of themselves and exhausted. And actually we weren’t yet at the end! We all walked on and showed them their B&B where we had left Rosie.

We waited in the van whilst they showered and then we spotted one of Billypops’ heroes, Martin Carthy, helping someone park a car. I said to him go and say hello, but he wouldn’t. So I did. A very nice man, happy to chat and Billypops finally got out of Rosie and said hello in a starstruck (or was that dumbstruck?) sort of way.

After a while we walked with the girls for a well-earned pint at the pub in the bay which has the official sign marking the end of the coast to coast, where you can dip your toe in the water if you wish.

Very pleased girls that we contributed and celebrated your achievement.

And also gave us a taste of what we had missed all these months – Rosie.