You’ve probably guessed by now I have a special place in my heart for the unspoilt and un-commercialised seaside town of Filey on the East Yorkshire coast, for me one its most endearing qualities is its people, and how friendly they are, no more so than on a morning whilst they are preparing for the hustle and bustle of tourism to kick in. I’ve noticed this greater since getting my little ‘mans-best-friend’, she really loves its beach and getting up for an early morning walk for the papers, no matter where we stop, or how far away it is, we’ll wander of into town ‘rain or shine’ …recently we even did a 5.30am walk ‘excited doggie’, despite this, it’s on these walks that you get to meet the ‘real’ and friendly people of Filey, I don’t think I’ve actual met someone who’s not is willing to say hello back or even propose the hello first. This is such a delightful character for its population of nearly 7000, something which my suburb town of CrossGates (with its meagre population 2200) doesn’t seem to have.
Over the Easter break we encamped again in the beautifully refurbished Abbots Leigh Guest House for 3 days of R&R, under the friendly control of Stephanie and Chris, who like me share a great passion for the art and heritage of Filey. Over these days I managed to grasp a few special ‘me-times’ to wander again with ‘Trusty the Camera’, doing a 3 hour night shoot (which I’ll blog about later) and a wet and wild day on the beach which provided some profoundly atmospheric scenes to capture.