Looking out over tranquil sea from the horseshoe shaped cliffs surrounding Robin
   Hood’s Bay,
the cerulean sea tinted with wave tipped glittering silver diamonds on a sunlit
   summer’s day,
 weathered fishing boats painted in navy, red and white wait patiently for the next
    ebbing tide,
   an impressive curved stone seawall covered in tenacious green weed protects the  
   village’s seaward side.

The salty scent of seawater and discarded kelp seaweed laying in shallows on Boggle
   Hole beach,
grey fulmars fly on warm thermal updraughts near cliffs beside you, seemingly just out
   of reach,
 the tightly knit maze of colourful fisherman cottages at Staithes surrounded by sheer
  cliffs so tall,
 on windswept moors with purple flowering heather watching the billowing clouds of a 
   distant summer squall.

The windswept moorland beauty of Goathland village and preserved railway, a reminder
   of times past,
 the steam train leaving the station emits clouds of white smoke and sounds a musical
   whistle blast,
stretching across rugged moorland, the arches of Ribblehead Viaduct shadowed on a
      morning misty and still,
distant sheep on patchwork fields surrounded by undulating grey drystone walls and
  rolling hills.

After travelling through a medieval stone arch, York Cathedral’s stone towers soar
     above the city’s skyline,
The Shamble’s narrow streets with overhanging timber framed buildings and an old
  fashioned street sign,
with ever-changing weather and tides, and moorland the colour of purple tweed, 
    all that you loved so dear,
when I think of or look at Yorkshire, so full of natural beauty, 
this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.

In loving memory of James Farthing 1929 – 2017

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