Not quite the time away I was expecting ! Due to storms and hill slides close to the Abbey on the escarpment I spent four hours trying to get to the sisters, having already driven from Paradise for 10 hours, and no matter how hard I tried I could not find a way up the moor.
Lost on the Yorkshire Moors in pitch black, and with no phone signal at all, in desperation I put my sat nav on and told it to take me another hour away to my lovely friend J at Littlebeck.
She took in a poor wayfarin stranger who was at the point of tears and collapse at around 10.30pm, having set off from Paradise at 8 am.........
I was not in any state to teach the next day, and to my eternal relief when J rang the Benedictines the next morning, they were, as I hoped full of sympathy and horror at my nightmare excursion. Dear J then proceeded to give me two days of rest and recuperation and wonderful food.
In all honesty this has rather shaken me up, and I still feel a tad wobbly, but am almost home and ready to have a very quiet day tomorrow in readiness for a weeks' teaching.
The sort of weather which caused the road slips which caused my nightmare journey, pics of Whitby and Saltburn a few days ago !
For those of you who know these places, it is very shocking, and one can see the damage North Yorkshire has taken, and why my trip was so impossible!