Great news: Stage 2 is well underway on the parking platform for our holiday cottage Dunsley in Staithes. Mike and Matt have spent the last week building the foundations for the decking, which almost covers the lower platform. Today we measured up for the shed - planning permission was granted in October 2013 so it's about time we cracked on with it. Mike is a master joiner so it will be a thing of beauty. The plan is to make a space where we, and our guests, can have evening picnics, barbecues or just a sun-downer drink: the area gets lovely evening light. The flax bushes, planted in autumn, are thriving, and so is the tussock planted directly below the parking platform. We hope to plant fuchsia next; any suggestions of maintenance-free plants that will cope with a maritime climate? Our private parking platform has been particularly welcome this year, as the council-run Bank Top car park has been halved in size, with the top section now an even more expensive private park. So our guests are saving even more, by staying at Dunsley!