Croft Gate Bed and Breakfast Accommodation, Ingleton.

A luxury 4 star bed and breakfast in Chapel-le-Dale, near Ribblehead Viaduct and Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Busy at Croft Gate

15/8/2010

Ooops  – we have been so busy – the busiest we have ever been – that there hasn’t been time to blog.  We had glorious sunshine yesterday and the same today and this is so welcome as it seems to have been such a wet summer.  The garden has suffered – two sowings of broad beans and lots of pods but full of rotten brown beans.  A good crop of courgettes but the runner beans simply aren’t being pollinated – we plant borage to encourage bees but they have deserted us this summer.

The tadpoles from the pond are now little frogs and the garden is full of them – everytime we bend to pull up a weed, out pops a frog.

This afternoon we plan to harvest garlic and onions – both bumper crops this year.  We dry them off in the greenhouse before stringing and storing in the workshop.  They usually last us until April next year.

Everywhere there is evidence of the year passing.  Swallows are gathering on wires ready for their migration and many garden birds have disappeared to moult.  Harebells are in full flower and the Rowans dripping with bright red berries which the blackbirds are devouring at speed.  Sheep have been sheared and it wont be long now before that particular time in the dale we dread – the separation of ewe from lamb.  The dale resounds with the desperate cries of mother searching for babe and likewise lamb bleating for ewe.   Though necessary it’s truly heartbreaking and almost unbearable.

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