Croft Gate Bed and Breakfast Accommodation, Ingleton.

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Dagging and Tupping

15/11/2011

What a fabulous spell of good weather we have had recently.  A balmy 16 degrees – far warmer than many summer days and lots of sunshine too. The dry weather has been particularly welcome as it has enabled the flower garden to dry out after the water pipe which comes to us from the main road, via the dry beck, burst and flooded our land.

It’s tupping time in the dale again.  Sturdy rams, besporting stylish chalk harnesses, strut the lower pastures and the ewes, suitably dagged (tails and nether regions clipped and cleaned in preparation) are modelling a variety of coloured rumps, indicating that the tup has done his job.  By the end of the week the Soays will be tupping too – always a lively spectacle.  Then it’s just a few months until the dale is a cacophony of baaing lambs and bleating ewes.

There is winter to survive first of course and we are all hoping that snowfalls will be more moderate this year.  The generator has been serviced and camping stoves stand at the ready.  The freezer is full and if we are cut off for any length of time there’s always a plentiful supply of home- made tomato chutney!

What a fabulous spell of good weather we have had recently.  A balmy 16 degrees – far warmer than many summer days and lots of sunshine too. The dry weather has been particularly welcome as it has enabled the flower garden to dry out after the water pipe which comes to us from the main road, via the dry beck, burst and flooded our land.

It’s tupping time in the dale again.  Sturdy rams, besporting stylish chalk harnesses, strut the lower pastures and the ewes, suitably dagged (tails and nether regions clipped and cleaned in preparation) are modelling a variety of coloured rumps, indicating that the tup has done his job.  By the end of the week the Soays will be tupping too – always a lively spectacle.  Then it’s just a few months until the dale is a cacophony of baaing lambs and bleating ewes.

There is winter to survive first of course and we are all hoping that snowfalls will be more moderate this year.  The generator has been serviced and camping stoves stand at the ready.  The freezer is full and if we are cut off for any length of time there’s always a plentiful supply of home- made tomato chutney!

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