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A slight thaw

14/12/2010

A slight thaw has begun today but it hasn’t halted the endless queues of birds waiting their turn at the feeding station. We have robins, sparrows, dunnocks, blackbirds, blue tits, great tits, nuthatches, goldfinches, chaffinches, green finches, greater spotted woodpeckers, cock and hen pheasants – all feeding on nuts, seeds, oats, fat balls and so on. Occasionally a sparrowhawk will take advantage and swoop down and snatch a small bird and a marauding cat or two will visit – thankfully not to eat a bird but to graze instead on soggy bread or fat ball crumbs! (more…)

Great News

6/12/2010

Great News – we had a secret visit from the hotel inspector last week and we heard today that we have earned 5 Star status!  We gained high marks across the board from hospitality and facilities to cleanliness and breakfasts.  In fact we gained 100% for our breakfast which was described as excellent and certainly met the very high expectations at this level.

So special was the breakfast that we have been given a national Breakfast Award  sponsored by Kelloggs.  Only 8% of B and B’s in the country have been awarded this accolade so we are feeling very pleased with ourselves! (more…)

Snow

30/11/2010

Like much of the country, we too have snow – currently about 10 inches.  The council are doing a great job keeping the roads open so it’s not a problem at the moment.

We had guests at the weekend who thought it was a such fairy tale – they walked out  under azure skies in the crisp snow in the daytime  and returned to  a hot  drink and roaring log fire to relax in front of in the evenings.  A bonus of such crystal clear skies is the spectacular show of star-spangled heavens at night. (more…)

Famous Faces

23/11/2010

We went shopping to the supermarket in Settle at the weekend – and found ourselves pushing a trolley at the side of Alan Bennett.  Actually, we do see him quite often as he has a cottage nearby.

We used to see Thelma Barlow (Mavis from Coronation Street) regularly too but she has now moved away from the area.  Kate Ford ( Tracy Barlow from The Street shops in nearby Kirby Lonsdale – her family live locally and we have met Chris Chittell ( Eric Pollard from Emmerdale) several times when we have been walking on the fells.  Of course, Ingleton’s most famous son at the moment goes by the stage name of Tom Lister but is perhaps better known as Karl King from Emmerdale.  He lives in the village with his family and has done so all his life. (more…)

First flakes of snow

11/11/2010

We have had our first snow of the season this week and some lovely crisp, blue mornings when we have had to scrape ice from the Landrover windscreen.

Tupping is well underway now and we can’t help but smile as we see field after field of ewes with coloured rumps.  The shepherd straps a piece of coloured chalk to the tup by means of a leather harness or alternatively rubs ruddle or a sticky dye substance onto the tups chest.  As the tup covers a ewe he leaves the tell tale sign of a coloured bottom on his chosen ewe. (No room for modesty here!)  This lets the shepherd know which ewes have been covered and also, if the colour of the chalk  is changed regularly, when the ewes will lamb.  Thus he will be able to plan lambing, knowing for instance, that ewes with a red bottom will lamb two weeks before those sporting a blue rear and so on. (more…)

Lots of rain

4/11/2010

Hurtle pot in flood



Its been raining for over 24 hours now and the normally dry Chapel Beck is in full flood and Hurtle pot is overflowing with water. We have just been out in the dark to check water levels and its now 7 – 8 foot deep and almost up to road level. A few years ago the force of the water actually washed the bridge away but now a new bridge has been built we are all hoping it will hold. (more…)

Cosy log fire

18/10/2010

Oops – we haven’t blogged for such a long time!  We have had a really busy Autumn with the Shippon being particularly popular with guests.  As the nights draw in,  it provides a cosy opportunity to relax in front of the log fire in the late afternoon before  heading out for an evening meal.


Herdwick at the Shepherds meet in Borrowdale waiting to be 'judged' in the best sheep competition.


A few weekends ago we took a ride over to Borrowdale for the Shepherds’ meet and show.  Rosthwaite provides such a sublime setting – verdant pastures encircled by the crags and fells that  create the famous ‘ jaws of Borrowdale’. Quite unique and no wonder Prince Charles is a regular visitor.  It rained for the entire show of course but we had such a fantastic time – Fell Ponies, Foxhounds, Shepherds Dogs, Cumberland Wrestling and the real reason we go – the Herdwick Sheep.  We stopped off in Martindale on the way home to watch the red deer – quite special.

We had our first real frost of the season a couple of nights ago and so that means an end to all the tender flowers we grow.  Dahlias,  nasturtium, cosmos – all had their flowering season abruptly curtailed.  They have all flowered profusly this year and have enabled us to fill guests rooms with some vibrant displays.

Further frosts are forecast for later this week so we shall have to think about constructing cosy hibernating quarters  for our resident hedgehogs.

A walk in the Countryside

14/9/2010
There are several special plants that we like to see growing in the wild each year.  The quest begins in Spring with Oxlip and Early Spotted Orchid, both to be found here in the dale.  In June we look for the  Birds Eye Primrose, Butterwort and Sundew, the latter two being insect eating.  The meadows of Swaledale are a must at this time too.  High Summer is the time to see the Mountain Pansy and this year we almost left it too late. (more…)

Wedding in our little Chapel

8/9/10

Wedding day in the hamlet

There was a wedding at our little Chapel at the weekend.  We love to see such a happy occasion in the dale.  It brings joy and laughter into the hamlet and when the sun shines, as it did on Saturday, the scene is idyllic.  The couple apparently held a civil ceremony at Settle Register Office in the morning and came to the chapel for a blessing before a reception at the Station Inn.  It was said that the groom proposed in the churchyard while on holiday here.

This reminded us of a couple who stayed with us last year and became engaged while on holiday.  A bottle of champagne was secreted in a rucksack, before a walk up Ingleborough.  The proposal was made when the summit was reached and we were the first to know the news.  They really were a lovely couple and we wish them well. (more…)

The sun is out

2/9/10

Three hot and sunny days in a row – this is paradise!  We’ve certainly made the best of it too.  On Tuesday, late afternoon/early evening we went picking blackberries, choosing to follow in the footsteps of Alan Bennett (he has a cottage nearby) and wander the Green Lanes around Austwick.  This is such a pretty village – in fact it was the location of the 09 Christmas adverts for a well known supermarket.   As we pottered about in the valley floor we took regular stops to gaze up at the famous erratic field at Norber and the great hulk of Moughton – one of our favourite peaks – and the location of a group of wild juniper.  Crummack dale looked tempting too, a relatively undiscovered dale  by many visitors but well worth the hike especially from the Green Lanes of the hamlet of Wharfe. (more…)