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A lovely meal out

31/8/10

It’s nearly a week now since we went out for a meal to celebrate a family birthday. We chose the Game Cock at Austwick because so many guests have said they really enjoyed their meal there.  It certainly lived up to expectations – the food was good, the service exemplary and we had a cosy little table tucked away in an alcove.

Game Cock

Best of all for us  – you can an evening meal as early as 5 o’clock.  Sounds ridiculous, but on busy days we often crawl into bed  happy but exhausted at 8 pm so early dinner is needed. Bank holiday Sunday was warm and sunny but the quality of the light and the profusion of blackberries are an indication that the year is passing.  The onions and garlic are ‘gathered in’ and drying out in the workshop.  There are still plenty of courgettes to pick and we have begun harvesting and freezing the runner beans.  Each morning  now we are woken by a cacophony of chattering swallows  and martins as they gather together on the electric cables prior to their long migration.  Sadly, any day now, we will waken to find silence and know these sweet and special little birds have deserted us. (more…)

Award winning food

24/8/2010

Nipped down to Ingleton yesterday to buy more award winning black pudding and sausage from Pearson the butcher, then across the road to Greeengages for some mini pears – sweet, juicy and crisp.  As usual we ended up in Seed Hill nursery.  It’s  in the centre of the village and although small, is full of plants.  We were tempted to buy a lovely blue scabious and as Adrian, the owner, had “popped out” we, like everyone else , put the money through the letter box.  There can’t be many places where the owner is so trusting and the customers so trustworthy! (more…)

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. (more…)

Wildlife in the garden

21/7/2010

Great news – a hedgehog has returned to the garden.  We had at least one who visited frequently in Spring to devour the many snails and slugs we have.  In fact, so well did he or she feast that we had to get up early each morning and swill the barnyard down with a bucket of water in case any guests walking to their car should step in the smelly result of  hedgehog over indulgence.

There has been something of a slug and snail fest in the garden recently as it has been so wet.  We use slug pellets as a last resort preferring to use a more humane and speedy form of dispatch involving dark nights, a torch and a sharp pair of scissors. (more…)

A wet summer

20/7/2010

Such rain!  The broad beans are ankle deep in water and the delphiniums have been dashed to the ground.  The normally dry river bed of Chapel Beck is now a torrent of rushing water and the roar it makes can be heard from the house.  Just beyond where it flows past the bottom of the garden, water is gushing out of a pothole and forming a dramatic mushroom shaped water spout.  We don’t normally see such phenomenon until the depths of winter. (more…)

Fruit picking

13/7/2010

We had to cancel our night out the previous evening due to the late arrival of our new guests.  Instead, we  took the afternoon off today and went to Over Kellet near Lancaster to pick soft fruit for our home-made compote.  Raspberry, black and redcurrant and gooseberry bushes were all dripping with fruit.

From there we headed for Morecambe Bay – only a total of 20 miles from Croft Gate.  We always avoid the town but the promenade is clean and tidy with excellent views across the bay to the fells of the Lake District.  The sunsets are spectacular too.  Sometimes, in the winter we’ll make up a flask, take a pair of binoculars each, and park up along the shore to watch the many wading birds that live here. It’s an ornithologists paradise. (more…)

Homegrown fruit and vegetables

6/7/2010

We have been so busy in June it has been hard to find time to blog.  We did however manage a half day trip down the road to Sizergh Castle (National Trust).  The garden is fantastic this time of year.

In our own garden we are picking blackcurrents and gooseberries and eating homegrown spinach, potatoes and chard. There is a magnificent elder bush growing by the hamlet’s well.  It is dripping with flowers and no doubt our neighbour, T, will be out picking the flowers before long ready to make elderflower wine.

We have enjoyed the dry spell but many of the farms along the dale who rely on springs for their water are having to ration its use.  Luckily, we have a mains supply.

An afternoon trip

15/6/2010

An afternoon off today and so down Ribblesdale, through Horton and from Stainforth, the back road to Halton Gill.  Its down a green lane off this road that a patch of bird’s-eye primrose can be seen.  There are several sights on the limestone where this special flower can be found, Sulber Nick, Malham Tarn and on the footpath from Malham to Arncliffe to name a few but we particularly like this location as it is intermingled with the carnivorous common butterwort here.  A real feast for the eyes. (more…)

Early breakfast to tackle the 3 peaks

12/6/2010

Up at 4.30am this morning to cook an early breakfast for a party of four tackling the 3 peaks challenge.  Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough – 26 miles.  Plenty of flowers in the garden now to pick to put in guests rooms – peony, iris, lupin and ladies mantle to name but a few but it will be a while before we are picking sweet peas and the lisianthus seem particularly slow to grow. (more…)

Planting in the garden

2/6/2010

Planted the last row of broad beans today, right by the dry stone wall at the bottom of the  garden.  This turned out to be rather a risky business as Elton the horse is currently in residence in the pasture over the wall and every time he hears anyone in the garden he hangs his head over the wall and gives a slobbery snort.  The mistle thrushes nesting in the Rowan are quite a hazard too as they fly low over the garden, at just the right height to clout someone straightening up after doing a bit of weeding! (more…)