Saturday, 13 September 2014

Faucaria Bosscheana in flower

For several days this little succulent has been opening its blossom at about 4 p.m., then closing again by 6 p.m..  I wonder which little insect comes out at that time to pollinate it in the wild.  Is this usual in its normal habitat?  The wonders and mysteries of nature.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Holiday Reading

We had the most wonderful dog, pretty, intelligent, loving..its just over 7 years since she died.  We loved her to bits, and still have reminders of her around the place.

At first anything doggy would bring tears to my eyes, but now I remember all the happy exploits, foibles and games we had.  I started this blog after we lost her, so there is nothing I can lead you back to, but then maybe with all the walks, I would not have had sufficient time to start a blog.

One of the books which D borrowed from the library and which I read  on holiday was Edward Stourton's Diary of a Dog Walker.  It was very entertaining and reminded me of the many of the aspects of having a dog.  The book is due back to the library today.

Its so amusing and well written, that I have already bought a copy, to give as a present.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Gunnerside Valley Walk

Immediately behind our cottage the path led to a Valley which used to yield a handsome profit for the landowners.  There are extensive remains from the lead mining industry.  We walked up the East of the river and returned on the Western Path.  Nothing could have quite prepared us for what we saw.  This is one of the best walks I've been on.  We had great weather, and the whole day in front of us.
One of the first really delightful sights as we approached the edge of the wood were two beautiful young stoats playing in the sunshine.  There were less than 5 metres away, we were in the gloom of the wood, and froze as we watched them gamble over a fallen wall, looking into all the crevices, it felt like 10 minutes, but we worked out it was only about 3!

We stopped by the little stream for the first half of our lunch, and soon I was looking at all the various types of vegetation, which including really small achemellia mollis.

Further up the hill, I had to venture a few feet into this culvet to see the various ferns.

 We stopped at this little stone bridge for the second part of our lunch and a drink.

 The heather was pretty, and sheep were grazing the pasture.

The red grouse were flying around too.

The mining left scars on the hill side.

and as we reached the end of our walk the valley became more tame, with fields closed in with stone walls with barn built to shelter animals and hay for the winter months.

Souvenirs of a delightful Yorkshire Holiday

We don't do much for either Christmas or Birthday presents, but I do put a little cash in my purse, and look out for treats for myself when on holiday.  Perhaps it is because I do not venture far and do much browsing type shopping when at home, or do not invest much time to that activity, but when I go on holiday sometimes even D spots something which will tickle my fancy.

Lots of wool, and a few other bits and bobs....

a set of heart shaped biscuit cutters, but I would have loved a wooden cake press!

A pair of socks now completed from local yarn, and my little piece of rock from Gunnerside Valley.  The colours will remind me of the heather and rocks.

This pair of socks with wool bought on our Frome Holiday, were finished during this holiday, and were carried around ready to find a place to pose them amongst the ferns, but it had to wait till we got home and here there are with one of my ferns in the lovely little pot found by Penny, and my piece of Yorkshire rock.

Angel's Share Bakery

During a chat with the lady from the knitting shop in Hawes, I happened to mention my love of baking, and asked about local bakeries.  I not only left with yarn, but also a recommendation to visit the local well known bakery in Richmond.

Again another glorious and sunny day, and the was car parked up somewhere on the outskirts, so that we would walk and admire the architecture,

we crossed the river and approached the revamped redundant railway station.  Of course D loves both baked goods and railways so it that was the first visit in the town.

The whole station feels vibrant, the central part has a large seating area, and around there are some interesting outlets selling ice cream, cheese, beer and of course breads produced on site.
Angel's Share is tastefully decorated, and lit, and their produce lovingly displayed.

I think I shall have to try their combination of flavours for my next batch of Amaretti!

We could not resist one of the fat rascals, though I think they were a little heavy on their raising agent, felt on the tip of the tongue and teeth when eaten, otherwise a nice addition to our picnic in the Castle.  By the way my scone recipe which has won  first prizes several times has no additional baking powder!

We stocked up on goodies to take home including one of their wholemeal and rye loaves topped with linseed...guess what my weekly bread was this good as I would say. Usually I find shop made bread a little on the light and fluffy side with no substance, but Angel's Share Lancer loaf was just right, but I would have given it a further 5 minutes in the oven!