Monday, 3 May 2010

Typical Bank Holiday Weather!





























There is a tradition here in the UK that whenever a Bank Holiday comes round the weather always takes a turn for the worse. This weekend - our May Bank Holiday Weekend - the weather is dull and the wind is blowing from the North East and the temperature struggled yesterday to reach 7 degrees.
However, up here in the Yorkshire Dales we are hardy folk, so yesterday the farmer and I drove to Hawes in Wensleydale, principally because I wanted to see if the newsagent had sold any of our Writers' Group book, which he has on sale or return. There was also another agenda though, as I wanted a new pair of sandals and there is a lovely shoe shop there. Bought a super pair!
After shivering round Hawes we drove on the extra two miles to Cotter Force. Regular readers of my blog may well remember earlier visits - this time I was hoping that the marvellous collection of native wild flowers would be out. No such luck, they are hardly daring to show their faces.
Here and there our beautiful native primrose was peeping through the grass - is there a more exquisite flower? I doubt it. The yellow dead nettle had the odd bloom and there was one patch of struggling pink campion. The young rowan trees were beginning to bud - a pretty little white throat was flitting through the branches.
In the field which borders the footpath up to the force, the lambs were charging up and down. It seems to be that one has one of two reactions when watching them. Mine is to think - how can I eat lamb again when they are so lovely - but the farmer's is more along the lines of lamb chops.
We are seriously short of water here now. I read that they had over an inch in the South East yesterday - as you can see from the force, we have had hardly any rain here for weeks. Tess enjoyed sniffing about on the rocks of the dry river bed though - and a pair of grey wagtails were busily getting mud for their nest.
By the time we arrived home we were very chilly (for May) but were soon cheered up by the first rhubarb crumble of the year (with custard).

19 comments:

Tramp said...

I like the pictures - especially the crumble. You've persuaded me, it will be rhubarb crumble tonight. Wet weather here and no bank holiday this year, the 1st fell on a Saturday so I need something to look forward to...Tramp

maggi said...

The crumble looks delicious, as do the other photos. It'd definitely not as cold here but very windy. Hope that some of your books had sold.

Dave King said...

Super post, just leaves one question unanswered - How does it do that, the weather? Turn at the Ban k Holiday, I mean... How does it know it's the Bank Holiday?

willow said...

Mmm, I'd like a nice dish of that lovely rhubarb crumble for my breakfast dessert!

steven said...

the weather gods have calendars - i know they do. the rain - well have you noticed that if you work for a living it rains on the weekend and not through the week when the sun is high and warm?! rhubarb crumble and custard mmmm!! steven

Gramma Ann said...

Now I am hungry, and will have to see if my rhubarb is ready for cooking. That crumble looks mighty delicious. The weather here is nice, not to cold, not to hot for now.

Elisabeth said...

It's funny Weaver, I find it hard to imagine you there - anywhere in England - short of water.

I thought that was the lot of our more arid places, not your beautiful and green England.

Eryl Shields said...

My son loves rhubarb crumble so much that when, a couple of years ago, a friend gave me an armful of rhubarb and I made it into crumble he actually wrote and thanked her.

We had torrential rain on Saturday and today it's glorious.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Beautiful trip and photos Weaver.What a lovely part of the world.Hope the sandals are comfy.
As for your previous John Lewis Ad post, I've a terrible confession to make.....'Twas I in the fridge.

Loren said...

Any day that ends with rhubarb crumble (whatever that is) has to be a good day as far as I'm concerned.

I've got to plant some rhubarb!

Interesting how closely your weather mirrors our weather here in the Pacific Northwest of America.

George said...

Nice photos that make me look forward even more to my coast-to-coast walk next month. I'm going through the Yorkshire Dales National Park. If lucky, I may be able to find a bit of that delicious looking crumble.

Leenie said...

Nice story of your travels. Hope you get some warm weather so you can show off those new sandals. Baby lambs are just fun. I don't care much for eating them so I don't have to deal with mixed feelings. Now when it comes to baby chicks...I do.

Pondside said...

Q:What follows two days of rain?
A: Monday

We had a wild and woolly weekend here with storms and rain and lots of branches off the trees.

Jenn Jilks said...

Beautiful shots! Isn't that typical?! I've been watching beaver in my neck of the woods

The Weaver of Grass said...

What is it about rhubarb crumble that makes it so very tempting. And I wonder, as does Dave, how does the weather know it is Bank Holiday? Thanks for the comments.

Golden West said...

Yum! You've inspired me to search for a recipe and try my hand at a crumble!

Titus said...

Lovely shots Weaver, we struck much luckier with the weather, and as Michelin have just re-introduced the I-Spy books we had two huge walks and earned 215 points each (children, that is) in 2 days. Just got to get 1,000 for a certificate! Very hopeful for an adder (40 points - biggest scorer!).
And we are very dry here too.
Been rhubarb crumbling for a couple of weeks here, but made my first rhubarb and custard muffins on Sunday!

ChrisJ said...

Oh spring flowers and rhubarb crumble! Bliss even if the Yorkshire winds are blowing. I so love primroses! Our weather is finally turning warm though what we get now is known as May gray and June gloom. Fairly warm temperatures but low clouds at the coast.

BT said...

Such gorgeous photos - and our weather was just as bad too! I love the waterfall - how strange that you should be short of water. We have had about the right amount so far - enough to keep the garden fresh but not too much for a change. Mmm, rhubarb crumble, Jim makes a super one too/