Wednesday, 4 August 2010
An afternoon out.
This afternoon I went with two friends and three dogs on an outing up the dale. Tess stayed at home as four dogs would have been one too many!
We went to The Dales Countryside museum in Hawes where today, for the first time a gold ring of Viking origin is on show. It was found about twenty miles away - what an exciting find. The photograph is of very poor quality as the ring is well-lit and also inside a glass box - but it does give you some idea.
We had a wander round the rest of the Museum, which is really just a slice of Old Dales Life. I loved the farmhouse kitchen, which reminded me of our kitchen when I was a child and also all the laundry paraphernalia associated with wash day. Again a good reminder for me of Mondays, when the copper would be lit, the water boiled, white clothes boiled almost to extinction, starched, dipped in Reckitt's Blue, put through the mangle, hung on the line, ironed, aired and put away - two days work at least.
On the journey home, after a nice walk, we came up behind a herd of cows going in for milking - another typical Dales happening. I got home to find that the farmer has had to stop what he was doing as the power shaft has broken on his tractor - so it is being repaired tomorrow. Farm life never runs smoothly. Have a nice evening.