Friday, 10 June 2011
A Day Out.
Sometimes it does you good to drive through the area near where you live and to look at it objectively (as though you are a tourist) as you go. There is nothing like it to make you really appreciate the beauty of the area.
Today - courtesy of my friend W (thank you W) - we had a lovely drive through Wensleydale, down through Woodale, past the magnificent Ribblehead viaduct and the peak of Ingleborough (for once visible without cloud) and down into the Trough of Bowland to the pretty little town of Kirby Lonsdale.
We met a friend in the Car Park; it should have been two friends but one was prostrate at home with a bad back. First we had lunch in a dog-friendly bistro in the town. This meant that Sophie, my friend's Jack Russell, could accompany us and in fact that were four dogs in the bistro. Would you like to know what we had for lunch? Well, it was so good that I intend to try it out on the farmer for lunch tomorrow!
We started with roasted prawns in garlic butter with dipping bread. Then we had roasted Mediterranean vegetables with cous-cous, apricots and mint and a dressing of rocket with balsamic vinegar. Delicious.
After lunch we took the short walk to the pretty parish church and then through the lovely churchyard to look at the Lune View (Ruskin's view). It was from this spot that Turner painted his famous picture which Ruskin described as 'one of the lovliest scenes in England.'
Our friend left us here and W and I meandered through an almost empty little town (how do shops in these small towns make a living these days?) looking into various old-fashioned shops.
We came back by a different route, through Sedbergh - through the whole length of Wensleydale, which was looking particularly beautiful at this time of the year - the fields full of sheep with their lambs and cattle with their calves; the River Ure meandering through green fields; the trees in full leaf in all their glory. Aren't we lucky to live up here.