Last night I went with a group of friends to our local Chinese Restaurant for a meal. There were eight of us and we do this on a regular basis. We usually make rather a lot of noise as we are a jolly group, but this time we were well outstripped by a group of eight young ladies in their early twenties - quite a change. A delicious meal on a pouring wet, cold night while the farmer sat at home watching television on his own and enjoying it.
Today I have finally managed something I have been trying to do for weeks. Well, I'll come clean and admit it, my son came round and set the system up for me. But here it is anyway.
Our local market town, Leyburn, has its own band. They have been together now for some years and are doing very well and playing at a lot of local venues. I have a friend, G, who plays in it and who has said for a long time that I should give them a mention on my blog. I have done so but been quite unable to post the photographs she has given me. Now at last I can show you what Leyburn Band looks like.
Each year there is a Band Concert in September at Hardraw Force in Wensleydale (Force being the local word for waterfall). It is open to all Bands and attracts them from a wide area. Naturally Leyburn Band features in the contest and often wins. This particular year I T V were there filming the event for the popular series 'The Dales' with Adrian Edmondson. Two of the photographs were taken on that occasion.
The third photograph shows the Band playing at the Methodist Chapel in Reeth, the small town in Swaledale.
As we are quite a long way from 'civilisation' so to speak, we do have to make our own amusement up here and events like this are always popular. And long may it continue to be so.
There has been another deluge of rain here, but not enough for flooding. Spare a thought for our blogging friends in the South West of the country where flooding has been terrible - as it was up here a couple of months ago. It seems as though every area has had to have this deluge at one time or another.
As I write, mid afternoon on Sunday, the sun is shining and it is bitterly cold. But more rain is forecast for later on today and for the whole of tomorrow. I can't help questioning, what is happening to our weather?
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