Here on the farm friends P and D have been staying for the week-end. The weather has been pretty awful and they drove over the top of the Pennines, from the Lake District where they live through very wet and windy conditions. They arrived for lunch yesterday.
For lunch we had a really lovely soup which was recommended by a blogging friend but sadly I can't remember for sure which one it was. I have a feeling it was probably JoAnn, but thanks for the recommendation whoever it was - the soup was delicious. The soup was for roast chicken with roasted vegetables and can be found at
In the evening friend W along with my son and daughter in law (only two and a half weeks after a new hip but doing very well indeed) came for a meal and we had a jolly, chatty evening.
During the afternoon the local Hunt came past. Seeing the hunt is one of the farmer's highlights and he stood at the gate and watched. I grabbed the camera - sorry I completely missed the lovely hounds streaming along down the lane, well in front of the horses, but I just caught the Huntsman bending down to have a quick word with the farmer - remarking on the terribly wet fields and how they were therefore sticking to the roads as much as possible.
This morning, surprise, surprise, more gales and more pouring rain. We went part of the way back with our friends, stopping in Hawes for a Sunday lunch of Roast beef with horseradish sauce, Yorkshire puddings, red cabbage, creamed leeks, roast and mashed potatoes and lovely gravy. Too much beef on my plate has resulted in a lovely doggy bag, much appreciated by Tess!
The farmer is off into hospital in the morning for an operation on his face, to remove a sample for analysis - so an early start. At present he is out feeding the cattle double rations so that he can leave them early in the morning.
One thing is for sure - when he comes in he will not need any tea after that enormous lunch - but then what am I going to do with the trifle which is left from last night?