Two things will make a difference to the amount of traffic which passes through the Dales during the next week. The first is that it is almost time for the TT Races on the Isle of Man. I hear from Denise (Mrs Nesbitt's Space) that they will be passing the end of our Lane shortly on their way to catch the ferry over to the Island. Many motor cyclists from the mainland go over for the racing, catching the ferry at Heysham and crossing the Irish Sea. Many of these motor cyclists make their way through Wensleydale - quickly.
The other event which starts a week on Saturday is the annual Appleby Horse Fair - an event which has been going for many years and is an opportunity for the travelling folk to meet up. Over this week 'gypsy' caravans have begun to appear on various village greens as their occupants camp for the night, feed and water their horses and then continue along the route the next day to Appleby in what used to be Westmorland. There they all set up camp and trade horses. I have always wanted to go as I understand that it is very colourful occasion but I can't persuade the farmer to come with me.
This morning we had occasion to go to Hawes and we saw half a dozen such caravans. Each time the farmer slowed down to help me to get a good shot. I give you them below. Please bear in mind that they were all taken through the window of the car as we were going along. But I hope the shots will give you a flavour of what it is like here at present. One of the outfits was particularly smart and the horses were splendidly turned out - perhaps you can see which one.