Sunday, 24 August 2014
A Wedding Anniversary Outing.
This being the week of our twenty-first Wedding Anniversary, we had a day out today. But first the farmer took me up on to the Moor above our village, where the heather is in full bloom. This has been a very good year for grouse and the heather was full of them. It seems a pity that they have to be shot (the shooting season has already started). Our friends S and T have bees, so there should be plenty of good heather honey this year.
Then we decided to go up into Coverdale (most of the Dales are named after the rivers which drain out of them), calling first at The Forester's Arms in Carlton in Coverdale for a roast pork and apple sauce lunch (delicious). Then we set off. Before we began our climb up to the top, the farmer took Tess for a short walk along the side of the River Cover and I took this sneaky photograph (the farmer does not care to have his photograph taken).
Then we climbed up again on to the tops, where hang gliders like to play - and sure enough we saw at least five. You have no idea how hard it is to get a photograph of a hang glider but the farmer took this out of his window. If you have got the nerve to jump off the edge of the cliff, how wonderful it must be to float around with such a view below.
And so back down the long hill into Wensleydale and home territory again. In the distance the village of Gayle and the little town of Hawes. We were back by 3.30pm having had a lovely day out. I hope you enjoy the pictures.I see I have somehow managed to get the Highland cow into the post twice. Sorry about that - but I shall leave it there - just to make you realise how scary it was.
And here is the photo I have forgotten, of the infant River Wharfe and the eroded stones.
I hope you enjoyed our day out. I just hope I don't have nightmares tonight about those horns!