Sunday, 20 September 2015

Away over the watershed.

Today we met my god-daughter and her husband for lunch at The Kings Head in the village of Ravenstonedale in Cumbria.   This involves driving through Hawes, up into Cumbria along the side of the Carlisle to Settle railway and then down into the village.   It is a delightful journey.   I took a couple of photographs in Hawes - one of the lovely hanging baskets -apparently when the Tour of Yorkshire cycle race went through last year residents paid for a firm to do all these hanging baskets using a lot of yellow flowers.   They looked so lovely that most people have paid the same firm to do them again this year - what a good example of community spirit don't you think?   Also, when the farmer stopped for petrol, I took a photograph of a villager washing down the Little White Bus which is another community project in an area where public transport is more or less non-existent and people wishing to get into our little market town on Fridays for market day are very grateful for the opportunity to come in on this bus.

Then it was 'over the tops' and into Cumbria through spectacular scenery - and at the end of it a delicious cheese and onion souffle followed by roast beef.   And a nice glass of wine,




9 comments:

Countryside Tales said...

That view is beautiful. Haven't been to Cumbria for a while, such beautiful country :o)

Joanne Noragon said...

The countryside is beautiful. The sky is so low.
And I must also tell you, my farm excursions were limited to visiting a couple of aunts and uncles farms as a child, and the scratching of hens feet in the yard and the little contented noises among themselves are a memory.

Wilma said...

Love the rolling hills with the low clouds. How long does the drive take?

Mac n' Janet said...

Having a community bus like that is great, here it's drive or walk and we're 10 miles from town.

Frances said...

What a wonderful post this is.

Yes, continuing the display of pretty yellow flowers and keeping the little white bus going are both excellent ideas made more excellent by having them carried forward.

Cumbria is another part of the UK that I have yet to visit, though I long to see its beauty. I just love the sound of the word and pretend that I might be saying it with a proper accent.

xo

Cro Magnon said...

I notice some white doves in the bus picture; I can just imagine what he's having to clean off.

Elizabeth said...

I've been reading your blog for quite a while now, and just want to say that, living in Australia, I just love reading about your English life. Very enviable!

thelma said...

Sounds of course that the villages have to be self-sufficient in transport, etc... Village shops and pubs being bought up locally by the community is also another facet of independence.

Heather said...

Stunning views in all directions and the hanging baskets are still looking good. Glad the little bus is helping keep the village shops open by ferrying the customers too and fro.