Sunday, 3 April 2016

Let's put the last week behind us.

It really seems this morning that the farmer is on the mend.   Each day he is eating a little more and getting a little stronger.   Also he is getting a little more irritable because he is not back to 'normal' yet and still feels 'weak as a kitten'.   But to perk him up  I am making him something which is usually forbidden food as we watch our weight;  I have a steamed apple/suet pudding with brown sugar on steaming.   As we have both lost seven pounds during the week I don't think it will do us any harm.

So - I thought you might like to know a little bit about our market town.   We only live a mile away and it is a remarkably compact little town, where you really can get most things.   There are clothes shops (several and all differing prices), kitchen shop, hardware shop, two supermarkets - an ordinary one and a very good deli -, several butchers, quite a few coffee shops as it is a tourist destination, a chemist, a florist, a very good fancy goods and furniture shop - so really everything you would need.

Also - and again this is enhanced because we need to encourage tourism - there is a lot going on during the year.   The list came through the door yesterday and I thought you would find it interesting reading.

April:   The Wensleydale wander (a walk); A tulip festival in a local garden:  June:   The Queen's birth celebrations; The Food and Drink Fair:  July:   1940's week-end; James Herriiot Trail Run:
August:  The Wensleydale Show:  September: The Hunton Steam Gathering; (www.huntonsteamgathering.co,uk):  November:  Bonfire and fireworks display:  December:  Christmas event.

In addition to this our local auction house has a list of concerts, including one given by the Halle Orchestra and our local Castle (Bolton Castle) has lots of events of historical interest for both adults and children.

I think this a splendid number of things going on in such a small town (although there is a lot of new building going on so it will be a much larger town in the not too far distant future!)

27 comments:

Tom Stephenson said...

Sounds like a good place to live. We have a little town called Corsham near here, and there is always something going on - plays and pantos, village fairs in the Summer. Everyone knows each other in small places, which can have its good and bad sides.

Elizabeth said...

Such good news!
Yes, eat a lot of pudding - it will cheer you no end!

Bovey Belle said...

As we have aged a decade since originally deciding we were going to downsize, our needs have changed too and I have to conclude that the middle of nowhere option is not as appealing, and that being able to walk (or a short drive) to get a paper would be nice. You sound perfectly placed with all the convenience of your market town on your doorstep. Just what we are ready for now.

I am glad that The Farmer is on the mend and with both of you losing all that weight so rapidly, I think a nice warm pudding is just the job.

Heather said...

Your pudding sounds just the thing to further aid the farmer's recovery - so glad he is feeling so much better.
Your little town has such a good variety of shops and so much going on. We have too many empty shops here, largely due to greedy landlords. Add to that a plethora of charity shops, estate agents, card shops and 'cheap' shops, many people have to go elsewhere for things. We have one butcher, one greengrocer, three supermarkets but no furniture shop, no shoe shop and only half a book shop. The owner had to let half his premises to a home-style and gift business to pay the rent. There used to be a thriving market each week which is now down to about 8 stalls.

Linda Metcalf said...

Glad to hear your husband is on the mend. The events calendar sounds lovely....lots to look forward to!

Joanne Noragon said...

Our local chamber of commerce sponsors many events throughout the year, to bring people to town. A good thing, as there never will be more residents.
Hooray for the Farmer. The flu is awful.

The Furry Gnome said...

Sounds like a great little town to live in.

Mac n' Janet said...

Sounds like the perfect small town.

Pondside said...

You certainly have everything one could possibly need - including entertainment!
I am glad to read that your Farmer is on the mend.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I am relieved to hear that the farmer is doing better. That was one evil virus! Our "events" and amenities are quite spread out here. It's not unusual to drive 45 minutes to get something you need, or an hour or two to go to a specific event. I think I would much prefer what you have. -Jenn

Barbara Womack said...

I'm SO glad the farmer is on the mend! I think a little indulgence is truly in order.
Your town sounds just wonderful and I can understand the draw for tourists.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

It does sound enviable to live in, as does that pudding to eat.

Wilma said...

How far are you from the market town? And what is its population? Sounds ideal. We are quite isolated, which I love, but it would be nice to have a market town such as yours not too far away. And a not-so-fond goodbye to last week! Here's to a healthy, warm, and dry first full week in April. Cheers!

Coppa's girl said...

It sounds like the ideal town, and you have everything you need almost on your doorstep.
So pleased to hear that the farmer is well on the way to recovery. These viruses take so much out of you, and that pudding sounds like the perfect way to make him feel better.

Rachel said...

We have lots going on here too, you just get involved in what you want to. As we live near several small villages, all of which are very active, we go to things happening in all of them, not just ours. Mostly we like music things so we choose them. They are often centred on the churches but we just ignore that and join in anyway.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Lovely mix of things to do . The 1940's weekend sounds fun !
Your suet pud. cure sounds infallible ... and should maybe be repeated weekly till June , just in case .

angryparsnip said...

What a wonderful Village you have.
Super interesting and fun things t0 d0.
I can not believe you lost seven pounds in a week ! ! !
If I can lose 1 pound in a week I am so happy.
That pudding sounds so good I am sure the Farmer will be happy.

cheers, parsnip

Frances said...

Weaver, I'm sure that your delicious pudding will have benefited both the Farmer and you, health wise.

It was interesting to read about what will be taking place in your nearest market town during this year. All that and beautiful countryside, too. It's very different here in NYC, where every week has more on offer than anyone (even with unlimited time and money) could ever sample. This has meant over the years that I always think that if I don't attend some event or see some exhibit, there will always be another opportunity that will also please me. Well...sometimes this means that I do miss a once in a lifetime opportunity, yet I still keep a sort of nonchalant view towards dipping into the city's cultural buffet.

What we don't have is your beautiful countryside! xo

Cro Magnon said...

My village has no shops, a boot sale in July, and that's it.

Librarian said...

More good news about The Farmer, I am glad!
My sister and I will be in Yorkshire for the last week of July/first week of August. Unfortunately, we won't have a car and will depend largely on public transport and our own two feet. But the Wensleydale Show sounds like something I'd really like to see, and Bolton Castle has been on my list of places to see for years.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Sounds perfect for someone who is recovering - so glad to hear that the farmer is still doing better. Your list of activities sounds like great fun all year.

thelma said...

Good news about the farmer, and a lovely breakdown of your small town. I love it when the local little booklet drops through the letterbox every month, and all the'events' are listed.

Derek Faulkner said...

Sounds like heaven to me, a nice touch of isolation at home on a lovely Yorkshire farm but close by a village with everything you can need.

The Broad said...

Sounds like the perfect village to me. I miss the Yorkshire dales and the visits we made when my son was going to school in Harrogate.

It's a relief to hear that the Farmer is on the mend. Dessert sounds very tempting!

GillyK said...

Sounds like a good place to live!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks to you all. And yes GillyK, as you well know, it is a brilliant place to live.
I haven't seen you in the market place lately.

Terry and Linda said...

Oh how lovely! I was just reading about Sir Richard le Scrope, Lord Chancellor of England to Richard II last week. To know that his lovely home is your local castle is just a delight! Looking it up on Google I see that this beautiful place is still well taken care of and encourages people with all sorts of activities.

How Jolly Wonderful!
Linda