and market day. At a quarter past nine, regular as clockwork, the farmer will appear at the door, put my shopping trolley on the back seat of the car and we will drive down - he to the Auction Mart after first dropping me off to meet my friends for coffee. One of my favourite mornings of the whole week.
This jig-saw was one of the presents the farmer got on his recent birthday. We finished it last evening and I am showing it to you (I couldn't get any further away without standing on a chair) although the edges are missing, because it shows five interesting views of The Dales.
Starting at the top left we have a photograph taken from The Shawl in Leyburn. This is a walk with views which stretch right over Wensleydale. The sheep is of course a Swaledale sheep - the most common breed around here.
Below is a picture of Cauldron Falls in West Burton, a village in Wensleydale and a much visited beauty spot.
Next along is one of the protected wild flower meadows at Muker in Swaledale. These meadows cannot be cut for hay before the middle of July in order to give the profusion of flowers time to set their seed. They really are a sight to behold.
The top right hand picture is of one of the little back streets in Middleham - a couple of miles away and one of the foremost racing villages in the country with into the teens of racing stables and a carefully constructed 'gallops' up on the moor. Whatever time of the day you drive through you are likely to see racehorses somewhere.
The oval in the centre holds a snapshot of St Matthew's church in Leyburn.
It has been enjoyable to do because it has been like doing five separate puzzles. By far the most difficult was the wild flower meadow.
In the time it has taken me to type this the sunny morning has deteriorated into a dark, dull rainy morning with rain clouds.
Certainly this is not hay making weather.