Thursday, 6 October 2016

New arrivals.

There were new arrivals on Monday as ewes and lambs came to spend their winter in our fields.  We are about six hundred feet above sea level here, but of course that is nothing compared with the top pasture grass high above the Buttertubs Pass in Swaledale, which is where these sheep have spent their summer.   Hefted sheep, they have enjoyed their fill of the moorland grass throughout the Summer, but at that height the grass is already stopping its growth and the sheep have largely nibbled it all away.  

The farmer has just been on his morning walk with Tess and the sun is just up and low in the sky.  I asked him to take a photograph for me.  The sheep are rather distant, but on the other hand it does show our pastures and the trees which have not yet begun to shed their leaves.

Cattle which came from the same farmer to spend
their Summer with us, are still here and show up nicely in the low morning sun.


21 comments:

Dawn McHugh said...

lovely photo of the cows, I have just moved the Alpacas on to there winter grazing and they have been leaping about like spring lambs :-)

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Those sheep will be glad to be away from Buttertubs if there's any amount of snow this winter.

Tom Stephenson said...

Ah, Swaledale - some very good cheese comes from those hills.

Heather said...

That is a beautiful view on a lovely morning. It all looks so gentle - hard to remember how harsh it could be in a bad winter.

Sue said...

Lovely to see the sheep and cattle in the fields.

Derek Faulkner said...

Nice photos Pat and the immediate impact on me is - green grass, lots of it, how lucky your animals are.

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning to you, I really enjoyed your photographs.... beautiful views.
How did your friend get on, has she arrived in Florida, safe and sound. I tried to find out this morning which direction the hurricane was heading, but instead saw the devastation it had caused in Haiti.
Have a lovely day.
Best Wishes
Daphne

Joanne Noragon said...

Bucolic. All the hard work is not visible.

donna baker said...

Well, there is more green grass there than here in the southern US. Seems it has stopped growing. I'm sure you and the farmer are enjoying this time before harsh weather comes.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

What a lovely part of the world!

Wilma said...

Lovely views. How wonderful to wake up to days like that!

Countryside Tales said...

That lovely orange light of early morning full of promise for the day ahead.

Frances said...

Dear Pat, thank you and the Farmer for these photographs. I love the autumn light and the gorgeous open views.

I agree with what you wrote about the difficulty of making purchases on some on line sites. It's such a pleasure to encounter a site that is truly user friendly. Doesn't it seem like each site should have some "amateur potential customers" try out their systems before actually letting the site go live?

xo

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Eight out of ten for the first picture. Four out of ten for the second one. It must be nice having a manservant who fulfils your requests so readily.

Mac n' Janet said...

The cattle make a beautiful picture, hm, need to talk to Mac. May I pull it off your site?

Terry and Linda said...

As always its a treat to see how you farm over there across the pond!

Linda

angryparsnip said...

Beautiful photos today of the changing of your animal seasons.
Life on the farm.

cheers, parsnip

The Weaver of Grass said...

Sorry the quality of the photographs is not better (especially the sheep one). The farmer will be the first to admit that he is no photographer. It is a digital 'just point and click' camera but all that I need as I only use it for my blog. I shall not tell him about YP's scoring of the photographs - I do want him to continue to take the odd one for me as winter comes along!

Thanks to you all. I do agree that the light in them is really beautiful - that early morning light this time of year is exquisite isn't it?

Gwil W said...

Dappled sunlight in the first I like ver much, and the camera shy blurry sheep too :)

Librarian said...

Never mind the quality of the photographs - they show the light and atmosphere of your pastures very well. This time of year is, I think, the most beautiful for light.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks everyone. Very different kind of day today - cloudy, damp and rather miserable.