Sunday, 22 January 2017

Lovely day out.

After seeing my lovely great grand-daughter yesterday (she is even more delightful in the flesh than in her photographs) and marvelling at the love, care and attention she is getting from her parents, this morning felt rather flat.

Suddenly the sun broke through what has been a whole week of grey skies and we just felt like a drive out.

The farmer drove through Wensleydale, through Coverdale and down into Kettlewell which I believe is in Cravendale.   Then we came back to Buckden and turned down the riverside and over the tops to drop down into Hawes in time to call at
our friend's restaurant for roast pork with sage and onion stuffing, apple sauce and lovely veg.

The temperature when we left home was two degrees.  It changed constantly on our journey, depending upon the height at which we were driving.   The lowest it went was minus two and the highest four degrees.

It is time to heat up yesterday's soup for our evening meal. so I will leave you with a selection of photographs I managed to take from the moving car.








Lovely old Yorkshire names for the villages, like
Carlton in Coverdale, Oughtershaw, Horsehouse,
Kettlewell, Yockenthwaite, Starbotton.   You couldn't make them up could you?

33 comments:

Maria said...

Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures. I particular like the 4th photo of the village - the houses are very pretty!
Greetings Maria x

Tom Stephenson said...

Oh yes I could. I want to live in a place called Trouserford Regis.

John Gray said...

Bumleford End

Joanne Noragon said...

Just a little sunshine and our hearts are kites. Beautiful pictures.

Tom Stephenson said...

Cockermouth. Oh no wait - that is a real place.

Sue said...

Beautiful photos of the Dales.

Rachel said...

We could have a Sunday game of make up a place name. The Dales look very quiet today Weave. Rachel-under-Ambrose.

Derek Faulkner said...


A lovely illustrated trip through a beautiful part of the world Pat, thank you.
It was -5 in a hard frost as I walked the reserve at dawn this morning. Shortly after dense fog came in and it has remained at +2 with dense fog all day and tonight fog horns are sounding non-stop out to sea. Tomorrow and Tuesday are due to be very foggy and cold.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Yockenthwaite! What a lovely Yorkshire name. I believe it must be Norse in origin - living evidence of our strong Viking connections. Thank you for the lovely pictures that give a good impression of your particular corner of this fabulous county.

Virginia said...

What pretty villages - no-one out and about I see, and why would you when it's that cold! When the sun breaks through the land looks in good condition. Where will the stock be at this time of year? Somewhere lower with more feed, or indoors?

Heather said...

I love those stone houses and cottages, and the vast expanses of countryside in the Dales. The lunch looks pretty good too!

justjill said...

Lovely to see those photos. Although Wakefield where I spent most of my youth was not so pretty. We do often say that where we live now in the North East of Scotland is very like Yorkshire before (our bit) was spoilt. Thank you.

donna baker said...

I learned a lot about village life in rural England from The Vicar of Dibley and lots of English shows. Love the endearing names and terms over there. Thank you for giving us a peek of your world. Just love it.

Cloudia said...

What a fine outing on a winter's day. Very enjoyable

angryparsnip said...

I love #4 and &. I That grouping of houses all one farm or do several families live there.
Love The Vicar of Dibley and during a very bad time in my life I played it often, the village became my go to quiet and happy time.
I would work in my studio and had them on my player.

cheers, parsnip

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

You live in a very beautiful area! Thanks for sharing. -Jenn

Hildred said...

I did enjoy your photos Pat, - what a lovely day out!!

krishna said...

beautiful pictures of the surrounding.. it reminds me my visit to Bibury village in last Juy..

Cro Magnon said...

Very beautiful villages, and even more beautiful farms. You live in a wonderful area.

Librarian said...

Nothing like the Yorkshire Dales on a day like that to drive or hike in!
Last year, my niece drove us from Ripon to Hawes, and we took a slightly different way back, so that we traveled through several different dales. I recognize most of the place names from driving through and agree with YP, Yockenthwaite sounds very Norse.
Even out of a moving car, you show better pictures than I can produce standing still!

The Weaver of Grass said...

I agree that many of the names are Norse in origin. 'Thwaite' is a clearing - i the case of my own surname a clearing where there are thistles.
As to whether a large group of buildings is one family farm or whether several families live there - many farmer's sons have gone into the business and so there will often be two or even three generations living in a group and if there is suddenly another family member who marries and works on the farm still, often a barn will be converted.
You are quite right in that there were not many people around - the photograph by the water's edge - in Summer that part is crowded with families parents eating and children playing in the water. It is rarely very deep.
Good idea for a game. Let's all play inventing place names one week end. A friend of mine always wished his name was 'Burton Bradstock' as it sounded so impressive - it is actually a village somewhere down South!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Fine Yorkshire names all, but my favourite is still Arkengarthdale. Since writing about the odd place names around here I keep finding more - my brother recently visited a friend who lives near Fustyweed in Norfolk!

Tom Stephenson said...

Do you remember a 1960s program called, 'The Strange World of Gurney Slade'? His name was taken from a village near here.

Minigranny said...

Just looking at your photos made me homesick for Yorkshire!! My Mum's maiden name was Braithwaite.

Derek Faulkner said...

Pat, do you watch the Yorkshire Vet series on the TV, it gives great glimpses of the Yorkshire Dales.

galant said...

I don't think Yorkshire has the monopoly on 'funny' names ... in Totnes we have a Ticklemore Street and there is a village on the western side of Dartmoor called Crapstone. I kid you not! There there are people's names as villages, such as Mary Tavy and Peter Tavy. Great, aren't they? Oh, and you can always get a drink in Beer!
Margaret P

Frances said...

Pat, I am so glad that you and the Farmer took us along for that uplifting drive out and about. The pictures are marvelous. I am going to have to return to this post to have another look at those place names. I might have to make some notes. (The names already offered up in the earlier comments are also grand.) xo

The Weaver of Grass said...

Galant. I used to have friends called Tavy - long dead now. Yes there are just unusual surnames too. Somebody up here is called Death but calls themselves De'Ath/ for obvious reasons.

Yes Derek - we have enjoyed the Yorkshire Vet series.
Minigranny - lots of Braithwaites round here still.
Don't remember that programme Tom - but names are fascinating aren't they?
John - Arkengarthdale - one of my favourite Dales. Almost all the Dales are called
after the beck which runs through them (or river) - in this case the Arkle beck.
Thanks for everyone.

galant said...

Yes, I'v heard Deaths being called De'Ath, and I knew an O'Nions, written thus for much the same reasons!
Love your photos. Yorkshire so different from Devon, with our softer landscape and our white-walled thatched cottages.
Margaret P

Midmarsh John said...

Lovely to see photographs of your area of the country.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

So lovely, the place where you live!

Linda Metcalf said...

Wonderful photos. It would be interesting to google how the names were derived :)

Fairtrader said...

Thank you Pat, this was a delightful drive. And I agree with Linda, those names!!! I guess every country has names with the most fascinating story. Your pictures here made at least me feel like I was sitting next to you in the car, enjoying life by the minute!!!