Sunday, 21 August 2011

Wedding Anniversary.









Today the farmer and I have been married for eighteen years - so we have been celebrating! We went out to the Grantley Arms for a delicious lunch (Med. veg soup for both - roast beef for the farmer, chicken with a parmesan crust for me) and coffee with chocolates. It is a lovely pub at the entrance to Nidderdale, which is a dale we rarely visit.

We took Tess and walked on Nutwith common, which somehow always reminds me of Rupert the bear and Nutwood. Then it was on the the Grantley Arms. The flower garden was alive with butterflies - I managed to catch two on camera.

After lunch we rode on through Nidderdale to Pateley Bridge which is the main town of the Dale and lies on the river Nidd. It was heaving with tourists, so we kept going, over Grassington Moor and down into Wharfedale.

Today is the last day of the Kettlewell scarecrow festival, so we called in there. There were hundreds of people there too but the parking is so well-organised that it all went smoothly. I took some of the best ones for you to see. In the church the Lofthouse Silver Band was playing. The sun was shining and every shop and pub was heaving with people. It must be a very profitable week for the village and all credit due to them for repeating it every year. A lot of hard work goes into it.

We came home through Wensleydale - always nice to be in our own dale - our day out slightly marred by roaring police cars as we got near to home. There had been a motor-cycle accident in Wensley. Luckily the man did not seem too badly hurt as he was talking to the ambulance men. Motor cycles are such a hazard on our narrow roads. They pay their road tax and have as much right to be on the roads as we have but they can be scary when you don't see or hear them coming up behind you.

Home again by 4.15pm - thank you to the farmer for a lovely day out.

24 comments:

bekahjane said...

happy anniv :)

Elizabeth said...

Sounds a perfect outing!
Happy wedding anniversary.

MorningAJ said...

Happy anniversary (sounds like it was a pretty good one!)

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, it sounds like the perfect day to me. I send you my very best wishes for the most happy anniversary! Love to you and your farmer. And, Tess of course. (Edward and Apple always come along on our anniversary days as well!)

Pondside said...

Congratulations to the anniversary pair! Your day sounds lovely - interesting things to do, good things to eat and the company of your favorite person.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Happy Anniversary!

Rare Lesser Spotted said...

Many, many congratulations and thanks for sharing the pictures with us.
XX

Heather said...

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to you both. Your photos are beautiful and I love those very well dressed scarecrows - what fun. Glad the motorcyclist was not badly hurt. I am doing the Creative Sketchbooks course in order to improve my drawing and painting skills. It will also improve my computer and photography skills as all work has to be photographed and posted on it's own blog. Luckily I have my daughter on hand if I get stuck with the computer bit. It'll be a challenge but it has come at a good time. I have printed the first module and student handbook and will start work on 1st Sept. At present I'm just getting myself organised and preparing a timetable. If you do choose the same course you have plenty of inspiration around you as the theme for chapter 1 is fruit and veg!

Sue said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. Sounds like you had a lovely day out.

Titus said...

Happy Anniversary to you both, and a grand day out!
The butterfly shots are beautiful, but I'm most taken with the Holmes and Watson.

Hildred and Charles said...

What a nice way to celebrate your anniversary - Charles and I send very best wishes for many more years of happy togetherness.

Eryl said...

Happy anniversary to you both. Looks and sounds like you had a lovely day. Great butterfly shots too.

I find motorcyclists utterly terrifying when I'm driving, they seem fearless but oh so vulnerable. I always keep as much distance as I possibly can, but they take such risks ducking in and out of traffic that it's not always easy.

Penny said...

Congratulations, and such lovely photos of your day.

Dartford Warbler said...

Happy Anniversary! That sounds a lovely day.

I remember the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival from years ago, when our boys were young. They loved walking around the village and visiting the scarecrows.

I seem to remember lots of interesting little antique shops in Pateley Bridge, but it might be different now.

Weaver, you asked me a while ago where my Lincolnshire family lived. My Grandmother was born in West Torrington, near Wragby. She married my Grandfather, a village blacksmith and farrier in Howsham, not far from Brigg. That is where my Mother grew up and where I remember visiting my Granny when I was a child. I also had relatives in Lincoln and Washingborough.

Nora said...

Happy Anniversary to you both. It sounds like you celebrated the day well. It also sounds like you live in a pretty interesting area with lots to do and see.

XOX

Linda said...

What a lovely day you two spent together, except for the accident that is.

I read in one of your comments from another blog (sorry I forget which one) that you don't live close to a lot of people. I have recently moved to a rather isolated area myself and miss having a social life. So, thank goodness for blogging.

Arija said...

Happy, happy anniversary to you Pat and your dear farmer. May you have many more in your blissful Dales!

So glad you had such a lovely day.

Hugs all round, including chickens . . . Arija

Maggi said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. Sounds like a lovely day out.

steven said...

congratulations weaver!!! thanks for sharing your dreamy day out. steven

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thank you for all the anniversary good wishes - they are much appreciated. Here's to the next eighteen!

angryparsnip said...

A very Happy Anniversary !
Your day out sound lovely and the photos were wonderful.

Blogger is working I think so I am able to read and comment again....

cheers, parsnip

Emille said...

A perfect anniversary -sounds like you had a happy one! Belated congrats, Weaver! That you may be happy together for many years to come!

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Gerry Snape said...

Big congratulations on your wedding anniversary Pat. Lovely post as well. Great fun scarecrows I think!