Sunday, 21 August 2011
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.