Yesterday the farmer and I had a lovely drive out. I am now going to tell you where we went and endeavour to insert the photographs in the correct place, following instructions from many of you.
We began by driving through Wensleydale as far as the turn off at West Burton into Bishopdale. This is a pleasant, wide dale and it was lovely to see all the haymaking done.
Bishopdale leads directly into Wharfedale and after driving down hill for a short distance we turned off down a narrow lane for my favourite church at Hubberholme - it is here that the ashes of JB Priestly, the author, are scattered. Here the River Wharfe meanders through the pretty scenery. There are always lots of folk here and today was no exception. The farmer next to the church was shearing his sheep; the pub over the bridge was still serving lunches; a walking group came out from the back of the church (where there is a footpath to Yockenthwaite) and went into the churchyard to look for Priestley's epitaph; the farmer took Tess down the lane and I went into the church and sat for a few minutes in the peace and quiet (and coolness). There had been a flower festival and the church was filled with the beautiful scent of flowers.
We then carried on over the bridge (which crosses the Wharfe - you will see that there is hardly any water at all here - where it is in its infancy) and on into Langstrothdale.
The river is rocky here and was full of young children enjoying the rock pools while their parents enjoyed the sunshine. The farmer took Tess down to the water's edge where there was a little more water, so that she could have a drink.
And then it was up on to the tops of Langstrothdale Chase. Here the views are magnificent. On Friday I am going with friend W, to Kirby Lonsdale to meet our friends for lunch and we shall pass Ingleborough, one of the Three Peaks, on our way. As we drove up the Chase I saw that we were looking at Ingleborough from the other side - so here it is, with its characteristic flat top.
Wensleydale runs across the bottom of the Chase and soon we could see it in the distance. It was down into Hawes, where all the bunting was out for the Gala and back home again through Wensleydale. A lovely day out - it was good to see that wherever we looked the hay was in and the hayfields were a golden-yellow and now ready for rain to encourage a second grass crop. The forecast suggests we shall not be getting any anytime soon. But what a splendid sight it all was.
Hopefully all the photographs are in the correct place - so thanks to all those who told me how to do it!