Today the farmer, Tess and I have been through Wensleydale, along to The Moorcock Pub (on the edge of the Carlisle to Settle railway) and then up the side of the railway as far as Lady Anne Clifford's Pendragon Castle, where we turned left across Ravenstonedale Chase and through to the village of Ravenstonedale for lunch in The Black Swan with my God-daughter and her husband. It is a gloriously wild, untamed area up there with miles with no habitation. You really get some idea of how very bleak it must have been in Lady Anne's day.
Lunch was splendid (baked ham with mustard and ginger sauce
for me and brisket of beef for the farmer), the company was first class, and - for the first time in four long days - we saw wall to wall sunshine. It has been foggy here since Wednesday morning, and today the sun shone. There were clouds, which always makes the Dales exciting because some areas will be in sunshine and some in shade, making for fine views.
Coming back, the sunset was spectacular and I managed a shot, although do bear in mind it was (as were all the other shots) from a moving car. A lovely day out.
Sorry it is a hurried post, but there is a queue to use my computer. Sorry also that my pictures have appeared in the middle of the writing. Can you spot the farmer walking Tess up on the Chase - fairly high up on the left of one of the pictures?
January 4, 2023: With gratitude to Rebecca Solnit / Reruns from January 30, 31 and February 1, 2, 3, 4, 2007: Mona Lisa and the Clown and the Cool Rain of the Law (1985), Woman Trying to Remember What She is Trying to Forget (1986), Painting in America (1986), Full Moon, Chair and Planter Rising (1986), Church of the Holy Contradiction, and Untitled Scene (1986)