The view on my header was photographed about three miles from my front door. Yes, that is the sort of wonderful countryside we live in. I hope we all appreciate how lucky we are.
Several folk have commented on the dry stone walls. Obviously there is a lot of natural stone occurring around here and it was the obvious material both to build the old cottages and to build the stone walls between the fields and create enclosures. Now, in more modern days, some of the old, derelict barns are being demolished bit by bit and the stone is being used for other things.
The stone walls remain in many places but sadly they don't last as a permanent barrier, attacked as they are by wind, rain and sheep to name but three attackers. And dry stone walling as a career is not as popular as it once was so it is not always possible to find someone to repair a broken down wall - and when someone is found the work is costly. So inevitably the walls in many areas of the Dales are falling down and farmers are using
wire fencing to cover the gaps and keep the sheep in.
Most of our little Dales villages are very attractive, roads lined as they are with pretty stone cottages, but there is a snag here too. When the cottages were built cars had not been invented and the cottages were built close together and at higgledy piggledy angles so that the cars have to be left on the side of the road rather than in a garage and that often leads to congestion on our roads, especially in the Summer time.
But we can't have everything can we? As it is we live in a beautiful area and we are grateful for that beauty. The countryside is a miracle at every time of the year from the fields of wild flowers in the Spring through to the snowy tops in mid-winter and I for one would not live anywhere else on earth.