Good day good people,
Well it’s been a glorious two days, looks like the nice weather is back, so that means walks in the countryside for this fair-weather hiker!, yep boots on, rucksack filled, water bottle at the ready and off we go. This time of year is absolutely gorgeous with all the burgeoning life, flowers bursting forth, babies of all kinds being born, birds singing, streams babbling (becks I mean, this is Yorkshire after all!!!), yep lovely all round.
My sibling and me set off today to try and walk at least six miles, yesterday was four miles, easy you may say but we are building up slowly but surely, the sun was shining, not a cloud in sight, very unusual for the Yorkshire Dales, we will put up with it!!
Today’s picture are a combination of the two days walking as some of the two routes overlapped, but the flora we saw along the way was stunning, lovely spring colours everywhere, the lush green following weekend rain almost was too vivid for the eye…….I do have two eyes that I can see with, poetic license…………so had to take some pics, I apologise now, I am not the photographer in the family, that would be Mr J, I do my best to bring you some of the beauty we encounter along the way including a stunning barn conversion in Little Newton where the owners are very imaginative and creative with their space.
The little Hamlet is home to some lovely buildings, and delightful gardens, gone are the crisp nodding daffodils, in their place are apple blossom, forget-me-knots, wisteria and tulips all vibrant in their own way.
In my own garden we have divine tulips which have pride of place in front of the summer house, which was last summer’s project for Mr J and I, more of that (and pictures) later
Well back to our walk which really did turn into a hike, when does a walk become a hike???, when my legs begin to hurt…….which they did as the lovely walk following the beck began to climb up and up and up………and can you believe it we were on top of the world!!!! well on top the moor with fantastic views all round and we could even see into Lancashire, yep that alien land Lancashire! The air was so clear and crisp we could almost touch Pendle hill, if that is what anyone would want to do, but I suppose the Lancastrians would!!!
As you can imagine………at least I hope you can………the quiet was wonderful, only the sound of the birds chirping and the the bleating of sheep every now and then, very restful, so on and up we go…………
So to the wildlife, what kind of wildlife can you see on the Yorkshire moors apart from sheep???, well we do do a bit of bird spotting, of the feathered kind, we saw Lapwings, Skylarks, Curlew and even a Heron. I am quick but not that quick, unfortunately could not get any pics of any of them, same with the butterflies we saw, Red Admiral, Peacock, Cabbage white, Orange tip, definitely not quick enough to catch them but will share with you an image taken by Mr J and cushions sewn by moi.
So the other wild life we saw were rabbits and some Highland cattle, a hare…..wish I had more hair. The Highland cattle are very mild mannered but they had baby cattle with them so giving those huge horns some respect we gave them a wide birth.
Another amazing wild animal!!!!!
A lovely foal found on the lower levels of the Dales, so cute, trying to catch our attention or more probably wanted to see if we had food…….
So we did just over seven miles, our goal, remember those three peaks, the attempt at one of them seems in sight, I know I can see any of them at any time but you know what I mean…..we are going to hike up one of them soon.
The weather report says the next two days are going to be cool, as in cold not fab!!, so it is a good that I have to work for the next two days, may be able to bring you some more on the story of last summers project and some of my crafting that I sometimes find time to do as well as walking and working and eating and drinking……..which I am off to do now.
Cheers, see you later