Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Raging River

There's a lot of water in the beck today!

The River Swale rises very quickly fed by water flowing off the fells & scars.
It flows fast and furious and is dizzying to watch.
Its dangerous yet beautiful at the same time.
The heavy rain has created spectacular waterfalls.
Keld is home to at least nine significant waterfalls.  
Pick up a Waterfall Walk leaflet from the Keld Countryside & Heritage Centre 
or visit

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Learning How To Handle a Hay Rake

As a thank you to the children for all their hard work producing drawings, paintings & collage
 for the new Cow House Children's Guided Walk leaflet they were invited to come to Pry House Farm for an afternoon in the hay field followed by a traditional hay time tea.

 Chris shows the children how to turn the hay.

 Then it was time to 'row up' and it was all hands to the rakes!
and finally making 'foot cocks' and 'jockeys'.
Handling a hay rake correctly and efficiently is hard work and not as easy as it looks.
Everyone had a go, they worked hard and definitely earned their tea!

Thursday, 31 August 2017

From my kitchen window this morning

An early morning sunray highlights the plumage of
the delightful little Meadow Pipet.

Born Free

I love to see our cows out on the moor but when they wander onto the road side
 and take up residence, I often wonder what visitors to the top of the dale think, when they round a corner to find several large bovine either on or very close to the highway!

We have had several calves born outside on the open moor this year. 

The little brown one is the youngest.

Grazing on some sweet grass on the roadside.

Lunch on tap!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Heather Hills

Vibrant purple heather with Hilltop in the background.

Exploring the many waterfalls at the top of Hoggarth's Gill

Spying on the neighbours.  Hey-there Smithyholme!

Iron gate at top of Hoggarth's Cow Pasture

Purple heather in profusion.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Wool filled pillows from the Woolroom

A huge delivery of products from the Woolroom arrived at Pry House Farm today.
Wool is nature's miracle fibre; never too hot and never too cold.
I buy from the Woolroom in Ipswich which is run by Bob the Shepherd and his wife, Nicky.  What better endorsement could you ask for? A Suffolk Shepherd and a hill farmer's wife from Swaledale!

The pillows & duvet in the Shepherd's Hut have always been wool but now Woolroom products can be found in the bed & breakfast and Hillcrest Holiday Cottage.

Everything from the Woolroom comes in its own strong, linen bag which after some ingenious disguise by a clever friend of mine now make perfect storage bags ......
 .......... and at the same time provide extra cushions for the daybed. 

  The pillows are adjustable;  too firm - remove some filling, too soft - add a bit more. They regulate the temperature so no more waking up feeling hot and having to turn the pillow over to the cool side.
They are completely washable too.  If they help my guests sleep well then I will be happy.