Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Six EBTAS Cowhouse Walking Booklets & A Children's Cowus Circular Walk leaflet

The Yorkshire Dales National Park's project Every Barn Cow'us Tells A Story
is almost at completion. The project has its own blog http://everybarn.yorkshiredales.org.uk/blog/
where you can follow the whole story and learn loads & loads about cowhouses.

A boxed set of six walking booklets has been produced, each chosen to highlight and explain the importance of the dozens of little stone buildings (Cowhouses) that are visible from every public footpath in Muker parish.

 They have been distributed to accommodation providers in the area.  Here, a regular guest at Pry House Farm B&B is deciding which walk he will choose to explore.

Alongside the grown-up version is Showing You the Way ....... from Muker to Thwaite,
 a children's circular cowhouse trail which was created with the help of children 
living in Muker Parish.  

 There are two other Showing You the Way ........ children's guided walk leaflets;  Keld to Muker and Keld to Angram (circular walk) both of which can be used in conjuction with the EBTAS booklets although, as children's walks, they are a bit shorter. 
All three Showing You the Way leaflets are available in the Keld Countryside & Heritage Centre 
and hopefully by 2018 in the National Park Centre - Hudson House, Reeth.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Last night looking skyward

Pink sky at night, shepherd's delight.
The old sayings are often very reliable.  Last night's sky is no exception
as today has been a glorious autumn day.

New arrivals on the farm

Two new calves in two days

 Taking a quick peep at a whole new world
A model baby.....curled up and comfortable and fast asleep.
This big strong calf, born this morning, is less than an hour old.
He is getting thoroughly dried off and inspected by mum 
and will be on his feet and suckling in no time at all.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Farm buildings; old and new

We very rarely used this tiny hogg house anymore which is on home field by the roadside.
It is two storey and would have housed hoggs top and bottom.  Maybe 35 to 40 altogether.
In the background you can see a new building which has just gone up this summer.
This will hold over 100 sheep, all easily managed and accessible by tractor.

A Magic Autumn Morning

The first fabulous autumn morning of the season.  
Waking up to such a magnificent landscape; dampened spirits vanish like magic.

Ghostly shapes appear as the early mist begins to lift.

Diamond dew drops on a spider's web.

The Shepherd's Hut (now put to bed for winter) catches the sunrise.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Every Barn Tells A Story Lantern Workshop

As the Yorkshire Dales National Park project Every Barn Cowus Tells a Story
 draws to a close preparations are in full swing for the grand finale 
which will take place at the end of the year.

A two day workshop to make life-size cows, calves and a sheepdog has taken place 
during the October school holidays in Muker Public Hall.

 Willow is bent and woven, curled and taped to create the required shape.

To get used to the materials required the youngest children made pyramid lanterns .....

and decorated them.

Once the willow structure was finished the job of covering it 
with special paper soaked in glue began.

Covering the cow's head and ears.

The workshops were well attended by local residents & children as well as families holidaying in Swaledale.  We had everyone from five to eighty-five taking part or dropping by to see what was going on!

The workshops were run by Fran, a professional lantern maker from Hebden Bridge.

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 keld.org.uk