Sunday, 11 February 2018

Living (and working) above the Snow Line

February winds bring the snow.  Its a cold & hungry month,
 nipping at our heels one minute and biting hard the next.
Up here in the hills the weather can close in very quickly 
whilst down in the valley all remains green.
Always spectacularly beautiful.
Beck Meetings sheep pens splattered with snow.
Welcome to the Yorkshire Dales!

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Feeding the Land

Muck spreading this morning.  Its smelly and its messy ..... however

it is what make the grass grow for lambing time and ....

 the flowers bloom to make sweet hay.  Roll on spring and summer!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Making Tracks

Pry House Farm has become a white wonderland;  clean, bright and blue-white under the clearest winter sky broken only by tracks made by man and machine.                        

Deep and Crisp and Even

For the second night running we have had a fresh fall of snow topping up the fields 
and the walls and coating the trees with icy particles.

At the same time the wind got up, blowing the snow into drifts against the stone walls.

This afternoon was completely different - not a breath of wind.  
All was calm, all was still.
Voices and strange noises floated from miles away.
An unusual experience.
What will tomorrow bring?

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Keeping the Home Fires Burning

The next most important job after foddering the sheep 
is keeping enough fuel stored for the fire!

Flaming lovely!

Snow Much Fun!

Our working dogs love their daily run out but the snow makes it extra fun for them.

Champ, the youngest dog, can really shift .....

..... whereas old Tess perfers to watch on.

Scenic Upper Swaledale in Snow

The landscape that we are so familar with changes completely 
when it is covered in a thick blanket of snow.

The fields and pastures are smoothed flat by the windblown snow
ruffled only by the sheep trod that snakes its way close to the wall.

 Dry stone walls are iced with a layer of frozen snow.
 Harkers cottage.  
Harkers was once a farm in its own right.  Many years ago Chris' father bought the land and the buildings either side of the cottage so they are all part of Hoggarths / Pry House farming enterprise now.  The cottage is now a second home.  There is a move at the moment by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to penalise second home owners by charging them five times the standard council tax rate in an effort to make such dwellings available for families / young people to live in permenantly. I can't imagine anyone wanting to live here 24:7 but I could be wrong! 

  All that is left of an old Nisson Hut styled into garage.  
People who lived in these parts were not just hardy and tough but resourceful too.