| Tour de France is coming to Swaledale.|
Only four day to go to and counting! Bunting is up and tubs all planted yellow ......
|cycling sheep, yellow bikes .....|
We are ready and can't wait for Saturday to arrive.
|Several Oyster Catchers - my favourites. I love their bright orange beaks and legs and their sharply defined black & white plumage.|
|A tiny lapwing chick. Its mother is never far away and is very protective if other birds get too close.|
A female Snipe and her young brood ( a bit camera shy!)
Other visitors include Curlew, Redshank, Starling and Wagtail but the most special sight of all is when three brown hares come out of the long grass and dance on the newly mown ground. Its a wonderful sight and one that I would love to catch on camera.
There will be no cycle race next year to give us cause to cut a strip of the field so early but I think it will happen. Its like having Springwatch outside the window.
|Old friends of ours from Startforth / Boldron near Barnard Castle happened to be passing by this afternoon on their vintage tractors and stopped for a chat.|
|Big boys toys? Ann proves that girls have fun too....|
|...and Timmy the dog just loves to ride. |
How about this ingeniously adapted pooch transporter?
|Chris cuts the grass along the roadside .....|
|.... and I gave our lovely red telephone a good wash.|
As there is no mobile phone signal in most of Upper Swaledale our phone boxes are an important feature of the dale.
|We are proud of our red telephone boxes, they are an iconic British landmark and deserve to be looked after. |
Thank you, British Telecom, for repainting the red telephone kiosks in Muker parish.
|Everyone pulled together to decorate the village in readiness for Le Grand Depart on Saturday 5th July|
|We are expecting hundreds even thousands of visitors over the Tour de France weekend. They will receive a colourful and warm welcome in Keld.|
|Boys never grow out of their toys - the toys just get bigger!|
|Health & Safety? What's that?|