A new year is upon us, full of hope and promise and perhaps ideas of things we'd love to be doing more of.
Taking time out for ourselves and our wellbeing has never felt so important. The past (almost two) years of the Pandemic have left many people feeling more worn-down than they might otherwise have been, with a need to renew energy levels.
Have you ever thought about practising Tai Chi?
Are you thinking ahead about where to visit during your stay here in North Yorkshire?
Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate is a super place and something with broad appeal across the generations.
On a recent visit this September, we enjoyed admiring the sculpture displays that have been added this year.
Guests who recently stayed in the Hermitage this autumn remarked on how nice it was to return to their beautiful, cosy cottage after their days out. "Everything was catered for", they said.
It is always a great encouragement to read feedback from guests. Thank you so much!
We were delighted to read this feedback card from guests who stayed in the Hermitage in October.
Location - and serenity - came top of the list for an enjoyable stay in our dog-friendly cottage for two.
When you travel on holiday (or indeed set off from your own doorstep), do you delight in finding somewhere new or prefer the familiarity and predictability of places visited before?
I guess for many of us it's a mix. If we're taking a true staycation, that is to say, we are having a holiday at home - and perhaps enjoying days out together, often the excitement of the holiday comes in discovering somewhere new. This was exactly what we found on one of our summer holiday staycation weeks this year.
We travelled north east to the Himalayan Gardens and Sculpture Park - just over 1 hour's drive away from Newton Grange Cottages and located just outside the village of Grewelthorpe.
I found it captivating and atmospheric, and a place I could definitely have lingered longer.
There are so many words to describe the spectacular scenery in the limestone landscapes around Malham in the Yorkshire Dales.
Something that I discovered again for myself on a morning walk today in the autumnal sunshine. Setting off early is always a good plan for Malham. It meant that I had the footpaths pretty much all to myself - certainly for the first hour of this short 4.5 mile route, and it was bliss.
Tucked away in Wharfedale, near the pretty settlements of Appletreewick and Skyreholme are Parceval Hall Gardens.
We discovered them one Sunday afternoon this summer. It was really to wonderful to be immersed in so much greenery.
It had been a number of years since I had visited, and at that time I had only seen the more formal gardens adjacent to the Hall itself.
This visit was entirely different.
With just over a week to go until the Cheese Festival in Yorkshire, it's not too late to plan your outing to one of the fabulous food and drink establishments that the Yorkshire Dales has to offer. Tuck in to some delicious cheeses. Try something new. Discover what products are made locally and select your favourite.
The festival takes place between Thusrday 7th and Sunday 10th October 2021.
One of this year's highlights was being asked to host some filming for the second series of "All Creatures Great and Small". Having loved watching the first series last Autumn, we were thrilled to be a small part of the production jigsaw this year.
We were really pleased to read this feedback from guests who stayed in The Hermitage this September.
We enjoyed reading this Feedback Card from guests who stayed in Newton Cottage this month.
Always great to read feedback from guests, especially when there helpful observations are made. We have now acquired kitchen tongs for all our cottages - thank you!
Guests who stayed in Mickleber Cottage this month enjoyed the peace and quiet of our location.
We loved receiving this feedback from a group of guests who booked all six holiday cottages this summer.
Guests staying in Turnbers Cottage this August had a very comfortable stay.
Great to read on our Feedback Cards from guests staying in Hulber Cottage recently that they loved the location.
Lovely to receive this feedback from guests who stayed at The Hermitage in July. They enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing stay and discovering the breathtaking Yorkshire countryside.
Guests staying in Hulber Cottage this summer loved sitting out in the evenings, watching local wildlife and walking from the doorstep.
We enjoyed receiving this feedback from guests who stayed in Mickleber Cottage in June.
What a fantastic week it has been in Yorkshire to enjoy time outdoors! Sunshine, abundant green spaces and simply beautiful summertime.
Our unique setting alongside the stunning waterways in Bank Newton opens up so many possibilities for fresh air and adventure right on the doorstep of Newton Grange Cottages and our sheep farm.
We hope that you'll enjoy our Adventure Video that we made in Spring - featured on our Facebook page.
The setting of Newton Grange Holiday Cottages, adjacent to one of the most picturesque sections of the Leeds Liverpool Canal that you'll find, is so often commented upon by our guests as one of the best parts of their stay.
From easy and level walking along the canal towpath, through to taking some precious time out, our cottages are a popular choice for those seeking time to spend doing more of the things they love. Be this walking, reading, painting, drawing, enjoying a leisure picnic with family, practising Tai Chi and movement, or paddling on the waterways - we warmly invite you to stay at Newton Grange Cottages.
This Spring we loved making a video all about Wellbeing stays, which can be watched on our Facebook page. A selection of photographs capturing the essence of it are shared below.
We are always grateful to receive feedback from guests during and after their stay.
Here is a recent review from a guest's stay in Newton Cottage in May 2021.
Guests who stayed in Hulber Cottage recently sent us this lovely feedback.
We must say, the blue sofas are our favourites - and the spacious living room :)
Cosy Newton Cottage is a popular choice for couples staying this summertime. Here is a recent review of guests who enjoyed their stay here this June.
We love hearing from guests after their stay and what they have enjoyed about their stay at Newton Grange.
Here is a review about Mickleber Cottage - our popular ground floor cottage for six people.
Our holiday cottages on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park near Skipton are a wonderful choice for groups of friends or extended families, to book their own cottage and have the chance to meet up together outside. Together time, and time to explore individually too.
Which cottages would I pair together?
Summer hay meadows, did you say? But it's December. Quite.
But I like to think back to six month's ago in June and midsummer days because even on the greyest of days, it cheers me up. I remember that sure enough spring appears leading in to those long summer days that I so cherish.
Sometimes wintery weather does nothing to entice us outside to stretch our legs, and yet at other times it has the greatest appeal. I must admit, I love a good day hike in winter - provided I have all the right clothing and layers on, and am wrapped up to the elements. When crisp, winter days arrive with a morning ground frost and clear sky, the clarity of vision is superb - especially when the leaves from deciduous trees have long since fallen. Hiking in the Yorkshire Dales is a year-round activity for sure, you just need to be prepared.
This scene captures the essence of winter walking in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
I have heard it several times from returning guests and a friend who lives locally in Gargrave, the impact of travelling out of the town and the village to Bank Newton and how the stars hit you! There is very much less light pollution here at Newton Grange Farm, and in a similar way, this is the wide appeal of stargazing in the Yorkshire Dales National Park itself.
For a few years the National Park has promoted a Dark Skies Festival coinciding with February Half Term, and happily plans are forming for the Festival in 2021. Head's up that the dates are 12th - 28th February 2021 and the schedule of events will be forming between now and then. It is worth keeping an eye out on the Yorkshire Dales and Dark Skies websites to find out more.
It was a week day in September. Schools had just gone back. This felt like a monumental moment this year after the extended closures during the Lockdown and I think we were all glad about it, if a little apprehensive.
Most of the past few months had been our family of four at home, mainly, with me taking on the task of looking after the children round the clock and home-schooling and my husband working at the desk full time, with the occasional break or short lesson and some enjoyable lunchtimes together.
So just being my youngest daughter and I felt suddenly quiet, and we decided to go to Malham and arrive early (entirely possible with the school run starting 10 minutes earlier these days, with staged drop-offs). We were happy to meet my friend and her little boy there and catch up on each other's school summer holiday times. We took a walk through the village and up to the Cove and had a lovely time. We had the place almost entirely to ourselves, which was wonderful as it does help you to take in the beauty of the place even more.
Climb a hill
Take in the view
Look all around you
From me to you
And breathe in the air
It's fresh and crisp
Then you can tick
Wonderful Sharp Haw off your list
Skipton Castle Woods is a captivating place that we have loved spending time in this autumn. It is so close to the top of town and accessible from it, that it's quite possible to combine a visit to the High Street's Eateries with a walk in the woods.
When did you last discover the joy of puddle jumping?
Many local food and drink businesses are offering vouchers as gifts for those looking to enjoy food and drink together - what better way to support local this Christmas.
More Cheese, Gromit?
Wensleydale please. And ginger thrown in - brilliant.
I can hardly believe that it is the last day of November already. With each month that goes by, I wonder, how did that happen?
Thanks to my daughter's Primary School we became aware of Yesvember this year and it's a great thing. Have you heard of it? Saying YES to things that make us feel good, opportunities and positive moments.
Embsay Crag is a popular local summit a short distance from the market town of Skipton and North Yorkshire, where the effort a climb is soon rewarded by fantastic views.
Are you a Black Friday or Green Friday kind of person?
In the midst of home schooling in "Lockdown 1", the girls and I spent some time thinking about what we'd love to do when Lockdown was through. We wrote down these ideas on little sheets of paper and posted them in to our Wish Boxes, which we made from the Junk Modelling pile. We have enjoyed re-visiting them since.
Have you ever planted a tree?
Trees renew and rejuvenate our landscape, adding to its biodiversity.
Why not give the gift of tree planting and support the work of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust?
Wharfedale is one of the closest Dales to us, home to the majestic River Wharfe and some idyllic villages.
This classic view of Upper Wharfedale is taken from the hill above Kettlewell. It is one of my favourites and a walking route including the views from this hill is included in our Cottage Walking Folders, helping you to have plentiful ideas of where to walk and discover during your stay.
What are your favourite books and films inspired by the landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales?
There are three books on my shelf that sprang to mind.
Thanks to Linda for her feedback after staying in Newton Cottage last month, it always cheers our team along.
I highly recommend a visit to Castleberg Outdoors off the Market Place in Settle.
We visited recently for a new walking boot purchase for my husband, and then discovered the short walk and joy of climbing up Castleberg Crag for aerial views of this charming little town. A precious few hours just the two of us, followed by selecting some locally produced food in Booths to cook for our tea. Bliss.
Following the latest Government COVID-19 update and in particular the section on travel, Newton Grange Cottages will close from the evening of Wednesday 4 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020 to all guests with exception to any staying for essential work, education or other legally permitted purposes as per the guidance.
If you have a reservation with us and were due to arrive here in the lockdown period 4 November 2020 - 2 December 2020, you will be hearing from us this week by telephone or email.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all our guests and staff for your support over the past few months since re-opening in July. It has been a delight to welcome you back and we are truly grateful for your support in these unprecedented times.
We are really looking forward to seeing you again in the future when we are advised that we can re-open once more.
With our best wishes and thanks,
Rachael, Catherine and all the team at Newton Grange
3 November 2020
We were delighted to read this review of The Hermitage from guests who stayed in September.
The Hermitage is a wonderful find and ideal for anyone travelling solo or as a pair. Your dog is most welcome too. The cottage boasts plenty of space to relax in and switch off from your everyday, and lots of character with a first floor mezzanine bedroom.
We were thrilled to read this review from a guest who enjoyed their stay in The Hermitage this September.
Thanks so much!
What a lovely surprise and treat when guests vacating The Hermitage had left a handwritten thank you card and a bottle of fine red wine to say thank you, after their stay.
Happy guests, and feedback like this really keeps us going and puts a smile on our faces. Thank you so much.
So pleased that our recent holiday guests in Nuttleber Cottage enjoyed glorious walks from the doorstep, and were able to discover the many and varied amazing places in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
We love it when guests tell us of their wish to return, and tell others too.
Big thanks from all of our team at Newton Grange.
Do you know Wycoller Country Park?
When we arrived in the Trawden Road car park we asked ourselves, 'where is the Country Park?'
We followed the road to the village by walking down the hill and later discovered that the Country Park describes much of the area around Wycoller itself.
What did we love about Wycoller?
We love hearing from guests, especially when they tell us how much they love the beautiful walking from the doorstep.
There is such power in a handwritten note.
This card was left in Turnbers Cottage for us after guests checked out.
It always cheers our team to receive a heartfelt thank you and to know that guests found the cottage so welcoming and clean- just what we set out to do, as you'll read in our Top 5 reasons to visit.
When you travel, do you look for something very different to home or something very similar?
At the end of the school holidays we found ourselves back in a favourite place we first went to several years ago. Returning this year, we felt so at home in the gloriously green, rolling landscapes on a working farm in the English Countryside and could relax straightaway, being away from our everyday commitments.
We're really thrilled that guests who visited here last month all love Yorkshire too.
Happy Bank Holiday weekend everyone!
We really loved receiving this feedback from a guest who stayed in Nuttleber Cottage in August.
We all need some encouragement from time to time.
It is such a joy when guests tell us that they have enjoyed our stay.
Here is a review from one of our recent guests who stayed here in August 2020 and booked four of our cottages for a week, enabling different generations of the family from different parts of the country to spend time together and enjoy themselves in Yorkshire.
It was so lovely to be recommended by guests who stayed in Mickleber Cottage last month.
It makes our hearts sing when guests say thank you and tell us what they have enjoyed the most about their stay.
These guests loved to find out our recommendations for farm fresh eggs, local farm produce and followed our recommendation for bicycle hire from the doorstep, kindly arranged by Dave Ferguson Cycles in Skipton.
We love discovering the waterfalls of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There is just something about being in nature and watching water cascading over waterfalls that transports your mind to another place and brings joy. Or is that just me?
Here are three North Yorkshire locations where our family has enjoyed discovering the beauty of waterfalls over the past year. So very often the setting of these waterfalls is accompanied by woodland, which I find brings a real sense of adventure, beauty and even story-telling amongst our little people as their imagination is ignited...are fairies real or not?
I hope we shall continue our discoveries of waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales - there are certainly many more gems to discover.
And if it's every been raining aplenty, we are in the north of England after all, well - the WONDERFUL news is that waterfalls often look their best after a good downpour. Just remember sturdy footwear, full waterproofs and to check the weather forecast before you set out.
Delighted that we are officially recognised as "Good to go" By Visit England.
This means that we have followed Government Guidance in preparing to re-open and manage our holiday cottage business in a Covid-19 secure way.
You can read more about what measures we have put in place in our Coronavirus Statement here.
I wrote a poem today that I'd love to share with you.
There's a buzz about Bank Newton
I can feel it in the air
Our fields they wanted to share
There's something compelling about seeing the area you live and work in on screen. You see it every day and yet when you hear 'it's going to be on TV', an excitement bubbles within.
But why is this? Does it look better on screen than in real life?
The Yorkshire Dales is hosting a wide variety of events as part of the Dark Skies Festival, which runs from 14th February until 1st March 2020.
We highly recommend taking a look at the programme which details events suitable for young and old alike.
Fountains Abbey - if you haven't been before, go! Located near Ripon and cared for by the National Trust, it is an awe-inspiring place and somewhere that I simply love to go. I never tire of visits there, and so much so, I returned from a visit this weekend thinking that it is certainly up there as one of 'my happy places'. Why?
November and December, the time of year when the preparations for the festive season are well upon us and the calendar is packed full of local events every weekend in the run up to Christmas - from festive stalls through to running adventures, take your pick!
The second of 'walks from the doorstep' in our collection, here is a 5 mile circular walking/running route from the doorstep of Newton Grange Cottages to the village of Gargrave in North Yorkshire.
Discovering what's on our doorstep is a joy. I took the chance this morning to go for a run and compile the descriptions below, so that you can follow it too.
Here is a 4+ mile route that you can enjoy on foot from our holiday cottages in Bank Newton - taking in a short section of the Pennine Way national trail and the towpath of the Leeds Liverpool Canal - and leading you to the village of East Marton.
Taking a walk along the Leeds Liverpool Canal towpath in Bank Newton last week, I enjoyed pausing to take some photographs of the canal locks and their wonderful setting. It is always a joy to potter along the canal towpath, to watch canal boats travelling through the locks in Bank Newton and to marvel at the feat of engineering that the Leeds Liverpool Canal is.
Here in Bank Newton we are lucky enough to have an abundance of space, plenty of green fields to play out in and patios to sit on. From the doorstep of the holiday cottages you can enjoy peaceful, canalside walks to see historic canal bridges and swans gliding along the water. In springtime we love seeing the bright yellow daffodils and pretty spring flowers. We look forward to the arrival of newborn lambs as the sheep and lambs move outside of the lambing sheds in to the surrounding pastures. A popular bridleway runs through the farm where horses and riders enjoy hacking out on. We are a working farm, with tractors and sheep dogs. We have fresh air aplenty and room to breathe. You can enjoy a network of footpaths from the doorstep of the cottage, including the Pennine Way national trail. Bank Newton is wonderfully rural and a perfect antidote to busy lives.
Our delightful cottages are in different shapes and sizes and include one, two and three bedroom units. Some of the cottages have ground floor bedrooms and two are entirely on the ground floor.
Here are a selection of photographs taken in March this year that capture our setting, and the holiday cottages we have.
We are delighted to hear the news that Yorkshire has been recognised as a World Class Cycling Destination by the World Governing Body for cycling, the Union Cyclist Internationale (UCI), in its recent accolade of a 'UCI Bike Region'.
Well done to everybody involved in promoting cycling in our region, much enjoyed by many.
The status of a UCI Bike Region is given to locations that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to growing and promoting everyday cycling and to hosting major UCI cycling events.
It is great news, too, to learn that the Tour De Yorkshire is returning to the region again next May, this time for 4 days not 3. Watch this space for more information on the Tour de Yorkshire taking place from Thursday 3rd May until Sunday 6th May 2018.
Changing seasons offer a sense of delight in the natural world. As the end of summer approaches and the very beginning of autumn arrives, I am reminded of a wonderfully atmospheric walk I took one morning from Newton Grange a few years ago in the first week of October.
Kilnsey Show was a great fun-filled day on Tuesday. The setting of the showfield in Upper Wharfedale never ceases to impress and the landscape is as inspiring as it is beautiful. The day was action-packed from classes being judged in the morning, through to Falcony displays, the sound of the brass band playing, and watching Kilnsey Sports in the afternoon. A very big well done to all the organising team and to all those who entered the show too. Here are a few photographs from our day out.
Tomorrow marks the First Day of August - Yorkshire Day. It's a time to celebrate the wonderful county that we live in. As celebrations commence throughout the county, here is a flavour of the events taking place to mark the occasion.
This weekend saw the arrival of the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival to our family's very own Funkirk Farm, just outside Skipton, for the very first time. It was a fantastic weekend with a vibrant atmosphere. Here is a flavour of what we discovered over the weekend.
Fancy that! Today is a day of the year especially dedicated to Teddy Bear Picnics. My daughter would love that.
Today, the 21st June, is Midsummer’s Day when we recognise the Summer Solstice and the longest day of daylight in the northern hemisphere.
For me, Midsummer’s Day has often been a day that has been long awaited in the middle of winter when I crave daylight – and sunshine – more than ever. Now today we have daylight in abundance – the longest period of time between sunrise and sunset. I am thankful.
I was reminded the other day of the joy that is climbing a new summit for the first time. Of the rewarding feeling that you get when you get to the top of a hill, a ridge with a wonderful panorama or perhaps, even, a great big mountain.
I was driving along and saw two of Yorkshire’s ‘three’ iconic peaks – Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough – from the roadside. So I pulled over, and stopped to grab my camera and take a few photographs. I wasn’t hiking that day, or even planning to, but I wanted just to pause and capture them on camera. It reminded me of the two occasions when I walked the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks and loved the sense of achievement and stunning views along the way.
So here they are…
Newton Grange Farm is a 240 acre working sheep farm that has been in our family since the 1980s. The farm is a mixture of grassland for grazing our sheep flock and woodland copses and shelter belts which support a range of bird life.
The farm came back in hand in 2000 when a period of restoration and renewal began, first updating the Grade II listed buildings – the farmhouse and the Chapel – and later converting some of the farm buildings in to self catering cottages.
Today is 'Tell a Story Day'. Here is a little about me and my story of what I love about living and working at Newton Grange.
Together with my parents Catherine and John, and with the fantastic support of my husband and family, I feel so fortunate to look after Newton Grange Farm and to welcome guests to stay here from all over the world.
Have you ever been totally blown away by nature and thought to yourself, isn’t this magical? I can hardly believe how beautiful the natural world can be.
When you have moments like this you can be transported to a place of serenity and quiet awe. I had a moment like this on Saturday. I discovered the magic of woodland carpeted in bright bluebells.
Who doesn't like a cup of tea?
There's something soothing about having your favourite brew in hand. And teas take on many forms these days. Traditional English Breakfast tea, Earl Grey tea (Caffeinated and Decaffeinated varieties of course - I'm definitely with the former..), as well as varieties of herbal teas. My favourites are Peppermint and I love a Lemon and Ginger tea too.
Why is tea drinking so symbolic?
Today is national 'Look up at the Sky Day', a day to step outdoors look upwards and take it all in.
We love hearing from our guests during and after their stay. It was a pleasure to read this handwritten note on Friday, as guests checked out of Hulber Cottage after a week's stay.
Thanks Eric and Jean for taking the time to provide feedback, we really appreciate it.
Read on for inspiration about activities to do from the doorstep of Newton Grange and those within a 10 minute, 20 minute and 1 hour drive.
There are some great activities to do in the Yorkshire Dales this February Half Term. Here’s a sneak preview of some of our favourite suggestions:
Delighted to read our feature in this month's Aspire magazine - a great little resource for finding out more about the local area and businesses within it.
It's always great to see the new set of Farm Stay Brochures - available for all guests in our cottages and B&B rooms to browse and take home with them. Farm Stay is a brilliant network of accommodation found in delightful, rural settings throughout the country - often on working farms. From Bed and Breakfasts to holiday cottages to glamping and static caravans there is a wide choice of accommodation. It's a very easy go-to guide to browse through when you're planning a trip away, and a great signpost for internet searches too! Farm Stay also has a website with online availability and booking for many of the accommodation providers. We highly recommend discovering some unique and special places to stay throughout the country, and especially in Yorkshire of course!
Newton Grange Farm has two listed buildings on it - Newton Grange Farmhouse and The Chapel House. Both are Grade II listed. We thought it would be interesting to look a little further in to local history - with the help of an archaeologist friend, we found out some interesting things.
A new year is upon us. A chance to pause and reflect, and perhaps to plan ahead too and make 2017 the year when we take part in something that takes us out of our comfort zone and try something new. We have put together a list of a a few challenge events taking place close to home in the next few months - many of which include some cycling, it really has taken the Dales by storm! Others promise a lot of mud, grit and the promise of fantastic team work and morale - namely the ever popular Tough Mudder event taking place ten minutes away from us, on the Broughton Hall Estate. We hope you enjoy a year of new experiences and adventure. If you're taking part in these events or others, or part of invaluable support crews and spectators, we hope you enjoy yourselves and have fun.
And the silk inside a chestnut shell
Jetplanes in the air to be refuelled
All these things I love so well
So I mustn't forget
No, I mustn't forget
To say a great big
I mustn't forget...
Combine a day's walking in the fresh air, stunning scenery, the warmth of sunshine on my face, a touch of physical geography, and the fabulous company of friends and I could not be happier. Here in the Yorkshire Dales we are blessed with dramatic landscapes, none more so than our recent day out to the Norber Erratics near Austwick.
We enjoyed a fun family day out last month, making the most of sustainable travel from our doorstep. The day began at Gargrave station, less than 1 1/2 miles across the fields from Newton Grange (along the Pennine Way footpath), or in our case, a 2 mile drive to the free station car park in order to transport everything we needed for the day. Including a bucket and spade, of course!
Now the sun is shining brightly we are ever brimming with excitement at a fun-filled summer of local events in the Yorkshire Dales and the chance to discover something new. With last weekend's fabulous Le Petit Depart from Skipton and the fabulous Malham Safari Trail the weekend before, we feel so thankful to have the picturesque Yorkshire Dales on our doorstep and so many fun things to do.
So what is coming up next, and what can we look forward to?
It was SOOOO lovely to see these smiling faces staying at Newton Grange this weekend - Horses on holiday in the sunshine.
It was a great lambing season at Newton Grange Farm this spring, with fine weather (mostly) and a fantastic team of Veterinary students from Glasgow and Nottingham Universities. Some of the students even featured in our local newspaper, the Craven Herald - great to see, and very well done on all your hard work. The lambs are flourishing in the fields.
The Yorkshire Dales is a wonderful outdoor playground for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Here are a few ideas for ways to enjoy the fresh air and outdoor landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales.
Why not start with geocaching? Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. To take part you seek to navigate to a set of GPS coordinates and try to find the geocache (container) hidden there. Check out details for fun Geocaching in Yockenthwaite.