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Fountains Abbey - My happy place

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?

Fountains Abbey

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What's on in November and December

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!

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 November - Crafts in the Pen, Skipton Auction Mart - £5 for adults, free grotto for the children

Sunday 17 November, 1.30-4pm - Afternoon Tea & Pre-loved Clothing sale at Gargrave Village Hall in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance (£10 a ticket)

Friday 22 November, 7 for 7.30pm - Film night at Gargrave Village Hall, showing of the film 'Late Night'

Sunday 24 November - Great Skipton Santa Fun Run and Christmas Lights Switch on with festive entertainment

Saturday 30 November - Village Christmas Fayre 10am-12 noon, Gargrave Village Hall

Sunday 1 December - Skipton Christmas Market

Sunday 1 December - Gargrave Christmas Lights Switch on, 4.30pm & Mince Pies & Mulled Wine afterwards at church

Saturday 7 December - West Marton Pop-up Shop, 10am-3pm

Sunday 8 December - Skipton Christmas Market

Discover five canal bridges on a 4 mile circular walk to East Marton

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.

Bank Newton to East Marton Route

Navigationally it is quite straightforward - helped by the canal towpath and the five bridges that you pass - all of which have their own number (Bridges 160-164). Highlights along the way include the 'Double Arched Bridge' at East Marton, which sits beneath the A59 main road. Doesn't the bridge look fabulous?

Double Arched Bridge

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Kilnsey Show - A great family day out

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.

Shire Horses at Kilnsey Show

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1st August - it's Yorkshire Day!

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.

Sunflowers

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Food, Farming, Famous People, Freedom Milk, Family and the Fun Bus!

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.

Celebrity Chef Demonstration Marquee

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Teddy Bears Picnic Day

Fancy that! Today is a day of the year especially dedicated to Teddy Bear Picnics. My daughter would love that.

Do you remember the lyrics of the song that begins:

If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise

If you go down in the woods today, you'd better go in disguise!

For every bear that ever there was, will gather there for certain

Because today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic...

Does the song conjure up lots of memories?

Do you have a treasured Teddy Bear (or soft toy) that you hold dear?

I think it's never too late - too old or too young - to own or value a Teddy Bear. My Grandma loved them and they brought a smile to her face in her later years, and what can be wrong with that?

So with my trusted Doggy in hand and an armful of my daugther's teddies, I'll be in search of somewhere today for a picnic.

Here are a few picnic spots in or near the Yorkshire Dales that are a good choice (with or without your Teddy Bears...)

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Musings on the longest day of the year

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.

In the annual calendar of events, today is known as National Daylight Appreciation Day. I know I for one feel happiest the more that I can be outside. Especially when living in the countryside when the darkness on winter nights really is dark, the long daylight hours on summer evenings in contrast feel such as gift. A time to potter in the garden, to take a walk around the fields or to try out a new walking route. Perhaps time simply to catch up on jobs (inside or out) or if we are lucky, simply to sit outside with a good book and enjoy the light. Sometimes with daylight around you it just feels like you can do more than you might if it were dark, even if you don’t.

There is opportunity.

Newton Grange Farm

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