Last Saturday we drove up from Wiltshire (bathed in a monsoon of biblical proportions) to arrive at Harrogate in sun kissed February sunshine. Here we 'supped lad' at Bettys in Harlow Carr Gardens, 'eee it were reet grand' not least as my parents travelled down from Tyneside so we all met up for the day.
Harlow Carr for those interested in gardening is the RHS's northern climate garden, and even at the end of February, its winter interest was fantastic.
This winter glade was absolutely stuffed full of cornus, cornus of many colours.
Cornus 'midwinter fire' was especially vibrant
And then there were more........
......so much to see and well worth a visit if you're up that way. Especially as it gave us a goodly thirst for another cup of tea, mmmm delicious....
The real Alf Wight (aka James Herriot) - copyright James Herriot Museum
And the real Quicksilvercountry at the same door... copyright, Yorkshire Probation Service.
........... what Julie had her hands on in this photo is anyone's guess!!!!
Yes well, err, this goat was quite obliging.... full of good health after I'd given it a thorough examination.
Exhausting work being a veterinary..... this was one of the TV sets......
....... as was this, with Julie about to dispense a potion in my direction.
I could even sit in the car used in the series, still in working condition (the car, not me) and if I could have done, I'd have smuggled it out. I've always fancied an Austin 7 to drive around in. Please go if you are in North Yorkshire, it would be a real shame to see this fantastic museum close down. Mind you it's thirsty work this museum visiting ..............
.............. time for another cup of tea then.
Tuesday dawned fair of face, which was good, as this was Yorkshire Dales day. After a bit of a drive around, and a coffee at Kilnsey near Bolton Abbey we headed to Malham to visit the Cove. I last came to the Cove on a school trip in 1977 or 78. A long long time ago. Strange how the mind plays tricks, as I remembered it as a long walk from the village to the Cove. In fact it is no walk at all, and these days on a gravel footpath. I must have had shorter legs as a child.
The weather was perfect, warm for the time of year, blue skies and we both loved the fresh pure air, clear water in the river and given this is out of the main tourist season, empty landscape.
We only saw about 10 people on the walk, possibly as they avoided the area following reports of a strange man loitering with intent.............
..........no wonder Julie had to have a sit down to recover!
One thing that was not in our favour was that I'd forgotten to bring the battery charger for the camera, so the photo above was the last one I could take, which left me with no option other than to use the Blackberry.
I left Julie to sit in the sun on a rock and walked to the source of the river at the base of the Cove. 2 rock climbers were on the face of the Cove, all I can say is better them than me, because when I stood under the overhang of the cove, it is quite intimidating. Any loose rock and I'd have been a gonner......
................ which would have prevented me from completing the walk with a coffee and a celebratory mint choc chip ice cream.
REET CHAMPION LASS!!