Wharfedale Wildlife.

A few days away camping in the Yorkshire Dales is always an excuse to record the local wildlife pictorially. Here are a few snapshots of some of the local plants and birdlife I spied along the banks of the river Wharfe between Burnsall and Bolton Abbey. Along with a few additions.:)

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Female Pheasant.
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Bluebells.
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Larry the Lamb.😉
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Goosander.
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Grey Wagtail.
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Water Aven.
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Bunny’s. There were loads of these little guys.
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Hello There !
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Robin.
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Yellow Poppies.
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Greylag Geese Family.:)
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A lovely plaque to commemorate a swimmer, who died so young. It can be found along the river between Appletreewick and Howgill.
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Amongst the Ramsons aka Wild Garlic.
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Male Pheasant.
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Common Sandpiper.
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A fragrant garden escape called Dame’s Violet, I think.
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Lapwing.:)
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Another lamb amongst the Bluebells.
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Mandarin Duck.

There was of course wildlife that I didn’t manage to photograph. Stridd Wood at Bolton Abbey is home to Black Caps and Pied Flycatchers. We saw Dippers and even spied the turquoise gleam of a Kingfisher. Every morning we were woke  by a rousing Dawn Chorus that included the calls of curlews and a cuckoo.:) There is nothing so beautiful than the English Countryside. Even if a few nights under canvas is a lot noisier than you would imagine!:)

Sunday Sevens ~ May 15th.

My Sunday Sevens for last week are a little bit of a cheat because the photo’s are all actually from the weekend. Hey Ho!  The weekend was a lot more fun than the week.:)

Saturday saw us heading to Keswick in the Lake District for a bit of outdoorsy shopping ,lunch and of course some splashing about in the lake.

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Derwent Water.

1) Here’s Hugo playing in the Lake with a couple of other Labradors. According to Wikipedia Star Wars Episode V11: The Force Awakens  filmed on location here for the scene ” Approach to Maz Kantana’s Castle, Takodana. One for Star Wars Fans!

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2)  It was quite chilly in the morning, despite the bright sunshine. Keswick and the Lake were really busy though!  Another fact for you, Derwent Water is home to an endangered freshwater whitefish called the Vendace. I don’t think Hugo ate any !

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Veggie Chilli Burrito:)

3)  Speaking of lunch:),  we had ours at a cute little cafe in Keswick called Little Chamonix.  If you ever visit the town , I highly recommend this charming and bright eatery on Lake Road. My Burrito was sooo good!

4)  In the afternoon we drove round the lake to the village of Portinscale.  After reading  Christine’s fab post  about a lakeside,woodland walk she did to find this interesting Sculpture, I was inspired to search it out too. The giant pair of hands carved in wood can be found on the West Shore of Derwent Water. The sculpture is entitled Entrust and was commissioned by the National Trust. A handy find😉.

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Cinnamon and Hugo.

5)  On Sunday we met up with a friend and her Labrador for a walk. How cute do these two look together.:)

 

6 & 7)  And we visited other friends who have the cutest Summer House in their garden. It made me wish that our shed could be converted. I don’t think Wil would be too impressed though!

Thanks for dropping by. Sunday Sevens was devised by Natalie at Threads and Bobbins.

 

 

 

 

25 Before 45 ~ A Bucket List.

I quite forgot that at the beginning of the year I wrote myself a Bucket List !  It’s been sat in my bedside drawer for nearly six months now. Now I’ve rediscovered it, I thought I would put it up on the blog. This might help me get a wiggle on.:)

1.Learn to crochet.

2.Find a keep Fit Regime I like.

3.Eat a Dutch Pancake in Amsterdam.

4.Photograph a Kingfisher.

5.Make an Honesty Box Meal.

 

6.Read To Kill A Mocking Bird.

7.Watch a Film outdoors.

8.See the Northern Lights.

9.Have a Vintage Make over.

10.Swim in a Lido.

11.Go on a proper picnic with a picnic hamper.

12. Be Nine Stone!

13.Stay in a Bothy.

14. Photograph a Barn Owl in the wild.

15. Do a Rail Ale Trail.

16. Take part in a sponsored Charity Event.

17. Have Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23.

18. Enter Hugo in a doggy competition. 

19. Get Engaged!

20. Bathe in a Turkish Baths.

21. Go trekking with llamas…..in the Lakes.

22. Experience a night out down Canal Street.

23. Do the Morecambe Bay walk with the Queens equiry.

24. Visit the new Cat Cafe opening in Manchester.

25. Cook a proper Sunday Roast Lunch ( I almost never cook!).

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Come trekking with us.  Don’t forget the Picnic!!

So there you have it. I’ve actually managed three already this year, which is a good start. I’ve read  To Kill a Mockingbird and it was as good as everyone said, I went on a night out down Canal Street with some work mates ( Interesting!) and Wil and I thoroughly enjoyed  The East Lancs Rail Ale Trail Tour  from Bury to Rawtenstall. This gives me two and a half years to attempt the rest.Maybe I should book that Llama trek.:)

What’s on your Bucket list??

Sunday Sevens ~Sunday 1st May.

This week gone by ended on such a gorgeous sunny note, I thought I would post some pictures to remind myself that we do get warm sunny rays, here in NW England too.In fact I am writing this sat outside in my back yard , catching the early evening sunshine.:)

wp-1462800467705.jpg1) During this particular week everywhere is abundant with beautiful blossoms like these.The Castle Park in particular is resplendent in pinks and whites.

wp-1462800484539.jpg2) I put this picture of Hugo up on Instagram and’ The Summer Days Festival’ ( which is a music festival that Clitheroe Castle is hosting in July) shared it with their followers. Hugo thinks he’s quite the star!

3 & 4) I snuck off for a cheeky coffee before work on Thursday. It was so nice to just sit in the sunshine and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the little courtyard at ‘Cheesie Tchaikovsky’s’. I must blog about that place. It’s such a hidden gem.

 

5) Slinky enjoyed a bit of bird watching. She watched this nature programme for it’s duration, but got bored when I decided to watch ‘The Good Wife’.:)wp-1462801195610.jpg

6) I spent an afternoon with my sister’s family paddling in rivers and playing on swings and roundabouts. The weather was perfect for messing about in the river at Kirkby Lonsdale. My nephew even found a frog!

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7) And because I was on my ownsome at the weekend ( Wil was away mountain biking~yep i’m a biking widow!) I had these two as company on my Sunday lie in:)

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I’ve joined in with Sunday Seven’s devised by Natalie at Threads And Bobbins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#BEDM Sun stopped play.

This weekend is to good to be true!  It’s sunny and actually warm. Warm enough for a paddle, even.:)

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Devil’s Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale.

I have a confession!  I’m absolutely rubbish at this scheduling posts /writing up posts malarky , and I’m not sure I am going to keep up with the pressure of Blogging Every Day In May.  And besides the weather is just too nice to be glued to my pc. So i’m stopping for now. I managed a week!  And I’ll be back soon. Or when it rains….

Thanks for dropping by.X

#BEDM Hugo’s Haunts ~ A walk in the grounds of Clitheroe Castle .

Hugo is very lucky that the town we live in has an excellent dog friendly park!  Some days we head down the fields to the river on our walks and occasionally we can be found whizzing round the Castle grounds.When I say whizzing, I mean Hugo is usually about a mile ahead of me.I most probably am trying to catch up with him…..or hyperventilating in a bush!  Although today’s #BEDM  prompt is meant to be TOP TIPS, I’m just going to show you a few piccies of my local park and tiny Castle instead….

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The park is full of beautiful blossom at the moment.:)
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The Band Stand at the park plays host to a few events in the Summer including The Castle Proms.
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The Castle Field is perfect for Sunbathers.:)
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Spring flowers are so colourful!
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Clitheroe Castle may be tiny but it has dominated the town’s skyline for over 800 years.
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The Keep is the second smallest surviving stone-built Keep in England. I don’t know which is the smallest!
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The Castle commands views all around.
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The Castle’s Museum is based in the former Steward’s house but Hugo is not allowed inside.
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A bonnie boy amongst the Bluebells.:)

This turret known as The Pinnacle is originally from the Houses of Parliament. Hugo is impressed!

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But is ready for another game of ball.:)

Thanks for joining Hugo and I on one of our typical walks.:)

This post is for day 6 of #BEDM devised by Elizabeth at Rosalilium.

#BEDM Rancheros Pie.

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Today’s #BEDM prompt is to blog about a Mexican inspired recipe you like. The only thing I could think to blog about is this Rancheros Pie which I sometimes make in the Slow Cooker. It’s from the hamlyn 200 Slow Cooker Recipes book.

Ingredients.
1 tbs sunflower oil.
500g Minced beef.
1 Onion chopped.(I always use a handful of frozen chopped onions which you can buy in packets). Less tears!
2 garlic cloves ,finely chopped.
1 tsp cumin seeds.
Half tsp crushed dried red chillies.
Half tsp ground allspice.
1 tsp dried Oregano.
3 tbs sultanas.
400g can tomatoes chopped.
250 ml beef stock.
Salt & pepper.

Topping.
500g sweet potatoes thinly sliced.
25g butter.
few crushed dried red chillies.

Method.

Preheat slow cooker.Heat oil in frying pan.Add beef and onion & fry until browned.

Stir in garlic,spices,sultanas, tomatoes and stock.Add a little salt & pepper and bring to the boil stirring.Spoon into the slow cooker , cover with overlapping slices of sweet potato,dot with butter and sprinkle with dried chillies.

Cover with the lid and cook for 7-8 hours until the potato topping is tender.Lift the pot out using oven gloves and brown under a hot grill if desired.

I think this is my favourite Slow Cooker recipe.

Enjoy.:)

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