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March 5, 2018

The schools shut. The roads half closed. The world was bathed in white. Our walks this week have been to the sound of crunching snow, the crystal kind that makes for poor snowmen and snowballs but that shines in the rare glint of sun.

Here's hoping everyone stayed safe...

February 23, 2018

Winter is harder on the chickens at River View. The water jug freezes and so do the pellets. Worms hide deep in the soil and on the worst days, our hens don't bother leaving the hut at all. 

Luckily a couple of our young guests who visited at Easter gave them some comfo...

February 15, 2017

 It was one of those days that made you glad to be alive. Nidderdale had got itself dressed up moody and sultry in dramatic colours and sharp golden light. The General and I walked through the chicken coop, down the slope and through the kissing gate at the corner of o...

January 31, 2017

"There are loads of blackbirds!" cried the five year old when we stepped out into the BIG Garden Birdwatch at River View Pateley this weekend. Pointless to explain these were the silhouettes of doves rooks and gulls against the winter afternoon light, just as it was po...

January 10, 2017

Winter is a time for enjoying the night's pleasures. The Yorkshire Dales is one of England's darkest areas. On a clear night, we see thousands of stars overhead including The Milky Way. It's a pretty impressive sight just with the naked eye, but if you get a pair of bi...

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