A trip to the opticians – and a walk home in the countryside

Here’s a blog with a difference a long step away from weddings, but then you may find it a refreshing change, as I realise not everyone can get as enthusiastic over a piece of card like I can.

Well, what a lovely day it has been today!  The gales have stopped blowing, the rain has stopped and the sun’s been shining.  Just as well for me as I had to go into town for and eye test and told not to drive so I took a ride on the the local bus, met up with a couple of lovely people for a coffee and chat, Hannah from Forage and Susan from  The Yorkshire Dales Flower Company There may be a project in the offing but I’ll tell you about that another day.  

Chatting with these two inspirational women, one committed to fresh produce for cooking and one committed to fresh flowers for her arrangements, got me thinking on the way home. I had to walk the last bus to Embsay is 4.20pm, shucks I missed it by 5 minutes, but was rather glad I did, it was such a lovely day and thinking of our conversations and where I had been, – for an eye test -  made me think how lucky I was to be able to walk home and  see things around me I don’t usually see when I’m zipping home in the car, (well some would say tottling).  Hearing the birds singing even though I had my earphones in with Gatecrasher 20 – Past present forever playing, perhaps more suitable for long train journeys, but hey, it was the first tune I came too. I could smell the flowers in the hedgerow and people still smiled and said hello dispite the ear phones. 

It’s a very interesting walk home from Skipton to Embsay but I’ve  missed out  images of the Castle and the pigs in the field but here are a few of the images I took on my mobile, so excuse the image quality,  it’s the quantity of  things I never see from the car but they’re right on my door step.  Take a look……

                           Cow parsley                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                   Cow parsleyCow parsley, swaying in the breeze. 
                                                                                         I just found out it’s other name is wild chervil.  
                                                                                                It’s even beautiful in winter on a frosty day.

                                                 Look at the new growth on this fir tree, such gorgeous colours and how many shades of green!!!!


       The Hawthorn ,  a thorny hedging plant, the smell took me straight back to my youth, and that’s some time ago!

                     I used to love searching in the hedges for the sparrow nests to peep at their eggs.          

So, I’ve walked along down the hill towards the village and out of the wooded area, under the railway bridge.  It’s good to see the sheep and lambs are up on the hillside, just look in the bottom right of the picture where we had quite heavy rain two nights ago, that wouldn’t be much good for them to walk in.  See the bumpy hillside,  that’s  where the children in the village sledge down in winter, it’s a little bit like moguls I always think.  Luckily they don’t pick up to much speed as right at the bottom there midline in the picture is the railway line to the limestone quarry near Grassington.

7Ah, Look to the left and Embsay Craggs in sight, not too far now.

Look to the right and it’s the railway bridge for the Embsay and Bolton Abbey steam railway, staffed by volunteers.  A sheep and her lambs heading under the bridge to join their friends on the hill side.  That’s a great walk in those woods for picking blackberry’s. Uppp! given the secret away now.  Some make them into jam and pies, I make Blackberry Brandy with mine, it’s a smooth warming drink on a cold winters evening.

9That’s a great view you can only get a glimpse of from the car, but today I could linger in the sunshine.

Hah ha! You might need a magnifing glass for this one but those two grey dots are two wood pigeons, having a feast.  There were some rabbits in there too, but they weren’t  up for a photo shoot today.

I just glanced up, look at the beautiful colour of the sky and the two types of cloud – high and low  clouds.  That higher cloud usually means it’s going to be windy.  Oh not again please, we need some sunshine.

Now this is interesting. I have no idea what it was for or how long it’s been there, maybe someone will comment at the bottom and let us know. It looks a bit Gothic to me.  It’s not near either of the village churches, unless there was another church in the village in days gone by.

13Cute little plants growing in and on the walls


15This one I took for Hannah, at Forage, she told me she loves them.    I know they can be a nusiance in the gardens but you have to wonder how those seed all   manage to  grow to make a perfect ball.  What fun they have given children over the years in telling the time. For a forager, I’m sure they hold many possibilites.

You know it’s there but rarely give it a glance, the old tannery, now turned into modern appartments as many of the old mills around this area now a days.  Right in the distance is Crookrise, I’ll be turning right at the top of this road but if you turn left to Embsay Reservoir then you can walk over to Rylstone, and on to Grassington, something I still have to conquer.


So here we are left for Crookrise but I’m turning right and take a look at the flora and forna in these cottage garden walls.

then take a quick look over the top of the wall, some pretty cottage gardens.

And here I am home again with the familiar sight from my front window.  Feeling lucky all my senses are in working order.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the walk as much as I did.  It’s been a blog break from the norm but I have a feeling there’s quite a bit wedding related items coming up as we enter the wedding season and some new projects too, so I’d best get back to work. 

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