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A grand day out


Saturday May 2nd

Well it’s been a lovely bank holiday weekend so far, if a little tiring.

On Friday we drove down to Northampton for a rugby match (which we won but it was a close run thing) and then after the match we drove back again (so we got home at about 1am). Bear in mind that Mrs MK and I had both been at work in the morning. We definitely were exhausted when we got back and sleep was not long in coming.

Saturday was our wedding anniversary, so as the weather was nice we packed up a picnic and went out to enjoy the sunshine. We toddled off to Bolton Castle in the Dales. It’s a lovely building and really stands out in the countryside. I’ve taken some photos and I’ll attach one or two and then put the rest on the site.

view from Bolton Castle…

View up to Bolton Castle

As a bit of a plug for them, a new group of volunteers have taken over the gardening (I got the impression that the last gardener was having problems coping) and they were busy getting the borders back in condition. They were busy ripping out the old woody lavender and want to replace it with new (once they get the money to do it). They are also looking at the perennial borders, but there’s only so much you can do at once.

The gardens have a great view and lots of nice space around them, so if you are ever in the area, nip up there and have a look. It can be a bit windy so be prepared.

After that we went down to Aysgarth Falls, which are among my favourite places in Yorkshire. They are simply lovely, and even better they are not too busy. There is ample parking, lots of places to walk and places to picnic too, Seeing the carpets of bluebells and wild garlic all in flower in a sweep of blue and white is truly wonderful. As you walk down to the middle and lower falls there are patches of primroses and wild strawberries. There are little orchids as well,

We had our picnic on the lower falls themselves, very picturesque and soothing.

The Upper Falls…

A lovely orchid…

Bluebells and wild garlic…

We came back home via the Brymor Farm (for those that don’t know they keep a herd of jersey cows and make really good ice-cream, so a nice way to end the day.

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Happy Anniversary. Pics are great. Sounds like you had a wonderful day.

4 May, 2009


lovely pics and happy anniversary to you both

4 May, 2009


Awwww, sounds lovely! Happy anniversay to you both too! Glad you had a good time!

Nice to have those views and Castle on your doorstep!

4 May, 2009


Happy anniversary. I'm glad you had a nice day. It looks a lovely place to visit. Pitty about the other photos. I don't get to see many on the other page. Time is in short supply.

5 May, 2009

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