Sunday, 9 May 2021

Cocker Spaniels and Bluebells

A combination of cocker spaiels and bluebells makes for a delightful picture to get you through the day. There is something about walking through a wood full of bluebells that raises the spirits. We are lucky to have our own bluebell wood and a couple of cultivated ones to which only 2 days ago had hailstones and snow on them. The weather is vey temperamental. Is it mother nature's way of saying the population havent learnt from lockdown wanting to clamber on to the first holiday plane to leave our shores. They said people would take on board to enjoy take things slower and look after our planet. And nature is now giving us a reminder. Anyway enough preaching for today even though it is Sunday. Yorkshire puddings to be eaten and important things like that to think about.

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Puppy Love

Sometime you just have to help out. These two were just getting their noses poked out a bit as their mum a cocker spaniel had 9 puppies - 4-5 is usually what they would have. So these two are living a 5 star life on top of the Aga and having the best lives. When they get a bit older they will be introduced back into their canine family. What we would like to stress is as adorable as they are and look ,puppies turn into adult dogs and when you consider buying one you should remeber a dog is for life just not for a few months. Dogs give you unconditional love and they should have the same back.We are not saying spoli them or buy them expensive things . We know a lot of people do . Just look after them well and they will be your lifelong faithful friend.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

So tonight I got the tape measure out

As I have mentioned many times before, we have visitors that come most nights, but tonight I was amazing. Not only one but three deer ventured through the back garden gate and ended up only 8 foot from me .It was a shame as I get a clearer photo, when I have the stable door open. It was well after 8pm and as the sun had gone down it was getting quite cool and the dew had fallen. I happned to look out of the window and saw a deer near the gate so I went to the stable door as I thought I would get a btter photo. Low and behold there were 3 of them only 8 foot from me . They are casting their winter coats so they do now look their best. The wire fences are up to stop them coming during the night and getting into the main front garden. They can soon do a lot of damage. One night they cleared the whole 6ft magnolia tree off of its flowers . We turn a blind eye to them nibbling the blossom from the trees. We are hoping to set up a hide so when you come to stay you can see them as near hand as we do

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Forest Bathing - "Shinrin-Yoku"

Behind the house we have acres of woodland for you to enjoy so when I read this article I thought you may be interested to read it ... Stay at our bed and breakfast, it like no other as we have waterfalls too. Forest Bathing - "Shinrin-Yoku" Intuitively, we know that walking in forests makes us feel better. Research teams in Japan have been studying the health and wellbeing benefits of "shinrin-yoku" which literally translates as "forest-bathing" for some time. Scientists are also studying the effects of phytoncides which are volatile organic compounds produced by plants and trees. According to Dr Qing Li and Professor Yoshifumi Miyazaki, this practice, of immersing oneself in nature and taking in the forest through the senses doesn't just have psychological benefits but has a physiological effect too. Research teams in Japan have shown that the benefits of forest-bathing include: improved sleep quality lower stress levels lower levels of hormones such as cortisol (when you are feeling stressed your cortisol levels rise) reduced blood pressure increase heart-rate variability (high heart rate variability indicates low stress levels) improve mood enhanced immune system function Or You may just prefer to sit under one single tree and admire the view. This is an oak tree and in Autumn the deer come along and eat the acorns. The day I took this photo I counted 14 deers munching away. Then the young ones play fighting and chasing each other .They were oblivious to my being there. I think you can see 8 deer on this photo.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Tom Cruise has arrived

It is not every day that Hollywood stars arrive on your doorstep, let alone in rural Ryedale. Tom Cruise was spotted in Pickering and at North Yorkshire Moors Railway yesterday. The 58-year-old actor is thought to be filming his latest movie, Mission Impossible 7 in which he stars as Ethan Hunt. Filming took place at Levisham Station today, and residents watched on as Tom took a break from filming and walked off for lunch. One resident from Levisham said: “It’s really exciting having an A-list actor in Levisham. “We saw Tom Cruise early this morning, who waved and said ‘happy to be here’ in North Yorkshire. “He seems like a down-to-earth guy and a true action hero.” Local lady was lucky enough to spot the actor while walking her dogs yesterday. She said: "We were walking the dogs and bumped into Tom Cruise. "Not only do we love Pickering and our stunning countryside, but it was chosen for filming Tom's new film." The Paramount Pictures blockbuster series Mission: Impossible is based on and a follow-on from the television series of the same name by Bruce Geller. The film is directed and written by Christopher McQuarrie. The cast also features Vanessa Kirby, Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson. The cast and crew started filming across Europe in early 2020 but production stopped as the pandemic spread across the continent. Filming resumed several months later including at Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire. Mission: Impossible 7 was originally planned to be released in July this year but has been pushed back to May 27, 2022. A Mission: Impossible 8 is also in the pipeline.

Sunday, 18 April 2021

How about a drive over the moors and enjoy a view like this

We are so lucky as when you stay with us you can travel in any direction and find things of interst .If you travel East ,a ride over the North York Moors which is our National Park. And then come out at the coast ,what could be nicer.You will see views like this . And it is really nice to take a walk on the beach as it is flat, so no up hill walks. Inlike to go to Sandsend as you can reward yourself with a lovely lunch at the Hart. I took a friend for her birthday last year May, I think that was the last time we ate out. They do delcious platters and come on yoru own plate so you dont need to share if you dont want. We then drove down and through Whitby,Robins Hood Bay and down to Scarborough and on Marine Drive.

Saturday, 17 April 2021

Byland Abbey, Egg Sandwiches and Mushrooms .

So how about taking a walk through our fields and coming out at Byland Abbey. As guests you have the use of your own fridge, so you could make and take your own picnic. Eating it in the grounds of Byland Abbey pictured here. Or if you are like me I would have to start nibbing on the way and I doubt if I made egg sandwiches they would get there. There is something about egg sandwiches which I always relate to going on journeys. As a child I suppose we had only egg sandwiches when we went away, so it has stuck with me. Having hens on the farm always meant we had plenty of eggs. As Jack used to say we grew up 5 fields apart as he was brought up at Abbey Farm at Byland Abbey. So not a long walk, will take you half an hour as a brisk walk or dally along the way. Well, you are on holiday . As far as we know Byland Abbey is still offering free access to people . But don't worry if they are now charging as we have a special treaty that was signed many centuries ago for our farm so when I tell you more you can get in for free in any case. Jack says it is the best cricket pitch as a lad he will have played many a game in the grounds. If it is that you come when it is the times mushroom are growing ,we will tell you exactly where to look for them as they grown on the way to Byland. If you dont like to eat them raw, you can bring them back with you. Having them as a snack later with some toast .Yes there are toasters too in your room to use or if you would rather I will cook them for your breakfast. We quite like to pick them when the dew is on them before the sun gets to dry them out a bit. These are the freshiest and some times a few strands of grass get into the frying pan too. As you can find them just coming through from the warm earth and pushing through the grass. Due to land managementnow a day, we do not see as many puff ball mushrooms as we did when I was a child. We use tractors rather than horses working in the fields and mushrooms were very plentiful where the horses were turned out after their days work. So maybe mushrooms like horse muck as well as rose bushes . But here is a beauty that I took for Antonio Carluccio a few years ago. Soon it will be the time for St Georges mushrooms as they magically seem to apppear around 23rd April - St Georges Day. I fear with the very cold nights,early morning frosts and it being so dry they may not come this year. So unless the weather changes, their spore will stay well underground. The weather at the moment is a nightmare for our gardens as during the day I can be out at the front of the house in my shirt sleeves,but come first thing on a morning there is ice on the car wind screen. Recently I bought a peach tree and it is in and out of the houe like a yo yo. I take it out during the day for the bees to come and pollinate the blossom and bring it in a night to protect it from the frost. I have bought 5 peony plants this week and it will be intersting to see how they grow but for now as they have very tender shoots. I have planted them all in one big pot and placed them in the porch . As I have with 2 climbing sweet pea plants and a climbing jasmine . I have always admired these sweet pea climbers and managed to find some locally last week. The only house I ever saw them on was the porch at Eb Sunleys in Ampleforth. They had a farm at the bottom end of the village. They didnt have a flower garden as such, but every year without fail the sweet peas appeared.