August 5, 2019

After 2 1/2 years, a lot of hard work and a running battle with neighbours (rabbit and human) we actually have a vegetable garden!

 Year 1

 Well, the fruit cage didn't last!   Rabbits and voles burrowed underneath it and destroyed all the strawberries and raspberries we'...

May 31, 2019

Well, eventually it had to happen.   After over 15 years of abstinence John finds the pull of going out in all weathers to check on the sheep just too much to resist.

A couple of weeks ago, together with some friends, we went to the market at Carlisle and bought th...

May 13, 2019

“It’s a nice day” he said.   “Let’s go for a walk” he said.

That sounded like a good idea.   I pictured a leisurely four mile ramble along the banks of the River Nent and into Alston for Sunday lunch at the Angel Inn, then a meander back to Nent Hall for a pint bef...

November 5, 2018

Well, this time last week we had just set off  on a crisp clear morning, through the first of this winter's snow, on our 3 day 37 mile walk in the footsteps of Isaac Holden, an itinerant tea seller.

Isaac's Tea Trail runs just below Sunrise Cottage and follows the river...

May 10, 2018

At last, after a long hard winter, the glorious bank holiday weather has brought colour back to Alston Moor!   Wild pansies, water avens, scurvygrass and marsh marigolds are appearing in profusion and a little lower down bluebells, primroses and cowslips contrast with...

March 10, 2018

Still no building work started!   The snow came, then more snow came, then we had blizzards and Storm Emma came in and piled all the snow into mountainous drifts cutting us off from the world!   And still it snowed!

We had walls of snow across the road an...

February 8, 2018

Dogs playing in the snow

January 20, 2018