Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Bird in the hand.

With a hint of Autumn in the air I took a trip to  Golden Acre Park   it has to be one of my favourite places to visit, looking a bit dull the sun was supposed to come out, it never did but I still had a lovely time feeding the birds and looking at the flowers.

There are a few spots round the park were you can feed the birds, tree stumps have been left to place the food. Over the years the birds have got used to been fed and are quite happy to feed from your hand, to my surprise a Nuthatch was very happy to feed.

Blue tit and Great tit are the other two birds that will feed, very hard to get a photo as I think when they land on my had they can see their reflection in the camera and think it's another bird.

Round at the hide the feeders were very busy 

Chaffinch, Great, Blue, Coal tit, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff, Robin, 

On the lake mainly Black-headed- gulls.

After coffee and cake I had a look round the gardens, still some lovely displays to see.

Not sure what this bush is, but it smelt very sweet and was covered in hoverflies.

The lovely Dahlia display was covered in red admirable butterflies which have done so well this year.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Memories on Tatham Fell


From the village of Giggleswick  North Yorkshire were my parents live and dad was born, we were taking a trip to my mum's old school at Tatham, passing places were I played as a young child on family farms.

Through Ingleton , Bentham, towards Tatham Fell, Lowgill,  then back over the moors to Forest of Bowland,  Slaidburn and Gisburn Forest, Wigglesworth, and Rathmell before arriving back to Giggleswick.

Egg sandwiches packed and a flask of tea we first stopped on  Buck Haw Brow,( we just say Bucker) to look at the Ebbing And Flowing Well.

Ebbing And Flowing Well
There are many stories about  Ebbing And Flowing Well. The well has been famous over the centuries for its strange and curious ability to ‘ebb and flow’, Folklore and Myths have been recorded...

“Near to Giggleswick Scar is an oddity of nature, the Ebbing and Flowing Well. An explanation for its behaviour is that a nymph who was being chased by a satyr prayed to the gods for help. They turned her into a spring of water, which still ebbs and flows with her panting breaths"

There are also strong connections to the church of St Alkelda at Giggleswick,  a stained- glass window depicts possible 'sacrifices' at the well.
(I will link below further reading),

Looking over Settle Golf course 

Looking back towards Settle and Giggleswick 

Looking towards Ingleborough
From my Aunties house she has a lovely view of Ingleborough, today was clear and you could see the top, from the front you can see the hills of the Lake District.

The Lakes 


From  Ingleton we drove  through  Bentham up on to Tatham Fell to the "Big Stone"

The Great Stone of Fourstones, or the "Big Stone" as it is known locally, is a glacial deposit on the moorlands of Tatham Fells, situated in North Yorkshire, England, near Bentham in the District of Craven, and 10 metres (11 yd) from the county border with Lancashire.

The name suggests that there were once four stones, but now there is only one. The other three were possibly broken up for scythe sharpening stones, or building stone, centuries ago. Large stones such as this were useful as boundary markers in the open countryside, and this one was used as a boundary marker for the Lancashire–Yorkshire boundary between Tatham and Bentham parishes.

A local myth tells of how the stone was dropped by the devil, on his way to build Devil's Bridge at nearby Kirkby Lonsdale.

The stone has 15 steps carved into the side of it to allow access to the top. It is not known when they were carved, but they are well worn from years of use.(LINK)

Fox Moth Caterpillar 


Mum and Dad

The Church of the Good Shepherd, Lowgill,Tatham Fells

There has been a church in Tatham Fells on this site since at least 1577 and possibly considerably earlier. It was built as a chapel of ease to the church in Lower Tatham and seems to have lasted until 1738 when it was found to be in a ruinous state, so it was taken down and rebuilt. The present building dates from 1888-9
(I will be doing a post on my Churches blog)

They were dressing the church for a wedding so we got to look inside.

At the back of the church is , now known as Tatham Fells Old School, or Lowgill school.
Lowgill was the name of the village in the bottom, people from the area would refer to the area as Lowgill rather than Tatham.
The school had two rooms , accommodating all the children from the farms and village at Lowgill.
Tatham Fells Old School

Mum's  school photo.

My Granddad 1950s sports day

Photo provided by Tom Briggs, digitised and edited by John Edmondson, and reproduced with their kind permission
Date: 28/11/09

All the farm children would walk to school, the drive from mum's farm was half a mile then at least another two good miles up hill before she reached school. Not long after she started a company call Cementation arrive to build the Haweswater Aqueduct, their children attended the school too so she was able to get a lift.

Haweswater Aqueduct

The 72-mile aqueduct from Haweswater to Heaton Park reservoir in Manchester was constructed between 1935 & 1955

The Cementation Experience

A 1949 newspaper article about Lowgill reported: "A mile or two beyond the village an army of workmen are burrowing into the fells ... a rival village has blossomed overnight on the fells – complete with electric lighting, modern plumbing, even a cinema."

We drove across the valley to look back across to SWAN'S my grandparents farm, with Ingleborough in the background.

Swan's farm
Stories of how one year the snow drifts reached the bedroom window, to been sent out over the fields to let the cows out, mum was the lightest so she would not fall through the snow.

We stopped here for a spot of lunch.

In the distance we are heading for the Forest of Bowland,  Slaidburn and Gisburn Forest. 
The hill on the sky line is Pendle Hill in Lancashire

St James Church DaleHead Gisburn Forest

Such a cute little church, and open daily. The Forest of Gisburn is used for mountain bikes rides with different levels of trails, but also a good place for a walk, there is a cafe too.

 Dalehead Churchyard, four miles northeast of Slaidburn, on the edge of Gisburn Forest, was established during the late 1930's when the site of the old Parish Church made way for Stocks resevoir. St James' Church was rebuilt, stone by stone, on an area of upland pasture, and those buried in the old churchyard were removed and relocated within the present graveyard.(LINK)


Ebbing And Flowing Well

                                The Church of the Good Shepherd


TATHAM HISTORY (well documented, old photos) 

                            St James Church DaleHead Gisburn Forest