Wednesday 31 October 2012

Malham Tarn

One of the first places I visited during my recent trip to Yorkshire was Malham Tarn, which is a glacial lake.  Situated at 377 metres (1237 feet) above sea level: it is one of only eight such upland alkaline lakes in Europe.

We visited on a Sunday morning and had the place mostly to ourselves.  I loved the clean fresh air and the crispness of the morning (there had been an overnight frost).  There is something quite magical about Malham Tarn.

Down by the water's edge is a bird hide.  We didn't see many birds (some of our party were a little too noisy for bird watching), but it did give a sense of getting closer to nature and a sheltered spot in which to enjoy a refreshing cuppa and admire the stillness of the water.

Thursday 18 October 2012

Oh, To Be In England!

Yorkshire sense of humour at its best!  I spotted this sign as we were out and about in the Dales last week.

Located in Appletreewick in the Yorkshire Dales, the pub is resplendent in fiery red Virginia Creeper.  After weeks of rain, I was fortunate to enjoy some of the best weather with sunshine every day except for a rainy Manchester morning on the day of my departure.

It was wonderful to be home.....

Wednesday 17 October 2012

A Dales Adventure

I know that it has been far too long since I last posted, but life has been busy.  I hinted at the fact that I was planning a visit to the UK some weeks ago, but did not find the time to update you all prior to my departure.  Now here I am, freshly returned from what was far too short a visit.
I had all kinds of plans of how I would spend my time, top of the list being seeing my family and getting to know my nieces and nephews.  I had a wonderful time with them and renewed the bonds of family and friendship.  I now realise what I miss about living here and that is those close family ties: a sense of belonging and of shared experiences.
My plans for the ten days that I spent at home were far too ambitious and they were somewhat curtailed, as I came down with a virus which persisted for almost the entire visit and has left me still congested and coughing.  I will share some of the hundreds of photos I took and tell you more of my adventures in future posts, but for now, I just wanted to say hello and let you know that I'm still here.