Category: Dales Life

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In Praise of All Things Wooly

I am not the most creative of people.  I do the odd hooking ‘thing’ – a kind of wooly version of painting by numbers, difficult to go wrong and produces pretty pictures that I can pretend my children did when they were at primary school.  My daughter is rather more...

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A Cautionary Tale From Tail End Charlie

A beautiful June day.  The sort of day which makes you wonder why you ever booked that holiday to Mallorca.  There can be no better place to be than the Yorkshire Dales when the sun is beating down, the summer flowers in their infancy adorning the roadsides and the cottage...

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Fancy a Bike Ride?

Late March and the rain has finally given up for at least a day and the early morning spring sunshine promises a beautiful day.  My MAMIL (middle aged men in lycra) friends and their female accomplice suggest we head for the hills on our two wheeled friends and make the...

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Malhamdale’s ‘Winter Tour’

Picture, if you can, a dank day at the beginning of January.  The festive season consigned to boxes in the attic, the holiday period well and truly over and months of work ahead with the summer holidays a far too distant promise somewhere on the distant horizon. Malhamdale is shrouded...

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A Tale From an Off-Cum’dun

I consider myself to be a local in these parts but not quite.  I was born here, went to school here, left for the obligatory time at uni and gave the world away from the Dale a reasonable chance and then, happily, returned able to say that I had ‘seen...

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It’s Show Time

If you are travelling through the Dales during August and September you may become aware that it is ‘Show Time’ and not in the theatrical sense. It is the time of year for Dales’ folk to show their finest – be it their jam making skills, their sporting prowess or...