“If country life is healthful to the body, it is no less so to mind.” ~ Giovanni Ruffini
Yesterday I realised just how little fresh air and exercise I’d had during the past week, the lack of which was due to the excessive amount of rainfall here in Yorkshire. So in the afternoon, I went for a walk up and down the lane.
Crossing over the lane at the top of the driveway, I paused to admire the view beyond. I can just about spot the Arthington Viaduct from here. The viaduct crosses over the Wharfe Valley and serves as a border between West and North Yorkshire, it carries the railway line that services Harrogate, Knaresborough and York.
Walking a little further down the lane I paused again to take a photo of one of Richard’s tups, (Richard rents my land), and judging by the blue dye spillage on the sheep’s chest this tup has been taking his Service Centre duties very seriously!
And a few young ladies are bearing his distinctive mark.
Zooming in from here we get a pretty good view of Almscliffe Crag, an area just south of Harrogate and popular with climbers.
Next, I walked back up the lane to visit the horses. When I drove past last week, there was a pretty mare with her young foal, and I had planned to go back and take a picture when the rain finally ceased.
Unfortunately, the mare and foal were no longer in the field, however, there were other mares to admire. This one walked away each time I raised my camera but determined as ever I managed to keep up with her!
Walking back home again, I couldn’t help but notice the abundance of berries in the hedgerow, a proper little wildlife service centre.
Added Post Publication: TUPS are male sheep (RAMS), and at this time of year the chosen ones join the female breeding stock. The farmer takes control of his lambing time by choosing when to put the tups into the fields with the sheep.
Each tup has a canister of dye strapped to his underbelly, a different colour for each tup, and when he mates with a female the dye from the canister is released . To avoid inbreeding, strict records are maintained on the stock. There are usually two or three tups in the field, but it mostly depends on the size of the flock. The dye informs the farmer which tup has mated with the females. The gestation period is five months therefore the ewes will begin to give birth at the end of February, and will continue throughout March. Lambing time is a busy time for farmers and normally takes place indoors.
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