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  • Posted On: 3 March 2018
  • Author: Dalegarth
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Contrasts This item should have been a ‘Happy New Year’ piece from Buckden.  Too late!  But there are anniversaries a plenty.  Early in January we took a wonderful trip to Dubai, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong before returning to Buckden.  We cannot claim that we planned our itinerary around certain events but we found ourselves in Queensland on Australia Day then, at the Bay of Islands, North Island New Zealand, on Waitangi Day.  Waitangi was the venue for...

Autumn mists and mellow fruitfulness

  • Posted On: 25 September 2017
  • Author: Dalegarth
  • Number of views: 243
Autumn mists and mellow fruitfulness A time of preparation, where flora and fuana are gathering themselves for the inevitable arrival of winter. Leaves are turning; indeed, falling. Berries are plumping up; a rich and varied harvest waiting to sustain the birds through the worst of winter weather. The wild pheasants congregating in our garden have been joined by rabbits from the adjoining fields, all enjoying the glut of fallen fruit - especially the plums and apples, after an exceptionally good season. Wild deer...

Kettlewell Festival -

- celebrates a 'Scare of Crows'

  • Posted On: 23 August 2017
  • Author: Dalegarth
  • Number of views: 305
Kettlewell Festival - What do 'a muster', 'a hover', 'a horde', 'a parcel' and 'a murder' have in common?  Crows! We're proud to say that yet again 'Dalegarth' added to the scarecrows at Kettlewell for their recent annual Scarecrow Festival - in the shape of a Roman Emperor.  At least, he started out that way, but the organisers decided they had a surfeit of Romans and a shortage of Greeks, so he changed nationality to 'help...

A Summer Delight

Buckden Gala

  • Posted On: 1 July 2017
  • Author: Dalegarth
  • Number of views: 350
A Summer Delight It was just the perfect day for Buckden Gala.  Traditionally held on the third Saturday of June, Buckden Gala has grown into a major attraction of Upper Wharfedale.   Like so many other Dales Galas, which had as their origins a sheep show, it has expanded to include entertainment for the wider community.  One of the highlights must be the Buckden Fell Race, from the village to Buckden Pike (702m or 2,303ft.) and back.  Fell racing is a demanding sport, where...

Peregrines & Penguins

Today is National Dawn Chorus Day.

  • Posted On: 7 May 2017
  • Author: Dalegarth
  • Number of views: 427
Peregrines & Penguins Not being dedicated ‘twitchers’, many of our bird identifications would be described as “lbj’s” (little brown jobs) – but lack of identity does not prevent us from enjoying them. To help us, the 69p purchase of an App of British Birds, including all their songs, was one of our best buys!  Another aid is that jewel of the BBC, ‘Tweet of the Day’. One of the joys of life – and totally free – is the Dawn Chorus, currently in...