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Today’s Pictures: 1 June 20

One of the gateways that allows Forestry Commission wagons into the forest for maintenance work. The route into the trees in now lined by oaks, beeches and pines.

The idea here is to brighten the day for those people isolated indoors during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here, in the UK, June 1st is the first day of meteorological summer. If the season continues along today’s lines, we’re in for a very warm summer indeed!

A wide landscape under a wider sky in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The barn at right is typical of the stone farm buildings dotted over this beautiful walking country. This shot was taken in September 2009.

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13 Responses to “Today’s Pictures: 1 June 20”

  1. noelleg44

    The Yorkshire Dales! We stayed there for a week – hiked, stayed on a sheep farm and got to see the youngest dog being trained. ate in pubs, and happened on filming of Of Creatures Great and Small (shows you how long ago it was!) Learned about foot rot in sheep and spotted some lambs with a bad case and nosed around to find the farmer and let him know.

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    • stuartaken

      We lived in the Dales, at Settle, for a couple of years. And we’ve always visited when we can. My brother lives up there still, in a small village where the horses are almost as numerous as the human population!
      All Creatures Great and Small! Wow, that takes me back. Herriot, of course, practiced in the town of Thirsk. The house shown in the series on telly was, as I recall, in the village of Aysgarth, where we once stayed for a few days to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Pretty place with some spectacular waterfalls on the river running close by.
      They say that the Yorkshire Dales is the best walking country in Europe! Certainly well worth a visit if in England.

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      • noelleg44

        I agree. We had a spectacular time. I recall the village we found the filming in was Askrigg. We also had dinner in the highest pub in Yorkshire one evening!

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        • stuartaken

          You’re right, Noelle. Askrigg, not Aysgarth. It was Askrigg we went for our celebration. Aysgarth we went to with my brother to see the falls. Both pretty villages.

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  2. jonicaggiano

    Just beautiful Stuart as always. How gorgeous your trees and as well as the walking country (as you call it). Thank you for sharing. Love and hugs Joni

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    • stuartaken

      Thanks, Joni. If we walk through those gates and cross the road, we can easily reach the fishing pond where trhe water lillies grow. We were there today, in fact, but they are not yet in flower. Still we explored a little and discovered another path we can use in our circular walks locally. Keep safe and stay well.

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      • jonicaggiano

        Oh I love water lilies Stuart I do hope you will photograph the pond before and after they bloom. They are fascinating to study, how they are protected underneath the water. A fascinating beauty. Love and hugs to you from NC this gorgeous day. PS I hope you are being careful my friend. 🌺🌸❤️Joni

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        • stuartaken

          I’m not sure the fishermen would agree with you, Joni, but I do! They attract dragonflies and demoselleflies. In fact there some for the latter there today, their brilliant blue dashing around the shoreline.
          I showed a picture of the pond before the lilies bloom on the 24th May post: https://stuartaken.net/2020/05/24/todays-picture-24-may-20/. I’ll visit again in a couple of weeks, as they look as though the flowers will soon open.

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          • jonicaggiano

            I am going in to your link to take a look, thank you Stuart. I hadn’t thought about the fisherman but I agree with what you said. They are indeed a little eco system of there own. Thanks again Stuart love and hugs Joni, your friend. 🌺🌸❤️

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