Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Springtime in North Yorkshire

Every year I say the same old thing - leaves, buds, flowers, lengthening evenings, heating off, solar panel kicking into life... well it's true, I love springtime, the renewal, the light, the life.

Well this year I got whisked away by train to the North York Moors to stay in a converted barn on Red House Farm in Glaisdale to celebrate my birthday. Glaisdale is on the wonderful Esk Valley Line, a railway so beautiful and meandering it is a surprise it survived Dr Beeching's axe back in the 60s. On trips like this, the journey to and from the destination is part of the holiday itself.

From an eco-living point of view, the trip scored highly - public transport only, spending money in the local community (all our food was bought in the village shop and the brilliant butcher's), eggs from the farm, walking on the moors, wood fired heating, local organic ale in the pub... absolutely brilliant in every way.

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