Discovering a new nearby village…….

Sometimes you just don’t realise what’s on your very own doortstep! …..well a 10 minute drive away in my case.

I’d often driven through North Cave, a regular route by car when going out of the county. I’d always admired the little church in the village too, but we’d never actually veered off the main road. That was until my friend Pip offered to drive me to Hotham. Not only didn’t I know it was so near but I’d never heard of it! 

Well it was forecast to be the last of the sunny warm days so I said I’d meet Pip and Scooby the adorable dog at her house.

As usual I set off early – I’ll be early for my own funeral! – and I trundled by the pond first. It was so warm I thought Terence and Teresa might be basking in the warm sun and I wasn’t disappointed. It was the first time this year that I’d seen them together on the same log…

It felt odd not having a coat on after, what had seemed like, a long winter. But refreshingly nice to feel the warm sun on bare arms

Pip and Scooby were there waiting for me and me and Scooby shared the front seat, scooby snuggled by my legs

We’d agreed beforehand we’d wear masks and have the windows open, just like in my taxi, so all felt safe and it was soooo nice having Scooby so near, his instant calming fur in my hands helping me cope, after all I’d never been in a car with Pip before.

We seem to arrive in minutes, taking a right at the little church in North Cave and parking in a lay-by by the brook which Scooby instantly knew as a place to paddle and cool down..

There were children paddling in the brook, playing games and pooh sticks and it suddenly felt like we’d been transported back in time when children whiled away the day playing outside.

We were suddenly out in the open making our way to Hotham and it was then I saw my first lamb of the year! Penned in with mum who looked on proudly and protectively at her new born

Then two white ‘pushmepullyou’ horses caught my eye in the field beyond ..

Then Pip noticed and pointed out a long tailed bird on the farmers roof. She did tell me what it was but that fact disappeared as soon as she told me

I then remembered I’d brought my lens ball and took it out of my pocket to take what I think is Horse Chestut buds, but might be totally off piste

What I hadn’t realised was that you should never use a lens ball in the sun. It felt like I was being stung on my hand and my legs beneath my trousers. I didn’t realise it was the ball at first and carried on. Then my hand was being battered by sparks of pain and I realised the sun must be reflecting off the ball 🙄 I quickly put it away for it never to surface again that day – lesson learnt….I hope!

We were walking around a private estate, the public footpath skirting the edges

The tractor was out spraying some luminous liquid which we hoped was just fertiliser

Scooby adores eating sticks…..I always think I know where he’s been in the village as I find  bit of chewed sticks scattered and it was no different today…

We came to what looked like an allotment on the edge of the estate and saw an old fashioned bell jar,  which I imagined had rhubarb cosy beneath it

All around were walls with doors leading to secret gardens

Scooby and Pip found a lovely bench circling the tree to have a drink

Before we headed off down another lane, daffodils everywhere

Finally we came to the village of Hotham, more daffodils lining the roadside

And Scooby looking lovely amongst them

I snapped my first butterfly of the year ambling through this lovely village

Some very impressive house lay behind closed gates, one with wicker animals scattered about the lawn

The brook appeared once more and Scooby took his chance for a cool down again

While I spotted a Robin high up in the tree

Down more country lanes we were in fact going round in a big square and eventually reached the village sign once more

It was at this point that catastrophe happened 🙈 and my camera battery died 😳… phone would have to do….but just not the same..

Fine for the ornate mansion house, currently being renovated, we reached once more as it was close up

And for the lake at the end of our trundle with the church in the background reflected in the lake

But NOT fine for the final spot of the day. A buzzard hovering in the distance looking for a safe landing point on the top of the tree…..luckily Pip still had charge in her camera and took an amazing photo

I’d had such a lovely trundle experiencing this little perfectly formed village right on my doorstep, but now it was late and I was very weary, after all I’d already had 2 trundles that day before this one 🙄

Thank you Pip and Scooby for your company….

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

15 thoughts on “Discovering a new nearby village…….

  1. What a lovely way to spend a sunshiny day – a walk with your friends pip and scooby. We had sunshine but it wasn’t warm enough for bare arms! Loved all the photos xx


  2. Sounds like you had a lovely afternoon
    with your friend Wendy. I’m not as brave as you leaving your coat off, as I feel the cold a lot 😂

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  3. I thought that about Pip, with no coat on, very brave. And my favourite photo was your push-me-pull-you horses! But as always, a wonderful description, beautifully illustrated.

    I wonder how long it will be before you go to Hotham village again? Not long, I bet!

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  4. Lovely accounts Wendy. I often hear fellow birders posting about North Cave, but never knew were it ws. 11 years in Yorkshire and still so much to explore!

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  5. Thank you for sharing your trundles and your photos! I enjoy them every day and it makes me wish I lived in a community/village, near you and could go exploring with you, Wendy.

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  6. Your pushmepullyou comment about the horses made me smile. I think of the small trains used for local journeys in the same way.
    I think your long-tailed bird is a pied wagtail.

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