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Teddy Bears Picnic Day

Fancy that! Today is a day of the year especially dedicated to Teddy Bear Picnics. My daughter would love that.

Do you remember the lyrics of the song that begins:

If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise

If you go down in the woods today, you'd better go in disguise!

For every bear that ever there was, will gather there for certain

Because today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic...

Does the song conjure up lots of memories?

Do you have a treasured Teddy Bear (or soft toy) that you hold dear?

I think it's never too late - too old or too young - to own or value a Teddy Bear. My Grandma loved them and they brought a smile to her face in her later years, and what can be wrong with that?

So with my trusted Doggy in hand and an armful of my daugther's teddies, I'll be in search of somewhere today for a picnic.

Here are a few picnic spots in or near the Yorkshire Dales that are a good choice (with or without your Teddy Bears...)

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Musings on the longest day of the year

Today, the 21st June, is Midsummer’s Day when we recognise the Summer Solstice and the longest day of daylight in the northern hemisphere.

For me, Midsummer’s Day has often been a day that has been long awaited in the middle of winter when I crave daylight – and sunshine – more than ever. Now today we have daylight in abundance – the longest period of time between sunrise and sunset. I am thankful.

In the annual calendar of events, today is known as National Daylight Appreciation Day. I know I for one feel happiest the more that I can be outside. Especially when living in the countryside when the darkness on winter nights really is dark, the long daylight hours on summer evenings in contrast feel such as gift. A time to potter in the garden, to take a walk around the fields or to try out a new walking route. Perhaps time simply to catch up on jobs (inside or out) or if we are lucky, simply to sit outside with a good book and enjoy the light. Sometimes with daylight around you it just feels like you can do more than you might if it were dark, even if you don’t.

There is opportunity.

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Yorkshire's Favourite Summits - The Three Peaks

I was reminded the other day of the joy that is climbing a new summit for the first time. Of the rewarding feeling that you get when you get to the top of a hill, a ridge with a wonderful panorama or perhaps, even, a great big mountain.

I was driving along and saw two of Yorkshire’s ‘three’ iconic peaks – Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough – from the roadside. So I pulled over, and stopped to grab my camera and take a few photographs. I wasn’t hiking that day, or even planning to, but I wanted just to pause and capture them on camera. It reminded me of the two occasions when I walked the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks and loved the sense of achievement and stunning views along the way.

So here they are…

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About the farm

Newton Grange Farm is a 240 acre working sheep farm that has been in our family since the 1980s. The farm is a mixture of grassland for grazing our sheep flock and woodland copses and shelter belts which support a range of bird life.

The farm came back in hand in 2000 when a period of restoration and renewal began, first updating the Grade II listed buildings – the farmhouse and the Chapel – and later converting some of the farm buildings in to self catering cottages.

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My story

Today is 'Tell a Story Day'. Here is a little about me and my story of what I love about living and working at Newton Grange.

Tell a story day

Together with my parents Catherine and John, and with the fantastic support of my husband and family, I feel so fortunate to look after Newton Grange Farm and to welcome guests to stay here from all over the world.

The Berry Family

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Couple's discount

We're delighted to offer a discount for couples. When booking one of our larger two or three bedroom cottages, discounts for couples are available when staying outside of school holidays and using one double bedroom and bathroom only.

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The discount is available when booking online in our two and three bedroom cottages and the price will automatically reduce. To check availability and book online please click here

Discover the magic of bluebells

Have you ever been totally blown away by nature and thought to yourself, isn’t this magical? I can hardly believe how beautiful the natural world can be.

When you have moments like this you can be transported to a place of serenity and quiet awe. I had a moment like this on Saturday. I discovered the magic of woodland carpeted in bright bluebells.

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The perfect cup of tea

Who doesn't like a cup of tea?

There's something soothing about having your favourite brew in hand. And teas take on many forms these days. Traditional English Breakfast tea, Earl Grey tea (Caffeinated and Decaffeinated varieties of course - I'm definitely with the former..), as well as varieties of herbal teas. My favourites are Peppermint and I love a Lemon and Ginger tea too.

Why is tea drinking so symbolic?

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