The Wolds

The Wolds

Farm of the Week: Petals complement traditional farming at foot of the Wolds

Carrots, cattle and cornflowers are just three elements that make up what goes on at the 200-acre Field House Farm in Everingham at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds.

There was no chance of getting to sleep with the New Year fireworks.  Picture: Tim Richardson

Wolds Diary: Frustrating run of bad luck leaves me all but housebound

I think I must be getting old, and boring. I declined to see the new year in and decided to head for bed at a reasonable hour so I could be up bright and early the next day.

York Minster dominates the skyline over the city.  Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

Wolds Diary: Wolds come alive with walkers

Up to and over Christmas my voice returned and I was able to contribute to some carol singing. The service of the nine lessons and carols went well and then a day later I joined a group form the singers to travel to Beverley tossing carols at the masons Christmas meal. They enjoy it and so do we.

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Meeting Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, was one of the years highlights.

Wolds Diary: Many reasons to be thankful for a year of adventure

It is at this time that I like to reflect over what, if anything, I have achieved over the previous year. I consider the high and low points of my year, and there have been both.

The magnificent Wolds countryside is an inspiration.  Picture: Peter Watson

Wolds Diary: Song, good company and local scenery lift my festive spirits

As is the case every year, the weeks preceding Christmas tend to be busy. Thankfully I have been feeling so much better that I can cope with the things that need doing, like Christmas cards, wrapping and delivering presents, as well as all the other every day chores that are always there.

It seems there is a never-ending pressure to buy things.  Picture: Rui Vieria/PA

Wolds Diary: Season to be jolly should not be all about spending money

Last weekend I visited a couple more craft fairs, one here in Pocklington and another at the church at Wilberfoss. The nice thing about the latter is that they had a tombola where every ticket was a winner. I came away with a couple of things, both of which I can use. They also had a coffee morning and I delighted in a cup of coffee. The sweet aroma of the bacon buttie stall won and I departed the church with various items and a bacon buttie that I quickly consumed before driving home.

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The snow soon came down on a journey over Givendale in the Wolds.

Wolds Diary: Scenery disappears beneath blanket of snow and dense fog

One of the joys of going to speak to groups is that I get to see parts of our wonderful countryside that I wouldn’t otherwise have no cause to visit. I learn a great deal and find some lovely places and bits of Yorkshire in particular - and occasionally a bit further afield - to admire. I meet some wonderful people and for this I am very grateful. This week has been one such period.

Robert Fuller: Backdrop, camera, action for perfect wildlife photos

Robert Fuller: Backdrop, camera, action for perfect wildlife photos

This year’s stunning autumn display has inspired me to get out and capture the blaze of colour on camera.

David Hockney's "Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26 October, 2006" is displayed at Sotheby's, in New York.

Hockney’s picture of a Roman road in Yorkshire nets a record £9.4m

IT IS one of Yorkshire’s most striking and least-known vistas. Yet few would have put a price of nearly £10m on a painting of it.

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Twins’ arrival inspires new Wolds beer

Twins’ arrival inspires new Wolds beer

A family-run brewery has named its new beer after the baby twins who have become the fifth generation born into the business.

Hutton Buscel is like the village where Sue Woodcock grew up.  Picture: Richard Ponter

Wolds Diary: Echoes of childhood beneath autumn leaves

On Monday, I turned up early at the vets with one of my cats, Bhur, who needed to have at least one tooth out. He is an elderly cat and no operation at that age is without risk, but it was also necessary. I have the utmost faith in my vet and her amazing team, but it did not stop me being concerned. At such times all you can do is wait.

Robert's priceless moments include witnessing this plucky penguin.  Pictures: Robert Fuller

Robert Fuller: Belly laughs make wildlife watching so much fun

I spend many hours watching animals interact in the wild for my paintings and I can honestly say it is the most rewarding job in the world.

Dominating the skyline: Morleys magnificent town hall. Picture: John Clifton

Wolds Diary: Proud contribution to international choral premiere

On Saturday, I went to the rehearsal of the battle concert at All Saints Pocklington. With five choirs, we were duly directed where we were going to be in the church, how to get there and where to stand. My place was upon a raised dais at the back with the rest of the tenors. This took time. Then on the Sunday we had the first rehearsal with the whole orchestra.

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A long walk over Allerthopre Common saw Looroll end up chasing squirrels.

Wolds Diary: Talk about seeing the county, what a busy week on the road

What a busy week. People sometimes ask me how I find the time to do all the things I do. This week my answer has to be that I just don’t know!

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Haunted?: The magnificent and imposing remains of Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds.

Wolds Diary: Autumnal signs in the sky as my travels take me west

At church last Sunday our choir held its monthly performance when quite a few singers gather to augment the service. We sang an introit and an anthem both of which I’m very fond.

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Sues terrier Brillo, looking cleaner than she did earlier this week.

Wolds Diary: Chicken catching and fruit picking before weather turns

The weather has still been good this last week, that is to say it hasn’t been cold or miserable. On such days the dogs and I get out, and we have had some good walks out in the countryside.

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Members of staff at Sotheby's in London attend to David Hockney's painting Woldgate Woods, expected to fetch up to 12 million dollars when it goes under the hammer

Hockney’s Yorkshire Wolds landscape could net a record £9m

David Hockney could smash his own record at auction with a painting from his Yorkshire Wolds series going under-the-hammer for the first time.


Wolds Diary: Arachnid season for sure as night times draw darker

It was very hot at the start of the week and although a couple of my dogs like the heat the others do not so I have had to stagger their walks. On one day I tackled some of the garden and quite forgot that maybe I should have put some sun block on.

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The drive towards Grassington has the most fantastic of views.

Wolds Diary: Scenic trip to my old stomping ground

Last Sunday we had our monthly service at All Saints Church when a decent number assembled in the choir and we sang three anthems.

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New to Sledmere House next weekend is an event called the Festival of the Horse which is taking place to celebrate all things horses and to raise money for the Riding for the Disabled charity.

Equine festival at grand Wolds estate

A grand Yorkshire Wolds country estate is throwing open its gates for a festival aimed at those of an equestrian persuasion.

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