The Wolds

The Wolds

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!

The Wolds
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.

The Wolds
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.

The Wolds
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.

The Wolds
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.

The Wolds
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.

The Wolds
Cawood has been the victim of serious flooding in the past.  Picture: Ceri Oakes

Wolds Diary: Stylish arrival at village festival

I have been trying to sort out some of my paperwork especially when the rain has been coming down in stair rods. At other times it has been warm and pleasant and the dogs and I have ventured out for good walks.

The Wolds
The calcifying pool at Mother Shiptons Cave proved an unexpected treat.

Wolds Diary: Mechanical bother ends an adventurous week

On Monday I drove up through the Howardian Hills to visit a lovely couple in the village of Hovingham, who had very generously offered me some ties for my craft work. Hovingham is a beautiful and charming village surrounded by glorious countryside, which is a myriad of colours at the moment.

The Wolds
Scarboroughs North Beach was packed with holidaymakers.  Picture: Richard Ponter

Wolds Diary: Beach strolls and scampi are my rewards for garden graft

I thought that his would be a nice, quiet, tranquil week when I could tackle the garden. I was wrong.

The Wolds
A visit to a farm in Thirsk provided the beautiful sight of Zwartbles sheep.

Wolds Diary: Super time in great company and that includes the sheep

I’ve certainly had a very busy but also rather pleasant week which started with a speaking appointment at the Ladies Probus Club at an inn just outside the small and quite charming town of Hedon, just east of Hull.

The Wolds
Wolds Diary: Delightful strolls but where is the summer sun?

Wolds Diary: Delightful strolls but where is the summer sun?

One of my friends rather admired my arbutus tree, which is thriving in my front garden. It had a special meaning for her as when she had learned the recorder she had played the beautiful tune of ‘My love’s an arbutus’ by Charles Stanford. We sang it at our summer concert last week.

The Wolds
Jono Cooper, Yorkshire Wagyus in-house vet, with one of the herd.  Pic: James Hardisty.

Embryonic success of Japanese beef in East Yorkshire

Taste is all important for beef on the plate and the Yorkshire Wagyu Company, set up three years ago by East Riding farming entrepreneurs Jonathan Shepherd and Jim Bloom, further accentuated the growing influence of the Japanese breed this week when they hosted a conference attended by 100 farmers at Quarry Farm near the village of Warter.

Kestrels are under observation in wildlife artist Robert Fuller's garden in Thixendale.

Busy schedule of male bird living double life

I have been offering food to wild kestrels in my garden for many years now. It all started when I saw a young male kestrel in my garden, looking wet and bedraggled and hungry.

Yorkshire boasts some of the most attractive rural locations in the country for a holiday.  Picture: Tony Johnson.

MPs probe how to boost rural tourism

An inquiry into the role of tourism in supporting rural growth in England has been launched today by an influential group of MPs.


Picture special: Investigations underway into cause of massive Yorkshire blaze

Fire investigators are examining the cause of a massive blaze at an aerosol factory near Pocklington.

Pocklington canal can be especially beautiful at this time of year.

Wolds Diary: Grow my own bounty brought on by verdant summer season

Out of necessity I have had a slightly quieter week. Of course the dogs have had walks and I even managed a bit of housework.

The Wolds

Wolds Diary: Welcome return of friend that is held dear by Brock the dog

This week has seemed quite tame in comparison to the previous week. It was cold and rather unpleasant at the beginning of the week, but I still had to get out, walk the dogs, tackle the garden and do shopping and such-like.

The Wolds
This time of year is one of the most beautiful, with its vivid blossom. Picture: Tony Johnson

Wolds Diary: Raising a toast to Her Majesty in a season of abundant colour

The weather has been so glorious lately that I have spent most of my available time outside. In addition to early morning dog walks there has been the gardening.

The Wolds
A glacier valley near the Wolds village of Thixendale - one of the many fascinating features of a walk in the Wolds.

Country & Coast: Internet experience nothing like the pleasure of walking the Wolds

It is 35 years since I trailblazed the Yorkshire Wolds Way long-distance path to write the official guidebook, and since then many thousands of people have followed in my footsteps.

The Wolds
Load more