Lovely Little Lambs

Lovely Little Lambs

 

 

It’s been a busy time in the Crimsworth crèche over the last couple of months. These photos record some of the new arrivals in hilltop meadows in and around Pecket Well and Crimsworth Dean during April 2016.

Crimsworth Dean is a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse, so if you want to see lots of lovely lambs, come and visit us next April.

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

Photo Journal – April 2016

Have you had your Five a Day?

Five photos taken on walks in the countryside around Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley, interspersed with views from Elmet Farmhouse in the village of Pecket Well. Yorkshire at its finest. Enjoy!                        (Lesley Jackson)

30 April 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall on the horizon

 

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Daffodils and hellebores in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Primroses flourishing in the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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29 April 2016

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Moody sky over Luddenden Dean

 

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Early morning sun through the trees in Luddenden Dean 

 

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Leaves coming out on the trees in the woods of Luddenden Dean

 

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Fern-clad wall in Luddenden Dean

 

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Fledgling chaffinch in the garden

 

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26 April 2016

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Jacob sheep in Luddenden Dean

 

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Pigmy goats in Luddenden Dean

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Catherine House Farm in Luddenden Dean

 

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Luddenden Brook running through Luddenden Dean

 

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The beautiful unspoilt valley of Luddenden Dean

 

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27 April 2016

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Castellated lodge gatehouse for the demolished mansion of Castle Carr in Luddenden Dean

 

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The two gatehouses are connected by an impressive arched gateway

 

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Luddenden Dean – with heather moorland above lush green meadows

 

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Early morning sunshine on the fells above Luddenden Dean

 

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Cottages in Luddenden Dean

 

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26 April 2016

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More lovely lambs!

 

 

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25 April 2016

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Five views of Luddenden Dean

 

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24 April 2016

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Roe deer in meadow above Hardcastle Crags

 

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Roe deer are regularly spotted in wooded valleys such as Hardcastle Crags, usually in twos or threes

 

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They come up from the woods to graze on the hilltop meadows

 

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Catkins at Hardcastle Crags, with Gibson Mill in the background

 

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Bluebells massing in Hardcastle Crags

 

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23 April 2016

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Swaledale sheep and lamb at Pecket Well

 

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New-born Swaledale lamb at Pecket Well

 

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Pecket Well War Memorial – also known as ‘mini Stoodley’

 

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The wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags below Pecket Well

 

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The hilltop village of Pecket Well, with Hardcastle Crags in the valley below and Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

 

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22 April 2016

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Stoodley Pike from Wadsworth Moor

 

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Heather in hibernation on Wadsworth Moor

 

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Meadow pipit in the heather on Wadsworth Moor

 

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Goose on the lookout in the heather on Wadsworth Moor 

 

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Shaft to underground water tunnel – a landmark on the heather moorland above Pecket Well

 

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21 April 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well, with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon

 

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A host of daffodils flowering in the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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View from the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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Looking down on the cottage garden at Elmet Farmhouse, with daffodils, primroses, hellebores and pulmonaria all in bloom

 

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Snakes head fritillary in the garden

 

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20 April 2016

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Northern Wheatear in Crimsworth Dean

 

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View over the bracken along Crimsworth Dean

 

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View towards Stoodley Pike along Crimsworth Dean

 

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Ewes and lambs at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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A copse of Scots Pines in Crimsworth Dean

 

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19 April 2016

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Bucoli scene in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Mother and child reunion in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Early morning sunshine highlighting the folds of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Homages to William Blake: sheep and new-born lambs sheltering under a tree in Crimsworth Dean

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Gentle slopes give way to steep valley sides at the head of Crimsworth Dean

 

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18 April 2016

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Crimsworth Dean on a beautiful spring morning

 

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Mother and child posing in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Tucking in for milkshake at the Crimsworth canteen

 

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Crimsworth Dean – not a bad place to be born

 

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Cute Crimsworth lamb, caught in mid bleat

 

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17 April 2016

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Pinky and Perky in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Looking a bit sheepish

 

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Top end of Crimsworth Dean

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The Crimsworth Three – plotting mischief

 

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Jay in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse

 

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16 April 2016

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Another new arrival in the Crimsworth maternity ward

 

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Stepping out!

 

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It’s all happening in Crimsworth

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Crimsworth Dean – a new day, a new dawn

 

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15 April 2016

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‘The Lamb of God’ – born in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Timid twins in the Crimsworth creche

 

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The silken slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Come in number 25! Mother and child in Crimsworth Dean

 

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A poppit of a pipit perching on a post in Crimsworth Dean

 

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14 April 2016

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Solitary mill chimney stranded in the woods at Colden Clough…

 

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…Evocative relics of the once substantial Lumb Mills at Lumb Bank, near Heptonstall, dating from the early 19th century

 

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Colden Water – the river tapped to power a string of textile mills during the 18th and 19th centuries

 

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Jack Bridge crossing Colden Water in Colden Clough

 

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The first bluebells coming into flower in Colden Clough, near Heptonstall

 

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13 April 2016

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River of mist blockading the end of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Caught napping… Sleepy lambs having a lie-in in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Number 11 nuzzling up to mum – a bit heavy on the graffiti!

 

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It’s quite a gambol, this lambing lark

 

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The sun-kissed slopes of Crimsworth…. again

 

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12 April 2016

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Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean – soon the spring foliage will obscure the view

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck from packhorse bridge above Lumb Falls

 

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Bracken and woodland on the steep slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck as it flows through the woods lower down the valley

 

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Watercourses channelling water from Crimsworth Dean Beck to the former dyeworks at Midgehole, near Hardcastle Crags

 

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11 April 2016

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View from Elmet Farmhouse  – not quite as spectacular as the River of Mist yesterday but still pretty exceptional!

 

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Hazy April sunshine on Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall

 

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And this is where the photos were taken from – Elmet Farmhouse on the right

 

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The daffs are now in full bloom in the garden at Elmet Farmhouse and the hellebores are still going strong

 

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Crimsworth Dean – a tranquil unspoilt valley a short walk from Elmet Farmhouse with more lovely vistas

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

10 April 2016

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The magical River of Mist from Elmet Farmhouse at Pecket Well  at 8.24am

 

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The unexpected snow on the hills late last night gives a new twist to the River of Mist 

 

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Frost on the meadow in front of Elmet Farmhouse with Stoodley Pike and Heptonstall Church poking out through the River of Mist

 

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River of Mist 20 minutes earlier at 8.05am

 

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Stoodley Pike on snow-sifted ridge hovering above the River of Mist

 

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9 April 2016

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Crimsworth Dean – a chorus of curlews ricocheting around the valley, a flash of yellow as a green woodpecker takes flight

 

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Crème de Crimsworth – soft early morning sunshine spilling across the fields

 

Meadow pipit in Crimsworth Dean – flitting from one fence post to the next 

 

Pied wagtail dipping and diving through Crimsworth Dean

 

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Sheep on a moss-covered boulder near Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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8 April 2016

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The sun-kissed slopes of Crimsworth Dean at 8am

 

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Bouncy lambs on the nursery slopes at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Mother and toddler looking a bit quizzical

 

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Sun rising over Crimsworth Dean at 8.28am

 

 

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Sun on ‘the tops’ – Old Town skyline from Crimsworth Dean

 

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7 April 2016

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‘Hello mum!’ New arrival in the Crimsworth creche

 

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Into position – tucking in for breakfast at the Crimsworth Deanery

 

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Like mother, like daughter (or is it a son?) – Contented duo at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Crimsworth curlew – finally photographed two months after the first curlews returned 

 

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Grey wagtail at Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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6 April 2016

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Is it the Lake District fells? No, it’s the precipitous slopes of Crimsworth Dean

 

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Fields above Lumb Falls in Crimsworth Dean

 

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How green is our valley? Well, the answer is ‘very’!… View along Crimsworth Dean, with Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

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Looking up to the former Methodist Chapel in Crimsworth Dean

 

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Blue sky, cotton wool clouds and purplish woods in Crimsworth Dean

 

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5 April 2016

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Crimsworth Dean from near Grain Water Bridge

 

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Crimsworth Dean Beck

 

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… meandering through Crimsworth Dean towards Lumb Falls

 

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Looking back along Crimsworth Dean towards Grain Water Bridge

 

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Looking south from mid way along Crimsworth Dean

 

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4 April 2016

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Slack Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike on the horizon with Hardcastle Crags below

 

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Two new-born lambs nestling against their mother up on ‘the tops’ 

 

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The maternity ward up on Walshaw Moor above Hardcastle Crags – with soothing musical accompaniment of curlews

 

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Another one on the way perhaps? Or maybe she just wants a good old scratch

 

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Luminous green meadow up on ‘the tops’ above Hardcastle Crags, looking towards Slack Heptonstall with Stoodley Pike on the far hilltop

 

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3 April 2016

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Lambs on the high meadows near Walshaw above Hardcastle Crags

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Not a bad place to enter the world… 

 

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Tucking in for afternoon tea

 

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A picture of innocence – see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

 

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The Walshaw creche – triplets number 1 and triplets number 2

 

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2 April 2016

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Well it had to happen eventually… The first of lambs of the year at Grain Farm in Crimsworth Dean

 

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They’re still a bit unsteady on their feet, and note the pipe cleaner legs

 

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This little chap is still a bit wrinkly, presumably a recent arrival, possibly even today

 

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Whereas this dynamic duo are well into their stride

 

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And then there were three… Lots more on the way no doubt (watch this space)

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson

 

1 April 2016

 

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Baaaa Humbug!

 

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A new light on Luddenden

 

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Bleached grass and colour-coordinated Swaledale sheep looking imperious on Wadsworth Moor

 

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Luddenden Dean – over the hill but not so far away from Elmet Farmhouse

 

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A harmonious palette – bracken, bilberries and silver birch on the upper slopes of Luddenden Dean

 

© All photos copyright Lesley Jackson