All you need to know about the weather in the Yorkshire Dales

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Being British, we’re renowned for talking about the weather. And why wouldn’t we? The UK has such a diverse landscape the weather can change quicker than you can say rain drops.

In fact, where we are, there can be a huge difference in weather between Rathmell and Settle on the same day, and that’s between a distance of just 3 miles!

If you’re used to visiting or living/working in the Yorkshire Dales, you’ll know that there is always a chance of rain. That’s because of the hills surrounding the area. The prevailing winds from the west arrive in the UK after crossing the Atlantic Ocean, from where they pick up moisture. The air rises as it reaches higher ground, cools and falls as rain. And that is why we have a green and pleasant land.

The climate can be pretty unpredictable but on the whole, it usually works out that January to March are the coldest months with more chance of snow. April to May are warmer, sometimes even summerlike with high temperatures but it has been known to snow here in April too. June to August are usually the hottest months, cooling down slightly in September and October when autumns kicks in and the trees turn golden (always worth a visit at this time of year). November and December tend to be the wetter months.

If you’re coming to the Yorkshire Dales, our top tip would be to pack a raincoat, just in case.

We may have unpredictable weather in this region, however, we can guarantee that there is always something to do, no matter what’s happening outside.

Watch out for our next blog to find out the best places to visit come rain or shine!

If you have any holiday snaps showing the Yorkshire Dales weather, send them to rosehyslop@layhead.co.uk and we’ll share them on our blog.

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The Day in the Life of a Holiday Cottage Owner

When my late husband and I first thought about starting our holiday cottage business all those years ago, we never dreamed that it would flourish into the business it has now become. From our very first two bedroomed cottage, we now have eight cottages of varying different sizes, to accommodate guests travelling on their own, right up to large family groups.

We farmed the surrounding land until 2001 so when we first got going, we not only looked after our guests, we had farming duties to do each day too. As you can imagine, we always had an early start, especially as our herd of cows needed milking twice a day, and they would let us know when it was time to come in. No excuses for late milking according to them!

I used to do all the cleaning and preparation myself in the initial years. It was quite manageable with one or two cottages, but as we added more, the workload increased and I had to draft in some local help to get through it all. Now, I manage a fabulous team who know the ropes.

These days, although no early morning milking, there is still plenty to do. I usually have a catch up with the team most mornings to go through departures and arrivals and what needs doing that day. This can vary from a simple change over of making beds, cleaning the whole cottage after a departure, making sure there are fresh flowers and guest information folders available, through to having to move beds to accommodate double or twin bookings, putting back crockery, cutlery and anything else that has moved from one kitchen to another in Mickleden when it’s been used for one large family gathering, or with a large group taking several cottages, even from one cottage kitchen to another.

Once I’ve caught up with the team, I can usually be found sat at my laptop dealing with booking enquiries, sending out deposit confirmation letters and replying to email enquiries. I get a lot of phone calls too throughout the day regarding availability for both the cottages and caravan pitches. Afternoons are usually spent shopping for supplies. I am really keen on ensuring I buy as much local produce as I can. If it’s not supplies, I have to fit in trips to the cash and carry for cleaning materials or shop for new textiles and equipment for the cottages.

Spring and summer time gets super busy. I love producing my own jam and chutneys made from fruit and vegetables I grow here at Layhead. There’s the vegetable plot to dig over in spring and in summer all the fruit and vegetables need gathering and making into jam and chutney. My homemade raspberry and strawberry jams and chutney is well known with the many families that come back year after year. Not to mention the fresh eggs I collect each day from my hens which live in the croft at the back of my house.

I love meeting and greeting all my guests at both the cottages and caravan pitches. It is usually part of my morning or evening routine when I catch up with everyone.

So, if you call one day and I am not about, you’ll know that I am busy doing cottage duties… somewhere.

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Stir Up Sunday is a-coming

This year ‘Stir Up Sunday’ is 21 November. Thought to start in Victorian times, this is traditionally the day Christmas Pudding is made.

Here are 4 things you may not know about ‘Stir Up’ traditions.

  1. Traditionally the pudding stirred by each member of the family (while making a wish), from East to West, to remember the Wise Men that visited Jesus in the Nativity Story.
  2. The reason for garnishing your pud with holly is to represent the crown of thorns (Note: Holly berries are highly poisonous, so we highly recommend using fake foliage).
  3. Christmas pudding would traditionally contain 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and his disciples.
  4. Tradition has it that lucky charms are added to the pud. A silver coin for wealth, a wishbone for luck, a thimble for thrift, a ring for marriage, and an anchor for safe harbour. (Note: We wouldn’t recommend this for fear of choking and the potential to damage your teeth, but it’s nice to know what the old traditions were).

There are lots of wonderful (and weird) Christmas pudding recipes out there but if you want a traditional, simple recipe, try this one out BBC Christmas Pudding

Have fun!

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Happy Tuesday!

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Let’s get creative!

plasticfree #toiltetrolls #recycle

We had such a great response a couple of years ago to this creative fun, that we thought we’d share it again.

The wall art above looks fabulous, right? Would you believe it, it’s made out of cardboard toilet rolls. I think we can all agree it’s brilliant!

The How-To Gal‘s creative work is something that you can get the whole family involved in making too.

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Toilet Paper Rolls – the number depends on how large your creation will be
• Tacky Glue
• Scissors
• Spray Paint
• 3M Wall Mount Squares
• Patience 🙂

Let’s get creating!

1 .Gather toilet paper rolls. Approximately 28 rolls were used for this project. Paper towel rolls count for roughly three regular sized rolls.

2. Squish your rolls.

3. Cut slices of the roll to desired thickness. If you cut the rolls into varying 1/2-inch slices you should be able to get 12 slices from each roll.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have enough pieces.

5. Begin gluing pieces together. Try to put most of my glue on the tip of the piece.

6. Attach slices together in the form of a four-petal flower.

7. Repeat step 6 until you have five completed flowers. Let dry.

8. Begin attaching flowers together. The toilet paper rolls are pretty pliable at this point, so attempt to line the petals up exactly to form perfect circles.

9. Attach five flowers together to form a row, and then repeat steps 6-9 until you have as many rows as you want. Then glue those rows together. Glue four rows together at a time to create a 5 x 4 flower grid which should make five grids. Finally spray paint them.

Stand back and admire your art.

For more fun ideas, check out the How-To Girl’s website

For more inspirational toilet roll projects take a peek at Pintrest.

If you have any photos of your wall art creations send them to rosehyslop@layhead.co.uk and I’ll share them on my blog.

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