Do you know who keeps all that grass so short and manicured? Sheep!!
And as far as your eyes could see, green rolling patchworked hills. Miles and miles of green farm pastures. I saw a couple signs for Farm Shops & Cream Teas but it was about 11 and after another full breakfast before we left York, there wasn't room. I'm afraid I may be running out of time for my farm cream tea. :( One of my biggest disappointments.
At the recommendation of our previous innkeeper, we stopped in the Yorkshire Dales at the small town of Settle, a dogleg off the main road, to get out, walk around and have lunch. It was a very friendly town with people saying good morning, & asking where we were coming from.
I wandered in some of the backstreets and alleys to look at the little shops hidden among them. I found some thrift shops, bookstore, and a tiny antique shop but nothing to bring home with me.
Hubby went into a pub called The Houndstooth looking for beer mugs and was given this beer glass for free from a local brewery called The Copper Dragon.
We had this lovely view outside our bedroom's bay window of the little sidestreet we are on.
This is a closeup of one of those slate stone walls outside the house. Nothing was used to hold them together. Highly skilled artisians place the stones exactly in place to weave them together, and may be flat, round, or square. The stone is very expensive now, and very expensive to have the walls repaired.
The meal was small enough that I was able to have dessert and finally had my first Stickey Toffee Pudding here. It's like a gingerbread with raisins or dates, topped with ice cream, and served with butterscotch sauce. It was delicious and very flavorful.