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6April 2006
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     The first week of our two-week Term Break was spent at New Close Farm, Kirkby Malham in the Yorkshire Dales. Graham and Brenda Jones run a beef and sheep operation and let the original 300-year-old farmhouse for self-catering. From the farm we made daily trips out and about to see the best of the Dales.

     Yorkshire is beautiful in spring with its thousands of lambs gambolling around the fields. The scenery at any time of year is fabulous – the rolling fells and wide open spaces of grassland and moor; stone fences and buildings in the dales; dramatic limestone cliffs and scars and the many, many waterfalls.

These old, but modernised, stone farmhouses are great. In the kitchen was a Stanley Stove - just like the Agas in Rosamund Pilcher novels. The same stove provides heat for the radiators, hot water, the hob and oven. It's just a matter of getting the baffles right!