Sunday, 31 January 2010

Spend 14th February Near Helmsley

The Valley View Farm cottages are ideally situated for a quiet romantic break in 4 star self catering accommodation near the pretty market town of Helmsley.

Helmsley has lots to offer, explore the market place shops, watch the comings and goings of the motorbikes, see what’s playing at the Helmsley Arts Centre, visit Helmsley Castle or Helmsley Walled Garden.

Stay in one of our cosy, romantic cottages for two, we have three cottages that are ideal romantic retreats.

Couch Cottage is a one bedroom cottage (sleeps 2) which opens onto a courtyard with an amazing view.

Form Cottage is a one bedroom ground floor cottage (sleeps 2) with a kingsize bed and a modern bathroom with bath and shower.

Formicary Cottage is a delightful cosy single storey cottage and has one double bedroom with ensuite.

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So plan ahead and surprise a loved one with a romantic break for two in the beautiful North York Moors, near Helmsley.

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Saturday, 30 January 2010

Explore The Great Outdoors Half Term Week

Why not get away from it all with the family this February half term week and explore the great outdoors.

Here in the heart of the North York Moors there is plenty to see and do in the great outdoors.

Our holiday cottages are located on our family farm where you will see sheep dotted about the countryside as well as in the barns awaiting lambing and our herd of cattle.

There are plenty of walks from the farm where you will see lots of wildlife and nature up close.

Visit Sutton Bank for dramatic views and Rievaulx Abbey or Byland Abbey for historic ruins.

Why not take to the air and do a spot of gliding from Sutton Bank, or other outdoor activities in this area include pony trekking, horse-riding, cycling, fishing and quad bike trails.

Helmsley treasure hunt is a great fun and entertaining way of getting the whole family out and about in the fresh air doing something a bit different for a couple of hours when you come and stay at one of our Valley View Farm Cottages.

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Friday, 29 January 2010

Late Availability From 5th February 2010

Here is the late availability with discounted rates for the holiday cottages for the week commencing 5th February 2010:

Couch Cottage (Sleeps 2) 7 nights from 5th February 2010 £208.
Form Cottage (Sleeps 2) 7 nights from 5th February 2010 £208.
Formicary Cottage (Sleeps 2+2) 7 nights from 5th February 2010 £208.
Drey Cottage (Sleeps 4) 7 nights from 5th February 2010 £342.
Holt Cottage (Sleeps 6) 7 nights from 5th February 2010 £389.

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Thursday, 28 January 2010

Yorkshire WIRE Conference February 2010

I am a member of WIRE and the Yorkshire WIRE Conference will be held at Pontefract Racecourse on 2nd February.

The conference will include taster sessions, a guest speaker, a Q & A session, a rural business marketplace and a networking lunch.

Taster session include:
  • Anna Farmery who will look at Social Media in a new light, in the taster session 'Boost your Visibility'.
  • Judith Campbell will look at new and inventive ways to market your business, whilst keeping your costs to a minimum in her taster session 'Boost your Bottomline'.
  • Business Link Yorkshire are delivering a taster session giving the SMART goals you need to achieve, 'Boost your Potential'.
  • WIRE taster session tells you all you need to know to have your employees working together to the best of their ability to maximise your output, 'Boost your Team'.
  • Networking Seminar from networking guru Sue Tonks!
The Inspirational Speaker on the day will be Caroline McLeod, winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the recent Doncaster Business Awards.

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Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Bra Fittings In February Down On The Farm!

There is something different going on down on the farm this February and it's not farm related!

As you may already know, as well as living on the farm and taking bookings for the six holiday cottages based on the farm, I also run an online lingerie, swimwear and nightwear company from some of the converted barns. AmpleBosom.com has been based on the farm for the last 10 years, where the business was founded when I spotted a gap in the market for feminine bras for those of us blessed with an ‘ample bosom’. – there are a few women who will not see an ‘ample bosom as an asset, but once a well fitted bra is achieved giving support, comfort and shape they start to think very differently about their body shape.

It has been reported in the media this week that less than a third of bras sold in the UK are a good fit, and that a staggering 29% of bras sold after a fitting were rated as a suitable fit by a panel of experts. The research was undertaken by Which? Magazine who chose plus size figures because they wanted to know how our High Street shops coped with what they called ‘buxom women’. The importance of a correctly fitted bra cannot be overestimated in how it affects a woman, her confidence and comfort, and in particular when the bust is on the generous side.

I have been fitting what Which? Magazine call buxom women for many years now and it is a shame that their researchers did not visit AmpleBosom.com where customers come from far and wide to achieve that elusive comfort and confidence that a well fitted bra will give.

Throughout February I am offering ‘Bra Fitting Days’ at the farm to ensure that ladies start the New Year in comfort and style no matter what they are wearing, customers are asked to phone to make an appointment to avoid disappointment on 01439 798388.

If you don't live in the area why not take a break in one of our valleyviewfarm.com holiday cottages and have a fitting whilst on holiday!

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Bradford Excel Small Animal Show, Harrogate

The Bradford Excel Small Animal Show takes place at the Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate on 30th - 31st January.

With approximately 3000 rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, mice and rats attending the show over the 2 days, the show is known as the ‘Crufts of the small animal world'. The show will also have a ‘Family Activity Area' which includes the chance to handle rabbits and guinea pigs, meet and talk to TV zoo vet, Matt Brash, and other celebrities and take part in ‘Jaffa's Challenge'.

Harrogate is just an hours drive from Valley View Farm Cottages so why not grab a late deal on one of our cottages and your small furry pets are welcome too! We have even had tortoise, ferrets and birds of prey staying in the past!

So if you would like to stay at Valley View Farm cottages then don't hesitate to contact us on telephone number 01439 798221 or for international enquiries call +441439 798221 or via email sally@valleyviewfarm.com

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Tuesday, 26 January 2010

York Racecourse Meetings 2010

Here are the race meetings to be held at York race course in 2010.

Dante Festival - Wed 12th - Fri 14th May 2010
Spring Meeting - Saturday 22nd May 2010
The 40th Macmillan Charity Day - Fri 11th - Sat 12th June 2010
51st John Smith's Cup Meeting - Fri 9th - Sat 10th July 2010
Music Showcase Weekend - Fri 23rd - Sat 24th July 2010
Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival - Tue 17th - Fri 20th August 2010
September Meeting - Sunday 5th September 2010
October Finale - Fri 8th - Sat 9th October 2010

So if you enjoy a day at the races, why not study the following dates and take a break. Valley View Farm cottages are just an hours drive from York racecourse giving you the opportunity to spend a day at the races but also giving you the opportunity to explore the North York Moors.

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Monday, 25 January 2010

Burns Night

Burns Night is the celebration of Scotland's famous poet, Robert Burns. Burns Night is celebrated each year in Scotland on or around 25th January, which was the birthday of the poet in 1759. The day also celebrates Burns' contribution to Scottish culture. Burns' best known work is "Auld Lang Syne".

A Burns Supper can include haggis and scotch whiskey on the menu as well as guests at the supper reciting Burns'poetry. A more formal Burns Supper follows a set format and includes:
  • The hosts welcome speech with a reading of Selkirk Grace and then a soup course is served which is usually, Scotch Broth, Potoat soup or Cock-a-leekie soup.
  • The Entrance of the Haggis - everyone stands as the haggis is brought in and then the Address To A Haggis is recited. A the end of the poem a whiskey toast is proposed to the haggis.
  • The main supper is haggis and neeps (potatoes) followed by dessert, cheese and coffee.
  • Toasts are made to the monarch and Robert Burns as well as a toast to the lassie and laddies.
  • Robert burns song may be sung and the evening finished with the song Auld Lang Syne.
Enjoy Burns night if you are celebrating it with a Burns supper.

North Yorkshire Country Shows & Festivals 2010

Here is a list of some of the Show and Festivals that will be held in 2010 in North Yorkshire.
  • 13-21 February Jorvik Viking Festival York
  • Easter Weekend 2-5 April Selby Gamefair
  • 22-25 April Harrogate Spring Flower Show Great Yorkshire Showground Harrogate
  • Thursday 29 April-Monday May 3 Northallerton May Fair
  • Saturday 1-Monday 3 May Dales Festival Of Food Leyburn
  • Saturday May 22 Otley Show
  • Saturday May 29 - June 13 Swaledale Festival
  • Sunday 30-Monday 31 May Ryedale Festival of Food & Drink
  • Saturday June 12 Linton-on-Ouse Village Festival
  • Friday 11 - Saturday 26 June Grassington Festival
  • Sunday June 20 North Yorkshire County Show Otterington Hall, South Otterington between Thirsk & Northallerton
  • Saturday 26 June Hawes & District Gala
  • Friday 4 - Sunday 6 July Newby Hall Country, Craft and Food Show
  • Tuesday 13 - Thursday 15 July The Great Yorkshire Show Great Yorkshire Showground Harrogate
  • Saturday 17 July Sneaton & Hawsker Agricultural Show Sneaton Castle Farm Whitby
  • Saturday 17 July Picton Sports Gymkhana & Horticultural Show
  • Sunday 18 July Aldborough & Boroughbridge Agricultural Show
  • Sunday 18 July Malton Show
  • Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 July Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally
  • Sunday 25 July Weeton Show
  • Sunday 25 July Huby & Sutton on the Forest Show
  • Tuesday 27 July Ryedale Show Welburn Park, Kirby Moorside
  • Wednesday 28 July Borrowby Show Borrowby near Thirsk
  • Tuesday 3 August Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show
  • Wednesday 4 August Thornton-le-Dale Show
  • Friday 6 August Hinderwell Horse & Agricultural Society Show
  • Saturday August 7 Osmotherley Show Thimbleby near Northallerton
  • Saturday August 7 Tockwith & District Agricultural Show Tockwith, near Wetherby
  • 7-15 August Kettlewell's Scarecrow Festival
  • Wednesday 12 August Danby Agricultural Show
  • Saturday 14 August Rosedale and District Annual Show
  • Sunday 15 August Ripley Show
  • Saturday 21 August Gargrave Show
  • Wednesday 25 August Egton Horse & Agricultural Show Egton nr Whitby
  • Wednesday 25 August Reeth Show
  • Saturday August 28 Bilsdale Show
  • Saturday 28 August Malham Show
  • Saturday 28 August Wensleydale Show nr Leyburn
  • Monday 30 August Farndale Show
  • Monday 30 August Burniston Agricultural Show Scalby Lodge Farm Scarborough
  • Tuesday 31 August Kilnsey Show between Kettlewell & Skipton
  • Wednesday 1 September Muker Show
  • Saturday 4 September Kildale Show
  • Friday 17 - Sunday 19 September Harrogate Autumn Flower Show Great Yorkshire Showground Harrogate
  • Saturday 18 September Stokesley Show
  • Monday 20 September Nidderdale Show Bewerley Park, Pateley Bridge
  • Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 October Countryside Live Yorkshire Event Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
As you can see there are lots of North Yorkshire shows and festivals throughout the year, so why not take a break at one of our North Yorkshire holiday cottages and spend some time at a North Yorkshire Festival.

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Sunday, 24 January 2010

Farmhouse Breakfast Week 24th-30th January 2010

This week marks the 11th annual Farmhouse Breakfast Week organised by the HGCA.

Farmhouse Breakfast Week highlights the benefits of starting the day with a healthy balanced breakfast, so how will you be starting your day? I like to start the day with a cup of Yorkshire tea and locally made muesli or a bacon buttie!

If you are staying at one of our Valley View Farm self Catering Holiday Cottages then why not treat yourself one of our continental breakfasts.

The continental breakfast menu consists of:
Ampleforth apple juice.
Locally made muesli - Yockenthwaite Farm Granola and Muesli from Suma at Elland.
Croissants from the baker in Helmsley.
Wensleydale Creamery butter.
Yorkshire honey.
Lime and lemon marmalade Rosebud Preserves (Elsbeth Biltoft at Healey).
Yorkshire Tea – or coffee.

A great way to start the day and a great way to celebrate Farmhouse Breakfast Week.

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Saturday, 23 January 2010

North Yorkshire Moors Railway 2010 Events

As we often get railway enthusiasts staying at the cottages, here in the North York Moors, I thought I would give you the updated list of the upcoming events held by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for 2010:

* Grand Bridge re-opening Weekend - 27 Mar 2010
* Spring Steam Gala - 30 Apr 2010
* Spring Steam Gala - 07 May 2010
* 60s Weekend - 12 Jun 2010
* Vintage Vehicle Weekend - 10 Jul 2010
* Heritage Diesel Gala - 17 Sep 2010
* Autumn Steam Gala - 01 Oct 2010
* The Railway at War - 15 Oct 2010
* Santa Specials - 04 Dec 2010

With the North Yorkshire Moors Railway just a 30 minute drive from Valley View Farm in Old Byland, why not stay at one of our 4 star self catering cottages and enjoy the some of the forth coming events at NYMR.

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Friday, 22 January 2010

Late Availability From 29th January 2010

Here is the late availability at discounted prices for the holiday cottages for the week commencing 29th January 2010:

Couch Cottage (Sleeps 2) 7 nights from 29th January 2010 £208
Form Cottage (Sleeps 2) 7 nights from 29th January 2010 £208
Formicary Cottage (Sleeps 2+2) 7 nights from 29th January 2010 £208
Drey Cottage (Sleeps 4) 7 nights from 29th January 2010 £342
Holt Cottage (Sleeps 6) 7 nights from 29th January 2010 £389
Granary Cottage (Sleeps 6) 7 nights from 29th January 2010 £417

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Thursday, 21 January 2010

RHS Harlow Carr Go Wild Event February 2010

RHS Harlow Carr at Harrogate will be holding a Go Wild event from the 13/02/2010 - 21/02/2010 from 10:00 - 15:00 daily.

The event will include:
  • how to build bird feeders for your garden,
  • how to build bumble bee hotels for your garden,
  • walks,
  • displays,
  • bird advice and
  • birds of prey demonstrations.
Rhs Harlow Carr is just an hours drive from Valley View Farm at Old Byland, so if you are a wildlife enthusiast or would like to encourage more birds and wildlife to your garden then why not combine a visit to the Go wild event with a break away from it all in the beautiful North York Moors.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Photography Exhibition At Sutton Bank February 2010

Just wanted to let you know about the ‘Masters of Light’ Photography Exhibition by landscape photographers Mike Kipling, John Devlin and Brian Jobson. The exhibition will be on show from the 12th-22nd February at Sutton Bank National Park Centre. Free Admission.

Valley View Farm Cottages are located in Old Byland, a beautiful village in the North York Moors, less than 10 minutes from Sutton Bank. This is an ideal location for taking wonderful landscape photographs, so why not combine a break at Valley View Farm with a photography break and a visit to the Masters of Light Exhibition.

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Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Walking Weekends In North Yorkshire In February

Valley View Farm Cottages are six, 4 star, self catering holiday cottages, located in the rural village of Old Byland near Helmsley, on a working family farm with sheep & lambs frollicking about the hillside and stunning views from the cottages. If you fancy a break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life then a stay here is ideal where the pace can be as slow as you want. You can relax at the cottages or stroll around the village and neighbouring countryside.
The village is situated in the North York Moors and is an ideal location for walking and a walking weekend or break at Valley View Farm. When you book a break for February 2010 you will get a free map of the walks in the National Parks.

Walks that can be taken right from our farm here in Old Byland:

Caydale Walk, Valley View Farm, Old Byland
Evening Walk, Valley View Farm, Old Byland
Field Walk, Valley View Farm, Old Byland
High Leir Lane Walk, Valley View Farm, Old Byland
Hill Gill & Grange Farm Walk, Valley View Farm, Old Byland

Here are just some of the walks in the region we have picked out for you:

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Monday, 18 January 2010

Short Breaks Available From 18th January 2010

Why not treat yourself to a short break this week?
Here is the short breaks availability for the holiday cottages from 18th January 2010:

Couch Cottage (Sleeps 2) 4 nights from Monday 18th January 2010 £156
Form Cottage (Sleeps 2) 4 nights from Monday 18th January 2010 £156
Formicary Cottage (Sleeps 2+2) 4 nights from Monday 18th January 2010 £156
Drey Cottage (Sleeps 4) 4 nights from Monday 18th January 2010 £257
Holt Cottage (Sleeps 6) 4 nights from Monday 18th January 2010 £292
Granary Cottage (Sleeps 6) 4 nights from Monday 18th January 2010 £313

Couch Cottage (Sleeps 2) 3 nights from Friday 22nd January 2010 £156
Form Cottage (Sleeps 2) 3 nights from Friday 22nd January 2010 £156
Formicary Cottage (Sleeps 2+2) 3 nights from Friday 22nd January 2010 £156
Holt Cottage (Sleeps 6) 3 nights from Friday 22nd January 2010 £292
Granary Cottage (Sleeps 6) 3 nights from Friday 22nd January 2010 £313

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Jorvik Viking Festival 13th-21st February 2010

The 25th Annual Jorvik Viking Festival will take place between the 13th and the 21st February 2010.

The festival celebrate York's Viking heritage and during the event the city will play host to hundreds of vikings with re-enactments of battle-drills and training routines.

Other events will include;
  • lectures,
  • arts & crafts,
  • encampments,
  • river events,
  • saga-telling,
  • and full-scale battle re-enactments.
If you have an interest in history or just enjoy visiting York, then the Jorvik Viking Festival is for you and your family.

Old Byland is just 30 miles from York, so why not make your base here at one of the Valley View Farm Cottages, in the beautiful North York Moors.

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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Pickering Walking Festival, 16th - 18th April 2010

Pickering will be hosting it's first walking festival in April 2010. The Walking Festival will take place on Friday 16th April 2010 with a night walk at 20:00, Saturday 17th April 2010 and Sunday 18th April 2010.

The night walk on the Friday starts at 8pm and will finish before the pubs close!
There will be a variety of walks on offer on Saturday and on Saturday evening there will an Irish folk music evening at Pickering Memorial Hall. On Sunday there will also be a variety of themed walks to enjoy.

There will be a small charge for all the walks, and some of them include transport costs. A charge will be made for the Irish folk music event.

Pickering is just a 30 minute drive from Old Byland and the Valley View Farm Cottages which is an ideal location for walking, so why not combine the Pickering Walking Festival with a break at Valley View Farm Cottages.

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Saturday, 16 January 2010

Valentine's Day With a Difference

Book a Valentine's with a difference, especially if you and your partner are the adventurous types. So why not celebrate with someone special gliding off Sutton Bank?

Just imagine gliding over the beautiful North York Moors and the stunning Yorkshire landscape.

Gliding is the ultimate free flying experience, so why not soar like a bird above the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

Stay in one of our cosy, romantic cottages for two and get a discount at Sutton Bank Flying Club when you book gliding through Valley View Farm Cottages.

Three of the cottages are ideal romantic retreats.

Couch Cottage is a one bedroom cottage (sleeps 2) which opens onto a courtyard with an amazing view.

Form Cottage is a one bedroom ground floor cottage (sleeps 2) with a kingsize bed and a modern bathroom with bath and shower.

Formicary Cottage is a delightful cosy single storey cottage and has one double bedroom with ensuite.

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So plan ahead and surprise a loved one with a romantic break for two in the beautiful North York Moors, near Helmsley.

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Friday, 15 January 2010

Spring Cleaning

I have been asked to attend a meeting in Pickering to promote the Mountain Bike World Cup Rally to be held in Dalby Forest to the local businesses, this is going to be a very big event for the area attracting many visitors and I do hope to see some of them staying at the Cottages. This event is due to take place between Friday 23rd of April and Sunday the 25th and whilst thinking about this upcoming event it got me thinking about Spring Cleaning.

A handy tip that has been passed down from generation to generation, and one to make the most of now while the snow is still on the ground, is for cleaning rugs and if you are brave enough and strong enough – heavy curtains. Take the rugs out into the garden and place face down in the snow then pull the rug around the garden a few times this takes off a fair bit of dirt as the rug does not get too wet and but just enough to take off the surface dirt. Not only will you have a nice clean rug but you will also have burned off a good few calories!

John managed to get to Thirsk Auction Mart yesterday and one of his friends reminded him of an old tale which may be correct and today will tell as there is a New Moon today - the prediction is that whatever the weather is today it will stay the same for 3 weeks – it is milder today so there is hope………

Late Availability From 22nd January 2010

Here is the late availability at discounted prices for the holiday cottages for the week commencing 22nd January 2010:

Couch Cottage (Sleeps 2) 7 nights from 22nd January 2010 £208
Form Cottage (Sleeps 2) 7 nights from 22nd January 2010 £208
Formicary Cottage (Sleeps 2+2) 7 nights from 22nd January 2010 £208
Drey Cottage (Sleeps 4) 7 nights from 22nd January 2010 £342
Holt Cottage (Sleeps 6) 7 nights from 22nd January 2010 £389
Granary Cottage (Sleeps 6) 7 nights from 22nd January 2010 £417

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Thursday, 14 January 2010

Discounted Prices On Next Weeks Vacancies

Here are the discounted rates for the holiday cottages for the week commencing 15th January 2010:

Couch Cottage (Sleeps 2) 7 nights from 15th January 2010 £208
Form Cottage (Sleeps 2) 7 nights from 15th January 2010 £208
Formicary Cottage (Sleeps 2+2) 7 nights from 15th January 2010 £208
Drey Cottage (Sleeps 4) 7 nights from 15th January 2010 £342
Holt Cottage (Sleeps 6) 7 nights from 15th January 2010 £389
Granary Cottage (Sleeps 6) 7 nights from 15th January 2010 £417

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Rum Truffles

A favourite in our house is Rum Truffles which my Mother used to make and now I make, they are a favourite of my father's and I thoughtI would share the recipe with you:

Rum Truffles
  1. Mix together stale cake crumbs (any - I used some fruit loaf and some chocolate cake I am not sure why these are not eaten they usually go quicker than I can say knife – there must have been something more special around!)
  2. Add a few ground almonds.
  3. Splash with some rum - and I mean splash don't pour it in and make a soggy mess.
  4. Make some chocolate butter icing again adding some rum.
  5. Mix lightly together.
  6. With hands in cold water mould into required size. If small then use sweet cases and for a bit bigger use bun cases.
  7. Top the finished truffles with melted chocolate and a bit or half a glace cherry or a nut - any thing you have to hand will do.
  8. Alternatively roll in vermicelli.
Mother used to make these and Father enjoys them although he will often say they need more rum!

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Wednesday, 13 January 2010

North Yorkshire Moor Railway Staff Praised During Snow

We often have guest who are keen railway enthusiasts so I thought that you would be interested in the press release from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway regarding the running of the railway during the Winter snow that we have recently had.

"The General Manager of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway has paid tribute to the efforts of staff and volunteers in helping to keep trains moving during the worst winter in 30 years.

Despite the conditions, which have hit the North East and North York Moors particularly hard, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway managed to keep trains running over the vital Christmas period, and re-wrote history, by providing steam trains between Whitby, Grosmont and Battersby for the first time in years.

Only a few services had to be cancelled – mainly early mornings, due to frozen points and pipework affecting heating. Frequent snow falls meant anything up to 12 inches of lying snow in many places, with temperatures well below freezing and at times recording minus 13 degrees.

Despite this, Britain’s most popular heritage steam railway ran services throughout the festive season with well over one hundred and fifty services in operation across the Moors.

Trains from Grosmont kept running on the Esk Valley line, with the exception of one day (Sat 2nd Jan) when the weather was so bad that staff were advised to stay away.

Services continued to run throughout from Pickering to Levisham and Goathland. On a number of occasions, the Moors Railway was the only form of transport moving, helping to ensure that the Moors villages were not cut off completely.

The Christmas running period is an important time for the Railway in terms of generating much needed income. Santa Specials provided entertainment and magical experiences for families with young children. A Pullman dining train also operates throughout the winter period, providing a taste of indulgence in an elegant setting. Add to this the daily passenger services in operation between 27 December and 3 January, and it is plain to see that the NYMR remains a vanguard even in the bleakest of winters.

NYMR General Manager, Philip Benham, said:

“I would like to pay tribute to our staff, many of whom are volunteers, who battled over snowbound roads and worked in appalling conditions. Their heroic efforts and dedication helped to keep the railway going. At times like these, it is clear that the Railway is vital not just as a tourist attraction, but as a form of transport connecting communities across the Moors.”

Train operating duties on the line to Battersby were shared by the Schools-class engine, No 30926 “Repton” and the newly acquired Standard class engine No 76079. Between Pickering and Goathland, the ‘Black 5’ engine No 45212 was in operation, supported by two diesel locomotives.

Train services recommence on Saturday 13 February, when once again there will be separate services from Pickering to Goathland, and along the Esk Valley from Whitby to Grosmont (through to Battersby on Sundays).

In the meantime work is going ahead on the vital renewal of Bridge 30, between Goathland and Grosmont. Two new main beams, made of steel and transported from Chepstow, have now arrived by rail to the site, along with a railway crane that will be used to lift out the old bridge and lift the new beams into place. They arrived on location yesterday (4 January) with the movement of goods made possible due to a supporting partnership of Network Rail, freight train operator DB Schenker, and Volker Rail, whose Kirow crane is to be used for the heavy lifting. Engineering firm Construction Marine Limited is acting as overall project manager.

The arrival of the new materials can be seen on the NYMR’s own internet TV channel, located at www.nymr.co.uk

Viewers will be kept updated with work on site, which is expected to concentrate on lifting out the old bridge in the next few days, weather permitting, and the aim is to have the new Bridge 30 in place by 27 March – the start of the main 2010 season when trains will resume their running between Pickering, Grosmont and Whitby. "

We often get keen railway enthusiasts staying at Valley View Farm Cottages so come and join us and take a railway trip to Pickering, Whitby, Goathland or Grosmont on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

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Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Snow Beginning To Thaw

The snow is starting to thaw and although it makes life a little easier the road out to Sutton Bank still has packed snow on it and by the gallops the snow is banked higher than the car on each side.

I collected staff from the top of Sutton Bank in the 4X4 as I knew they would have difficulty getting through, so my morning started with phone calls around the County to advise them that I would meet them.

There are a few brave delivery drivers who are getting through but on the whole they are not attempting to make the drive.

One of the girls did not make it in Violetta lives in a valley and had great difficulty on Friday when returning home and had to be rescued by a snow plough abandoning her car until the next morning.

The Home is still closed so I am unable to see my father until Thursday of this week, when it is supposed to open again. I found a huge orange in the house so sent that to him by special delivery as it is one of his favourites. Another of his favourites is Truffles I make these for him and thought you make like to share the recipe:

Rum Truffles

  1. Mix together stale cake crumbs (any - I used some fruit loaf and some chocolate cake I am not sure why these are not eaten they usually go quicker than I can say knife – there must have been something more special around!)
  2. Add a few ground almonds.
  3. Splash with some rum - and I mean splash don't pour it in and make a soggy mess.
  4. Make some chocolate butter icing again adding some rum.
  5. Mix lightly together.
  6. With hands in cold water mould into required size. If small then use sweet cases and for a bit bigger use bun cases.
  7. Top the finished truffles with melted chocolate and a bit or half a glace cherry or a nut - any thing you have to hand will do.
  8. Alternatively roll in vermicelli.
Mother used to make these and Father enjoys them although he will often say they need more rum!

Took the girls back to Sutton Bank last night and spent 20 minutes trying to dig one of the girls’ car out of the snow, I had to hail a passing snow plough to assist in the end.

This morning sees the snow melting further and no trips out to Sutton Bank this morning, although there are some flurries of snow, I think the worst is over for now!

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Sinnington Hunt Point To Point

Sinnington Hunt has been in existence since 1680 founded by the Duke of Buckingham and has continued under varying conditions until 1891 when it became a ‘Trencher Fed Pack’ – this means that the hounds resided with individual people and not as a pack in one kennel and then brought together as one pack for the meets. The pack today live as one in the kennels. The Hunting Act 2005 has altered the ‘quarry’ and the hunt now follows trails rather than a fox, and is a great way of getting a day out in the fresh air for both the hounds, horses, riders and villagers.
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The Sinnington Hunt point to point is to be held on the 14th February at Duncombe Park a magnificent 18th century stately home with over 2000 acres of parkland. The event and the venue will make a memorable and fantastic day out whether as a group or as a couple, and is just a short drive away from Valley View Farm Cottages, we have availability with prices starting from £226.

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Romantic North York Moors For Valentine's Day

Treat that someone special to a weekend break in 4 star accommodation in the romantic North York Moors.
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You can make the surprise break, just that bit extra special as we are able to arrange for flowers, chocolates, champagne hampers, a cake, dinner reservations at any of our local excellent restaurants, a pampering treatment at the local beautician or even a flight off Sutton Bank in a glider for that special occasion!

There are long walks on the Moors, great country pubs to stop off on the way, and the romantic coastline is only a short trip away.

Three of the cottages are ideal romantic retreats.

Couch Cottage is a one bedroom cottage (sleeps 2) which opens onto a courtyard with an amazing view.

Form Cottage is a one bedroom ground floor cottage (sleeps 2) with a kingsize bed and a modern bathroom with bath and shower.

Formicary Cottage is a delightful cosy single storey cottage and has one double bedroom with ensuite.

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So plan ahead and surprise a loved one with a romantic break for two in the beautiful North York Moors, near Helmsley.

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Monday, 11 January 2010

Video Of Granary Cottage 3 Bedroomed 4 Star Self Catering Cottage

Come and escape to the country and stay in rural North Yorkshire. Granary cottage is a lovely three bedroom, stonebuilt cottage located on a family run farm in rural North Yorkshire where the views are stunning. Here is a video of Granary Cottage.



Granary Cottage

Fabulous 3 double bedroomed cottage with well laid out spacious accommodation.

Ground Floor

Large sitting room with lovely views over the communal patio and Moors beyond, access directly onto the patio. The sitting room is comfortably furnished for relaxing in and fully equipped with TV, freeview, dvd, video and the open fireplace has a coal effect gas fire.

Granary KitchenKitchen / dining area - The kitchen is fully equipped with integrated appliances - fridge/ freezer, dishwasher, microwave and a split level cooker. The dining area comfortably seats 6. There is a utility area which houses the washer/dryer.


Ground floor bedroom 1

Twin bedded room with large ensuite shower room with toilet and hand basin.

First Floor

Bedroom 2

Spacious, bright double bedded ensuite room which has a bath with shower over and a toilet and hand basin.

Bedroom 3

Good sized twin bedded ensuite room with bath and shower over as well as toilet and hand basin.

Electricity, gas, bedding and all towels are included in the quoted price. Please note that all cottages have a TV in each bedroom, a hairdryer, vacuum cleaner, an iron and ironing board. For those cottages without a freezer Sally is happy for you to use the freezer in the laundry room, however there is a freezer box in each fridge for smaller frozen items. There is also a drying room. All guests have access to the stone walled patio area which is South facing and equipped for your use with garden furniture.

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Reasons To Take Up Walking

I have just been reading 10 reasons to take up walking. The reasons relate to it being a healthy pastime and will help to keep you fit, you can see wonderful sights and it can relieve stress.

I am lucky that I live in a lovely region of the North York Moors and there are plenty of walks in the local area and around my farm itself.

Walks that can be taken right from our farm here in Old Byland:

Caydale Walk, Valley View Farm, Old Byland
Evening Walk, Valley View Farm, Old Byland
Field Walk, Valley View Farm, Old Byland
High Leir Lane Walk, Valley View Farm, Old Byland
Hill Gill & Grange Farm Walk, Valley View Farm, Old Byland

Here are just some of the walks in the region we have picked out for you:
Why not take a break in the North Yorkshire Moors and do a spot of walking in the region to see the beautiful scenery and get up close to nature. We are a popular destination for walkers.

Valley View Farm Cottages are six, 4 star, self catering holiday cottages, located in the rural village of Old Byland near Helmsley, on a working family farm with sheep & lambs frollicking about the hillside and stunning views from the cottages. If you fancy a break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life then a stay here is ideal where the pace can be as slow as you want. You can relax at the cottages or stroll around the village and neighbouring countryside.

When you book a break for January or February 2010 get a free map of the walks in the National Parks.

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Sunday, 10 January 2010

Farndale Daffodil Walk

During the daffodil season of March & April the village of Farndale becomes a very popular place to visit with it's beautiful show of wild daffodils.

It is believed that the daffodils were first brought to Farndale by some medieval monks from Rievaulx.

The Farndale daffodil walk is a moderate walk of approximately 7.1 miles. Click on this link for more information about the Farndale daffodil walk.

Farndale is less than a 40 minute drive from Old Byland so why not combine a stay at one of the cosy and comfortable Valley View Farm cottages and enjoy the spectacular views of the sheep on the hillside around Old Byland and the daffodils at Farndale.

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Saturday, 9 January 2010

Celebrate A Birthday At Valley View Farm Cottages

Christmas is a time when families come together and at Valley View Farm, the cottages are an ideal location, we had a very busy time with the our normal guests, but also with a family of 10 who all came together to celebrate 'Mum's' 80th birthday.

The family stayed in Holt and Drey, as these 2 cottages have an interconnecting door that we opened up, and can sleep 10.

I arranged for a surprise birthday cake to be taken around at a pre arranged time and they all had a jolly time, and a lovely surprise for the birthday girl!

We are able to arrange flowers, chocolates, champagne hampers, birthday cakes or even a flight off Sutton Bank in a glider for that special occasion!

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Friday, 8 January 2010

Another Day At Valley View Farm

More snow last night and freezing temperatures does not make life any easier, however, I managed to get the post to the Post Office yesterday so I know that Father’s parcel should be with him soon and I also collected the delivery left at the Newsagent. The Home should be open again to visitors on Monday so hope to see him again soon.

My Mother ‘phoned yesterday – she had spoken to the Home to see how Father was- and they reported that he was not missing us, I am not convinced, one of the problems he has is a brain tumour called a ‘Gliomas’ so his mental health is fragile to say the least and what he says one minute cannot be recalled the next. The sooner I can see him again the better. My Mother was not too happy as my brother had called her ‘old’ – not sure how old you have to be to have that label these days....

John and Stuart had another busy yesterday – one of the jobs on the Farm that can only be done in when the ground is frozen is cleaning out the cattle sheds. It is usually too muddy to do this so a good freeze makes sure that the ground is nice and solid if somewhat ‘slippy’, the only trouble was that the tractor got stuck and had to be freed with the only remaining bag of grit we had left. Stuart then had to go to the top of Sutton Bank on the forklift to collect feed supplies from the delivery lorry. Stuart commented this morning ‘ you know that tv programme Escape To The Country’? well I wish I could escape from the country!’ I am sure he does not mean it really.

The Amplebosom.com staff all made it in yesterday – Jill had to have a new wheel for her car – the cost of this weather is racking up daily, I am driving down to collect Betty and anybody else that I can collect on the way this morning.

John did not get to Thirsk market yesterday but Stuart went in, he went to the Bank and got the shopping in. He bought back ‘Breakfast Pie’ and if you are not familiar with this delicacy it looks a bit like a quiche. I for one, was not impressed with his choice and although grateful for Stuart’s endeavours on the shopping front will not requesting this again – I am not a lover of the sausage and black pudding mix that makes up some of the content.

I was, and am still, in a state of shock over the price of cotton thread – I asked Stuart to buy 2 large and 1 small reel of cotton thread – I need this for the pockets that are sewn into the bras when needed by customers who have a prosthesis - and some beads to fix a necklace. Now I know that the beads are only 99p so thought £10 was a generous enough amount, not only did I get a surprise but Stuart was non too pleased either as the bill was over £15 by my calculations that means ½p a metre for a 1K metre which was £5.60!

So talking about prudence, I am going to switch off some of the radiators in the house today to conserve oil, and if needed put electric fires on – the forecast into next week is not looking great and would hate to run out of oil. I am horrified at the thought of all that milk that has had to be dumped as the delivery lorries have not made it to the farms and I am going to ask our suppliers to start delivering to the newsagents in Helmsley and go down and collect in the 4X4.

Thursday night is Domino night for John and he went off for his away match in Thirsk and although quite snowy it was not going to put him off, and he was pleased to report back that he won both of his matches.

Although the snow has caused problems I have to say that everything does look quite beautiful, especially when you are the first one out on the road after a new fall of snow, fabulously clean and startlingly white. Wildlife appears to be attracted to the road for the salt I would imagine – not the safest of places to find, pheasants. partridges, crows, hares or deer when stopping is a problem! The first gate onto the fields is left open at this time of year, and as I set off to feed the sheep across this new snow, I had to stop to open the second gate and then continued down a green lane towards the field where Stuart’s sheep are for the time being – don’t tell John, but I have to tell you it is very exciting going a little too fast for my own good – but slower than the boys would have gone – it did cross my mind at one point that this was a little dangerous but my theory being that as long as I could see the ground and it was not falling away from me, I would be able to stop and I would come to no harm, it also occurred to me that if I should go through snow so deep and got stuck there was only me there and it was a fair stretch back to the house and mobile reception is not good – not that I had brought my mobile with me! Stopping again for another gate and through onto the hilltop – you can see the PowerStation over at the coast from here if you really look, I did not look as I was looking for the sheep – no sign – but then again 2 fields does cove 50 acres, it is ideal for the sheep as this acreage is too steep to grow crops and plough. I had a good shout and then saw them hurtling towards me – 200 pregnant ewes all very hungry. I had three blocks of food concentrated lick, about the size of a car tyre, I took the plastic wrap off and tried to roll them down the hill with no success – it would have worked in a cartoon or a movie! I then tried to get one of the 4 bales of hay out of the back of the 4X4, Stuart had wedged them in so hard I had to cut the band and pull out sections and throw across to the sheep until every nose has a piece of hay, as you would imagine the flock get closer and closer – Stuart manages to kick the hay quite a distance but I find it easier to move the vehicle. 3 drops later everyone is happily munching, so off I go to pick up Kelly from the top of Sutton Bank – if you do not know this road it is a steep gradient one in four – which is usually passable because it is well gritted. Back to the office and then on to Helmsley for a quick shop bread etc.. pick up the rest of the girls then back home for a coffee and a hot cross bun (I ask you) before I start on the rest of the day.

Red sky as I fed the sheep this morning and collected Kelly from Sutton Bank and I was reminded of that old saying ‘Red sky at night shepherd’s delight red sky in the morning sailor’s warning’

One of the’ must do today’ jobs that has been put off long enough is in the house – we have had a leak for quite some time - there has been a damp patch on the ceiling that has bubbled and developed a black spot, we thought it was a leak from the bathroom, although not evident on inspection, we got the bath panel off to check , nothing there, we then got the rods out and ‘rodded’ the pipes from outside but no blockage. So when you think you have done all you can it goes to the back of your mind but when I was hanging the Christmas decorations I moved one of the armchairs and noticed that the wallpaper was coming off and the internal wall was damp, this leak was clearly not going away and now getting considerably worse. We have now identified this leak coming from an old pipe in the bathroom and must get this pipe bought soon, so this job has rapidly moved up the urgent to do list. Thankfully this leak is not in our beautiful cottages.

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Late Availability From 15th January 2010

Here is the late availability for the Valley View Farm holiday cottages for the week commencing 15th January 2010:

Couch Cottage (Sleeps 2) 7 nights from 15th January 2010 £260.
Form Cottage (Sleeps 2) 7 nights from 15th January 2010 £260.
Formicary Cottage (Sleeps 2-4) 7 nights from 15th January 2010 £260.
Drey Cottage (Sleeps 4) 7 nights from 15th January 2010 £428.
Holt Cottage (Sleeps 6) 7 nights from 15th January 2010 £486.
Granary Cottage (Sleeps 6) 7 nights from 8th January 2010 £521.

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When you book a break for anytime in January you get a free map of the walks in the National Parks. There are plenty of great walks in the area.

There are plenty of things to see and do in North Yorkshire but if you just want to have a break and relax then the cottages are a cosy warm place to unwind with a good book, newspaper or a game with the family. Click on this link to see what games we have available. All you need to do is bring your slippers!

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Thursday, 7 January 2010

Life At Valley View Farm Dealing With The Snow January 2010

The weather continues in its icy grip, making life a little trying and causing concern and worry on several levels. On my worry list today:-

My Father is in a Nursing Home that has been shut to visitors due to illness and staff shortage and I miss seeing him, so I sent him a letter yesterday enclosing 2 tangerines and 2 bananas as I know these are some of his favourites - and I am not sure whether fresh fruit is getting to the home, I tried to send this package by special delivery, but unfortunately the postman did not make it up here to collect the post last night, and the Post Office had shut ,so this morning I am driving down to Helmsley to take the post to the Post Office and hope that it gets through to him.
My Mother lives on her own now, 20 miles away from me. I know she has plenty of oil for the heating and well stocked with food, and relatively fit and healthy, but she is still on her own and not within easy reach.

John has a bad shoulder and needs to attend an appointment in Kirkbymoorside today and the Pajero ( our 4X4) broke down yesterday so I do hope that the repair Stuart managed to do gets him there.

Stuart needs the 4X4 as he has built up his stock of sheep but they spread over 3 farms some distance from here. Some of the flock are on rented land and are lambs of last year and of course they are not able to get to the grass and therefore need several visits to deliver hay and make sure they are O. K. So for Stuart the 4X4 is vital and he had to drive to Whitby yesterday to get the spare part for the Pajero – not an easy journey but he has managed it. The sheep not only get last year’s stored hay but they also have nutrients and supplements, these are bought in concentrates which is a by product from the process of turning rapeseed into rapeseed oil, they also receive stored corn too.

The animal feed we have in stock is plenty for the time being but we will need to be thinking about getting some more from Thirsk soon. The beasts are a bit more ‘finickity’ than sheep and you cannot give them corn without crushing it first so this process needs to be completed daily before feeding them.

Peter is working in Australia at the moment and is due to fly back this weekend, I do hope the airports are open and he manages to get back home without any trouble.

I have some regular guests who come to the cottages for a week in January but the weather has put them off, quite rightly, – they are in their 80’s – and they have been moved into February as have another elderly couple. I really could do with more guests staying and keep thinking of different angles to encourage new and existing guests – maybe a cross country ski club?

I have not been out shopping and am having to resort to the toilet paper from the cottages to supplement the house needs, John managed to get 4 loaves of bread when he was out, but am pleased to say that the farm cats have an excellent supply of food – Andrew and Carol are our accountants and a neighbour of theirs, for some reason, had to make a ‘mock up’ of a supermarket for a display and this had to be realistic so real produce was used. The upshot of this is that there was an abundance of cat food given away and Carol brought round this abundance for our ‘farm pride’ I must think about getting some shopping done soon.
In the Village there are 2 old age pensioners who used to live next door to each other and were good company for each other however one of these ladies has been re housed in Helmsley, it will be better for her as she is close to shops and the Doctor’s Surgery, but this leaves May on her own – I must invite her in for a coffee today.

I am waiting for someone from a TV company to visit either today or tomorrow they are wanting to make a programme about farming families and the impact on inheritance and will writing, we will see if they make it.

The staff for AmpleBosom.com come from several surrounding villages and I wonder daily who will make it in. Jill had a problem with her car yesterday – one of her wheels froze solidly to the car near the gallops – and had to be rescued by her father. Wioletta (Violetta to you and I being the translation from Polish) made it in although she does live at the bottom of the valley. Betty lives with her boyfriend Peter who is a milkman and works through the night, and although he has struggled he has managed his round, and has brought Betty in every day – again they live at the bottom of a steep drive. One of the men have gone for Kelly this morning although she has made it in every day. Margaret lives in Boltby and has made it in although she went to the supermarket yesterday and she said that fresh produce was scarce. The good news is that it appears that this enforced confinement to the house has encouraged customers to log on and order!

The delivery men for AmpleBosom.com are not getting through, although one delivery had been left at the newspaper shop that Winsome used to have yesterday, so I asked Stuart to collect it on his way home from Whitby yesterday. It would have been a good plan that came together if the shop had been open but they closed early ..... I will collect it this morning.

We are lucky in the fact that we have electricity everybody is well and really nothing too much to worry about, however I better get on with the days work.

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Snow Loco At National Railway Museum

The staff at the National Railway Museum in York have not been letting the snow get them down and have put the snow to good use by creating a locomotive made entirely of snow which proudly stands outside the entrance to the museum and is attracting some good attention.

(Photograph courtesy of National Railway Museum)
The snow locomotive is modelled on the Mallard and was built this morning by a team of 20 staff.

Helen Ashby, the Museum’s Acting Director, said:

“All the staff had a fantastic time this morning building our snow locomotive – and our visitors seem to love our temporary addition to the collection. The Museum has been open throughout this week’s ‘big freeze’ and continues to offer a warm welcome to visitors able to battle the elements to get to us in York. I’d encourage anyone who is able to safely make the journey to come and see our snow loco before it melts!”

If you are in the York area and are able to safely journey to the National Railway Museum, then why not go along and see the snowy locomotive before it melts, along with the 100 trains in the museum.

Have you been building any snow men or other snow objects if so let me know what you've created in the snow!

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