Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Knitting across England - Day 11

Today was a short walk on fairly level ground to the town of Ingleby Cross in North Yorkshire. We arrived at our B&B a little early, but no worries, it was a gloriously beautiful day so I sat on the town green and listened to some flute and harp Celtic music on my phone while knitting on my recent sock project. A couple of  walkers from Australia came and asked me if I were knitting with Merino wool.  In fact, yes, I was knitting with my super wash Merino/bamboo/nylon sock yarn.  I have been creating a simple sock pattern for my Coast to Coast socks. I will post the pattern at a later date.  

Ingleby Cross is named for the stone cross memorial to those who gave their lives in WWI. There seem to be many memorials to what the British term the Great War.  As I view these memorials, I am struck by the sacrifice of these young men for their country.  It seems that every small town was affected in the loss of their young men. 

Knitting across England - Day 10

Today was a beautiful walk of 14 miles from Richmond to Danby Wiske.  We had the pleasure of walking with three other people most of the morning.  Bill is from Australia, and Wendy and her husband Nigel were from England.  Wendy was a delight as she told us the names of many of the trees and plants along the way.  She warned us of the plentiful stinging nettle and the remedy for the sting by rubbing it with leaves fr the Dock plant which often grows along side the nettle.  This bit of information proved valuable as we applied it several times that day.

We came to a small town during our walk where there was a horse track. I was surprised to see a small gypsy caravan there.  It contained a horse drawn wooden trailer in a barrel shape along with a turquoise painted cart.  I tried to spy on them and get a picture while remaining unnoticed.  I am sure they thought me the odd one!

We walked through many farmers' fields today.  There was not the great herds of sheep that we were used to seeing, but we did come across this humorous sign.

Monday, June 03, 2013

Knitting across England - Day 9

We had a nice, shorter walk of about 12 miles to one of the larger towns along our way of Richmond.  We saw many sheep, as usual, in the green pastures we walked through.

One of the highlights was walking near an ancient Priory.  There was a lovely stone staircase going up through the woods next to the Priory. It is said that the nuns had laid these stones so they could more easily walk the hills of the wood.

Upon reaching Richmond, one cannot help but notice the imposing Medieval castle tower of Richmond.  After visiting the castle, we walked through a market where there was a booth full of yarn.  Nothing spectacular, some yarns from South America and some Noro, but I loved the sign on the booth.  Don't you agree?