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Jun 2015 Newsletter
We have had an exciting few months, culminating in The Visit England Awards in Gateshead at The Sage in early May. It was an excellent evening, where we were joined by family members and staff. We received a Highly Commended Award in the Best Self- Catering Venue which was very pleasing and encouraging for us all. The standards were unbelievably high.
It would have been nice to linger in the north east, but we were back to work the next day, with hopefully, an added spring in our steps and lots of new ideas.
Whats happening at High Barn at the moment?
The wild-flower meadow is just coming into bloom and there are already plenty of butterflies dancing around in the sunshine. The pond is full of life, with two resident mallards and numerous little fresh water creatures, scuttling around. Its been a good year for tadpoles, so our frog and toad population should increase mightily.
Our Barn Owl appears to have given up on her three eggs. We think her mate has been killed by a car perhaps, as he hasnt been in the nest box for some time now, so she was forced to abandon the eggs to find food for herself. No other male has appeared on the scene, so well have to wait till 2016 now for a new clutch of chicks. Its rather sad, but it shows how perilous life is in the wild.
June has brought far better weather. May was unseasonably cold. Consequently, we still have plenty of blossom in the hedgerows with ragged robin and cow parsley combining to make a beautiful scented display for all enjoy.
The RSPB at Bempton, following the BBC Springwatch programme, was temporarily overwhelmed by visitors, but it has now steadied to a volume they and the road to the site can handle. We went up there recently late one evening and had the cliffs to ourselves - plus the thousands of seabirds it was quite magical.
Today we bid adieu to some of our visitors (returners all) and this afternoon we have a completely new set of guests to welcome. That is the real pleasure of holiday cottages rekindling friendships that span many seasons and encountering a whole new set of visitors who may never have set foot in Yorkshire or even England before. Its the time of the year when, for us, the weeks seems to fly past. No sooner have we blinked and its September. Lets hope the fine weather continues and provides everyone with a spell of warmth and sunshine.