Yesterday was spent on and around the North York Moors and even my daughter agreed it was a very good day out!
The idea for the day had started with finding a star-gazing event at Sutton Bank. So, it seemed logical to find another event in the vicinity beforehand……. which turned out to be an Apple Day at Helmsley Walled Garden, where I had hoped to identify a new apple tree for my own garden.
As it turned out, the ‘Dark Skies’ event at Sutton was a bit of an anticlimax after the initial talk about the universe, because the moon was too bright and the clouds were too many to view the stars. The Apple Day was also a slight letdown, as there were only a few varieties of apple to try out instead of the many I had expected.
However, I did identify an apple which appeals
I am told these are hard to get hold of in spite of being a Yorkshire apple
and the walled garden was itself a pleasure to walk round.
whilst in the orchard, we bumped into the head gardener, who was explaining about pruning apple trees
in case anyone is wondering, this isn’t the head gardener
Another plus for the day was discovering the government has changed the rules on Gift Aid. Now, in return for 25% of the entrance fee being added by government to what the visitor pays, the benefactor of this gift has to offer something to the visitor. Thus, we now have free entry to the garden for the next twelve months.
The trip up to Sutton Bank was also made more worthwhile, this time by what I found near the car park before the talk started. We arrived early, so went for an exploratory walk and guess what I found?