With just four days to Christmas we are just about ready at The Barn.

Christmas ‘tree’ up and decorated.  Actually it’s a large twig from the garden! No expense spared; we are in Yorkshire after all!

Nature Update

Mrs Owl seems to have paired up with a mate as the two of them are always to be seen side by side on their favourite branch. The owl box has fresh wood shavings in so hopefully we will have a repeat of last year when she managed to successfully rear two chicks.

The local birds are enjoying the seeds and fatballs in the garden. Currently there is a mob of long tailed tits having a feed.

Weather Report

The Barn is warm and ready for guests arriving tomorrow for a few days.  There was quite a good snow fall last week, but that has all cleared, though some does remain on the high ground.  Sadly it doesn’t look like it will be a white Christmas at Holwick as there is little prospect of any snow in the coming week.

Local Update

The Strathmore Arms continues to be the hub of the community and the place to go for a catch up, as well as good food and beer. Tourist numbers have been down over the Autumn as Winch Bridge over the Tees has been closed. The good news is that it has been successfully repaired and is now open.  Visitors and locals can now walk freely over this stunning little bridge between Holwick and Bowlees.

The pictures attached are by popular Teesdale photographer Martin Rogers.  Martin’s has a new 2020 calendar for sale which features stunning pictures of Teesdale throughout the year.  Follow the link to his website to find out more. 

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