In these difficult times it has never been more important to have something to look forward to in the New Year. We have vouchers available to give as Christmas presents (or for any other occasion) towards the cost of a stay of two or more nights in any of our three rooms. The vouchers, which can be for any amount and can be personalised, have no expiry date and can be redeemed at any time once we are able to reopen.
There are some dark goings on around Robin Hood's Bay this next couple of weeks as the Dark Skies Festival gets underway. It runs from 15th February until 3rd March and details of the many events planned can be found on the National Park's website at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/darkskies. Here at Skerry Hall Farm we are priviledged to enjoy superb dark skies away from street lights and the light pollution glow of large connurbations. There are few places better to enjoy starry skies or the moon, which is spectacular when seen across the bay reflecting on the sea. There is a full moon on 19th February.
No sooner have family and friends departed after Christmas than it seems the time for reopening our B&B is upon us, with just over three weeks to go now until Friday 15th February. We thought that it was hectic preparing for Christmas, with family arriving from Australia, Iraq and Trinidad, as well as the UK, but we are just as busy now preparing for our first guests of 2019, making marmalade and jams, as well getting on with jobs such as TB testing the herd, fitting a new hot water cylinder, etc. etc.
Summer really is upon us now and the first brood of swallows in our barn will soon be leaving the nest. (Not all our guests sleep 'four in a bed'!) We also have a pair of tawny owls nesting in the big old sycamore tree in the garden and had the pleasure of watching one of the pair fly from the hole in broad daylight. Our recent guests have been delighted with the wildlife that is to be seen at Skerry Hall and have enjoyed some of the superb walking country that is literally on our doorstep.
Winter seems like a distant memory now and we are enjoying more seasonal weather - the only exceptions being the those days when temperatures soar to high summer levels! The footpaths have dried up, and our guests are enjoying some of the superb walking to be had in the area, and nowhere is better placed than Skerry Hall for starting your walk. The picture was taken on the footpath crossing our neighbour's field on a picturesque and interesting walk from here to the Bay, following old sunken tracks and trods. We are well-placed for exploring the coast, Whitby and the moors by car, public transport, bike or on foot.
January raced by, and it is hard to believe that it is less than two weeks until we open again on 9th February. We already have two February bookings - some people realise that there are always things to see and do in this part of the world whatever the time of year. It is a time whe we get some spectacular sunrises, like the one shown taken on 27th January, and some beautiful walking weather. The ground is quite wet after the snow, but if you bring appropriate footwear you can be sure of a good day. If you do happen to encounter wet weather we are always pleased to dry off guests' outerwear over the AGA in our kitchen.
August turned out to be a very busy month for us with guests in the B&B accommodation and cows calving. Blossom, our oldest cow, unfortunately lost her calf, but we do have three youngsters all born within a week and a half of each other. Our recent guests have been delighted to see the young calves with their mums.
Summer is drawing to a close now and we are entering one of our favourite times of the year. The pattern of the fields that we look out on is changing colour daily as crops are harvested and they are prepared for next year, aided by the spell of hot weather we have enjoyed. This week we have also been treated to the beautiful sight of the harvest moon rising over the sea - truly stunning.
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