A wave across the Pennines

Hello! I'm Jan, the Red Rose who lives in the county of the White Rose, or a Lancastrian living in beautiful Yorkshire! Helen and I have set up this blog as two friends who can't meet up under lockdown, but are still chatting, crafting and cooking.
So, life in lockdown....

The weather has been heavenly, that perfect warm spring sunshine with hardly a breeze. I've been enjoying a brew in the dappled shade under the blossom trees, catching up on reading.

D and I have enjoyed our daily walks in the countryside around our home. We have lived here for five years, but really hadn't explored very far prior to lockdown. We've been told only to take walks from our homes. The delicious parkin (a local gingery-treacle cake) was not, I have to admit, homemade, but a treat from our local bakehouse.

Everywhere we walk we see rainbows, drawn by children as a symbol of hope and in support of our wonderful NHS. They are in windows, on walls, on pavements. It really warms my heart to see them. 

We have a tiny garden with 3 raised beds. I'm determined that this year these will be full of lush vegetables and colourful flowers, now that I have a little more time to tend them. So seeds have been sown.
Broad beans, peas, kale, spinach, courgettes, potatoes, lettuce..... Not to mention the fruit bushes which grow here already. A bumper crop is anticipated!
I've also found myself going back to an old hobby - cross stich - to help me relax. This will eventually be the Dales Way in map form - here's the lovely village of Sedbergh half-finished. One day, post lockdown, I'd love to walk the Dales Way, although at 80 miles that's a tough ask! But maybe all this lockdown walking will build up my strength....
And of course, reading. I've read more books since lockdown began than in (almost) the past year! Catching up on a backlog of reads I have stashed away. I buy far more books than I can read; new, second hand. I'm managing to fit in reading nicely around online working.
So, what's been happening across the Pennines in sunny Lancashire......?


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