Today at work was hectic - in a good way - but by lunch time I was desperate for some time out. Want to come along with me?
Well, firstly, after walking through some really narrow twiddly lanes through old Settle town, I popped in for a bit of culture - at the Gallery on the Green, where there is an exhibition of Chinese brushwork by Chris Newson.
I spent a very happy 10 minutes watching the powerpoint slide show of work and had a good look at the art work on display.
I've visited this little gallery before and blogged about it in my previous blog - this little gallery is a phone box!
The art work is changed regularly and is sourced from local artists - it is such a quirky and fun way to interact with art in a small and personal way.
Having sated my curiosity, I set off again. Heading for Brockhole Lane - known locally as watery lane.
I paused briefly to admire the allotments on the lane and to smile at its name.
The sky was heavy all round, threatening rain but I was lucky and walked in brilliant sunshine
The further I went, the wetter the track - the lane lives up to its pet name.
As I reached a bend in the lane, the water had stopped being puddles and started to be a little stream
Then the stream turned into a river - Brockhole (watery) lane shares a short stretch with a brisk bubbling beck. Only passable in a car or on horse back and for those on foot, a raised stony path next to the wall is just about the driest route.
Water gushes out from beneath the large slab - I peered over the wall to see where the stream was coming from. All I saw was grass! No sign of the source, it must come from deep beneath the earth,
The river then suddenly turned off the lane through a special 'smoot' and disappeared into the field. Gone.
I walked along the raised stony path to the end of the ford and turned to take more pictures.
How lucky am I?
I work in that huddle of buildings at the base of those hills.
Time to return to work - feeling refreshed and fully charged for the afternoon.
Tomorrow I start my annual Heart-a-thon! Curious? Well pop back and see what goes on :) Join if you fancy.
Friday tomorrow - Woo hoo!!