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Sunday, 10 December 2017

10th December, 2017...Brrrr...an arctic blast at Furness Abbey!

Okay.....we haven't got the snow that came in after Storm Caroline but the temperatures have dropped away dramatically.....

....freeeezing at Furness Abbey this afternoon....

.......didn't stop the 'olds' having a trek across the tops though!! Looking quite bleak now though, isn't it!




Oh no...the woodpecker tree has been chopped down...where will they nest now??

The light was fading by 2pm.......



......time to head over to the Dalton St.Mary's Christmas Tree Festival......










...some lovely ideas for trees this year...very creative.....


......and we were there too!

We completed our festive Christmas production and performances earlier in the week (with it's 120-strong cast), so are breathing a sigh of relief.....


                                               .......still lovely on River Bank though!






Sunday, 3 December 2017

3rd December, 2017...Festivities abound!!

Along with the extremely cold but lovely weather and the onslaught of Christmas Fairs, shows, craft workshops and jumpers, it feels rather festive already and it's only early December!


Massive attendance at our school Christmas Fair...we raised £960, a fantastic amount and tribute to the support our school is getting from the local community at the moment! Santa came too....


.....aka Dan Hayes, who is raising money for his favoured Motor Neurone Charity by doing seventeen challenges in'17...being Santa was just one of them!


We raised a little bit for him too- worthy of your support I think!

We've had the Grinch in school too...forcing us to support the Save the Children Christmas appeal....



...some of us being forced more than others!!!!


Lots of support from staff and children alike though!

And a special thank you to Alison of POSH Flowers fame.....she lead a fabulous Christmas Wreathmaking workshop for staff and friends of Greengate...and the results were beautiful!!



Our boss was especially proud of hers!


Don't forget to support the Dalton St Mary's Christmas Tree Festival over the next few weeks...we have a tree in it again, thanks to my very lovely colleague Mrs Gay!





It's looking absolutely beautiful at Abbey House at the moment.....

...and we were lucky enough to have a meet up and meal with family there at the weekend....lovely setting and gorgeous food, as always!


We did have such a laugh afterwards, trying to figure out who's jumper this was....

......we all lived together in the massive house Dunvegan when Rosie was first born, and as I didn't have more than the minimum clothes as a poor student, I often wore my brothers jumpers- we reckoned this was Rog's in the end, bought on dad's Burton's account!!! Most people had a wear of it at some point though!!


So...we ended the weekend with a sunny walk to Furness Abbey!


Tales from the RiverBank this week!!!


Looking decidedly wintery now...could even be a dusting of snow next weekend!!!






















Sunday, 19 November 2017

19th November, 2017....Lovely Leven Valley and the first ground frost of the year!

Not wanting to waste the glorious morning, we headed off to Furness Abbey rather early.....




...still a little bit of ground frost around....



...and all quiet at Abbey Mill (apart from Jackie bustling about!)


Most of the autumn foliage is gone now!

That's a shot from very early on Tuesday morning...looking beautiful as always!


On one of our 'long ago' blogs, we mentioned the gate keepers hut being very like Nick Butterworth's Percy the Park Keeper's hut, and we were so thrilled to have an email from him this week, saying he's seen the photos and loved the hut. He wondered where in the world it was, and in further correspondence with him, he is interested in coming down to the hut to do a reading and some kind of meet and greet for our two schools, which will be FAB!!!
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We had a lovely day at the Leven Valley earlier this week, visiting our favourite Lakeland Motor Museum and just enjoying the River Leven in full force....







It is well worth a visit...and it's there's no 'sick-inducing' coach ride before it!!




We did our bit for the Children in Need charity on Friday...teachers and their own children featured here...and raised £125 plus whatever our chocolate mountain fetches!


Had a rather large roast dinner today.....


...with THIS trifle.....then headed off to the Hawcoat Park Christmas Craft Fair...


...and really liked Jack Webster's fine arts stall- he's one to watch! Talking of Christmas Fairs, why not come down and support ours on Friday at 2pm....and thanks to Miss Gatt especially for her class's real effort with the letters to local businesses- we've had some fantastic prizes donated from POSH flowers; Last Resort Café; Abbey Mill Café; Wax Lyrical; Tesco; Asda; Stollers;Top Mark to name but a few...thanks to everyone for supporting our school!!