Springtime in North Stainley

Has Spring sprung yet?

The church is open and the sun is shining
The church is open and the sun is shining

I don’t think it has.

Springtime in North Stainley

The snowdrops in the churchyard are early, Springtime does not officially start for another four weeks.
The snowdrops in the churchyard are early, Springtime does not officially start for another four weeks.
Springtime in North Stainley
Springtime in North Stainley

 

 

Despite my enthusiasm to run round North Yorkshire with a camera, I don’t think we have yet seen Springtime in North Stainley.

Welcome toNorth Stainley, welcome to North Yorkshire, and welcome to Spring 2015! North Stainley, 1st March 2015 Leica M, 50mm Summilux 1:1.4 ASPH, f1.4, 1/4,000 sec, ISO 200
Welcome to North Stainley, welcome to North Yorkshire, and welcome to Spring 2015 (not quite)
North Stainley, 1st March 2015
Leica M, 50mm Summilux 1:1.4 ASPH, f1.4, 1/4,000 sec, ISO 200

When does British Summer Time (BST) start?

Brtish Summer Time (BST) traditionally starts in the UK on the final Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October; so clocks will spring forward an hour at 1am on Sunday, March 29,2015, when BST starts and the country moves out of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

This means losing an hour of sleep in the morning; so we had better enjoy the next few weekends.

As a result of the change, there will be more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings. Clocks will go back an hour on Sunday, October 25, 2015 when BST ends and the country reverts to GMT. And when are clocks due to go forward and back next year? The dates in the UK for 2016 are March 27 and October 30.

Despite some lovely sunshine this morning, clocks don't go back for another four weeks.
Despite some lovely sunshine this morning, clocks don’t go back for another four weeks.

I hope that has cleared that up.

Across the Atlantic, most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2am on the second Sunday in March – this year March 8 – and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November. In North America, each time zone switches at a different time. In March, clocks spring forward from 1.59am to 3am and in fall, clocks fall back from 1.59am to 1am.

Some lovely sun today, but it's still winter, officially
Some lovely sun today, but it’s still winter, officially

There we have it. You will have to wait 4 weeks.

Autumn in Ripon

L1000336Its nice in Ripon, we moved here three weeks ago and are just getting to grips with the landscape, the people and the geography.

Moving back to Yorkshire is the best thing we ever did, here are some photos from walking around the region this weekend

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The countryside around North Stainley is beautiful, I will be adding to these images as winter sets in and we make the most of the magnificent North Yorkshire countryside!

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Tour de France, North Stainley

North Stainley is a place I could see myself living in. A small  Trumpton-like village four miles north of Ripon on the A6108, it has a lot going for it.

A couple of recent trips have left me feeling that this is a propper community where everyone is propper Yorkshire; friendly and helpfull. The seem to be happy families, a relatively solid and stable population, and a lot of things to do in the surrounding area.

This is a village that looks a bit like Trumpton with many new houses arranged around a cricket pitch, village hall, church of England school and church. We first visited in June 2014 and then came back to camp at Lightwater Valley theme park, situated next door to the village and join in the fun as the Tour de France passed through on the 1st day of the tour en route from le Grande Depart in Leeds to a Harrogate finish on the Stray.

There will be more pictures once I update my blog.

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