Gerald’s June 2019 Musings

I had to travel to Docker to see my first swallow this year. We quite often come back from Carnforth that way and stop on the hill top at Outfield to admire the beautifulview all the way from Barbon Fell across Leck Fell to Ingleborough – one of the nicest views in the Lune valley. Where we were parked, the field on our left had been ploughed, and the cereal crop had just sprouted, and a flock of black-backed gulls and another one of rooks were busy searching for any seeds left on top of the soil. A pair of lapwings were circling around as though they had a nest close by, when out from underthe hedge appeared a pair of beautiful red-legged partridge. They fairly scurried across the field, stopping now and then to feed before heading back for shelter under the hedge. No wonder the bird population is declining. What chance have those four birds of producing families? If their eggs aren’t eaten by marauding badgers and foxes the young will become prey for the gulls and rooks. There are fewer insect-eating birds returning every year, hardly any swallows or house martins, no flycatchers or willow warblers. Have we become so clean in our habits that in a decade’s time insects and birds will be a distant memory?

Have you noticed how many ash trees are dying in the hedge rows? It really is scary to see all those bare branches, and how quickly the ash die-back disease has struck them down. Science may be very clever but they still have not got all the answers yet.

The next dance in Whittington Village Hall is on 1June when the Tartan Sound band will travel all the way from Lockerbie to provide the music for dancing. Another great night guaranteed. Why stop at home on Saturday nights and watch TV – get out and enjoy the fun

Gerald Hodgson

Parish Council Website

Regetably I have to annouce that it has been decided that the Parish Council Website, set up and adminstered by Jim Williams, should be closed. Jims message about this reads as follows:

Following another year of very limited content and, after communication with Colin Hall, it’s been decided to close the Parish Council website with effect from 20th June 2019.

When it was set up, it was hoped that various groups and members of the community would actively use the site to share information and events. Sadly, that hasn’t happened.

It doesn’t seem reasonable for the Parish Council to continue to pay for the hosting of the site, especially as the majority of the content appears on John’s blog first – working full-time, it’s often difficult for me to add content in a timely manner.

John does an excellent job of keeping the community updated via his blog. It has the benefit of allowing readers to comment and engage in dialogue and I hope more people will do so.

Many thanks to those of you who submitted content for inclusion on the website. And now, over to you John.

Jim Williams

Cooking Recipes

I have decided that I will, occasionally publish recipes on this blog.

It is my intention that the recipes should be a little diferent, but we will see what transpires.

The first eight will be:
Cauliflower (or Broccoli) Cheese
Cheesy Chip Omelette (a real novel idea)
Cottage Pie (great recipe with red wine)
Crêpes Suzette (one of my favourites)
Kedgeree (a staple for me)
Mushy Peas (so, so simple)
Potato Cakes (this is a cracker in my opinion)
Rum & Raisin Rice Pudding (and plenty of rum left over)

I plan to put a new recipe on the blog each Sunday, starting this week.

I would be delighted if anyone would like to contribute a recipe of their own by emailing it to me at

John Keegan