Thursday, 31 August 2017

Wildlife haven...a wonderful find

Crag House farm.
26/7/17
Not far from us is a place called Caring for life, a church run business, there is a garden centre, coffee shop, Granary Restaurant with a gift shop and a nature walk.

Caring For Life
We are a Christian charity sharing the love of Jesus through offering compassionate, consistent care for those who have “slipped through the net,” Caring For Life provides homes, support in the community and therapeutic daytime activities, for life if needed. Caring For Life seeks to bring the love of Jesus to many who have known only abuse in childhood.




It is the most beautiful place, hid away from the main road, high up so you can see the end of the runway for Leeds/Bradford Airport. With lovely views over to Cookridge and Leeds 
I have been a few times for a look round and Afternoon tea. We have had a little look round the gardens in the past but it was raining so didn't venture to far. 



On Saturday we popped up for a coffee, I wanted a sneaky look at the house plants in the garden centre, telling OH we won't be long... Three hours later we came home !

The day was beautiful, sunny and warm bringing the Butterflies out to feed.


Peacock Butterfly
Apple orchard 




We walked down to the first pond, before heading round the garden, there are little summer houses dotted all over the site, with numbers and information boards, locked up to day but there is seating next to them.

The ponds are full of grasses, reeds and flowers, in the beds wild flowers.There were a few birds in the hedges but plenty of Butterflies and Dragonflies .






From here you can see the farm buildings, a working farm were they use some of their products in the shop, follow the track round the back of the pond, to be honest there are no sings saying you can go this way but as you get round the corner you can see the summer houses along the path. This bit is a part of the farm I have not been to, I was not disappointed.




We watched, swallows, swifts and house martins flying across the open field and around the farm, 
 a small beck followed the path with more ponds , all teaming with wildlife.



The path kept going!

Then to my surprise we came across a hide, good size to over looking another pond, information boards inside.






A large pond with plenty of wildflowers to discover.  





The hedges were full of blackberries, and other fruiting trees, as well as bird feeders .
(bird feeders all over the site)


I looked down at my foot to find this lovely chap sat on my shoe...


Looking back at the bird hide from the pond.


More paths and yet another pond...






Finally we reached the bottom,


Sways of wildflower banking's, gone over a bit now but must have looked amazing.


Walking back up the hill we watch over 5 Red kites  in the open fields, then a buzzard glided over our heads.




We found, Sloe trees and Hazel nuts after spotting this notice board.




Looking back over to Cookridge and Horsforth.
Then back up to the gardens near the Granary Restaurant.






We had such a lovely time.

18 comments:

  1. Hello, it does look like a beautiful place to visit. The plants, birds and butterflies are gorgeous. The apples and blackberries all look delicious. It seems to be a haven for wildlife and people. A wonderful charity for the community! Your photos are beautiful. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks Eileen,it is a lovely place for all to enjoy , helping people as well as wildlife. Hope to go back soon.
      Amanda xx

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    1. Thanks Simon a good place for us all to take some time out and breath the fresh air ( not on the day they muck spread though !)
      Amanda xx

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  3. What a wonderful place to pass a few hours - a brilliant space for wildlife :)

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    1. Thanks Louise, nice to see what it's like throughout the seasons, and what birds they have coming in..
      Amanda xx

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  4. Wow, what a wonderful place to discover it looks so quiet and peaceful and such a haven for wildlife too:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, it took me by surprise the amount of land at the back of the farm, they have put a lot of work into it.. like you say it's so close too.
      Amanda xx

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  5. What a wonderful place - it looks so peaceful and so much wildlife and items of interest to see :) Your photos are so beautiful and atmospheric. Good too to read of a charity that is doing so much good work for the community. If it was near me I would be going back time and time again - would be lovely to see it through the Seasons. Hope you found some plants :)

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    1. Thanks RR, did reply but gone missing, you would love this place. Will revisit late Autum and see what birds are about.
      Amanda xx

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  6. It looks so lovely, we're going to visit later in the month, did you say it's closed on the 16th? xx

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    1. Thanks Pam, I do hope you get to visit, it's a lovely place..
      Amanda xx

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  7. So lovely to see all of your photographs and read about this most wonderful place.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan for the lovely comment, glad you liked the photos ..
      Amanda xx

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  8. Looks a lovely spot to relax in and is full of wildlife too. No wonder you loved it.x

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    1. Thanks Shazza, amazingly not many people local know about this place, it's a little gem..
      Amanda xx

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  9. As everybody else has said, that looks like a BEAUTIFUL place for walking in nature Amanda. What a gift it must be for you. Some fantastic photos too that I really enjoyed.

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    1. Thanks JJ, it's nice to know there are places to go and be quiet , enjoying nature without the hustle and bustle.
      Amanda xx

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