August 1st is Yorkshire Day, when we in Yorkshire celebrate everything that’s great about our county. We Yorkshire folk don’t need much excuse to show our pride in our home, and in fact we take a lot of ribbing for it, with plenty of jokes from other parts of the country at our expense, eg “How can you tell when someone’s from Yorkshire?” Answer: “You don’t have to – they’ll tell you within three minutes.”
Haha! I’ve lived in Yorkshire for forty years now, off and on, and I don’t mind having the mickey taken when I’m surrounded by such beautiful sights. Here are some photos that show why Yorkshire people love it here so much:
In my novel A Way from Heart to Heart, the heroine, Kate, visits Yorkshire for the first time with a group of disadvantaged teenage girls from London. The hero, Paul, is a journalist who comes with them on the trip. They stay in a hostel on the Yorkshire moors, and the contrast with London – which has been in the middle of a stifling heatwave – and the open country of the moors, leads to an openness between Paul and Kate that changes their relationship.
Here’s an extract set on the moors:
Kate pulled herself up to stand beside Paul on one of the large grey boulders that lay scattered on the moorland. They had reached the crest of the hill. Below them the gentle sweep of the hillside dipped away, and the moors extended mile upon mile in soft shades of greens and lilac. Here and there dark green trees dotted the fields like the bobbles on a woolly jumper. The sky was a glorious shade of blue, streaked with airplane trails. Kate spread her arms and turned slowly.
‘This is heaven. All this space. And the glorious smell. Heather, and grass, and ferns.’ She took in a deep breath, closing her eyes. ‘And listen.’ She tilted her head. ‘Do you hear it? There’s just … the breeze. And birds calling. And the weird sounds of Countryside.’
She opened her eyes with an exalted laugh, to find Paul had climbed right to the pinnacle of the boulder, and was gazing down at her. The sun was behind him, casting a bright glow around his head, and she had to crinkle her eyes to make out his features. He reached a hand to her, pulling her up easily to stand beside him, and her heart swelled with the pleasure of the moment.
‘When I tried to come up here yesterday evening, I found it so spooky.’ She gazed down on the peaceful scene below them. ‘I think I must have been over-tired. It feels so good to be out here, away from everything – all the stresses and strains of work and home. It’s like they’ve all been left behind in London.’ She looked at Paul with a delighted laugh. ‘And we’re free.’
I hope you’ve enjoyed my photos of Yorkshire, and the taster of all the wonderful sights there are to see in the county.
If you can’t make it here to visit, A Way from Heart to Heart makes the perfect feel-good summer read! It’s available in print and in ebook format from Amazon in the UK , and from Amazon US and CA and B&N.
And if you’d like to see more photos of the setting of the Yorkshire moors, you can check out my Pinterest board, or follow me on Facebook (see sidebar), where I post photos of Yorkshire most days :)
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Does your part of the world have a special day to celebrate? Is there a part of your neighbourhood that you love to visit, and do you feel homesick when you leave?
If you have any questions or comments at all, I’d love to hear from you!