Christine Ryder and husband Chris farm 242ha (600 acres) at Blubberhouses, in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They are tenants on their home farm and also run a B&B. Stock includes Swaledale and Mule flocks, as well as a herd of Belted Galloways. The farm hosts educational access visits.
Last week was far from restful as I was involved with a farmhouse breakfast event at the home
of fellow Farm Stay members Will and Lindsey Hitchen of St Georges Court, near Ripon.
Over the three days we served more than 200 meals, and Yorkshire food producers were extremely generous in their donations. As always, we did this as a charity fundraiser and this year’s beneficiaries were the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and The Addington Fund.
Wednesday morning proved a bit of a challenge when the power went off at 8am but, with true Yorkshire grit, it was a case of keep calm and carry on. And we did.
Equipped with two generators and six camping stoves, plus a lot of tea lights and candles, 40 guests were served a hot breakfast as though everything was normal. The only thing we could not do was make toast, but we had some fabulous freshly baked bread which did the trick. When the power came back on at noon, I bet you could have heard the cheer for miles around.
Somehow, though, Lindsey decided our annual three days were not enough, so on Friday night we had another event where 60 guests sat down to a two-course hot supper and sang along with local musician and journalist Chris Berry.
We had a tremendous night, but my goodness my feet were on fire by the end of the week. We were certainly all ready for a sit down.
It was really hard work keeping going but, in the end, there is still some money coming in. It looks like we have raised about £7,000.
We were very grateful to Lindsey’s accountant, Eura Audit of Ripon, who was incredibly generous with sponsorship, and to John Pinches of Barclays, who took two members of his agriculture team each day to help, as also offered some sponsorship. It was a tremendous effort from all who helped and massive thanks have to go to everyone who came along and supported the event.
One bonus for me was getting out of the last round of scanning. This time it was the Swaledales
off the moor.
Thankfully not many triplets among them but quite a few came in blind. We do not know why but we have some ointment to treat them and hopefully they will recover.