Wensleydale and wild boar

Day Trips, Diary, Mental Health

After yesterday battling with my mental health, I spent today with my family and best friend in Yorkshire Dales National Park.
We visited Askrigg first, a quaint village that featured locations where TV show All Creatures Great and Small was filmed. We then drove up to Wensleydale Creamery, where the famous cheese of the same name is made. I recently discovered that Stilton cheese is almost lactose free, so I was immensely happy to find they do a nice blue cheese amongst their vast range.
We continued our drive to Bolton Castle. The views across the Dales are spectacular, not spoilt by modern buildings, fast roads or electrical pylons, it’s a privilege to have this on my doorstep. We encountered some wild  boar near the castle, snuffling through the mud. I have learnt that wild boars are omnivores with an incredibly varied diet, they eat tubers, earthworms, acorns, burrowing animals, twigs, leaves, roots… It explains why they looked like they were munching on the mud!
Being out exploring the world, especially the world so close to home, is one of the very important things that keep me well.
I discovered that talking, writing and being honest, has been the biggest saviour in my ongoing recovery and staying well. I received support from so many sources yesterday, it really made me feel so much better.

I shouted at my closest friends during my frustrations. But I recognised I was being horrible, when they were only trying to help me. There was a time I would’ve been too stubborn to apologise, feeling that they just don’t care. But apologising makes me feel better also, because I love my friends, I need them to know that I appreciate that they are trying.

Anyway, today has been brilliant. And these photos have been taken on my brand new camera! (I’m uploading more when I have processed them).

Beautiful colourful light patterns from the sun shining through the stained glass window

Beautiful colourful light patterns from the sun shining through the stained glass window

Slate gravestone, worn by the raw weather in the North Yorkshire Dales

Slate gravestone, worn by the raw weather in the North Yorkshire Dales

Betty, who lived to 106! A huge achievement if you consider she was born in 1790 and passed away in 1896!

Betty, who lived to 106! A huge achievement if you consider she was born in 1790 and passed away in 1896!

Blue Wensleydale!! Almost Lactose free, happy cheese.

Blue Wensleydale!! Almost Lactose free, happy cheese.

All the cheeses

All the cheeses

Wensleydale views

Wensleydale views

Wild boar having a conversation.

Wild boar having a conversation. “You got another earthworm there, Keith?”

Wildlife photographer and baby boar botherer

Wildlife photographer and baby boar botherer

Camouflage boar

Camouflage boar

Chainsaw sculpture of dragon

Chainsaw sculpture of dragon