The Week in the Life column with Keith Tordoff

The scenery is something to behold at this time of year with the trees in Nidderdale looking great.
The scenery is something to behold at this time of year with the trees in Nidderdale looking great.

Talk, talk, rabbit, rabbit, (Chas & Dave) many would say that is what I do plenty of! For my wife Gloria and I, it is very much the time of year when we have lots of talking engagements. From WIs to rotary clubs to schools and care homes, we cover them all.

We enjoy giving the talks about the history and background of confectionery which we hope are interesting and aim to bring a smile to people’s faces.

We particularly like the evening talks at this time of year as usually the venues are warmer than our house (and sometimes we get fed!). More often than not we have been booked by the various groups and organisations a year in advance. We already have bookings for end of 2018.

The talks we give are for good causes as we always ask that any fees we would have received are donated to charity.

Last week saw me flying solo at an afternoon meeting at Norwood Social Hall giving a talk to around seventeen local folk who meet up regularly for a ‘chin wag’.

The next evening, I was accompanied by Gloria to Bishop Monkton where we gave a talk to around twenty members of the WI. This week. Gloria and I are due to give a talk to the ‘Inner Wheel Club’ in Harrogate.

I must confess I have no idea what the Inner Wheel Club is. Watch this space and I should be able to elaborate next week and I am sure it has nothing at all to do with bikes or vehicles!

Wheels brings me round to (see how I did that) the subject of the number 24 bus that travels between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge. The new revised timetable for the Sunday service is now in full swing and I was pleased to see the bus had lots of passengers on it last Sunday.

The DalesBus Ramblers are going to travel on this service regularly and anyone is welcome to join them on their walks around wonderful Nidderdale.

Please visit their website for further information on dates and walking routes planned.

At this time of year, the daylight hours are shorter but you can cram a lot into that time. The scenery is something to behold, and the leaves on the trees with their many different colours are striking in Nidderdale.

Whether you travel on the Sunday bus service or are just enjoying a walk, why not take the time to enjoy the magnificent scenery. If you are into photography I am sure you will be taking the opportunity to capture some amazing images.

Why not share your photos for others to enjoy by putting them on the Nidderdale and Pateley Facebook page (@nidderdaleUK). At Simone Gallery on Pateley Bridge High Street, you can visit the Autumn exhibition of paintings which is taking place over the next few weeks.

Pateley Bridge gets a new lease of life for the autumn and winter seasons. Harrogate Borough Council gardeners ‘dig in’ clearing the flower borders of summer plants and replanting for the winter.

The workers do such a magnificent job in Pateley Bridge throughout the year.

The hanging baskets which have adorned the outside of the shops throughout the summer are taken down but soon replaced with Christmas trees and their twinkling lights. The top and bottom of the High Street will very soon be illuminated with its Christmas banners and this year for the very first time there will be Christmas lights on the trees at the side of the bridge over the River Nidd.

Pateley Bridge in the limelight yet again and looking ‘blooming’ good.