YESTERDAY AND TODAY BY W. R. MITCHELL MBE
With the Dales highlighted so much by the recent television series ‘The Dales’, this book reflects on the real Dales by author Bill Mitchell who has been so much a part of the area as a past editor of The Dalesman magazine and prolific writer of books and articles for some 60 years or more.
The theme of this book – old and new life in the Dales – seeks to record the best of both times. Malham Moor, which lies over 1,000-ft above sea level, has farmed land running up to 2,100-ft. An old-time farmer commented; “We’re having some rum showers. Clashy bad weather for the stock. We’re near the clouds and get all the winds that blow. There’s not a right lot of bield [shelter] up here.”
Full of colour and black and white photographs depicting the characters of the Dales from yesterday and today as recorded by the author. From farming, dry-stone walling, knitting in Dent, shearing of sheep, and general life in the Dales this book captures the heart of this wonderful region.
Paperback book, 40 pages