From the end of October, when the camping fields are empty and day-trippers thin on the ground, Keld is claimed back by its residents and the few visitors who take an out-of-season break,
in a holiday cottage like the Manse. This year the weather has been particularly cruel - rain, wind, gales and storms and although we haven't been affected as badly as our neighbours over the border in Cumbria it has been a trying time for everybody.
So by the middle of December we are ready to welcome Christmas; put up the decorations, turn on the lights, meet up with friends & neighbours and party!
The carol service in Keld United Reform Church took place on Sunday ......
and the church was beautifully decorated with red candles and lots of natural greenery.
Keld Church has an open door policy (quite literally, it is never locked)
and everyone (quite literally!) is welcome.
Every Christmas Eve Muker Silver Band travels up the dale to bring
the sound of Christmas to villagers and farming families at the top of Swaledale.
To many their visit heralds the fact that, after all the frantic shopping & preparations,
Christmas is finally here.
Happy Christmas one and all!