Poppies might still be bursting into bloom in my excuse for a garden – even though I’ve twice this week had to scrape ice from my car windscreen before setting off to work – but my mind has turned squarely towards Christmas. No, obviously, I’m not buying presents or testing the tree lights… I’m preparing material for December’s Dalesman. But I’m not the first to get into festive mode… broadcaster and entertainer Mike Harding has already donned a Santa hat and trimmed up his Ribblesdale cottage. I’m looking at a photo of him (raising a glass of red stuff) which will be used on the cover of his Christmas in Yorkshire dvd case which we’ll be featuring in December and also selling on our website www.dalesman.co.uk.

Photo shows last Christmas Day in Ribblesdale.

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