Oak Cottage - Loweswater

Retreat to the quiet of the Western Lakes

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Oak Cottage - The Puffins and Jill (Lakes Lover) entertain John (Fornside) or perhaps he entertained us !

Jill watches Bethan chewing her sock (again) and Harry poses for the camera.


The Return of our Red Squirrels


We were very pleased this week to get a first real return to our garden of the local Red Squirrels.

They had been noticable by their absence but Friday they were in the garden for a considerable period of time.

The pictures are a bit dark due to early morning gloom !


Quickly into the nut box and then dash across the garden to bury some for later.


We were delighted when an hour or so later a second squirrel, much lighter in colour also appeared at the bird table.


Sunday 19th December. A beautiful day for a walk. Harry and I went up to the top of Scale Hill, walking from the cottage.

The photo on the left sees him ascending the steep rocky steps in Langthwaite Woods.

On the right he is just about to jump over the stile which leads into the open fell beyond. Whiteside is the fell behind.

Plenty of berries on this holly bush, with the summit of Low Fell as a backdrop.

The summit of Scale Hill with the risen moon above a snow capped Grasmoor in the background.


The summit view - from left to right the slopes of Grasmoor and Robinson . On the skyline Brandreth and the Gables with Kirk Fell.. On the left the High Stile ridge above Crummock. In the foreground, Rannerdale Knotts with Haystacks peeping up behind. The winter sun is now setting behind the Loweswater fells and the ground is crisp and dry for a change !

Blake, Carlong Knott and the slopes of Burnbank as seen from the summit. Our cottage can be see mid- photo at the bottom corner of the slightly greener field, the prominant white building on the far left is the Kirkstile Inn.

Harry thoroughly enjoying his walk. Each photo could have looked like this as he tried hard to get into every shot !



Bethan, when she is not madly playing with Harry, emptying the log basket, chasing the cat or squeezing through the cat flap does actually rest.

Her favourite place is curled up against a nice warm rug.



Ok until the warm rug wakes up and walks off.


One of our other Christmas activities in this past week has been carol singing. Here we are outside Kirkhead Farm

Margaret, our Vicar, exchanged her dog-collar for antlers !!


Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon IXUS 400 Digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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