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Date & start time: January to December 2008

Location of Events : Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk.

Places visited : All over.

Walk details : Hundreds of miles. Thousands of feet of ascent, Most days of the year.

Highest point : Physically . . . Scafell Pike . . . mentally . . . see below.

Walked with : Ann, the dogs, Harry and Bethan . . . plus family and many, many friends.

Weather : A late bout of Spring snow. A reasonable early Summer, glorious sunshine "down under" but downhill all the way from July to the Mountain Marathon weekend in November. Some early December snow and frosts have saved the day and the year's reputation.

Christmas decorations at the Kirkstile


Not so much an anthology of the year, more of a short look back at a few highlights, plus a few seasonal snippets,

to wish you all

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The weather always plays and important part when we're out walking.

Jayne and Max, and a cold weather cloud inversion over the Loweswater Valley

Great Gable and Haystacks, the constant companions overlooking the Buttermere Valley

often hidden by cloud in the second half of the year, but always there. The hills are eternal.

Another group of constant companions . . . the Herdwick Sheep

seen here on the back of Hen Comb, looking across to Red Pike and High Stile.

The Grandchildren were able to experience all sorts of weather on their visits !

Jack and Matthew on Grisedale Pike.

Delightful April showers . . . delightful because they weren't falling on us.

Newlands Valley towards distant Blencathra.

Sometimes the Lakes can look positively Himalayan or as we imagine the Inca Trail might be.

It was in fact Yewbarrow looking down on Wast Water.

Seasons and flowers (and guests) always make a walk different.

Our two constant companions Harry and Bethan

here on a Challenge event, waiting quietly under Great End.

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Occasionally technology is able to capture the fells in their broad perspective, as here on Causey Pike.

Click here or on the photo above for a 360 degree annotated photo.

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Christmas comes to Loweswater

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Ann and John organise the Christmas Carol singing, with a collection on behalf of the NSPCC.

A real part of the Valley Christmas.

Latterhead's choice of carols this time.
Joan and Naomi kindly offer refreshments at Foulsyke.
Time to call in to the Kirkstile . . .
. . . and a round of carols for the visitors and residents.

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It's the day before Christmas Eve and some of us have to go to work !

Lunchtime and it's a market day . . . by night the market has gone and everything is different.

Hold your cursor over the picture to turn on the lights.

The Moot Hall this year has a climber motif.
Further down the square, the Moot Hall again.

Keswick's Skiddaw Hotel with it's new conservatory and decorative lights.

Blue mountain views form the basis of this year's lights.

Cinderella graces the window of Baryons the Bakers

Keswick street scene.

It's late and time to be making my way home . . .

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It's goodnight from her . . .
. . .and goodnight from me !

Thanks for your company during the year . . .

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Technical note: Pictures taken with with my Cannon G7 or Ann's Ixus 75 Digital cameras. (photo of me courtesy of Jill B, thanks)

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

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