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Just prior to Christmas we had an Australian visitor staying with us in Loweswater.

Nicole's visit coincided with the heaviest winter snow for many years.

We had all walked around Crummock foreshore late morning

and after a rather late lunch we drove to Buttermere to show her some of the other local sights before the light faded totally.

A snow covered road leading past Crummock Water

with Rannerdale Knotts ahead and the High Stile Ridge in the cloud.

Headlights on illuminating the road ahead as we pause by Crummock Water to look up at Fleetwith Pike and the head of the Buttermere valley.

A view of Buttermere Church with the blue/green dot of the ice cream shop advert standing out rather brightly down to the left.

Syke Farm are rebuilding the shop and tea rooms ready for next season so don't aim for tea there at present.

The Newlands Pass is closed . . . unsurprisingly.

[ If you don't believe us, hold your cursor over the photo to read the sign more clearly ]

The object of today's short drive . . . to see the Buttermere Pines in winter mode.

The end of this road too . . . time to head back.

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Next day we have one more lake for Nicole to see . . . in order to complete the three local landmarks.

This is Loweswater . . . with Low Fell and Thrushbank Farm standing out in its cream livery.

High Nook Farm sheep gathered for shelter close to the hedge, and perhaps hoping to find a little extra grass there.

Loweswater meadows and Mellbreak.

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The sun is trying hard to make an appearance and when it does the effect is spectacular.

This is Whiteside living up to its name.

On the way back now the clouds of many colours move across behind Mellbreak.

Zooming in on the northern face of our lovely mountain.

You wouldn't think there's a reasonable path up this side . . . but then it may not quite so reasonable in these conditions !

Stopping off at the Village Hall for the view of the Buttermere Valley.

St Bartholomew's Church at Loweswater.
The paddock fence and Mellbreak again.

Time to be off in order to catch that train.

This was the winter wonderland of Whinlatter Pass . . . passable today only by virtue of the 4 wheel drive.

Good old British Rail . . . or should we say Virgin Trains . . . only 11 minutes late despite the snow.

Time to say goodbye to Nicole and wish her a safe journey.

On the way back we enjoyed a late afternoon sunset

so Ann and I diverted to Castlerigg Stone Circle to catch the views before the light disappeared.

Snowball fights and pre-Christmas Fun and games amongst the visitors

as we enjoyed the last of the light.

The smaller stone enclosure within the main circle . . . with bracken and snow covered High Rigg behind.

That would make a good Christmas Card

Back to the cars and we'll leave the farmer to gather his sheep before we set off for home.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.

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

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