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A few pictures from this morning as winter returns again to West Cumbria

The forecasted snow arrived overnight

and though widespread, is relatively wet so it won't last too long I suspect.

However it probably came as a surprise to those that haven't looked at a weather forecast recently . . .

. . . including this chap.

The view from the back door as we awoke this morning.

Footprints in the snow . . .
. . . and one of the two squirrels that made them.

He's been sitting there, enjoying a cold breakfast, for quite some time.

Even with the back door open and the quiet click of the camera in the background

he continues to appreciate the cob nuts (hazel nuts) we've put out.

[ Fame and fortune . . . he even made it to the BBC Website today. ]

Mellbreak (or the lack of it) from our side gate.

Dressed as I am, I'm not venturing further at the moment . . . Is that kettle on for breakfast ?

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During the day I took the dogs out for a local walk.

The snow is starting to disappear but the sheep are gathered round the feeder as the grass has not really started to grow yet this year.

Rannerdale Knotts from the road to the river bridge.

The finger post has gained a new C2C sign . . .
. . . but the old barriers stand untouched on the bridge.

The lack of a bridge at Lorton, lower down the valley, has meant that the Coast to Coast Cycle Route

has had to be re-routed over Scale Bridge and down the opposite side of the valley, if only on a temporary basis.

The river levels are high due to the rain and snow of the last few days.

A large tree trunk has been caught on small weir I pass on the way to the lake.

Crummock Water taken from water level . . . Rannerdale as seen across the outfall.

A black & white pine.
Swans, Grasmoor and the boathouse.

So that's what Bethan was looking so intently at.

Working our way around the lake to the Pump House.

Low Fell, this time from afar.

It's a grey day now . . . but at least it has stopped snowing.

The pinnacles on Mellbreak.
The steep north end of the fell.

Art in the Environment !

Walking past the river I saw a strange pattern out of the corner of my eye.

This was a close up . . . hold your cursor over the photo to see the artist's eye view.

Today's snow still lies on the valley floor in most places.

A new born lamb in the field next to the cemetery.

It will be a memorable birthday for him or her.

In the field next to the house, another newborn tries out it's legs.

This cold, damp weather is just what the local farmers don't need, just as lambing is starting.

One reason the Cumbrian upland flocks here are often put to the tup later in the autumn

is to achieve later lambing which will hopefully coincide with better weather.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Canon G10 digital camera.

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