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" A Week in the Life . . . "
Date & start time: October 10th to 15th, 2013.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Crummock, home and Loweswater.
Walk details : Two local walks in the valley.
Highest point : Definitely the scones for the dogs !
With : Myself, Pat, Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : These were the dry bits . . . in fact not much rain this week.
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Either side of our recent walk up Fleetwith Pike we enjoyed several local walks with Harry and Bethan.
It was also a birthday week for her too so the candles were out again.
Candles featured on my walk over to Loweswater Bothy too, in order to celebrate someone else's birthday.
All together an illuminating week.
Ann and our friend Pat enjoyed a walk down to the lake in the sunshine on Wednesday afternoon last week.
Harry waiting for someone to throw a stick.
Relatively calm breezes allow reflections to form . . . highlighting the blue of the sky.
Pat has found Harry a stick at last . . . but he foregoes the chewy pleasure when affection is on offer.
The reflection of Mellbreak this time behind Bethan.
There has been a builder's skip down by the lake for ages as the Water Board are repairing the weir.
On this visit there are even a few guys working !
Re-pointing the stone wall and replacing the rusting bridges are required to keep the structure up to standard.
If you look closely you can see the flash of the arc welder.
The scaffolding is out and they've started work on the second companionway.
The large flat plate at the outer end is the top of the sluice gate mechanism that could control the water level if they wished.
The view across the weir with the two walkways.
The section in between is a fish ladder that hopefully allows migration of the river fish back and fore into the lake.
Looking back into the sun as Ann and Pat leave the beach.
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Friday the 11th of October . . . that date rings a bell ?
Oh yes . . . it's Bethan's birthday . . . and the candles are out.
The weather allows an al-fresco dining experience, even if the wind did blow out the candles.
" I suppose we have to sit for the formal birthday photo ! "
" Come on . . . get on with it . . . let's have the cake " (Cheese scones but they won't mind)
You can't have it till you've sung "Happy Birthday"and I've removed the candles."
" Okay we'll sing . . . if that is the only way she's going to give us the cake. "
" Very good . . . here you are. "
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This Tuesday evening the day ended on a fine note.
From the forest edge at Watergate I look out over Loweswater.
The stillness of the early evening allows good reflections again.
The yellow house of Thrushbank doubles up in the darker colours of Whiteside's reflection.
Down at the bothy in the woods there's a celebration in progress.
Dinner is not yet laid so I knock the door to ask permission to intrude on their preparations.
What a great place for a birthday meal.
While they dined they probably had a great view of the sunset
as it illuminated the slopes of Darling Fell opposite.
Time to be heading back.
Nearer Watergate now and I stop to photograph the mallard ducks on the water . . . but they have flown further out.
I wonder what frightened them away !
Back across the meadow with the evening sun starting to catch the top of Grasmoor.
A fine streak of light illuminated the flanks of Mellbreak.
A wider panorama from the rowan tree, looking back at Loweswater as the light fades.
I hurry back to the village hall to catch the last of the sunlight as it lights up the tops . . . I'm a few minutes late for the best colour.
Sometimes photography is about being lucky and being in the right place at the right time.
I hope I haven't done too badly though !
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Samsung mobile phone.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . someone to celebrate a birthday with.
Previous walk - 12th October 2013 - Fleetwith Pike with Jo and Neil
A previous time up here - Sunday 18th December 2011 Glorious Loweswater
Next walk - 20th October 2013 - History Society 20 Objects Exhibition