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" Season's Greetings "
Date & start time: Wednesday 25th December 2013.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Various places in the last twelve months
High points : Our interaction with family, friends and pets.
Walked with : Ann and our dog, Harry, and until late November, Bethan as well.
Weather : I think we've had most things this year !
May we wish you the compliments of the season
and leave it more or less to the photos to remind us all of the year past.
January . . . still cold from the snows of winter.
This was our view from Jenkin Hill on the way down from Skiddaw.
Winter skies mean lovely winter sunrises !
A touch of Scottish as we treated ourselves to an away-break across the border.
Back home, Jenna with us as we climb up High Snockrigg (with Knott Rigg behind).
Ennerdale on a crisp January Day.
Ann and I relaxing on Catbells after chasing the inversion.
Morning light on those famous trees.
March brought a sting to the tail of Winter . . . just as the farmers were hoping for fine weather.
Lambing was fraught with problems, it was a difficult time for the new arrivals.
March snow on Mellbreak, from the house.
Winter Wonderland at Aira Force with Ed, Sue and daughter Alex.
Short sleeves on late winter snow . . . Rossett Pike.
Harry and Bethan on Dale Head.
Sunshine brings the late snow alive.
Clearing now, as Ann and I climbed Pillar Fell.
It has been a busy but enjoyable year meeting web site friends . . . here Nick and Sue on Rannerdale Knotts.
We even got recognised on the fells . . . full marks to Alex from Preston.
Back closer to home . . . the cold spring encouraged a really nice bluebell display this year.
Jo, our regular companion through the year.
We've forwarded several messages to her during the year . . . she has her own following it seems !
A re-visit to a classic place . . . the Priest Hole below Hart Crags.
Summer found us north again . . . underneath the Cuillin Mountains . . . on our visit to Skye.
Neist point . . . iconic west coast Scotland.
We managed to visit Black Sail Hostel when Paula and family were in the Lakes.
Black Sail were in the middle of renovations which should be complete by now.
An invitation for a beer . . . a Wainwright special as a final 214 was climbed.
This was Alan and Nigel's first round completion, complete with family and friends.
Mad mornings on a Water Aid Sponsored Challenge . . . 5 am start.
Soaked to skin but happy . . . a few hours later on Haystacks.
Fine weather graced the Loweswater Show again this year . . . which was a great relief.
And prizes for the industrious.
When the wind blew and the rain fell on the Tour of Britain Cyclists at Honister Pass we were away in Beadnell.
Sunshine, blue skies (but the same wind ) just a hundred miles further east.
The beach and harbour at Beadnell, Northumberland.
. . . with some lovely sunsets.
Talking of holidays . . . did you see our pictures of Swansea and West Wales as we visited family and friends ?
Ann enjoying the summer sun in Pembrokeshire.
Late summer sun in the Lakes too as I looked over Derwent Water to Skiddaw one afternoon in September.
The weather was playing tricks this year and the late Spring was followed by a brisk frost in mid October.
Time to stock the bird table please.
But October also brought us the calm days and colours of Autumn.
Our son Gareth and an cheerful bunch of good friends meet up for Remembrance on Castle Crag.
Just to show we can dress up a bit . . . an invite to Ed and Sue's wedding in Langdale in August.
. . . and to Tre and Jason's wedding at the Lodore
where Christmas had started slightly earlier than in Loweswater.
Christmas comes but once a year
and Keswick put on a good display this year with Father Christmas and real Lapland Reindeers.
Dancing in the Moot Hall Square . . .
. . . and in the evening the lights shone.
Keswick getting ready for Christmas.
We met up all the various members of the family before Christmas
and took the opportunity to exchange greetings and exchange presents.
Ann and myself and our four Cantelo grandsons in Surrey.
In the mood . . . for a works Christmas Party ?
The "youngsters" got carried away, wild but not too wild !
Ann and myself ? . . . we were a little more sedate !
That's more grown-up (!) . . . at touch of class at the Bridge Hotel in Buttermere . . .
. . . where we dined with Kathy from Bristol, a keen fell walker and friend.
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Our tree in Loweswater this year . . .with Harry alongside.
On a more sad note, looking at this picture and the ones that we've taken during the year reminds us of who is missing this Christmas.
Our Bethan succumbed to an inoperable cancer and passed away, aged nine, in November.
She was different from all previous dogs we have had, a real independent soul, but so loveable nevertheless.
A live wire who will be sadly missed.
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Well what of the weather this Christmas ? This is the closest we'll get to a white Christmas I think.
Heavy winds, blustery showers and hail rattling through to cover the road now and again on Christmas Eve.
Still we have faired better than the south of England and north of Scotland, so we can't complain.
Mind you . . . Harry had to sweep the hail away from the back door before he could get in today !
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. . . and have a relaxing time over the Christmas break.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Canon 1100D SLR digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . mulled wine and a Santa hat !
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