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" Dylan and a Busy Week "

Date & start time: Wednesday 9th April 2014 and the days following.

Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited : Local walks including Darling Fell

Walk details :   2 mls, 850 ft, 1 hr 40 mins.

Highest point : Darling Fell 1240 ft ( 391m)

Walked with : Cathy, Alexander, Ann and the dogs, Boris and Harry.

Weather : Variable but generally improving.

" Dylan and a Busy Week " at EveryTrail

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With a second week of holidays we are at home

and catching up on all the jobs that need doing

and those that we've wanted to do for some time.


Cathy and Alexander are with us

and there's lots of visitors to fill the days.


On Friday there was a birthday celebration

and the candles were out again.


Read on to find out who's who . . .

Our friends, Irene and Steve were down from Scotland for a holiday break in Rose Cottage opposite.

We saw them at their home on Skye last year and they've come on holiday to Loweswater this year.

. . . well while you're here you've got to come over and see the puppy !

Mad games then a period of rest and recuperation (for the puppy that is, not Steve)

Cathy's Boris is almost two year old and he and Dylan played for hours on end.

Harry played the elder statesman . . . and was always somewhere warm to return to for another sleep.

With the new puppy came the need for a puppy proof fence as the old one was getting very rickety.

Woodwork by Jackson Hope, re-laid stonework by myself.

Jackson also brought over a few railway sleepers so we could make another raised bed.

With time in the garden I dug over the main bed and with Alexander and Alan Kilduff's able assistance (sorry no picture Alan)

and also constructed and filled the second, smaller bed beyond.

The last barrow full of compost and earth and the job is done.

Alexander helped me plant out the bed with seedlings and two Rosemary bushes.

Hopefully, if we get some nice weather, there's rocket, spinach, garlic, parsley, mange touts peas, and onions in weeks to come.

A fence may keep Dylan from enjoying them first.
Time to saw up some more logs.

Yes that's Alexander on the chain saw !!

Actually I bought an excellent saw bench last year that holds the chainsaw in a cradle on the end (the red is a safety cover for the spinning saw chain)

With supervision, Alexander could just work the throttle and swivel the saw without the need to 'hold' the saw.

I moved the logs and larger saplings and the log pile alongside grew nicely as the afternoon progressed.

Visitors looking over the new fence attracted the dogs . . .

so a photo was taken to record the visit of Judith Byers and daughter Bea, over to visit her granddad in Broughton near Cockermouth.

We have emailed Judith several times over the years and are honoured to know our Loweswatercam calendar graces their wall at home.

One other job . . . to meet the post man . . . Steve meet Dylan . . . Dylan meet Steve.

(p.s. Dylan, remember to treat him nicely and don't bite his trousers when he calls !)

Any More ?

It's a busy life and a young puppy must eat as well.

Hold your cursor over the picture to see the "Oliver" side of Dylan . . ." Is there any More ? "

Plenty of rushing around and plenty of work means sleep comes more easily . . . the same applies to the dogs.

Dylan was so sound asleep that he didn't notice us balancing a favourite toy on his nose . . . Harry did though.

" Hey . . . that used to be my toy ! "

" Brotherly Love "

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Eating, sleeping and rushing around are the three main features of this puppy's life.

One time he managed to combine sleep and toys in one go . . . all of his own accord.

The dog's toy box is next to the back door.
There's an extra bundle in it this afternoon.
" If I can't sleep on the shoes, I'll sleep on the toys."
" Is there any food ?"
" Is there anyone out there to play with ?"
"Okay ... I'll go back to sleep."

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Even though Dylan is too young to go out at present, Harry and Boris still need a daily walk.

Cathy and Alexander joined Ann on a local walk on Friday.

Parking at the roadside next to Loweswater, they started up the old Mosser Road.

Leaving the track you can get out onto the steep, open fell side of Darling Fell.

You don't need a school protractor to measure the steep slope.

Almost 1:1 ascent (45% in new money) and not a road sign in sight.

You get great views north to Scotland on a clear day . . .

A hint of Criffel can be seen as a dark outline on the other side of the Solway.

Alexander at the stile near the true summit of Darling Fell.

The second summit has the cairn however . . . and with it comes the best views.

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Did I mention it was a someone's birthday recently ?

Sherran and Bill we over to celebrate Jo's "big 0" birthday.

Glass of wine in one hand, puppy in the other.

We were joined by Neil, Dee and John for the celebration.

Come on you lot . . . stop eating and look at the camera !

That's better !

It was Jo's birthday a couple of weeks ago, just before her Thailand visit to see her son and grandson.

Tonight we were able to celebrate it here in Cumbria.

The rest of the guests . . . who's missing ?  . . . Oh  that my place.

Cheers and Happy Birthday Jo.

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To close . . . Dylan meets YouTube . . . a brief combination of this week's events.


Click to start the two minute video . . . and then sit back and enjoy the music.

( Click on the YouTube full-screen icon to see a larger version of the video )

Now to work out how he gets my picture on there ?

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Nikon P520 digital camera.

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

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