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" Local Walks and a Grange Birthday Tea "

Date & start time: 16th - 21st April 2016.

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

Places visited :      Gasgale Gill, Holme Wood and Grange Hotel at Waterend.

Walk details :         Shorter local walks.

Walked with :         Sherran and Bill, Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather :                 Sunshine and blue skies . . . most of the way.

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No great aims this week, just enjoying the weather and busy with the many jobs and activities that need doing along the way.

Visits from friends and the " Queen's Afternoon Tea" at the Grange Hotel with the village group to finish.

A view from the garden while the daffodils are still in bloom.

The flowering season has been extended somewhat by the cooler weather, particularly at night.

Time for a local walk to exercise myself and the dogs.
The waterfall at the entrance to Gasgale Gill.

A perched boulder on the slab of rock at an upper cascade . . . we'd crossed the river by this time.

A short walk up this side of the beck . . .

. . . until we could join the upper path for our return home.

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On Monday Sherran and Bill came over.

Time for a local walk in Holme Wood.

The National Trust Bothy . . . available for holiday let if you want !

Chance to sit and enjoy the view from the Bothy.

Glorious sunshine as we cross the meadows back to Maggie's Bridge.

The fells are Low Fell, Whiteside and Grasmoor.

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Back in the garden

I happened to have the camera at hand

as we had another visitor.



No, not the dog, he lives here . . .



but look at the base of the bird table !



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Our local red squirrel . . .
. . . not too phased by our presence in the garden.

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Another local walk, this time across the local fields.

Scale Hill Hotel, now self-catering holiday cottages.
The view across Crummock Water towards Buttermere.

Photos here taken on zoom with the phone . . . a bit fuzzy.

Without trying to zoom in, the phone takes a lovely picture . . . Mellbreak and Hen Comb behind.

Back home . . . our view of Great Gable with the big lens on the SLR.

The sunset cast a soft red hue over the fells.

The moon is rising over Whiteless Pike, the precursor of a cold night ahead.

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Today is the 21st of April 2016 and it's the Queen's birthday.

The local valley social club is celebrating the event with a tea party at The Grange Hotel

Gwyn and Jan turned up in a very well presented old Riley, complete with flags.

The '77 Club' was formed in 1977 after a similar tea party

to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

Whatever your politics, most folk appreciate that the Queen is a remarkable woman

who has dedicated her life to Britain and the British people.  We joined in on a toast to her continued good health.

It was up to our three valley nonagenarians to come forward to cut the cake on her behalf.

Fame (but no OBE) for Alec Bond, Mary Bell and Ann Style.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, my Samsung phone or my Canon 1100D Digital SLR.

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

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