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"  Doris, Ewan and Jenna  "

Date & start time:    18th - 26th February 2017.

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

Places visited :         The garden and local walks

Walk details :             Various small outings from the rest of the week.

With :                            Jenna, Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather :                    Notable by its disappointing attitude to sunshine and blue skies !

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The title this time comes from two less welcome visitors to the Lakes at Half Term.

Storm Doris was described by the Met Office as a "Low Pressure Weather Bomb"

where a low pressure trapped under the Jet Stream exploded into high winds and rain.

Fortunately its full effects missed us here in Cumbria, but Storm Ewan and the subsequent wet weather

has "topped up the lakes" to say the least.    The third name at the top is our daughter's of course, here in Loweswater for the week.

The photos are the remainder of those taken this week, the two bigger walks already being posted.

After a dry January her visit coincided with a period of wetter weather, as the view from our front room shows.

Still you have to get out and the dogs need to have a walk each day so several local walks including this one to Crummock Water,

plus some retail therapy in Keswick and yes . . . some school  preparation work . . . generally filled the rest of the week.

Down by the Pump House there's signs of new life already . . .
. . . fresh frogs spawn filled one end of a marsh pool.
Indoors the Amaryllis given as Christmas presents . . .
. . . are now in full bloom, complemented by pots of Campanula.

Here are a few shots missing from my recent garden album when Sherran and Bill were with us.

This is one of several male blackbirds that visit the garden.

An extra photo of a favourite visitor . . . one of our robins.

By the look of it the empty bird table needs filling again . . . but those half shells of hazel nuts (cob nuts) are a sign of another visitor.

Our red squirrel has been back most days.

Can't remember if he was burying new ones  . . . or searching out for previously buried nuts.

He's certainly been busy rushing about the garden.

Taken through the glass of the lounge window (as many of these were) he's up on the table now.

After gnawing at the shell, he breaks it open to reveal his lunch in a sort of dish.

Searching the raised bed.

A monkey nut is his food of choice this time.
Sheltering in the hedge while he eats another.

Besides the two walk days this week, we also made time to visit Keswick

No camera this time as we were dodging the heavy rain . . . but we did visit George Fishers, my old shop of course, phone camera in hand.

Their recent publicity offered everyone the chance to :

" Visit us in store for something new, bring a camera,

and you could leave with something old "


Come and take your own photo behind the cut-out,

post your picture with #AbrahamsKeswick and then visit the

exhibition at Keswick Museum and Art Gallery.


The photo opportunity was supporting

the Instanto Outdoors Exhibition

that's on in the Keswick Museum until May 12th.


Go get your head in the door

. . . and into your classic Abrahams photo.

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This week also saw the start

of the Six Nations Rugby on television.


Must admit we didn't spend time watching it

but we did keep an eye out for the results.


Dylan did his bit to support his favourite team

but initial results this year have been rather disappointing.


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This week Storm Ewan brought us heavy rain.

The river levels were up and the fields by Scale Hill Bridge were partially flooded.

The measuring weir (see the two concrete walls in the middle) was almost overtopped.

Walking in Lanthwaite Woods to avoid the worst of the wind and the rain,

the babbling brook that bends around to the swimming pool was a smooth but fast flowing torrent.

However there was light at the end of the tunnel.

This week I was enjoying a less damp afternoon dog walk down by the lake and met up with Loweswatercam viewer Jan Teasdale.

She was just completing her "round the lake" day walk of Crummock and sent me this lovely picture she had taken at Scale Hill earlier in the day.

Thanks Jan.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Compact System Camera.

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

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Previous walk - 24th February 2017 - Knott Rigg and Ard Crags

A previous time here - 11th February 2017 - Loweswater Garden Birds (in case you missed it recently)

Next walk - 1st March 2017 - The Five Faces of Harrop Tarn