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"  Crummock, Bikes and Bath  "

Date & start time:    5th - 9th May 2017.

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

Places visited :         Crummock Water, Loweswater and the City of Bath.

Walk details :             One local one with Ann.

With :                            Family, Dee and John and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather :                    Sunshine and blue skies, more overcast down south.

A Hiley family photo from a while back.


A mixed set of events again as the weather in Loweswater continues to be superb,

however, there has been a bit of a drought and the plants could do with some moisture, that's for certain.

A walk to the lake shows how dry it has been recently.

The other photos reflect other Loweswater events and our recent activities.

The phone camera view as we walk down the "gated road" towards Crummock.

In this sunny weather we didn't want to take the camera to the lake yet again . . . but the view was just too special to ignore.

At high water this stone is often covered, today the shoreline extends out beyond it.

The dogs have to extend their walk to reach the water today.

The drought . . . animals are dying everywhere (not) . . . this pike skeleton was a couple of feet long and was found on the beach.

On the way back over The Peel.

The lambs are growing apace and are at the stage when they start running around in groups, full of the joys of spring.

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The joy of a sunny Sunday morning . . .

Le petit-déjeuner à Province ... a la Loweswater ... followed by a bit of gardening and watching the Fred Witton riders go by.

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

The early riders climbing the hill up past Rose Cottage and Loweswater Vicarage.

Conflict of interest . . . walkers, road vehicles and bikes . . . but they all cope.

They took quite a while to cycle through.

Soon there are large numbers passing the house.
There were around 2000 riders in this event.

A larger group from the event.

Mid-morning . . .
. . . and there's been a steady stream for a while.

Looking good . . . the participants were about half way round the route as they pass the cottage.

The whole Fred Whitton event is 112 miles and includes every major climb in the Lakes.

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In the afternoon the major traffic was heading the opposite direction . . .

There was a procession of perhaps up to fifty tractors passing the cottage in convoy.

Some old, some new, possibly a borrowed one and certainly a blue one . . . all processed through the village.

I haven't yet worked out what event they were on . . . it is too early for the Cockermouth Show . . . anyone know ?

All I can say is that I hope they had co-ordinated their drive to avoid the cyclists.

Had they arrived at the mid-morning then it may have been chaos !

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Finally it was Tuesday . . . a different sort of day for our family.

John and Dee came over to dog sit as we had to travel down to the city of Bath.

They and the dogs enjoyed a walk up Mosedale Valley towards the holly.

We met up for lunch at Bath, all remarkably arriving with ten minutes of each other, apart from Gareth & Rhian who had permission to arrive later !

Cathy drove down from Camberley, Paula and Jenna from Yorkshire, ourselves from Cumbria and Gareth and Rhian from Swansea.

We all met up at Blathwayt Arms Lansdown.
All the immediate family . . . plus our new grandson Luke.

The extended family all attended the afternoon reception including Nesta, my eldest brother's new grandson in Jenna's arms.

Our friend Mike from Swansea is to the left, my nephew Crispin from London to the right, wider family and friends in the background.

Sadly we all met up to celebrate the life, and mark the passing of my sister Pamela.

A photo of our family, three brothers and our sister, taken in early 2014 on a happier occasion.

I'm not going to even try and summarise my thoughts at this time, here or elsewhere.  They are too many and too personal.

Hopefully this entry will at least serve to record the link to a recent article in her local paper, the Bath Chronicle.

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

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

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