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" A Mixed Week of Everything "

Date & start time:    7 - 14th February 2018.

Location of Walk :   Beyond Lanthwaite Green, Crummock, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 159 203 )

Places visited :         Crummock shore, the Boathouse, the weir and home.

Walk details :             1.9 miles, 150 feet of descent,  1 hour  20 mins.

Highest point :          The start . . . then downhill all the way.

Walked with :             Jo, Ann and our dogs, Amber, Dylan with Harry at home for short walks.

Weather :                    From sublime to ridiculous.

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The highs and lows of a real mixed bag of a week.

Weather-wise we had sunshine and snow, wind and rain. The snow came then it melted, then it came again.

Jo was with us for the weekend for a walk and we all attended two local events . . . then she and the snow both left.

Sadly her Saturday walk coincided with a poor weather day and the walk, though not wet, was not snowy either.

The week started with some glorious sunrises.

The morning sun . . . highlighting the sides of the fells that are normally in shadow at the opposite end of the day.

Midday . . . and that flat light that comes with overcast skies above the snow.

One day there was a sudden burst of sun

just as a patch of cloud was drifting over the faces of Grasmoor and Whiteless Pike.

By now the snow had gone from the valley . . . leaving very wet and muddy conditions under foot.

Many of the dog walks were best done in wellies !

- - - o o o - - -

Jo was over in Loweswater for two planned events.

The first tickets were for the Banff Film Festival Tour

that came to Keswick's Theatre by the Lake again this year.

We've usually managed to go along to see mad people

doing mad things in the name of sport.

One of the longer of the seven films this time was about

a walking, kite skiing and canoe trip across Greenland.

Do go along if there's a show near you . . . details here

- - - o o o - - -

Sadly Jo's weekend coincided with a short period of poorer weather.

Still you can't stay in and mope . . . so we drove the car locally to Lanthwaite Green, for a walk alongside Crummock Water.

Jo studying the weather . . . with a slightly disappointed look.

We had waterproofs on but in actual fact we can look back on a walk that was mild and dry throughout.

In the picture are Dylan and Amber, Harry having had a short walk before we came out.

All the snow appears to have gone from Grasmoor.

Shark Bay . . . with the view across to the cloudy High Stile Ridge.

Along the lakeshore to the boathouse . . .
. . . then to the chair at the foot of the lake . . . "down Shep".

The weir and fish ladder . . . the mild weather and rain has melted the all of the valley and most of the high fell snow.

As a result, the lake and the river are fairly full with melt-water . . . and underfoot, everywhere just feels wet !

. . . apart from the concrete path down by the Pump House.

The Water board or "gated" road . . . seven gates between the lake and the roadway.

- - - o o o - - -

Our second ticketed event was much closer to home.

with the venue being the Loweswater Village Hall.

The Hall supporters had organised a concert by Chris Bannister

who had a superb guitar style and a powerful country music tenor voice.

His renditions of a wide John Denver repertoire were superb,

just think Annie's Song, Calypso, Rocky Mountain High.

I'm been singing John Denver (to myself) ever since.

Chris is singing in Cockermouth again on April 28th . . . do go along.

- - - o o o - - -

With the new week the weather dipped again into cold winds and rain, which fell as snow on the tops.

The morning sunshine on Loweswater Church with a wintery covering of Hen Comb and Blake behind.

Back at the Village Hall . . . but this time for a photo . . . it must be one of the best views from any Village Hall.

- - - o o o - - -

While we are talking about events,

The Loweswater Farmer Discussion Group were asked to change venue

from our usual room in the pub, due to it being a busy half-term week.

What better than to do a farm visit . . . to a farm that has a brewery !


They make a fine selection of mainly lager-based beers

in their establishment, including YinYan, a dark chocolate style lager !

Many thanks to head brewer Matt . . . known as Beer-Matt to his friends !

- - - o o o - - -

While I was out, Ann caught up on Countryfile on TV and the dogs caught up on a little sleep.

Perhaps Dylan would have preferred a trip to the brewery ?

No-one asked if I wanted to go !

No great weather, no great walks but a nice week with friends.

- - - o o o - - -

We learn with sorrow that our friend's Sophie and Chris's

second retriever, Harvey,

passed away yesterday after 13 years of his life.


Harvey and Daisy were great friends of Harry and Dylan

and they will be sadly missed.

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

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