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" Trevor & Gill, Lakes & Rivers "

Walk One :                 Wednesday 18th April, 2018.  3 pm start.

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

Places visited :         Park Bridge, the Pump House, Sandy Yat, Park Bridge and back.

Walked with :             Trevor and Gill, Ann and the dogs, Finlay, Harry and Dylan.    

Walk Two :    

Date & start time:    Thursday 19th April, 2018.  5 pm start.

Location of Start :   Scale Hill car park, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 149 215 )

Places visited :         Through the woods to the weir and back.

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

Weather :                   Summer sunshine as the warm air travels north and warms everyone up.

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At last we see the back of the cold wet weather (for a while ?)

as the dry continental air carried north on a high pressure system floods across the country.

With the sunshine comes warm temperatures, a start to the growing season for ourselves and the farmers.

The weather was well timed as today Trevor and Gill were due over for a local walk and supper.

The people I've introduced already. . . but meet 'Finlay of Borrowdale', third dog from the left.

Ann rounds the Peel, the headland overlooking Crummock Water.

[ Being a local walk I hadn't brought the main camera so these are all iPhone pictures.]

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As we rounded the headland we passed this Ash Tree.



The buds on the stems have just started to burst into life which,

from a distance, made it look like a cankerous growth



Close up I think it is just celebrating the sunshine

as the  buds transform into new growth.


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There's no rush on this 'new walk' for Trevor and Gill . . . so we sit for a while by the lake.

" Sitting on the dock of the bay " as the song lyrics go . . . except we've no model boats to play with.

Harry for some reason, prefers to immerse himself in the full experience.

The camera just didn't cope with the sparkles on the water . . . but I like the picture anyway.

Time to dry out a little before moving on.

Looking back as we leave the lake, starting on the slightly muddy path towards High Park.

Visibility is good today and the sun is fast melting the last of the snow left in the high gullies.

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The lambing season is well under way.



Here two lambs seem to appreciate

the reeds or sieves in the field as a resting place.



Perhaps they are trying to hide from us as we go past

but they'll need more than that small clump

to be able to go unnoticed.


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Checking out the classic frontage of High Park House with its mullioned windows and ancient doors.

Just a short walk back across the fields and we were home.

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Our route passes the paddock . . . which is looking nice in the sunshine.

The daffodils and marsh marigolds are in full bloom.

Safe out of the way is a large clump of frogs spawn.

Another cluster has already given up its bounty of tadpoles.

Apparently they can digest the jelly of the old egg sack as additional nutrient so it is fast breaking down to nothing.

The underwater vegetation is staring to develop . . .
. . . providing the young tadpoles with more grown-up nutrient.

A few more photos from next day as the grass seed have burst into life.

Getting down this close rather shows how many small stones there are in the soil.

I've transferred more (green) brambles from the top garden . . .
and a few more clumps of snowdrops now they have finished flowering.

The buds on the Cornus Mas Cherry are starting to grow . . . hopefully a good sign for our planting .

Down by the water's edge a dragonfly is bouncing off the earth, seemingly rather stuck or having difficulty flying.

A few seconds later it confidently took to the air . . . perhaps it was laying eggs in the damp soil by the water.

Finally today . . . the hedge starting to green.
The Quince tree likewise . . .
. . . and our Medlar sapling is looking good.

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After a busy day, Ann and I go for a walk . . . and chose a wander by the river to exercise the dogs and stretch our legs.

The car park at Scale Hill Woods is a little busier than expected due to an orienteering event.

We opt for the riverside route to stay clear of the competitors.
The path is a lot drier than in recent weeks.
The river reflects the colours of Low Fell . . .
. . . or the blue skies where the tree cover is more open.

Lovely sunshine and the air is noticeably warmer today . . . almost a heat wave !

The sunlight penetrates the woodland and will do so till the leaves really start to grow.

We reach the pine tree at the edge of Crummock Water.

A slight misty cloud casts a shadow over us and the high fells . . . but Rannerdale Knotts is in bright sunshine.

Rannerdale seen over the weir.

Ann stops a short while on an old tree which has been washed down the lake during previous flooding.

Dylan jumps up and balances easily on the curved top.

Harry tried . . . but he is a bit too wet and a bit too heavy to lift him onto the log for a second photo.

Making our way back through the woods.
These tree roots are very slippery when wet . . . but not today.

One of the competitors finds an orienteering mark

and taps his electronic tag to record finding it and the time he was there.

A final multicolored pendant by the gate . . .
. . . and the challenge will be over for today

The event was organised by the West Cumberland Orienteering Club

and presumably the results will be posted here in due course.

Our walk was over too, so it's back to the cottage and perhaps dry the dogs if they need it, then supper.

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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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