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" Garden Flowers and Views "

Date & start time:    Friday 15th February, 2019.

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

Places mentioned:  Garden, paddock and a Muncaster House walk

Highest point :          The really nice,spring like weather.

With :                           Ann and our dogs, Dylan and Dougal.

Weather :                    Sunshine and blue skies.

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I am not able to do big walks at present so Ann takes the dogs on longer daily walks.

I join her for a few fields today but double back, leaving her to take Dylan and Dougal the rest of the way down to the lake.

Pottering in the garden I enjoy the colour of the new blooms that are springing up by the day,

so I return inside to get the camera . . .

A glorious day in prospect . . . clear skies with good visibility, lovely and warm in the sunshine.

The snowdrops are particularly good this year.

We've had sufficient frost to start them off and some heavy downpours in recent weeks to provide good moisture to grow.

The first daffodils are out early, before March 1st . . .

. . . St David's Day in Wales.

First colour is provided by the crocuses.

Technically the first ones out suffered badly in the recent high winds and rain . . . these are the main group of blooms.

Close up and personal.

Also growing in the garden  . . . Dougal . . . now nearing six and a half months old.

Bright berries on this garden shrub.

The cotoneasters still have autumn berries though many have been eaten by the birds over winter.

Walking down the garden past more snowdrops.

Our daughter is staying here after being further north in Edinburgh for a few days.

She tells us that the spring display in the Botanical Gardens there has only just started . . . and is not a patch on ours.

More beauties line the hedge . . .
. . . by the garden steps.

The ones I transplanted into the paddock last season have grown very nicely.

The shaded dwarf weeping willow next to the pond will enjoy the sunshine in less than an hour's time.

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The tall ash tree in next door's field is still bare.


It has lost a few minor branches over the winter

but nothing significant.


What has grown well in the pond is the water weed

so some of it will need clearing soon

before it spreads to cover the

whole of the surface.


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As we walk across the fields there are clear views of the Whinlatter Fells with Grasmoor House in the foreground.

Muncaster House seen across 'Puffin Tarn'.
Further away Haystacks and Great Gable across the fields.
Birch trees before Grasmoor
Ash before Whin Benn
We walk the roadway then I turn for home.

Godferhead has lost an ancient oak in the late summer gales last year.

It is gradually being cut up and stored for firewood, but there was a lot of rot in the main trunk.

Sue's horses graze in the field, with Low Fell behind this time.

My footpath home returns closer to 'Puffin Tarn'.
It is not marked on the map . . . it's just a temporary flood pool.

Back  home to the garden and my return to our classic view of Great Gable at the far end of the Buttermere Valley.

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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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