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" Foulsyke and the Quarry Field "
Date & start time: 28th March 2020. 5 pm start.
Location of Start : By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Across this field, that field and the other using a bit of road.
Walk details : 1 mile, 100 ft of ascent, 45 mins.
Highest point : The road at Foulsyke House, 425 ft - 130m above sea level.
Walked with : Ann and our dogs, Dylan and Dougal.
Weather : Overcast with occasional sunny improvements. Cold.
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Garden and greenhouse are calling, but only the action of chopping logs
or being in the greenhouse with the door shut are warm activities outdoors.
The wind has changed to north easterly and the temperature has noticeably dropped since last week.
A replenishment of the log pile from a local tree that lost a branch.
Moving the sawn branches warms me up, splitting them later will do the same.
Indoors the plants that I managed to buy last week have been potted on.
I can personally wrap up when outside, but I haven't fleece or cloches ready to protect these outside yet . . . they will have to wait.
We discovered one 'Corona' problem in the valley at the start of the week . . . but it was a litter problem not a viral one.
This bottle has travelled all the way from Mexico but was recently and deliberately cast aside in a field close to the lake.
A less contagious example of Corona travelling all round the world in a short space of time.
Well, the closure of more of the local parking spots (as above) may help ease the litter problem if nothing else !
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The following day we headed out for our daily "local exercise".
Looking back after shutting the gate, at the start of our walk on a footpath across the fields.
It has been a generally overcast day . . . but with the occasional patch of bright sunshine as seen in this photo of Rannerdale Knotts.
An old tennis ball adds enjoyment to Dougal's walk and, if nothing else, gives him extra exercise on his walk.
The dry weather has made this walk enjoyable once again
as the very muddy gateway has dried sufficiently so that we can walk through without slipping and sliding.
A recent change of ownership of local fields
has resulted in several new gates being installed where old ones had rotted away.
We join the top road and walk the tarmac for while, passing the point on the road
where our local Vicarage and the fells of Haystacks and Great Gable all line up in one photo.
Another hint of sunshine warms this picture of our Village Hall
The two story section was the old village school building (closed 1947). The single story extension is the meeting room which was added later.
The Millennium bronze plaque set on the wall mimics the view from the front of the village hall.
The field is home to several local horses.
I wonder if they appreciate the view as we do.
Just down the road is a small quarry, now totally overgrown and recently re-fenced.
Before those trees grew in the hollow the space was home to an earlier version of Loweswater's Village Hall, an ex-World War 1 wooden hut.
It was mounted off the ground on stone blocks some of which, upon closer inspection, could still be seen in the undergrowth.
The answer to that one becomes clear when you realise that the owner of the field is a keen paraglider.
When a small wind sock is attached to the roller handle it swings around to show him the wind direction prior to landing !
The Loweswater Vicarage . . . it is set down below the level of this field so it can't see the church unless you are upstairs.
Surprisingly that is the one wall that doesn't have upstairs windows . . . so the Vicar doesn't have to see his/her place of work from home !
The Quarry field is also home to the new tree plantation.
It is a mixed selection of beech, birch, holly and native trees through to Scots Pines and fruit trees.
Looking down on Rose Cottage and our house by the phone box.
The more widely spaced trees with the brown post lower down are the fruit varieties.
Damson, apple, pear and other varieties amongst the selection.
Our grandchildren used this field for tobogganing back in 2010 . . . they would have to slalom now rather than enjoy a straight downhill run !
Fast forward to the 1950's or early 60's, this is a certain Mr Alfred Wainwright's drawing of the cottage.
We found it in his book "Memoirs of a Fellwanderer" (page 76).
An Alamy stock photo of the cottage and Oak tree from about the same time.
During the late 60's the house became virtually derelict and was in danger of being demolished,
just as the smithy buildings had been after the war. That was sited on the gravel area where the red phone box is now.
Smithy Cottage was renovated by the owner, two before us, and this view today is has been unchanged for probably fifty years or more.
The improvements that we have made, including an upstairs bedroom, and lobby are out of sight behind the cars.
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At the end of the walk the sun managed to shine once again and added cheer to what was quite a cold day in the breeze.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60 Camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . .an element of historical interest.
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