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" Wildlife and The Pine "

Date & start time:      Wednesday 20th May 2020.  3.30  pm start.

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

Places visited :          Foulsyke, The Pine and the Sheepfold.

Walk details :              1.9 mls, 700 ft of ascent, 1 hour 5 mins.

Highest point :            Above the sheepfold, 1000ft - 307m.

Walked with :              Myself and the dogs, Dylan and Dougal.

Weather :                     Sunshine and blue skies, slight haze and a slight breeze.

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A noteable return of the red squirrel this week which was a real delight.

He only stopped a short while, passing through to check out the bird table and nut supply and then he was gone.

More visits include the hedgehogs and plenty of bird life.

Today I picture my walk back up to the Lonesome Pine . . . well the weather that day was so superb once again !

Sitting inside enjoying a late breakfast, as we can do at the moment.

We suddenly looked up and through the window we spotted our red visitor . . . enjoying what would be for him . . . elevenses !

Up onto the squirrel feeder . . .
. . . down to the ground for fallen monkey nuts.

Back up again for seconds . . . and thirds and fourths.

Our hedgehogs are now regular night time visitors,

so much so that I've changed my routine to re-stocking the bird table last thing in the evening.


This allows me to re-stock the table as normal

but also put down food for the hedgehogs around the base.

With the dogs inside the house in the evenings

the hedgehogs stand the best chance of eating the food first !

The rather snatched photo to the right is of two hogs

feeding at the foot of the table one evening this week.

[ Apologies for the blur . . . it was either that or not post it ! ]

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Time for some more scenic pictures from here in Cumbrian Lake District.

After a change of weather over the weekend, which included some welcome overnight rain,

the sun made a re-appearance on Wednesday and I repeated the walk up to the pine tree and sheepfold to enjoy the views once more.

The multiple colour of the flowers caught my eye as I left the garden at the start of the walk.

The clematis on the front of the house is in full bloom too . . .
. . . as is the hawthorn in the hedge across the road.

Walking backwards to catch the view of Crummock Water . . . careful not to trip over the dogs . . . or the sheep !

A large new season lamb takes a shine to Dylan and runs across the field to check him out.

Dylan of course is well used to these woolly creatures and totally ignores them.

When a puppy Dougal learnt the same idea by instruction . . . and also by watching what Dylan did.

Blue faced Leicesters I guess, with that classic roman nose.

More of the flock walks on up the track ahead, only taking to the field once again as we approach the gate.

The sheep with the black heads are Swaledales.

On the edge of Whinny Ridding Wood the contrast on sunshine highlights the growing bracken.

Up above us the southern viewpoint summit of Low Fell.

A classic oak tree on the edge of the woodland.

The bracken is growing taller alongside the fell path.
Higher up it is less invasive.

The Lonesome Pine . . . standing proud on the side of Low Fell.

It seems the dogs are there first . . . what a surprise.

The view over to Crummock Water and the Buttermere Valley never fails to please.

Zooming in on Scale Hill and the bluebells we saw last week.

Godferhead's wildlife pond . . . looking a little short of water in this dry weather.

Nice cottage . . . can't see the red phone box for the summer vegetation !

A little extra exercise is achieved by walking up the steep slope to the sheepfold above the pine tree.

They are here first again !

Happy to be out and running around.

Touch the stones, check out the view again and then carefully walk back down the slope and I'm on the way home.

The Vicarage, seen across the fields from the top road.

Rose Cottage and the new plantation with Mellbreak beyond means it is the end the walk for today.

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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.

This site best viewed with . . . the welcome return of a red squirrel and sunshine.

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Previous walk - 18th May 2020 - Crummock Water and Guest Photos

A previous time up here - 4th August - Return of the Squirrel

Next walk - 21 - 24th May 2020 - Embleton and Lorton