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31st March 2020 - Foulsyke and the Lonesome Pine

A lovely start to the morning here in Loweswater on Tuesday. Jobs around the house and garden are keeping us busy, though perhaps we are doing them a little slower than normal !   Photos from our afternoon walk to the tree.


29th March 2020 - Scale Hill and the Hows

Brackenthwaite Hows is always in view from the house, over the top of our greenhouse and hedge.  When the sun is out the yellow moorland grass on the top shines to invite us to walk there and to enjoy the views.


28th March 2020 - Foulsyke and the Quarry Field

Garden and greenhouse are calling, but only the action of chopping logs or being in the greenhouse with the door shut are at warm activities outdoors.  The wind has changed to north easterly and the temperature has noticeably dropped.


26th March 2020 - Early Morning Crummock

Self- isolation day four, or is it five so far . . . time has a different meaning in these strange times.  The other strange feeling after the cold and damp winter is the bright sunshine and warmth of Spring. Did someone suggest lunch al-fresco?


On a beautiful Spring day I set off for a local walk with the specific aim of meeting no-one . . . self-isolation is the key from now on.   Between the walk and the time I posted the web page the national picture changed once again as the serious nature of  the Covid-19 epidemic has become even more apparent.


Life still needs to go on and the dogs still need a walk, so with the concept of minimum contact in our heads we drive to the side of Loweswater lake and set off up the old track above Myresyke. It is a favourite local walk and will be quite suitable for the time available and the weather we have today.


Hi All . . . what unexpected and rather scary times ! The Corona Virus Corvid-19 has spread worldwide and we must all change our ways for the present in order for the nation to cope. Older folk who have been running a website for 20 years have been asked to self-isolate. I guess that means us !


13th March 2020 - A Day Out to Brockhole

After a wet February we were hoping for a better March but the weather has not been brilliant. However a lull was forecasted between two weather systems, so after being in touch with friends we headed for South Lakes and to the National Park Visitor Centre at Brockhole on Windermere.


6th March 2020 - Anglers Crag and a Gather

With the realisation of several fine days in a row we head over to Ennerdale for a walk to ring the changes.  The forecast was actually for fine weather earlier rather than later so a midday start was going to be best.


Weather reports suggest that Honister, at the head of the Borrowdale received over 3 feet of rain (0.954m) during February. Some of what fell on Loweswater is still standing on the fields locally, as the dogs and I set off for a walk today.


26th February - A Day of Two Halves

In the morning I have a drive over to Keswick which was a delight in the fine weather. After a late lunch the dogs needed their walk so we headed up the valley towards Buttermere. The second outing of the day was like chalk is to cheese.


23rd February - High Nook and Holme Force

To ring the changes, Dougal and I park at Maggie's Bridge and set off for High Nook Tarn.  The weather is not brilliant but hold sufficiently to extend the walk to Holme Woods and I follow the beck down to the lake before returning home.


Dougal and I take a local walk up to Harry's Pool and see how the recent heavy rains have caused the river levels to rise as the fields and fells are already heavily saturated with rain from recent weeks.


Storm Ciara has left us with a covering of snow on the high fells. Today was forecasted as the best for a few days so we head out for a local walk as Dylan is still on "light duties". I take Dougal on for an extra walk to try and tire him  out.


10th February 2020 - Loweswater Tree Planting

There's been a lot of activity in the village in the last ten days as the owners of two local fields start on a mammoth task of planting up to 3000 young trees. It is all hands to the deck for them with the sound of mallets and spades hard at work.


9th February 2020 - Storm Ciara Flood Waters

Last night it was a real belter . . . high winds and horizontal rain . . . as Storm Ciara blew through. After a blustery morning in and around the house and garden, I take Dougal out to check out the state of the river after the night of rain.


29th January 2020 - Dylan's Birthday and a local walk

This selection starts with the snowdrops of Spring, records Dylan's birthday and finds us in a wet and windy walk down to the side of Crummock Water.  I stick to the forest for the walk as this provides better weather protection than open fields.


18th January 2020 - Askill Knott then Darling

This could be a statement of fact or a question depending on the punctuation.  As it happens we reached Askill Knott and did ask the question about going higher on this nice afternoon . . . the answer was yes with no regrets.


12th January 2020 - Cogra Moss New Path

The area around Cogra Moss reservoir has changed over the years and after a muddy couple of walks after the contractors were on site we return to find a newly re-surfaced path alongside the lake.


11th January 2020 - The train Now Standing . . .

The train Now Standing at Bassenthwaite Lake Station is the . . . start of a whole new project for the Lake District.  The old station, closed in 1965, has been cleared and being rebuilt for the arrival of the Orient Express.


8th to 14th January - Ling Fell and local walks

Back home and back to local walks this last week.  The weather has been very changeable, Shakespearian you could say (bard to verse) so a series of pictures to show that the weather does not always behaving itself, even in The Lakes.


28th Dec - 4th January - New Year with the Family

We spent Christmas at home then enjoyed time with the family over New Year.  First we drove to Pin Mill to see Cathy and Gareth, then across to Sheffield and Tickhill to meet up with Jenna and Paula.  This holiday we saw all the children and all the grandchildren in one week, a rare treat.



A big thanks all who bought a copy from us, to Lee and Arwen of Lorton Village Shop and to the local hotels and guest houses who also kindly stocked the calendars on the run up to Christmas this year.  The results are now in for our 2020 Edition.


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