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" A Buttermere Milk Run "

Date & start time:    Thursday 11th January 2018, 10 am.

Location of Start :   Syke Farm Cafe, Buttermere, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 176 170 )

Places visited :         The Milk parlour, Wilkinsyke, Sandpiper Bay and back via Dubbs Bridge.

Walk details :             1.4 miles, 100 feet of ascent,  45 mins.

Highest point :           Finding eggs, milk and a tree !

Walked with :             Myself and Dylan.

Weather :                    Misty and moody.

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In a home of a one armed lady, the two armed man is  . . . busy . . . but I don't mind. 

Doing the dog walk and fetching the eggs and milk, especially if the two jobs can be combined as on a day like today,

is a pleasure not a chore.

The morning of the 9th, a Tuesday, and the weather was fine.

We had friends coming over today so we were up early . . . dawn at 8 am !

It's a cold morning and there's frost on the ground and the roof tiles of the Pod.

A few minutes later the sun rose over Rannerdale Knotts.

[ Strangely we have no more photos from the day . . . must have been busy !]

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Neither do we have pictures of misty dawn and the lovely sunrise the following morning

as we were rushing to get to Ann to an early fracture clinic appointment and we didn't take the camera.

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Never mind I'm sure the weather will last and we'll get a nice sunrise tomorrow . . .

As luck would have it . . . I didn't have any luck . . .

so it was an un-rushed drive to Buttermere to buy free range eggs from the chickens that "cross the road"

and some spare milk from the Ayreshire cows . . . as there's not such a demand for ice cream at this time of year.

I combined this "chore" with a second one of walking the younger dog, Dylan (Harry is relaxing at home).

It made a nice change from the regular paths nearer to Loweswater.

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Alongside the path to the Buttermere lake shore there was a sheep feeder . . . but the sheep were outnumbered by the mallard ducks !

More ducks on the lake as I take the path across the back of the Sandpiper beaches.

Here's a photo I took in the summer of 2011 on a 'walk around the lake'

The path I'm using today is normally closed in summer to allow them to breed undisturbed by visitors.

Walking round the lake shore I found a tree . . . one I had seen many times in photos but never actually been able to find in real life.

It is one of the iconic photo locations of the area . . . with the full view of the lake and the Buttermere Pines at the far end.

Sadly the weather was a bit damp today but you could say it makes it "misty and moody"

I had a chat with a fellow photographer (Graham?) from Washington (Tyne and Wear) who had driven two hours to be here for sunrise today.

He too was disappointed by the inaccurate weather forecast . . . but he was making the best of the location with his tripod and long exposure pictures.

As it turns out we were in the Lorton shop and found this card a few days later.

It was a greetings card from an original painting by Natelie Burns

Walking on I notice this little fellow sitting quietly on the old tree stump by the lake.

As my neighbour said about one of his similar pictures . . . A robin . . . available for Christmas Card work if required.

The same robin . . . with the Buttermere Pines and Fleetwith Pike.

[ Difficult to catch the right exposure and focus . . . without blurring either him or the background.]

Him again . . . this time with Gatesgarthdale leading up to Honister in the far distance.

One last photo of the lake and Fleetwith Pike as I reach the bridge at Buttermere Dubbs.

Time to be heading back up to the village.

The old Victorian "Buttermere Hotel" . . . now the Buttermere Youth Hostel

It nestles under the slopes of High Snockrigg and Robinson Fell . . . not that you could see much of the latter this morning.

Still . . . the round trip made a nice dog walk and it's time to get back and put that milk in the fridge !

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Post Script:

The 13th January is Harry's Fourteenth Birthday . . . the Old Man of the hills.

A big thank you to Sherran and Bill for the card.

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Then . . . (Dave's Photo)

. . . and now (my photo today)

Morning Roger,
That's one of my favourite views in the Lakes.
Looking at your photo, I'd say that the tree is slightly reduced form 2 years ago.
Best wishes, David Nicolls

I can't see how having its roots underwater all the time would really help it thrive ... thanks for your photo David ... RmH.

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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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