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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Ullswater, Keswick in The Autumn

 Autumn seems to be approaching at some pace now and while I was out in the garden doing a bit of tidying up Ollie followed me around hoping for a chance of playing ball. You would think he was a kitten sometimes instead of at least 10 years old.
 

 It was lovely to see the last of the butterflies on the sedum ,it has been a very good year for spotting them but I have  not seen that many Red Admirals  and I can remember a time when the sedum was covered in them.

 On our trip up to The Lakes we had a lovely afternoon sail out on Ullswater. We boarded at Pooley Bridge and the trip lasted 2 hours as we stayed on for the complete round trip. It was a beautiful autumn afternoon and the views were quite spectacular.


 This boat was first commissioned  for use in Dartmouth just after WW2 but was restored and put into use on Ullswater in 2007.

Out on Ullswater

A Misty morning  down At Derwentwater
 

Me on the jetty at Derwentwater


Hope Park looking up to misty mountains

Hope Park

The boat house on Derwentwater
 


Trees turning to red and gold in Hope Park

Looking up river at Keswick

 I had quite a nice time watching the Dipper  in the river foraging under the stones, he was there last year to.
The resident Dipper on the river

 The walk along the riverside through Fitz Park is lovely at this time of year with the leaves on the ground and the sunshine filtering through the different trees.


Hard to believe this river can be a raging torrent in times of flood
                   It is just a lovely place to be and I certainly look forward to another visit !

Monday, 14 October 2013

William Wordsworth at Allan Bank.

 Last week I took myself off to Keswick and spent a quiet week taking my camera out and about and also reading, writing, scrapbooking and painting. It was great!
 
 On the Tuesday it looked to be the best day of the week weather wise so I got the bus to Grasmere, a 20 minute bus ride from Keswick to stroll around the ancient village that is so closely associated with William Wordsworth and his family.
I wanted to visit Allan Bank ,the house on the hill , overlooking Grasmere ,that he and his family rented for a few years after they left Dove Cottage as it was becoming too crowded for their  growing family.
 

 So after buying some tasty Gingerbread from the famous shop I set off up the little lane that runs up from the village centre. It's a lovely walk and probably very little has changed since William walked along this way each day to the village . Autumn was turning the trees to russet and gold and all around there were signs that we are approaching the last season of the year.

View  across the fields near Allan Bank
 

Black and white gives a different feel

Moss and lichens cover the old stone walls


A view back down the lane towards Grasmere village
looking back towards Grasmere, the lane William would have walked daily

Grasmere Lake from the house

 The house is not quite the same as when the  Wordsworths lived there, as it was altered later by the owners in the mid 19th century but you can still see the rooms he would have known.
In the summer it was a wonderful setting and they had many friends to stay but in the chilly winters the chimneys smoked and the cellar was damp. Dorothy his sister found it hard work!

 The sundial in the garden

A tree swing ,perhaps exactly as Wordsworth's children would have played on.


The front of the house

I sat in the house watching as our native Red squirrel came for nuts


William  probably sat here looking out at the view of the surrounding woods

 The views from inside are just as good as outside


 The house is owned by the National Trust and since a major fire it has been taken back to the bare bones with no hint of restoration to its former self but each room has a theme where you can paint or read or knit or write, whatever inspires you . It 's a lovely place to sit quietly and think of the past lives of the people who have shaped this small corner of the Lake District.

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