No surprise where my son and I went for a walk this weekend, to Derwentwater, along my favourite path down to Friar’s Crag. The sky was rather dark and dismal, it kept drizzling with intermittent rain.
I felt a bit bad, my son didn’t have a coat with him (hello, he’s 20 & I did suggest it before we left, it being a bank holiday and all). However he insisted he was fine, he didn’t want to borrow the umbrella I had in my handbag, he had the hood of his t-shirt up and a jumper on. Me he called a wimp, and un-Cumbrian, because I had my poncho on … I called myself prepared lol. He seemed happy enough though 🙂
Even though it has drizzled, with some real rain, a fair bit this week I think a lot more rain is needed in the Lake District … the level is rather low at the moment.
Yes it snowed last week but Spring has most definitely sprung 🙂 Two years ago this hedge was laid so severly in places I wondered if parts might die off. This link shows how to lay a hedge South of England style, not like the hedge here. Page 2 and 3 on here shows how my memory had faded and I had no need to worry, it was simply done in the old Cumberland style, which I have done myself in the past … long past lol.
We had a lovely walk, my son waited most patiently while I took the photos I did and while I spent some time with the tree I ‘belong’ to. As we neared the start of the lakeside path I notice two trees with blue arrows painted on … I hope they’ve not been marked for removal!
Virtually every time I take this walk, whatever time of year it is, I see at least one robin. He will often spend quite a fair peice of time with me, bobbing from bush to bush or sitting on the path near me. During the winter months I take some food, usually a cereal bar, to share. If I don’t see a robin I usually feel an emptyness inside, especially if it is a solstice or equinox, however this walk I felt a gladness of my heart, full of energy and joy. I’d heard birds singing and whistled back to them but even though I’d seen no hint of a robin I was nearing the end of the lakeside walk happy and unworried. Then, there he was, there in the hedge. He sat quiet happily and posed for a few pictures, singing to me. That just completed the day, a message from my gods 🙂
I didn’t take as many photo’s as normal on this walk, I usually take about two hours starting from the lakeside carpark and on this walk with my son we only took one and a half hours starting from the middle of Keswick. With the rain I didn’t want to keep him standing around. If you are interested I made a set from some of my photo’s in my flickr account, there are a ‘few’ photographs from my visits to Derwentwater over the years lol.