Yet another decent forecast; yet another (still rare) chance to get out walking on the fells. In the event it wasn't wonderful - misty again, if not quite as foggy as our previous trip to Coniston. But it was dry, and not too cold, and brightened up gradually into a lovely day - although typically, [...]
Storm Caroline passed us by without too much incident, but in its wake we've got bitterly cold winds and the first proper snow of the winter. At town level it only dusted the rooftops, but the fells looked really dramatic seen from Longlands Road when I took a camera for a walk this afternoon...
Saturday brought a nice crisp sunny morning with snow on the high fells so we ditched the chores and shot out to take advantage of it. We headed to Coniston again because it's not too far, and perfectly situated at the foot of the magnificent Coniston fells so there's plenty of options for photographs. Although everywhere [...]
The Damson Day festival is yet another event we've kept missing, not helped by the fact that the last two years it's been cancelled due to bad weather and the after-effects of the Storm Desmond flooding. The festival is held at one of the historic farms in the Lyth (pronounced 'lithe') Valley just south of [...]
I'm slowly creaking my way into the twentieth century (never mind the twenty-first!) and have just opened up my own Twitter account. It's much more fun than I expected, with lots of local Cumbrian and Lakeland events, venues and people to chat to, as well as all my own interests to follow such as museums, [...]
The other day I picked up a leaflet somewhere about a bookshop trail. Not just any bookshop trail, but specifically the 'Dales & Lakes Bookshop Trail', which is a collective of secondhand bookshops in the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District national parks and their surroundings. I'd never come across this before, and was delighted to [...]
I bought this book just before we went on holiday to the Lake District, because it happens to be set in... the Lake District! There's a lovely sepia photo of a lakeland scene on the cover, and the story it tells is one of human drama and tragedy in the 1930s, when the Manchester City [...]