I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

IT TOOK HOW LONG? (08/03/10)

No Woodpeckers today. we did go out, I promise. They were miles away. We came back filled the seed feeder and had breakfast. The temperatures were well below freezing, so waited for the sun to show over the ridge before venturing out for the paper. We also needed milk, bread, potatoes and meat of some description. The paper shop is under a mile away and could be a comfortable twenty minute round trip. Three and a half hours and about seven miles of walking saw us back home.

I can’t explain why, having loaded a rucksack with provisions, I decided on a walk up Glenridding  and back home via the approaches to Helvelyn. I could have done the walk in reverse and saved lugging the messages for six miles. Oh! Man of little brain. The shopping had multiplied, as it tends to do, to include another bottle of Black Grouse, purely for conservation purposes and four tins of peach halves that happened to be on offer.

I’ve been to the estate office and booked us back in for a week starting the twenty second of this month. As, I hope, you have gathered this place is challenging me. Not hard I know, I’m challenged by pedestrian crossings!

Photographs were few and far between today.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUpper Glenridding. The old lead mine is above the trees on the far hill. It has been landscaped, leaving no interesting relics.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    Glenridding and Ullswater. It’s a pity I shoot and post. I can see that in June and July I’ll need images like this. So will the rest of the UK in all probability.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASt. Sunday Crag from Lanty’s Tarn.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlue Tit, there are three pairs visiting.


There are also a couple of Great Tits, one with the finest of plumage but all I get is a blur, very nervous he is.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     Kennel bridge in Grisedale just below here live a pair of Dippers. A good job we are coming back.

This next image I really like. Pure serendipity, I just happened to look back over Ullswater on the way for the paper.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  I may print this for myself and hang it with loads of pomp and ceremony on the….. Toilet door. Should I ever tire of it there will be no waste. There is however always the possibility it will put more on than it takes off!

I was hoping to head for Windemere tomorrow but it looks as if I’m going to have another couple of days in Keswick as the Windemere site doesn’t open till April.

These posts will be posted as usual so if you wish to read in chronological order you will have to start at the bottom and work up… I’m thinking…. Probably a bit late with this advice.

No matter. I hope you enjoy this bit of England…………..I do.



  1. Looks like you're having a wonderful time! I have really been enjoying this bit of England yes - thanks!

    That bridge shot is beautiful. Everything is so lush and green. I'm so jealous! ;o)

  2. Brillian pictures, keep them coming:-)

  3. I enjoy this bit of England too Adrian. Beautiful scenery, captured perfectly.
    That last image is a cracker!

    (correct with the Coal Tit too ;) )

  4. Krista it is great here, still freezing for a wimpy Brit, soon be summer and really green and really wet!

    Linda, thank you will do my best.

    Keith it is grand here , so much to see, and quietish this time of year.

  5. Adrian there are some superb landscapes among the latest batch...I am truly envious and getting the wanderlust itch. You well know it cannot be beaten for photographic opportunities unless you are up in Snowdonia or the Highlands of Scotland. Sensible move to book more time.
    Everyone is seeing Nuthatches yet I have only ever seen two and not one in Cornwall and you get them knocking on your door......it can be a cruel world sometimes.

  6. Trevor, took me ages to work out what it was. Good job for me they are hungry, the feeders are only about a yard away so it takes a while for them to settle at all.
    The weather is brilliant in a perfect world a bit more cloud would be handy. Problem with cloud is it tends not to arrive in bits but lumps. Been having your trouble with jet propelled Dippers they must be related.

  7. My holiday form is calling for me to complete it! FABULOUS pictures Adrian. A great post.

  8. Those pictures are "by our lady" brilliant.

  9. Angie, thanks get it filled in before the long wet summer, don't forget to pack your pencils case.

    Bob, thank you, the weather helps.

  10. I would suggest in relation to The Abbot's comments that The Lake District cannot be beaten . (that's a full stop for those who can't see it!). Having spent much of my youth in The Lakes and lots of time in Snowdonia and lived in the North West of Scotland for the majority of my life I feel I can make that comment with a tiny bit of confidence.

    I would justify it by talking of scale. Snowdonia is difficult to photograph successfully. The Highlands are generally too vast and remote. The Lakes are the epitome of everything a photographers heart could desire.

    OK I'm biased. I'll admit it.

  11. GB, I'd agree if they filled Borrowdale in. Am back in Keswick for a couple of days for food and the internet. just walked around the lake to Manesty nothing not a shot.

  12. Lovely mountain shots, and that last one is incredible.

  13. Jolynne, thank you very much, glad you enjoyed them.

  14. It looks like there is some great scenery there.

  15. John it's as near to paradise as I want to get.