I live in a camper van with a West Highland Terrier for company.
My passion is creating images 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

Wednesday 31 March 2010

RIVER MITE (31/03/10)

Today the weather is awful, cold and an appalling mixture of sleet and rain. Not picture taking weather so these are some from yesterday. It wasn’t much better then. We called at the station on our way home, luckily this locomotive was ready for it’s days work. The effort to keep these clean and polished never ceases to impress me.



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I don’t know what payload this can pull but there is seating in the carriages for over a hundred people, not bad for a fifteen inch gauge engine.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEven the lambs are wrapped in their plastic macs.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey don’t seem to be affected by the cold, the rain is what poses the danger.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is spring, despite evidence to the contrary.

I have a good excuse to stop in today as I’ve been inundated with requests for a tutorial on the method used to create fiery text. Inundated is perhaps overstating things. I have one request and on a day like today it’s all I need.


Tuesday 30 March 2010

HAPPY EASTER (30/03/10)

Here’s wishing you all a very good weekend.


Perhaps not the most appropriate card but had to play as the weather here is disgusting. I hope it’s better where you are.

Looking again ‘Restraint’ ought to be my middle name!!

All the very best.


Monday 29 March 2010


We arrived back in Ravenglass yesterday, got sorted out by which time it was too late to do much other than cook tea and have a stroll down to the seaside. Nothing at all about other than half a dozen Black Headed Gulls.

Decided to go looking for Heron and frogs this morning so off we set in a cold wet drizzle. I could here Woodpeckers but failed to locate them. We watched a Buzzard land in a tree but couldn’t find that either. Something had to give and a little light relief was provided by this Blackbird.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   She thinks she’s clean, I suspect this water put more on than it took off.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALambing is in full swing here, poor wee mites it’s freezing.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA               However things are moving in the right direction, this Primrose is bravely brightening it’s little corner of the world.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                So are these ‘Haven’t a Clue’ ones.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                And these ‘Haven’t a Clue’ twos.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                 We eventually arrived at our destination, needless to say no Herons and no frogs. It was worth the trip I always enjoy reflections and Molly enjoys a paddle or today a swim as she misjudged the depth, not that it has to be very deep for her to be out of hers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                        We just got back to the truck and drying off was interrupted by this magnificent machine. It didn’t stop so this is the only photograph, pity I could have passed a happy hour in it’s company.

The weather guessers are predicting heavy rain and possibly snow for tomorrow, we’ll see. If anyone can help identify the plants I would be grateful.


Sunday 28 March 2010


We were greeted today by the sun streaming in through the bedroom window. What a difference it makes. Off out before breakfast in case this was merely a transitory phenomena. It wasn’t, we made the thirty minute round trip for the paper and milk without getting wet. So it’s out with the old……………………..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd in with the new……..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMaybe not quite but they are doing their best. Definitely not Wordsworth standard but as good as we are going to get round here as tomorrow it’s back to Ravenglass. I’m missing the sea.

We wandered back by way of Ullswater or the path next to it for you pedants. I may be blessed but hopefully not that blessed, bearing in mind next weekend.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Thrilled to bits, my first lamb of the year. the first live one anyway. A couple of days ago I was saddened to find a dead one. Not still born as it was clean so a hyperthermia case due to the consistent torrential rain. This one is grand.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA And so is mum. If you come any closer there will be trouble!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       It will soon have dozens of peers to play with. Almost worth hanging around for.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Place Fell from the van, a grand view to devour breakfast with. Not a very productive week here in Patterdale but enjoyable despite the weather.


Having enjoyed such a long period of dry weather this week has been a bit of a shock to the system with frequent heavy showers.

Sick of getting soaked every half hour I begged the key from the estate office and gained entrance to the saw mill. The pictures could be better but it was an enjoyable hour or so in the dry.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   The saw itself is of timber construction with cast iron fittings. The table moves with a silky action difficult to credit after at least a hundred years.



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  The power is provided by this water turbine built locally in Kendal by Gilkes and Co. Ltd. this was installed along with a dynamo in1926. The later was removed around ten years ago. The turbine draws water from Grisedale Beck and has a head of around two hundred feet.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      So wet has it been that the bark on the Chile Pine is flowing downhill.

THE DEER HUNTER (25/03/10)

Today a determined effort to see the Roe Deer. This time we managed some photographs but not without some serious creeping about. The professionals refer to it as stalking I believe. Funny how language changes, both creepy and stalking now have connotations that I would prefer not to be associated with. How about Deering? Anyway it was out with the Sherlock Homes head gear or would have been had I thought to look for one and off into the undergrowth.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      This image can’t even be described as soft focus, no focus more aptly describes it. So preoccupied with beating each others brains out they took little notice of us. A bit early in the year for this carry on, maybe it was a dispute over a particularly tasty bit of lichen.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA They are getting used to both me and the dog this one let me get around fifty feet away before it decided enough was enough.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis one is braver still and cheeky with it. Were it a rifle and not a camera it wouldn’t stick it’s tongue out at me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHe decided to hop the fence into the Hall gardens and quite a high fence it is at around five feet. Hope nobody notices or my name will be mud.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Off he goes. I’ve worked out that though they move very fast they don’t go far. It enables one to circle back round down wind of them and have another go. Kept us amused for an hour or so.

As for Molly all this heel and shsh! Well, exhausting it is……………………..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         The weather is pretty grim, my own fault for celebrating the rain last weekend. The trouble is when it starts it doesn’t know when to stop.


To be more accurate we are back but no matter they seem  pleased to see us


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                                         Three or four Bluetits.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                                           Dozens of Coaltits.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                                           The Nuthatch is much tamer. Due to the wind I could only unwind the awning a couple of feet or so. He appears quite unperturbed.

   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA               The Pheasant gratefully collecting what the others throw away.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                            As is the Grey Squirrel. I’m undecided about this one as it does seem to have ear tufts and isn’t very big.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                           These are going to become the bane of my life this week. Either moving at the speed of light or perched bobbing tantalisingly out of range.

I am also getting Great Tits and Chaffinches at the feeders but they are unusually shy.


THE FURRIE GLEN (23/03/10)

Well here we are back in Patterdale, a pleasant relief after the hell of Windemere. Not hell, that’s being unkind, it’s just different. Amazing how different considering it’s a days walk or an hours drive away.

P3243413_12_11_10_09_tonemapped_edited-2   Psychedelic, possibly. Fairies, well, no fairies but there should be Grisedale Beck  is a wondrous place. The above image is straight from camera. If you believe that then you believe in fairies!!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                            The entrance to enchantment.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   Heart shaped light, the Victorians knew a thing or two when it came to landscaping. Knew a little about making money as well.






 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe way out. Plenty of water in the beck and so there should be it never seems to stop raining for more than ten minutes at a time.