Friday, 11 September 2020

Lake District, September Day 2.

Although it is now raining heavily it has been a satisfying day.  We had a dry, but dull, morning which allowed us to get the caravan washed.  Despite not being here for nearly a year  it wasn't too bad, even the roof, and it cleaned up perfectly.  We were ready for our soup and roll lunch followed by a snooze during which the forecast rain arrived.  Not to worry, though, minted lamb steaks for dinner and a good forecast for walking up Nicky Nook with Thomas tomorrow.

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Thursday, 10 September 2020

We're Back,!! Lake District, September,Day 1

At last we are back!!!  It is nearly a year since we have been in the Lakes at our caravan.  We were due to come at the end of March, but an awkward pandemic and national lockdown took over the agenda.  We opted to wait until September when school holidays were over and the Lakes were used to visitors once more.  So it's  nearly a year since we were here; our last visit was October 2019!
As keen as we were to be here, we broke our journey at Lancaster to visit our son who has just moved into a new house, and help him with his garden which was somewhat overgrown.   It was with great excitement,  therefore, when we pulled up outside reception.  Everything is well-organised and our van had been towed out of storage onto a pitch on our favoured part of the site.  After a year it is filthy, so that is tomorrow's job.  It didn't take us long to get set up and unpacked and relax with a cup up of tea.  We then put some potatoes to bake in the oven and went for a walk out to  'The Tree'!  This is an ancient oak tree naturally bonzaied as it grows straight out of the limestone bedrock on the hillside overlooking Stavely and the Kentmere fells beyond.  I have photographed it many times before but it has become a ritual to visit it at least once each visit.
We are now back ready for our evening meal followed by the Tour de France, another ritual, and, of course, it is beer o'clock!

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Ashton Memorial, Williamson Park, Lancaster


'The Tree', Kentmere fells and Stavely in the background.
                             'The Tree', Kentmere fells and Stavely in the background.
                              'The Tree', Kentmere fells and Stavely in the background.
Stavely and the Kentmere Fells.
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Tuesday, 1 September 2020

August Weather Report

 August has been yet again a warm and wet month but this time with two storms: Ellen and Francis and three days of 40mph winds.  Temperatures were above normal with a daily maximum average of 21.6C compared to a norm of 20.7C and a night time average minimum of 13.7C compared to an expected 12.6C.  Rainfall has been significantly higher than normal with 81mm of Rain compared to an expected 50mm and yet again, with a warming atmosphere, rainfall has been significantly heavier than normal.