Sunday, 18 April 2021

Lake District, Day 2. Scout Scar

Nigel was back! As part of the setting up yesterday I put up the Campos Pueyo folding bird table that Alejandro made me for my birthday last year.  At first there were no customers but after moving it close to some larch trees we were in business and the first customer, as last September, was Nigel Nuthatch.  During the week all of the familiar characters from last year put in an appearance for the camera.  Other than pottering with birding matters the main job of the morning was, as usual, 'cleaning the outfit on site.
Next up having made lunch we headed off to meet Thomas and Katy for a walk along Scout Scar.  It was wonderful to see them after a break of 7 months during lockdown.  Scout Scar is a splendid location for a walk.  A limestone escarpment with a dip slope down to Kendal and the precipitous scarp slope giving excellent views over the Lyth Valley and across to the fells of the Lakes. After saying our goodbyes Heather and I drove down into the valley to return via Underbarrow.  Coming round the bend at the bottom of the hill it was suddenly there!!  The Black Labrador; and it was open.  Urged on by the leader of the opposition I pulled I to the car park and as quickly as I could get the words out the order for Theakston's best bitter was in.  My first hand-pulled pint for about 9 months tasted like the fabled ambrosia of the gods.  It too, very little further persuasion to indulge   ourselves in a pub meal rather than spag bol back at the van.  A perfect end to a great day.  We shall return.
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