The evening concert went on way past my sleep time, so that turned out to be a bit confusing around time and noise, especially when I was drifting in and out of sleep. but it sounded like many enjoyed themselves.
It was the start of the Mountain Festival event proper this morning and some events started at 7am, however I had my yummy breakfast before venturing out. Appletrees is the only place I have toast…..I decided I had to get rid of my toaster as I was a bit of a liability with it, so it’s a real treat when come here as I adore toast. Actually it’s probably good that I don’t have one at home as I’d probably live on toast 🤣
It looked a bit of a mixed bag day out of my window
It was mizzling first thing but that didn’t worry the swimmers in the 3.5 lake race
I think it looked harder to get out of the lake than swim it, but lovely to see them helping one another…
It was so well organised with canoes following the swimmers and on hand if they were struggling
The triathlon had also started at silly o’clock and having already swum and cycled, I saw them finishing the run
The atmosphere was magic. You could tell some were serious athletes but racing alongside were first timers and those doing it purely for fun; so nice to see.
Next up was the BMX tricksters. They were very good; their balance and control of a bike was stunning
The tricks they did so clever
I had a wander round all the trade stalls. There was a “Visit Keswick” stand. One of the women came up to me trying to convince me to visit Grasmere, then suddenly the other woman came and joined us and said:
“This is Wendy and Wendy is ours in Keswick. She stays at Appletrees with Catherine”
I must have had a puzzled look on my face until she confided that she follows me on Twitter and saw me speak in Keswick some years back 😳🤣…how lovely and random.
I then went into the shopping tent 🙈….I really shouldn’t be allowed to go in such places…as I can never resist buying things I never knew I needed 🙄 but I did get some Christmas presents 🤪….I must bring a bigger suitcase next time 😂
Next stop was to look at the llamas. They were rescued llamas 😍….I couldn’t resist getting in with them and saying hello
Tim was continually humming and I asked the girl what it meant and apparently it means he’s very happy and content ❤️
The drizzle started to dampen the air so it felt like the right time to head back and have a cuppa and also drop off ‘my shopping’ 🥴
I’d normally go on a bus ride at some point, but I’d not really walked so far as I’d just been tootling at the festival….so I decided to trundle round the lake again. I know I did it the day before but no two trundles are the same – meeting different people, different skies, so I headed off after my cuppa down towards the lake.
Blue sky was starting to appear
I could turn off before Friars Crag, but I can never resist a visit, I’m just drawn there
I did this walk yesterday, so I thought to myself that I mustn’t take the same photographs before reminding myself that I wouldn’t have a scooby doo which piccies I took yesterday without looking 🤣 so apologies if they’re the same
You can just start to see the colours changing on the trees behind the red sailing boat…
Because many people were at the festival, it felt like I had lots of the walk to myself
Photo of tree with canoeists in the distance
You can sense the changing of the seasons as summer turns to autumn. The grasses are dying off but look golden in the sunlight against Cat Bells.
The straight lane to Christopher Robin bridge always looks so inviting
I could continue along the road to the Grange, but I never do, I’m always drawn along the track……I love the view from the bridge as the water, always so still reflects the surroundings
As soon as I saw the heron, I remembered the image from the day before as he was in the exact same spot
I don’t seem to have taken any more photos of the trundle, whether I forgot, or had to concentrate, I’m not sure. I do know my legs were tired when I got back….and since I’d set off much later I decided that was it for the day and headed back. The evening concert was just starting and music wafted over from the park. I opened my window wide and stood listening for a while before noticing the sun about to set over the fells…
Final day tomorrow…..