Sarah had decided to get up for a sunrise swim in the lake and I was going to see if Sylvia would come back again.
It was very dark and quiet as we left Appletrees…no Robin escort today, but then I had Sarah with me. We reached the bay and it was still dark…but the dimmer switch had been turned just a tad….
The breeze had picked up a little and the weatherman had forecasted a rainy day, but so far, just clouds in the early morning sky….Sarah went in and was soon swimming. She’d brought a torch to leave on shore and I had the light on my stick in case the dark disorientated her. But actually the light slowly appeared and she said she could easily see the shore, but better safe…..
She called out to me to look at the moon which had just appeared through the heavy clouds, suddenly so bright and clear
Within seconds it was gone and we were plunged into darkness again. After a while Sarah came out and I went onto Friars Crag while she got dressed and I’d meet her on the bench where she’d have her flask of tea….
As I reached the Crag, my bench was waiting for me
I called out asking if Sylvia was there, taking the odd photo while I waited….
There was a cold wind blowing and I’d almost given up hope, but I should have known….Sylvia was always late when she was alive, and this morning was no exception…once more as if out of nowhere, she appeared by my feet and stared up at me….
I chatted away, telling her what we’d been doing and she hopped from one spot to the next around my feet
I’d put some seed out in front of me and one piece of pink suet, as that was now my test to recognise Sylvia
She stood for a while, then picked up the suet
….and left the rest. “I knew it was you” I laughed as she left all the other seed for the greedier birds….we stayed there chatting away for a few minutes. At one point I thought she was going to come and sit on the bench next to me
But she stayed on the floor. After a few minutes, I told her I needed to go and meet Sarah and I’d be back in the morning before we left….. and with that, she instantly flew off. I sat smiling to myself for a few seconds before heading to Sarah
The day before I’d met Sarah on the same bench after her swim and we’d made friends with another Robin. At first I thought it might be Sylvia coming to see both of us, but this one snaffled the seeds and the suet so we knew it was one of her friends.Well the Robin was there again as I sat down next to Sarah. I put a few morsels on the wall in front of us and it hopped down, nibbling away
It would take a piece, fly up onto it’s branch, eat it and fly back. I held my hand out with food on it and it flew onto it and took it so gently, all you could feel was the soft breathe of its wings…..Sarah tried to take a photo but he was too quick. Then I tried taking it flying into her hands and I managed a magical video in slow mo but sadly can’t post my own videos on here but instead I took a screen shot of the moment. You can see it on Twitter or my Facebook page though…
Another magical start to the day…..and we hadn’t even had breakfast!
It was forecast to be a double rain drop day all day…so I decided to take the bus to Ambleside to see the Christmas display at one of their large garden centres, while Sarah decided to mooch around Keswick and relax before going for an afternoon swim at Buttermere.
Breakfast was as yummy as usual and I gradually began to thaw out from the morning trundle – Sarah had been in the freezing cold water and was warmer than me 🤣….
There was no sign of the promised rain as I caught the bus. It’s such a lovely bus ride…
Once at the garden centre, I seem to come out with a huge bagful of stuff, mostly Christmas presents for Billy the cat and Merlin the dog 🤣…..havn’t a clue what else I bought 🙄 but it was nice to just amble round..I had time to spare before the bus back, so wandered around the town doing touristy things, like take a piccie of the one up one down house across the stream
Eventually it was time for the bus and we headed back to Keswick..although it was still cloudy, it was still a lovely ride
Once I got back to my room to dump my stuff, the sun was lighting up the darkening sky
It was still only 3pm so I decided to trundle down once more to Friars Crag. As I opened the front door a Robin was in full song in the tree
I didn’t expect to see Sylvia as there would still be people about. When I got there 2 couples were admiring the stunning view
But surprisingly they both left at the same time and I had the bench to myself….I called out to Sylvia but thought she wasn’t around until I glanced across and saw her perched on the arm of the bench and then hopped up to sit on the back behind me
I didn’t have time for a chat or to give her food as, quite quickly, another couple appeared and Sylvia just vanished…I’m so glad I have my photos otherwise I’d question whether I was really seeing what I saw, but the camera never lies……
There didn’t seem any point in me hanging around longer, so I let the couple have the bench. The sun was starting to settle down by then between the two fells and cast a lovely shadow of light on the lake
A bit further round and it looked even brighter
As I reached the boats, it started to drizzle, the first rain I’d felt all day despite the forecast 🙄….a launch must have recently gone by as the ripples were coming into the shore
Me and Sarah met up as I reached Appletrees and ambled to Booths for her supper…as we came back the rain had cleared and the sky was glorious
Another wonderful day in paradise……..