I woke to find a beautiful sky staring back at me through the window, as if it had never gone to bed…..
After a while I heard Catherine asking Alexa to play the morning radio so knew breakfast time wasn’t far away…I always opt for the early sitting of breakfast, not sure why, just seems to make the most of the day…Catherine must have some real stories to tell about her guests. I’m always fascinated to see and meet my fellow travellers. Sometimes you click and start talking and other times breakfast time is my own and today was the latter. People chatting to each other and in their own worlds but I can’t help wondering where their worlds are…..
I wasn’t expecting such fine weather as my app a few days ago said it would be cloudy and rainy, so this threw me a little bonus…..today it said possible rain in the afternoon, so I decided to make the most of the morning and trundle round the lake….
You may remember that last year, or was it the year before 🤔….one of my fundraisers was walking round Derwentwater as it felt a real challenge that I didn’t know if I could complete. However, I’ve since realised that Covid lockdown has thrown me a lifeline. Because I’ve been walking between 5 and 10 miles every day, I’ve become much fitter 🤩, meaning the once challenge has become routine when I’m here. I’m not saying its easy as the last mile and a half is a killer, but I’m always of the mindset that I CAN do it instead of thinking it’s too far.
So, all fuelled up after one of Catherines yummy breakfasts and I was out of the door as the second sitting was sitting down to theirs. This way I thought I’d start out in relatively quiet paths as the crowds would begin later.
I also decided to record my thoughts as I trundled along on my phone to see if that worked. So let’s see…..
As I walked passed the lake the boats were being untied from their nightly shackles ready for the tourists to hire
The water was like a millpond, so still so silent, beautiful and calm. As I reached Friars Cragg I smiled as I realised I had this small beauty all to myself. The bench laying empty and waiting for me.
I couldn’t resist sitting for a while, the only company, a few geese swimming by heading for who knows where
Soon I was joined by a couple with their dog. We chatted about how beautiful the morning was. Then the woman said:
“It’s suppose to break by the weekend, torrential storms on the way”
“All the more reason why we should make the most of today”……and I left that with that thought as they settled down on the bench. I wonder why people always focus on the future, what’s to come, especially when today is such a glorious day?
I even had the bay round the corner to myself, not even any morning dog walkers allowing their canine friend to splash in the water…
A few joggers were all that I saw…..apart from 2 geese squawking to each other as they flew over my head towards Cat Bells
Following the path round in silence I came to the secluded bay I always visit. Not a soul around
Even Milenium bench was laying empty as I rounded its corner. I must be so much earlier than usual
Geese about to land in the distance
I was just thinking how there seems to be more seagulls, more rooks and crows than in previous years; how there used to be an abundance of Robins. When all of a sudden a Robin landed on the ground in front of me 😳, as if to prove a point that they were still here
I stayed and snapped until it disappeared out of sight…..
The lake seems quite low, or maybe it’s just the time of year. Even the part where you have to cross on stepping stones was totally free of water. The once useful stones laying idle on the parched gravel.
It was at this point I discovered that recording my thoughts is very helpful, but only if I remember to record as suddenly, only a third of the way around the lake, the recording stops 😂 🙈…..so now it will have to be my photos that help me write.
As I went round another corner, more evidence how low the lake was, the lake bed, on view
Passed the Lodore and on towards the bridge that takes you over the water.
The water beneath providing a mirror image of the surroundings in its crystal clear water…
More people now in evidence. I can’t help overhearing conversations when I’m right behind people. A family of 3 were chatting and obviously had come up from London. The man was ambling along and the woman and girl were making fun of him being so slow, as they bumbled along at a speed. It was lovely to hear the dad say:
“We’re not in London now, there’s no need to hurry. You’ll miss things if you don’t slow down and look”
How wonderful. The lovely thing was, they did all stop and the girl suddenly decided she wanted to take photographs 😍
On the final side of the lake now and with the summit of Cat Bells in view. I couldn’t tell if anyone was at the top…..until I zoomed in….and saw the crowds of people either lazing on the grass after their climb or continuing to walk…
This side is taken up by trundling in and out of the shade and cool of woods
Each corner revealing another beautiful bay
For some unknown reason I missed the turning for Hawes End where I was going to pay a visit to Sylvia and say hello. Instead I had to take the jetty path, but perhaps that was meant to be.
As I was stood trying to work out where I went wrong, a flicker caught my eye.
Only a foot from me, a Robin settled down, so close I could have picked it up…
Even as I moved my camera, it didn’t stir, no fear to make it take flight. It just stared at me. As people walked by, I just stayed and smiled. I held out my hand but then realised I’d forgotten to bring any food in my pocket 🙈. I’m sure if there’d been food there it would have hopped onto my hand. Was it Sylvia I asked it? And it cocked its head as if tempting me to believe.
In fact it was easier to find Sylvias resting place from the way round. The tree clearly visible as the landmark and the stones beyond
I chatted with her for a while before looking up and seeing Friars Cragg. A seed of an idea began to grow…..
“What do you think Sylvia, could I climb that once more?”
I didn’t have to hear her response, I know what she’d say…..
I said my farewells and was half hoping the launch would appear, my legs now starting to get weary, my camera suddenly a lead weight around my neck ….but no such luck today.
As I’m walking through the woods…..,
…….still 1-2 miles left.. and I get that unwanted message on my camera:
Whenever that message appears, there’s usually powere for 2 or 3 more if I leave gaps in between. So I decided to leave it for the Alpacas. There they were at the top of the hill
This time the battery was as exhausted as me. No more piccies so havn’t a clue if anything special happened even though I know the route I took.
What I do know, as I’m typing this, is I headed back to my room and had a much needed cuppa……