Spring Bank on Spring Bank

We had planned to go to Skye for the Spring Bank holiday, but Pete was still recovering from a bad cold and we didn’t feel up for the journey. Instead, the forecast was good for the Lakes, so we decided to stay at home. More “Spring Bank on Spring Bank”

Blue Bell Run

At last, after nearly four weeks my heel has recovered enough from an embarrassing injury caused by running across the road in Carlisle trying to catch a train home! So today we went for a run – well more of a jog, or perhaps a fast walk – to get back in to our fell running training…

Of course the monsoon has set in now and we were running in the rain the whole time, but at least that meant the only time I felt happy enough to get the camera out was under the slight protection of the trees in one of the permissive blue-bell woods along the banks of the river Kent. Which got me this nice snap…

Laetitia on our blue bell woodland run alongside the river Kent

Swallows and Amazons

Looks like summer has ended and the monsoon seasons is just ramping up! After a couple of weeks of superb dry sunny weather (which luckily coincided with a series of bank holidays allowing us to get out and about climbing in the Lakes) we have now returned to more normal British summer weather; heavy showers! We’ve even had some pretty amazing thunder and lightning most evenings this weekend. 😮

So, the weather stopped play climbing-wise, but we did get out for a walk that delivered a few pictures worth sharing. Not exactly prize winning wildlife photography, just a few snaps…

A Dipper on the Kent
A duck family
Swallow

And after spotting the swallows I spotted this rare Amazonian that gave me the title of the post…

We passed through the most amazing blue-bell wood, every single square centimetre (except the very few narrow paths where people had walked) was covered with blue-bells! Amazing. In just a couple of weeks they will all be gone and as the tree canopy fills with new leaves the woodland floor will become quite bare and brown. I wondered, it’s illegal to dig up blue-bells (or any wild flower for that matter) but not so many years ago all of lowland Britain was covered in woodland and would have been equally covered in blue-bells. So all of the grassy fields we see have been dug up and cleared of flowers, were the farmers who did that prosecuted?

Blue-bell Woodland

To get back from our walk, without a many-kilometre diversion, we were forced to ford to the river Kent. We took our shoes and socks off and waded in. It was cold! 😯 But it was great fun too!

Fording the river Kent, it was pretty fast flowing after all the rain and thunder storms!

Sunny Shropshire

Whilst we haven’t embarked on any great adventures this weekend, we had a nice time in Shropshire. On Saturday we ran around the Wyre forest for 3.5 hours. The woods were really lovely with all the bluebells in flower and we saw an albino deer – which unfortunately got away before we got close enough to take a picture.

Bluebells in the Wyre Forest

On Sunday we orienteered at Kinver Woods. Great courses, although unfortunately I only realised that I had passed control number 3 when I got to control number 4 …. so I had an additional 2 legs to run because I had to run back to control number 3 and then back to control number 4. It was my fault, but legs 2 to 3 to 4 were on a completely straight line with the middle control in a technical area – hence I didn’t see it.

Elterwater Walk

After a few hours at Kendal climbing wall in the morning with Jon, it was was time for me to get off home as Laetitia’s parents were visiting for the weekend…

Although it was not a great weather forecast for the weekend (i.e. wet), after lunch it seemed to dry out a bit. So we decided a run into Ambleside and a possible walk around Elterwater was worth an optimistic look. We were lucky, the afternoon stayed dry and with the heavy clouds the late afternoon and evening skies were very moody.

Bluebells
Bluebells

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It was nearly 7pm by time we got back to the car. This was lucky too as we managed to see two deer in the woods. Unfortunately they were too fast, too far away and too well camouflaged to allow any useful photos – the picture below is there just to prove we saw them! 😉 But it was the first time I’d seen a living deer in the Lakes that wasn’t either running across the road or sad road-kill. 🙁 Strange that up until now I’d never seen them on the fells, so different to Scotland where they are commonly seen out in the hills.

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Check out these two cats that were clearly in charge of a farm yard near Little Langdale…

Wickedly fat Cats!  How many mice have suffered to create such health?
Wickedly fat Cats! How many mice have suffered to create such health?

These stepping stones across the river from Little Langdale tarn were quite exciting, being quite widely spaced and a little slippy from the day’s rain.

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