"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on June 3, 2018 by Sioux under General
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The area of the Lakes I was in was a small hamlet nestled at the foot of the south facing slope of Skiddaw, which, at over 915m, is one of the highest mountains in the Lake District; and from up high, looks towards the only one of the lakes in the district that has the word lake in its name! All the others are meres, tarns and waters, with mere being the least common and water being the most common. 

In the late 1800’s the main industry of the area, other than farming, was the production of woollen goods. The old corn mills were water-powered but eventually closed as steam powered mills took over. Some of the remains still exist. The Ghyll was the site of a slate quarry. Apart from the building of some newer houses and the changes to farming practices in recent times the area still looks very much the same as it did in the nineteenth century and is quiet and unspoilt. 

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The house I was working at had the most magnificent view from the front porch and lounge window. I spent many a shivering time in the cold on the porch, but it was well worth it as I got some stunning photos!

 

Even the client started calling me to fetch my camera when she saw a good sunset or smokey valleys in the distance!

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It was here that I discovered red flesh apples. Tasty, but very different, with a similar texture to a quince. Not quite an apple but the taste is there, and the same colour as some of the sunsets we had! Walking past  signs on the houses I couldn’t resist taking photos. Although some were self explanatory, I had to wonder how some of the house got their names.

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RAF frontline and training aircraft can be seen flying low through the Lake District and the first time I heard the roar of the engines, I didn’t know which way to run! My client thought it was hysterically funny! She knew where they were, and once I figured it out, I was ready with my camera as I heard them coming in from far away before making their turn over Bassenthwaite Lake.

One one of the few clear, dry days we had, I took a walk up towards the peak known as Skiddaw.

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Along the way I found a little church which was built in 1829 by the owner of the Millbeck Woollen Mill as a Sunday School for the children of mill-workers in the parish. The view from outside the church is just stunning, looking over the village where I was based, towards Bassenthwaite.

I headed on up the hill to the impressive Millbeck Towers, previously an 18th-century carding mill, and now a six-bedroom escape-to-the-country venue for hire. Built on a hillside above the Northern Lakes, the views from the mansion are spectacular.

Underskiddaw village hall. 

Client had a large back yard with a number of bird feeders, making it a popular visiting place for our feathered friends. 

An exhilarating day out was made complete by a magnificent sunset.   

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                                                           Skiddaw is a fairly steep climb initially and once I

                                                           got to a solid pathway, I intended walking further,

                                                           but was forced to turn back when the heavens

opened. Murphys law would have it that by the time I got back to the house, the skies

had cleared again and the sun was shining, but I was somewhat wet as the zip of my

rainjacket had split. Tomorrow would mean a taxi drive into the village to buy a new one! 

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I was amused to see the stocks still standing across from the Old Post Office. I doubted they were still used though!

 

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One response to “I owe, I owe, its off to a new area I go #2 – playtime in The Lakes!”

  1. Cheryl Wilkinson says:

    You truly are blessed S! All your hard work is all worth it with everything you get to see! How did you get that F1 over Skiddaw? You must be really quick! LOL!

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