Monday, 24 October 2011
O is for.... Odyssey
O is for Odyssey - Odyssey to the Lake District in Cumbria
Outstanding scenery stretched wall to wall - we put on our Outer wear so as not to be defeated by the weather which at times was Outragious
It was really very beautiful with mist and...
rainbows at every turn cascading down from the mountains.
The pic above is of Lake Coniston - the mountain is called the Old Man of Coniston
Lake Coniston what an Obituary to Donald Campbell - who died here in his boat Bluebird in 1967 - trying to break his own speed record.
The Objective of the week was to complete a walk each day - approx 5-7 miles - click on the pic above for more detail
Not a great feat to you accomplished walkers - but to us a proud achievement! - The route above was around Grasmere -
The pic above is High Sweden Bridge on the Ambleside walk - it poured down - with intermittent hail storms - we were drenched - but the views were spectacular - this shot luckily was taken in between the storms
We visited Hill Top - now owned by the National Trust - where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her books.
We walked through the garden woods and meadows and could understand Beatrixs' love of this beautiful countryside - so much so that when she died in 1943 she left 15 farms to the National Trust -
including her flocks of pedigree Herdwick sheep - by the way - apparently this breed of sheep along with the Swaledale sheep are territorial and so are good for mountain sheep - because they stay on their own patch on the mountain
Beatrix bought the farms and sheep flocks with her proceeds from her many books - I love the rabbit in the pic above - do you know they were running around in the orchard - not knowing that their ancestors were the inspiration of such a talented lady.
One last pic for you foodies - lunch at the Giggling Goose - large bowls of mushroon soup - and chunks of crusty butter - have you had lunch?