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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Derwent Water day 2

My second day in the Lake District in the North West of England did not start off that well. The rain was heavy and the clouds were low. This was Derwent Water and it was impossible to see land at the other side of the lake.
However it wasn't too long before the mist started to clear and I decided to walk around Derwent Water, a distance of about 9 miles.

Feeling confident that the weather was clearing I decided to climb Cat bells to get a better view of the lake. It wasn't a long climb but it was very steep.

It did begin to clear and the views were becoming more and more beautiful.

This was Brassenthwite Lake in the distance and Derwent Water just below me.

On reaching the top you could see the mist hadn't quite cleared. Walking alone meant I had to be extra careful as the last thing I wanted was to fall, so I was watching these wisps of cloud carefully. Luckily for me they disappeared in no time and I was rewarded with the wonderful views of the Lakeland fells.

I descended carefully and continued walking around the Lake and across the river.

The trees created wonderful shadows along the path.

A great place for having a rest.

Then back to where I started

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Reflections on Derwent Water

A couple of weeks ago I visited the Lake District in the North West of England. The English Lake District is a large National Park, made up of over 80 glacial lakes, mountain tarns and reservoirs. Strictly speaking only one body of water is officially referred to as a lake - Bassenthwaite Lake. The others are referred to as mere or water. Tarns are small glacial mountain lakes.
I stayed in a beautiful guest house in Bassenthwaite village close to Derwent Water. As soon as I arrived I went for a walk alongside the water's edge.

As with all mountainous areas, the weather changes very quickly. These photos were all taken within a couple of hours of one another.

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Another day in London

There is always something to catch your eye in London.

Who said men can't multi-task! Posting a parcel and taking daughter to nursery all at the same time.

This is the hippopothames. Believe it or not there used to be hippos in the Thames but that was 125,000 years ago. This one was created by the Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman for the Totally Thames festival during September.

Another art installation but this time it is part of WWI art installations. This is HMS President, a  WWI warship. The artist, Norman Wilkinson, has used a style of optical distortion extensively used in the First World War known as Dazzle painting.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Diwali Festival 2014

There was a big celebration of music, dance and food in Trafalgar Square this weekend to celebrate Divali. the Hindu festival of light.

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