This promised to be another good day, with the weather forecasted for sunny and 26C. We are the luckiest people when it comes to weather on vacation….I hope I haven’t jinxed it!
Another leisurely get-up and departure from Helm View. We were out about 10:00 on the way to Buttermere, another one of the lakes with a village of the same name. Our first stop was at Ashness Bridge, which was a great photo op. We spent a couple of hours there taking photos, having lunch and talking to other tourists. We met a guy from California, who had been biking through Europe for 1-1/2 years. I asked if he was escaping the US election stupidity, to which he just gave a disgusted look and said that it wasn’t the place to discuss politics. Very true, not that I wanted to take the conversation any further! It’s been nice to escape the non-stop coverage on TV back home.
Down the road and along the west side of Derwentwater, we passed the Borrowdale Hotel, where our friends Nick and Sharon Janushewski and Brian Greenway (Oshawa Camera Club) stayed in 2010, while in the Lake District on a photography workshop. We stopped at the Honister Slate Mine, the last working slate mine in England, for a dog walk and a stretch. We passed on the mine tour….Bonnie swears that she’ll never go into an underground mine again after touring a Welsh coal mine a few years ago.
On through the Honister Pass to Buttermere. We parked the car at the Buttermere Hotel and walked to the lake. Bonnie and I found a spot on the lake shore to relax, while Mike and Jackie took the dogs for a long walk around the lake. When they returned, I was set up at the edge of a stream running off the lake for a photo of the lake and the surrounding mountains. That’s when the fun began. Mike, took off his boots and waded into the water to get some photos, so I followed suit. You’re waiting for me to say that we fell in, but I hate to disappoint you. We mounted our cameras on tripods and set them up with polarizers and a ‘Little Stopper’, for long exposures. We stayed in that position for a few frames and then moved a bit further upstream to get a shot of the lake and a distant mountain, with tree branches framing it; however, in order to get low enough for an unobstructed view, it meant kneeling in the water. It wasn’t exactly warm, but it was OK once you got used to it. Anyway, the photo op was a success and, although the wind and running water did cause a bit of camera shake, the shots turned out quite good. So did the one that Bonnie took of us sitting in the water.
We walked back to the village and Mike moved the car to the parking lot at the Fish Inn, so that they could keep an eye on the dogs sitting in the boot, while we had dinner on the patio. Our dinner of steak and mushroom pies with chips, onion rings and cold drinks was delicious!
Dinner behind us, we drove a little further to Crummock Water to catch the sunset. Quite a few other people had the same idea. We stayed for a while, watched the sun go down behind the mountain, got a few shots then decided to head back to Windermere in the daylight.
I haven’t mentioned the roads yet. They’re very narrow, mostly with no shoulders and stone walls on both sides. Some are barely wide enough for 1 car let alone 2, but somehow there’s enough room to get by. Meeting up with larger cars or vans, does get a little tricky, but there are enough pull-offs to make it work. Mike has done all of the driving and is handling the job with ease, maneuvering his way through the winding, up and down roads with no problem. Bonnie and I are in the back seat and she looks out only the side window to avoid the shock of oncoming cars.
We arrived back at Helm View in the daylight, about 9:00 PM, in bed before 11:00 and a good night’s sleep.