May 2024

You never know what you might come across on a morning dog walk. Yesterday as I went down the fields to Crummock Water a small flock of herdies with some very young lambs, crossed my path and stopped so I could take a picture.  This morning as I turned the corner into our lane there were two hares running towards me, sadly they were too speedy for a photograph.

When family and friends visit our main activities have usually been walking and climbing the fells but what do we do if walking is not so possible? I had a friend to stay recently who is unable to walk as far as she used to and one of the places we went to was Muncaster Castle. The bluebells in the woods were fabulous. As well as the house and gardens they have a lovely Hawk and Owl centre with excellent and informative flying displays.

On another day we visited the  Shipping Brow Gallery at Maryport which is a new, small and very friendly gallery with a permanent exhibition of local pictures by Percy Kelly.  There is also a Percy Kelly trail around the harbour and also one for Lowry. We completed the day with a drive up the coast to Allonby which has a lovely village as well as beach and an excellent café, the Allonby Tea room, all well worth a visit.

As a child I remember seeing a signpost with Loweswater spelt Lowsewater and I found it a couple of weeks ago when I visited the Dean Scarecrow Festival. It is written in dialect and the pronunciation would be ‘o’ as in cloud and ‘a’ as in cat.