With serious snow on the high fells, today we opted for one not so high, but one which was a serious climb and was a +5hour day. The mass of Place Fell rises from the south end of Ullswater, and Pattersale was our starting point. As we ascended the amazing views opened out of high mountains topped with snow, dazzling when the sun broke through. Once off the fell, a lake path took us back to the van, pretty but tiring after the steep climbs of the day.
First walk of Easter was to visit the 'resting place' of AWs ashes, Haystacks. We parked at Buttermere, walking around the lake before ascending gently to this 'little' mountain' full of grandeur when viewed from below, but lost amongst loftier peaks once up in the clouds.
I retired from the Royal Marines Band Service in 2007 having served for 33 years as a musician, eventually becoming a Director of Music and running my own band. After retirement, I took my family sailing in the Philippines with a view to sailing back to the UK via Australia. However, for many reasons our plans changed and after 9 years living in Dartmouth we have now moved to Totnes.I am married to Lynn and we have four children. Daniel and his wife Sara live in Portsmouth; Hannah is married to another Dan and they live with our grandchildren Sophia, Isaac & Elijah in Topsham. Lydia is currently studying in Lancaster and Julia is Studying Art at Totnes, due to attend University at Falmouth in 2016. I teach music in the local school and work part time for the Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority, driving the yacht taxi. Between this, directing the local orchestra, various musical performances, involved with the local church and helping train the local Ten Tors team, life can be very busy.