Our last day with Sara & Dan took us to Dodd Wood under the slopes of Skiddaw where there is an Osprey viewing point. These birds, the third biggest in the UK after the Sea Eagle and the Golden Eagle, migrate from Africa to next in a tree between Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake. An us demonstrating the wingspan of these birds whilst standing on a simulated next - the size of a double bed!
With Lydia safely back in her abode, we welcomed son and daughter-in-law Dan & Sara, complete with Spooky their lovely Samoyed who took to the hills with us. As Spooky was recovering from a major operation, we chose a small mountain to climb. Mellbreak, at 512 metres at its loftiest, is a symmetrical pair of peaks rising from the placid shores of Crummock Water. An exciting ascent took us to the tranquil heathery and grassy plateau which provided splendid walking, views and bogs aplenty!
The waterfall is Scale Force, the highest full waterfall in the Lake District at 70m. Very impressive.
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.