Our time in Cumbria in June & July has been eventful. First,an unscheduled return to Devon, then to Portsmouth, London, back to Portsmouth and returning to Threlkeld - was a necessary exercise to see Lydia snugged down into her new London home. Brothers Water supplied stunning reflections on a day when a mega walk was curtailed by bracken! Summer bracken made for such heavy going on our chosen ascent of Hartsop Dodd, that we had a change of plan - prudent I think given the sudden heat wave. Julia came up for a visit, and on the very hottest of days we walked with her up the exciting Hart Fell to have lunch in 20 plus degrees on the summit of Blencathra. The final excitement was celebrating my mum's 86th birthday in Durham with the complete clan of siblings! It was lovely to see Hazel, John and Caroline and especially a treat to have Andy & Rachel all the way from Australia.
Circumstances decreed that our one day on the fells with Julia coincided with Britain's one-day heat wave. So up Blencathra we set our glowing brows and ascended the 700+ metres in lus 20 degrees of summer sunshine. The bonus was lunch at the summit, something we have never done due to cold windy conditions. Up Halls Felland down Scales Fell provided a good day out. We hunted down an ice cream in Keswick as reward.
This week is the start of the annual Keswick Convention, a three week Christian convention promoting our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Having cycled the first two days, Lynn and I decided to rest our derrières, and walked the pleasant 4 miles into Keswick. Ever on the lookout for wild flowers we spotted the blue thimble-shaped Harebell.
After a very wet Monday, Tuesday looked more promising. Lynn was delighted when I suggested Bowfell at over 900 metres. This is a 'tourist' route so we expected to see other walkers. There were plenty, many on route to Scafell Pike, a very long day from Dungeon Ghyll! While Lynn rested I also popped up Allen Crags and Rosset Pike.
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.