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Sunday morning – Ennerdale on my mind

The clocks went back yesterday, I awoke with sunlight streaming through the window and my thoughts turned to walking around Ennerdale. Last year I saw a flock of jays at this time of year so I wanted to see if they were there again this year.
EnnerdaleWhen we got there the car park was overflowing, it seems Ennerdale was on everyone’s mind today. So what do you do to escape the crowds ?

Head off piste and go up, that’s what.

So we took a small track off through the wood, new ground for us. I loved the sunlight on the mosses, I’m sure Tatania would be very happy making her bed here.
EnnerdaleOver a stream.
EnnerdaleThere were quite a few waterfalls.
EnnerdaleEnnerdaleI love birch trees in the Autumn sunlight
We had never ventured up this track before but it was so beautiful, and we had it to ourselves. There has been some talk of introducing lynx to Ennerdale, I’m not so sure it would be a good idea.

Soon the path widened out into a trail for the Forestry Commission vehicles, the climb was steady but quite gentle.

EnnerdaleThen we came to an old quarry and the track narrowed through the heather, the trees had been cut down and so the view up the Ennerdale valley opened up to us.
EnnerdaleOnwards and upwardsEnnerdale
EnnerdaleWe climbed to the summit of Bowness Knott, looking down over the sheer crag made my stomach do a somersault. I love fell walking but I don’t like sheer drops.
P1470054We retraced our steps down but first I took in that magnificent view of Pillar, Steeple and Haycock.
EnnerdaleBack along the lakeshore, , you see the craggy fell with a few trees on top, that’s where we ended up. Somehow 4 hours had passed, we only set out to walk a couple of miles but it ended up as a 12 mile walk. I wish I’d taken some sandwiches.Ennerdale

Frosty Inspiration – Lord’s Seat Walk

It was such a lovely day yesterday we headed out for a walk up Lord’s Seat. However before we got to the summit we ran into snow and a gale force wind so strong I couldn’t stand upright. Just goes to show you need to be prepared for all weather when you go out at this time of year.

I found some wonderful inspiration for some digital / textile / mixed media work. Lot’s of frost and ice, even some quite thick snow on the north side of the fell.



This icy path twinkled in the sunlight like silver glassy jewels, the frost sparkled like diamonds where the sun had just caught it before it melted.



Wonderful green mossy banks , rocks, roots and lichens.




The weather was almost at extremes, warm and sunny with hardly a breath of wind just meters from the summit, but on the top it was so windy I couldn’t stand upright and it was so bitingly cold we didn’t linger.



On the way down the cloud over Skiddaw cleared giving us a wonderful view of her snowy cap.


And Grizedale Pike’s snow covered peak reminded me of Mount Fuji


So now the challenge begins, the hardest part for me is bringing all my inspiration together in a unified way. I never have trouble finding inspiration, but bringing it together is another matter. It’s time to get the sketchbook out and start exploring . I’ll keep you posted!

Searching for inspiration in the wettest place in England

Borrowdale is the wettest place in England, it’s also very beautiful. Fortunately it was dry when we headed out for a walk, and as always I was in search of inspiration. The colours were amazing, rich russets and vibrant greens, well that’s what you get when it rains a lot.

P1360482Castle Crag was our destination, it’s not that high but it’s a walk not for the faint hearted as it involves a bit of a scramble over a spoil heap to reach the summit Hey if Julia Bradbury can do it 🙂

I felt quite emotional at the summit, not only were the views breath taking but I was moved by the memorial to the men of Borrowdale who died in the Great War.
P1360636We started our walk from the NT car park, then took the stepping stones across the river Derwent, they are still working on repairing the bridge which was devastated by the floods.

P1360488So what did I find to inspire me?

Lots of leaves

The Herdwick sheep, they have such cute faces, I’m going to needle felt one one of these days.

P1360658The ever changing light was amazing.
P1360558P1360517And the views speak for themselves.


P1360625Some of the views were almost oriental in feel, I half expected to find Mr Miyagi looking for bonsai trees growing out of the rock crevices.

P1360648Borrowdale has some stunning scenery, I will definitely be exploring further. It didn’t start to rain until we got back to the car.