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richardh1905

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Re: Lakeland Lockdown
« Reply #30 on: 10:54:02, 31/03/20 »
Nice route again Richard - Tess looks like she's enjoying lockdown - our two are getting more walks than normal as we each take them out for our permitted exercise!  No more "it's not my turn".

Indeed - my wife is on the morning dog walking shift today - I'll be out later to catch the sunset  :)

I would say that Tess is getting about the same amount of exercise as normal, and I am managing to maintain my '4 miles a day' average. Before lockdown I would have good days and bad days - now I make sure that I get my 4 miles in every single day.

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Re: Lakeland Lockdown
« Reply #31 on: 21:47:29, 31/03/20 »
Day 8 - 31st March

A 4 mile walk with my youngest son this evening - Hampsfell and back alongside Eggerslack Woods. Weather rather drab so no sunset, but by way of consolation, the air was remarkably clear.....


Yes - that is Snowdonia in the far distance!


Zoomed in a bit more - there is only so much that you can do with a phone camera

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Re: Lakeland Lockdown
« Reply #32 on: 09:07:42, 01/04/20 »
Tess getting up to some mischief in Eggerslack Woods a couple of days ago.

https://youtu.be/W_oq4k5KUI0

And yes I know that dogs shouldn't be mixing right now, but when a dog comes bounding up to us, the best thing is to let Tess loose so that she can fend for herself. Usually she slinks away and cowers, sometimes snaps and snarls if the other dog is pushy, and just occasionally she'll decide to have a play!
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Re: Lakeland Lockdown
« Reply #33 on: 09:19:37, 01/04/20 »
Love that - like letting my two off the lead in the mornings - they go berserk chasing each other.  Joy to watch.

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Re: Lakeland Lockdown
« Reply #34 on: 09:34:34, 01/04/20 »
Tess looks to be having fun.
Should dogs not be mixing? I had't heard that.

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Re: Lakeland Lockdown
« Reply #35 on: 10:10:59, 01/04/20 »
Tess looks to be having fun.
Should dogs not be mixing? I had't heard that.
There is a theoretical risk.  If there are viral particles in your home the dog is contaminated.  If dogs form different households play together the particles are transferred between dogs and Fido takes them back to your house.  When you get home, you wash your hands but Fido doesn’t and spreads it on to you and surfaces in your house.
Of course, cats going between households could do the same thing but I have seen nothing on that.
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Re: Lakeland Lockdown
« Reply #36 on: 12:36:50, 01/04/20 »
There is a theoretical risk.  If there are viral particles in your home the dog is contaminated.  If dogs form different households play together the particles are transferred between dogs and Fido takes them back to your house.  When you get home, you wash your hands but Fido doesn’t and spreads it on to you and surfaces in your house.
Of course, cats going between households could do the same thing but I have seen nothing on that.

I have been observing the recommendation fastidiously though  finding it quite saddening not to stroke friendly dogs that I meet on walks but until yesterday I never thought about the cat that visits from the house backing onto mine and probably visits several others as well.
So many paths, so little time

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Re: Lakeland Lockdown
« Reply #37 on: 10:20:41, 03/04/20 »
Day 9  - 1st April

A drab day, so not the best for distant views. However, the more muted light is better for photographing rock features and tree trunks than dappled shade. After a circuitous meander through Yewbarrow Woods, I cut down through Eggerslack Woods, then past the duck pond and onto the Prom. Back along minor roads and through some more woods. Discovered a new off piste route through Yewbarrow Woods, on which I found a lost child's wellie - also found the owner and her mother, so was able to lead them to the spot - at a safe distance, of course.

About 5 miles in total.


Spotted some white violets beside the path


One of the overhanging limestone crags in Yewbarrow Woods

 
A gnarly yew trunk and a contorted pine, Yewbarrow Woods


A characterful Dawn Redwood tree (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) by the Grange Duck Pond

 
Scilla and Euphorbia on Grange Prom. The gardens along the Prom are maintained by volunteers.


A contorted ancient Rosemary bush on Grange Prom


Wood Anemone in the woods
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Re: Lakeland Lockdown
« Reply #38 on: 10:28:37, 03/04/20 »
Nice to see all the flowers appearing.

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Re: Lakeland Lockdown
« Reply #39 on: 10:38:51, 03/04/20 »
Day 10 - 2nd April

Drizzle!  :(

But the dog needs walking, so into the woods again (no point in going up Hampsfell in these conditions).

Dropped down into Grange before heading into Eggerslack Woods, pretty much walked the full length of the woods, past the spring and on up to the NW gate leading out onto more open country. Didn't like the weather out in the open, so retreated back into the woods, descending along a path new to me which bought me out above the rather grand Merlewood House (now posh apartments) - this path was a delight, traversing along the crest of a small limestone ridge above the house, before bringing me back out at the spring.

Returned via a meandering route through Eggerslack Woods and Yewbarrow Woods, the weather improving - I seem to be doing a lot of meandering lately! Best part of 5 miles walked.

Not many photos because of the drizzle, but snapped a few of some flowers and of Tess.


Close up of some Blackthorn in flower in Grange. Really quite beautiful, and much underrated.


Tess giving me a bit of a sly look in Eggerslack Woods


"I've got a leaf - what are you going to do about it?"


A stunning display of Aubretia on a limestone wall
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Re: Lakeland Lockdown
« Reply #40 on: 10:41:45, 03/04/20 »
Great pictures again.  Clearly you have a beneficent micro-climate in Grange.  I wish my Aubretia looked half as good.  It fell victim to the gales.
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Re: Lakeland Lockdown
« Reply #41 on: 11:14:36, 03/04/20 »
Nice to see all the flowers appearing.

Indeed - just waiting for the bluebells and ramsons in the woods. But better still will be the limestone specialists on Hampsfell.


Great pictures again.  Clearly you have a beneficent micro-climate in Grange.  I wish my Aubretia looked half as good.  It fell victim to the gales.

Thanks ninthace. Yes, there is a beneficent micro-climate in Grange - close to the sea yet sheltered from the South Westerlies - very benign conditions.

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Re: Lakeland Lockdown
« Reply #42 on: 22:03:11, 03/04/20 »
Nice to see the spring flowers.  I love seeing clouds of blackthorn blossom on the hedgerows

Tess is adorable    :)

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Re: Lakeland Lockdown
« Reply #43 on: 22:22:42, 03/04/20 »
Nice to see the spring flowers.  I love seeing clouds of blackthorn blossom on the hedgerows

A mass of blackthorn can be amazing - I drove through blackthorn petal confetti on the A15 north of Lincoln last year. Ethereal.

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Re: Lakeland Lockdown
« Reply #44 on: 22:31:21, 03/04/20 »
Day 11  - 3rd April

A 4 mile wander up Hampsfell with Tess this evening in the fading light. No sunset - in fact the clouds were down on the fells to the north and west, rather threatening, but the rain held off. Birdsong beautiful as I dropped off the summit and traversed across the scrubby eastern flanks of the hill, the light fading. Magical.


Ingleborough and Arnside Knott across the Kent Estuary, sunlit Hutton Roof centre left (I think)


Big sands and big skies - Morecambe Bay from Fell End


Yorkshire Hills


"This stick is MINE!" - the whites of her eyes told me that I wasn't having this one!


Windswept hawthorn in the evening light


Pristine limestone pavement


Light fading fast - the bright lights of Morecambe and Heysham across the bay
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