2015

The best of Lake District Gems in 2015

I started the Lake District Gems blog back in February 2015, and what a year it’s been! It’s been ideal for getting out and about, with endless dry days which weren’t too hot either. Then, of course, we’ve had the dramatic change in weather this winter with much flooding around Cumbria and other parts of […]

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Kendal BID Christmas Fair

The Cumbria Floods: A Week On

It’s been a week now since I watched with horror on social media as water levels rose and rivers burst their banks in towns and villages all over the Lake District and Cumbria. Storm Desmond was the main story on every news channel, with Cumbria being one of the worst affected areas in the UK. […]

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The entrance to Holehird near Windermere

Autumn in the Lake District

Which is your favourite season? A long time ago I would have said that my preferred time of year is spring, but since taking up photography in recent years, my appreciation for autumn has grown and grown. I don’t know whether this year is exceptional for colour, but it certainly feels like it. The Lake […]

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Badger running

Having a wild time: badgers near Windermere

I had assumed that badgers were shy creatures and that it would be difficult to see them at close range, never mind take photographs. I was completely wrong! These cheeky chappies have made their home in a garden in Troutbeck Bridge, and on the night I photographed, the sun was setting and they were eagerly […]

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Brougham Castle, near Penrith

Spiral stairs and stone passages: exploring Brougham Castle

My first visit to Brougham Castle was on a coach trip while I was at secondary school. Digital cameras were not mainstream then, but I proudly took photos of the castle’s many wonderful features with my point-and-click film camera, and thought it strange that when I’d taken 26… 27… 28… photographs, the film still hadn’t […]

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A kite flying display taking place behind Country Fest

Country Fest 2015 in pictures

Today the rain had gone away and at times the sun was shining, so this afternoon I made my way to Country Fest, which is an annual show organised by the Westmorland County Agricultural Society (organisers of the Westmorland County Show) and held at the County Showfield, Crooklands. Happily tired out from all that fresh […]

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The Troutbeck Garden Trail 2015

Troutbeck Garden Trail 2015 in pictures

Thankfully the weather was dry for the 2015 Troutbeck Garden Trail, and the sunshine even made an appearance in the afternoon. Instead of writing about the trail, I thought I’d pick 15 of my favourite photos to share with you. They were quick snaps taken using my camera phone, and although I’ve still not learned […]

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The exterior of Stott Park Bobbin Mill

Linking past and present: Stott Park Bobbin Mill

There is a densely wooded and highly atmospheric area of landscape to the south and west of Windermere which, to me, is quite distinct from other parts of the Lake District. I include in this description places such as Newby Bridge, Backbarrow, Lakeside and Finsthwaite, and I always enjoy spending time there. Stott Park Bobbin […]

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The Wild Boar Smokehouse

No smoke without fire at The Wild Boar

The Wild Boar, situated on the picturesque Crook Road between Kendal and Bowness-on-Windermere, has become increasingly well-known for its smokehouse and microbrewery, the products of which are visible across its extensive restaurant menu. What better opportunity to find out more about it all, than to visit the hotel’s second Festival of Smoke? The festival, which […]

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