A short visit photo diary

 

Rowing boats at Derwent Water

Rowing boats at Derwent Water

The last few days have been absolutely beautiful, with perfect temperatures and plenty of sunshine illuminating the lush June countryside. Our resident photographer, Ms Waitby School Junior, or Gracie_HB as she is also known, has been busy taking lots of photos, which we thought we would share with you. Above, we have the rowing boats at Derwent Water; she had to dodge the ducks and geese to get this shot. We looked on as she nearly got her backside pecked.

Swans on the lake

Swans on Derwentwater; these birds were more civilised and didn’t have a go at Gracie’s bottom

Yesterday we walked the Smardale Gill nature reserve walk, down to the bridge (from which the above picture is taken) then back to across the fell to Waitby. The last time we all three did this together was Christmas day a few years ago, where we were blown about and chased a myriad of rainbows on the fells. Yesterday was no less beautiful – this walk is heart lifting whatever the season or the weather.

The river on our favourite walk

The river on our favourite walk

The evening sunlight has been incredible these last few nights, a hazy, muted, luminescent light that highlights patches of the distant fells, leaving flashes on the grass. The sunsets that follow are even more breathtaking - here is a picture of last night’s orange and pink streaked skyline from the back garden.

The sunset seen from our back garden

The sunset seen from our back garden

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And above is one of the more familiar scenes from our blogs and websites – these trees and this barn are picturesque in all seasons and even adorned our Christmas cards one year.

Last night, after dinner at the King’s Head in Ravenstonedale (which was as good as ever – highly recommended), we had a short circular walk, turning right then immediate left around Waitby and taking a left each time through narrow, deserted roads. The fields were full of sleepy ewes and lambs, cows and calves and horses and foals – all quite idyllic. We saw wagtails (up close, see below) and by the time we got back to Waitby School, bats were swooping low around the house as dusk fell.

Up close to a wagtail

Up close to a wagtail

And so we come to the final photo, also taken on our evening’s walk. The setting sun washed the distant fells in pink, lilac, purple and orange as the crows took flight to their rookeries when this photo was taken. All this is on our doorstep – we are so lucky.

Sunset and crows

Sunset and crows

All photos were taken by Gracie_HB – follow her on Instagram

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