Today has seen me learning how to use another computer programme in order to download new photos that had been taken of Blenheim Lodge, our 4-star B&B guest house in Bowness-on-Windermere, and of the Lake District scenery and attractions in general. The photos were taken by Pui, who also took videos of the places we visited, as I am hopeless with any form of technology. However, having seen the videos, of which I was not impressed, I wanted to look at photos instead in the hope of making montages of them for a YouTube video, which I expect Pui will have no difficulty putting together for me.

Pui is not a professional photographer or video producer as Hubby and I are adamant that we will not use professionals to take pictures of our guest house since they can use clever lighting and camera knowhow to manipulate the look of the photos and video shots they take. We want the images that potential guests see of our B&B to truly reflect the accommodation we offer. Pui’s help has come to us at Blenheim Lodge under the auspices of the University of Cumbria, and I really do hope we manage to put together some good clips of the Lake District together.

The excitement for me really boiled down to seeing pictures of Maddi and Zack in some of the photos pertaining to Blenheim Lodge. Our dogs act as our guest house mascots, which may seem a little at odds with the fact that we do not accept other dogs to stay in our B&B. But then, even our dogs are not allowed into the guest rooms as we feel that some people may either be allergic or simply averse to sleeping in a room where previously a pet had slept in.

Zack and Maddi sitting on the steps leading to our guest house. Zack is smiling for the camera whilst Maddi is yawning away!

There are also some photos taken in sequence of a motorboat overtaking a yacht in the distance near Pooley Bridge on Ullswater. I was surprised to see the sequence as I had not thought we had caught it. It was rather fun to see the movement of the boat as I went from one picture to another even though the background of this sequence looks rather dull as it was a cloudy day.

Working with Pui on this project has forced Hubby and I to go out and about to places we had never visited despite our 10 years’ sojourn in the Lake District. One negative aspect of being hands-on workers in our guest house is the fact that we are often tied to the place and one of us must normally stay in the house to make sure that there is always someone on call if and when a guest needs us. On the rare occasions when we both go out together, we always tell guests before we do so or leave a card with an emergency number where they can reach us.

Our little ones walking with us. Thirlmere is in the background, a manmade lake used as a reservoir.

But coming back to the purpose of this project – or at least one of them. In working on this video to share our Lake District landscapes and attractions with viewers and to encourage potential visitors to explore this area, Hubby and I have ourselves been pushed into going out and discovering the Lake District ourselves. In fact, Pui, who had never visited the Lakes before despite living in Cumbria, was herself placed in a position where she had to tour the Lake District as part of her job. Thus this project has already begun to exert its influence by encouraging people local to the area to take time out and explore the fantastic landscapes, flora and fauna of the Lakes.

Water from Aira Force flows into Aira Beck, by Ullswater. I enjoyed my walk here with Pui.

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