Hubby and I had the joy of visiting cousins to stay from New Zealand in mid-November. It was so nice to see them again after years of being apart. Lengthy intervening years and miles fell away as soon as they arrived on our doorstep. It was wonderful to catch up again, to be able to tease each other, and simply to spend some precious time together. (The last time we met was in 2005 – 10 years ago!)
17th November was a rainy day in the Lake District. Nevertheless, Hubby and I were determined to take our cousins sightseeing, rain or no. It was approximately 10:30 am when we set off from Blenheim Lodge, with Zack, our Pyrenean Mountain Dog, safely ensconced at the back of our 4×4. Our hope was that the rain would eventually abate. Instead, it fell steadily and increased in volume as we headed north and west to Loweswater in the Western Lakes.
I had previously seen beautiful photos of Loweswater. This is what it should look like on a soft Lakeland day:
This is what we saw when we went there on 17th November 2015:
Dull and grey Loweswater might have been that Tuesday afternoon, but its innate beauty was not lost on us. With late Autumn foliage still clothing local flora on the far side of the lake and shades of orange where we were parked, one could imagine just how magnificent this same scenery would have looked under bright clear skies. Not to be deterred by fat raindrops, I took one last photograph, before quickly heading for cover in our vehicle.
Hubby and I had had a teeny bit of trouble locating Loweswater because the road signs just a little bit confusing. Getting back proved a slightly more challenging. First of all, we did not know which road to take. Secondly, the roads were starting to become waterlogged and we had had enough of death-wish drivers racing along the tiny lanes we had crisscrossed – some seemed more like tracks! – despite adverse road and weather conditions. We made a decision to head for larger open roads that would lead us to the Northern Lakes and on toward the South Central Lakes where we live.
Needless to say, we got lost! Thankfully, for once, we had remembered to take the road map with us. As we drove away from Loweswater, we found signs pointing to a couple of large towns which were just a little too far away from our final destination. Hubby, however, has a good sense of direction; and between us, we found our way to Keswick, which we know fairly well. From then on, it was a straightforward run to Bowness-on-Windermere on the A591, heralded as England’s prettiest motorway.
The A591 was pretty WET in places. At Waterhead, just off the A591 and fully visible from the road, we could see that Windermere had breeched its banks. Bowness, when we reached our own little town, was wet, but cheerfully lit stores lining its roads beckoned with their welcoming glow.
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