On the Hunt for Joy Photo Challenge – Week 6 – Cheer Someone Else Up

Cee Neuner’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge this week is Cheer Someone Else Up.

As I have only this week begun to feel more like my usual self after a viral infection, I have not been much help at cheering other people up.

My friend, who lives nearby, is very good at cheering people up. When I had been out of circulation for a little while, she arrived with a bunch of  daffodils in bud. We have put them where they will not make me sneeze and have enjoyed watching them open more slowly than they would have done in the living room.

I hope that by sharing photos of their development I can cheer someone else up!

Exploring a local landmark

The only hill in a neighbouring parish, to which I could put a name, was one we had never climbed. Hubby and I decided to put this omission right on a day with a good weather forecast for January. The previous day we consulted a map, one of Alfred Wainwright’s books and a folder of walks we have collected over the years from a local newspaper. After an early lunch we parked in a valley and began our walk. The sun was shining on nearby hills as we climbed. Later some clouds began to blow in from the west. We had decided to travel light, not taking any spare clothes or food and drink. It was an expedition of 2-3 hours duration. I am used to carrying a small backpack with perhaps a pair of over-trousers and a drink plus some breakfast cereal bars. Being unencumbered made the walk easier, but we were fortunate that we did not have cause to regret this decision.

Selected snaps (key below)

From the summit there were views in every direction, although the haze and low afternoon sun obscured the Isle of Man. It was interesting to pick out places we know well. We could see a lake we had visited, local towns and the headland, which has featured frequently on this blog.

We were glad of our waterproof hiking boots. We began and ended on roads. The decision to park low down meant that the end of our route was downhill.

Photos from this walk have also appeared on this blog and on Sue’s Trifles.

The collage top row: near the start, high enough to see a distant fell, trees interrupting the view

2nd row: land cleared by the Forestry Commission allows a view, another view on the way up, a view towards the sea

3rd row in reverse chronological order: the distant headland, two views from near the summit

A winter landscape in the Lake District

On New Year’s Eve it was frosty, even near the coast, where the gulf stream usually keeps the temperatures a little higher than inland.

We drove to a National Trust car park beyond Keswick and walked into the town. After lunch we walked back. The light was superb for photography.

Frosty morning (random order!)

We were surprised and impressed by the improvements to the footpaths, which had been made since we last walked this route (almost a year earlier).

Robin, trees and path

I have mentioned previously that whenever we visit this area we see lots of robins. In the afternoon the light on the trees and on the new accessible boardwalk was fascinating.

Although I have managed to avoid people in most of my snaps, it was the busiest we have ever known on the footpaths. I didn’t take any photos of the jetties as there were people on most of them! The paddle-boarder is merely a smudge in the top collage. Leaving at around sunset we were delayed by a long queue of traffic trying to pass through Keswick, where there were diversions due to road-works. However the orange sky was beautiful all the way home.

In the afternoon

Just for the record I didn’t spot any wildflowers in bloom.

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