Monday, 25 June 2007

More Postcards from the Lake District

Lake Windermere on a Dark and Stormy DayI seem to be quickly getting over jet lag, as I was able to get up with a normal 8 hours of sleep and hit the trails at 5:30. By 6:00, I was at the top of Orset Head looking out over Lake Windermere. While today is another downright miserable day (more rain and driven winds), I can imagine the view from here is spectacular on a clear day. I decided to stay in Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere, thinking I might like to nip in out of the rain for a mug-up or a pint. I circled the town on one of the many walking trails, taking in the sights all the while the rain fell and the wind blew.I began to understand why the stone is a favourite building material. Rain and wind would make short work of any wooden structure. Even the lake was frothy!

The local parish church offered a short respite from the storm. I had a lovely chat with the one of the church wardens, who filled me in on the local history and offered up many interesting tidbits. For example, Windermere was commonly frozen over in the winter, but hasn’t been for many, many years, perhaps another victim of global warming. The church dates back to 1480 and was re-done in Victorian times. There are nice stained glass windows, but the thing that took my eye was a beautiful etched glass work done in 2000. It has an elegance I haven’t seen in a window before. The setting and the theme certainly had a lot to do with it.



The full set of Lake District photos is here.

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