Yesterday a friend and I went to Windermere to visit another friend for lunch. It is about a two hour journey from here and through the most spectacular scenery, so we always look forward to it. But yesterday was different. It was a dull, misty, wet day. Still - nothing ventured ...we went all the same.
Going over the tops from Wensleydale into the Trough of Bowland was - well let's say 'atmospheric'. We were literally up in the clouds. Ingleborough, which I had hoped to photograph for you, had completely disappeared. It rained all the way there and the whole time we were there - so no photographs of Lake Windermere either.
But we had a delicious lunch (thank you P if you are reading this) and set off back, still in the pouring rain.
We called in a nice cafe and had a cup of tea and a wander round their shop - then back through the thick cloud again and down into Hawes and Wensleydale. Then lo and behold the sun came out - great sun spots lit up various hills and clumps of trees and we came back home in fine form after a lovely day out.
Today has had a different emphasis as I have had a tooth removed at the dentist. I must say that, as always, I got myself in quite a lather over the whole affair and when it came to I never felt a thing - not even the needle going in. Nevertheless, when I came to write the cheque out after the extraction I was shaking so much that I couldn't sign my name properly. (not sure whether that was fear or the cost of having a tooth out!)
Now I am back home. I must also say that the trees today are at their very best. The horse chestnut is still making a good show but nothing here can vie with the beech - alright the deciduous larch is trying its best to impress among the conifers but the beech has held on to all its leaves and they have turned into bright copper
pennies. What a show. This week is always the best week for Autumn colours but I don't ever remember the beech being so spectacular. It almost made me forget my tooth extraction!