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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Arsenal reflections

Arsenal Football Club began with a group of friends, some of whom worked at the Woolwich Arsenal Munitions factory, forming a football team. They all contributed a small amount of money (sixpence each) and bought a football club in October 1886. After trying out a couple of names they settled on the name Woolwich Arsenal in 1891. In 1931 the club moved North of the River Thames to Highbury. The year after they moved they dropped the name Woolwich and became known as Arsenal.

In 2006 Arsenal moved from Highbury to Holloway to their new stadium  sponsored by Emirates Airline.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014


On my last full day in the Lake District I went to Buttermere, a very picturesque lake. The weather was glorious with blue skies and warm temperatures. I decided to climb up to Red Pike and then walk along the ridge to High Stile and back down to the lake..

 Once above the tree line I could look down over Buttermere.

 Walking up further I could now see the whole of Crummock Water. This lake is separated from Buttermere by a few fields.

 This is Bleaberry Tarn where I stopped to catch my breath.
Looking down on the Tarn after another steep climb up to the ridge and Red Pike.

The wind was really blowing so I decided not to stay on the ridge but to make my way down following another path that was on my map.

 I soon found the path but it petered out and I was left to follow a narrow stream bed on a very steep slope.

These were the last two photos I took as the descent got steeper and steeper. It took all my concentration and both hands to ensure I didn't fall! You can actually see the sea in the distance from here as well as almost being able to eyeball the pilots of the military aircraft flying past. Not so keen on the wind turbines disrupting the view.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Derwent Water day 2

My second day in the Lake District in the North West of England did not start off that well. The rain was heavy and the clouds were low. This was Derwent Water and it was impossible to see land at the other side of the lake.
However it wasn't too long before the mist started to clear and I decided to walk around Derwent Water, a distance of about 9 miles.

Feeling confident that the weather was clearing I decided to climb Cat bells to get a better view of the lake. It wasn't a long climb but it was very steep.

It did begin to clear and the views were becoming more and more beautiful.

This was Brassenthwite Lake in the distance and Derwent Water just below me.

On reaching the top you could see the mist hadn't quite cleared. Walking alone meant I had to be extra careful as the last thing I wanted was to fall, so I was watching these wisps of cloud carefully. Luckily for me they disappeared in no time and I was rewarded with the wonderful views of the Lakeland fells.

I descended carefully and continued walking around the Lake and across the river.

The trees created wonderful shadows along the path.

A great place for having a rest.

Then back to where I started

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Reflections on Derwent Water

A couple of weeks ago I visited the Lake District in the North West of England. The English Lake District is a large National Park, made up of over 80 glacial lakes, mountain tarns and reservoirs. Strictly speaking only one body of water is officially referred to as a lake - Bassenthwaite Lake. The others are referred to as mere or water. Tarns are small glacial mountain lakes.
I stayed in a beautiful guest house in Bassenthwaite village close to Derwent Water. As soon as I arrived I went for a walk alongside the water's edge.

As with all mountainous areas, the weather changes very quickly. These photos were all taken within a couple of hours of one another.

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