A bit of a cold spell

And that’s the first week of January completed already!
What a change this week from really mild weather to freezing cold and icy. A cold ride home, my ears and cheeks felt so cold! By the end of the week we also a dusting of snow as well but nothing like some parts of the country.

Don’t forget to feed the birds and break the ice on bird baths.

robin, bird

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Beautiful mild day

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Beautiful mild day

I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.

A magical thing.

And sweet to remember.

We are nearer to Spring than we were in September.

I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.”

Oliver Herford

Mild December Days

It has been a mild weekend. A chance for me to get out into the garden and clean the bird bath and top up their drinking water.

Over the weekend I receive the first few Christmas cards throughout my letterbox. They all showed snowy wintery scenes, pictures of fat robins or carol singers in the snow.

We don’t seems to get any carol singers anymore. Not like I used to when I was younger, I even went carol singing myself.

We also don’t get White Christmas’s any more either. Not in Yorkshire anyway! I would love some of the white stuff on the 25th, only if I could justify sitting in the house all day with the fire on!

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Robin in the garden
Time for tea
Don’t forget to feed the birds
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Lake District Memories V

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand

It’s Sunday so it must be visit the Lake District day! If you go to the Lakes, be prepared for every weather. All photographs are taken by SJ Butler Photography.

Walking round Derwentwater – no rain today
Slater’s Bridge – if you look carefully at the River, you’ll see that’s it’s absolutely pouring down!

The climate, together with the geology of the area has made the Lake District what it is today.

In the last 2 million years a series of ice ages have left the area buried under glaciers.
These rivers of ice carved deep lakes & u shaped valleys between the hills.

Lake Distrct National Park

One minute it’s sunny – the next the heaven’s open

Ten highest mountains

  • Scafell Pike at 978 metres (3210 feet)
  • Scafell at 964 metres (3162 feet)
  • Helvellyn at 950 metres (3114 feet)
  • Skiddaw at 931 metres(3053 feet)
  • Great End at 910 metres (2986 feet)
  • Bowfell at 902 metres (2940 feet)
  • Great Gable at 899 metres (2960 feet)
  • Pillar at 892 metres (2926 feet)
  • Nethermost Pike at 891 metres (2923 feet)
  • Catstycam (2917 feet)

Sixteen largest lakes

  • Windermere – 14.8 square kilometres
  • Ullswater – 8.9 square kilometres
  • Derwentwater – 5.5 square kilometres
  • Bassenthwaite Lake – 5.3 square kilometres
  • Coniston Water – 4.0 square kilometres
  • Haweswater – 3.9 square kilometres
  • Thirlmere – 3.3  square kilometres
  • Ennerdale Water – 3 square kilometres

  • Wastwater – 2.9  square kilometres
  • Crummock Water – 2.5 square kilometres
  • Esthwaite Water – 1 square kilometre
  • Buttermere – 0.9 square kilometres
  • Grasmere – 0.6 square kilometres
  • Loweswater – 0.6 square kilometres
  • Rydal Water – 0.3 square kilometres
  • Brotherswater – 0.2 square kilometre

Slater’s Bridge
Soaked to the skin at this point

Indian Summer

Blue skies

Brilliant blue sky & hot Autumn sun today (Friday). How lovely to be sat basking in the garden.

The term Indian summer reached England in the 19th century, during the heyday of the British Raj in India. This led to the mistaken belief that the term referred to the Indian subcontinent. In fact, the Indians in question were probably the Native Americans.

The term Indian summer is first recorded in Letters From an American Farmer, in 1778.

“Then a severe frost succeeds which prepares it to receive the voluminous coat of snow which is soon to follow; though it is often preceded by a short interval of smoke and mildness, called the Indian Summer.”

Michel-Guillaume-Jean de Crèvecoeur:

The English already had names for the phenomenon – St. Luke’s SummerSt. Martin’s Summer or All-Hallown Summer and the French also referred to l’été de la Saint-Martin.

These have now all but disappeared and, like the rest of the world, the term Indian summer has been used in the UK for at least a century.

I think I prefer the term All Hallown Summer.

“An Indian summer crept stealthily over his closing days.”

Thomas De Quincy, 1855

Is it Friday yet?

Too hot…….

Phew it’s hot a one today! I’ve been in a hot stuffy room for 6 hours today with temperatures up to 30 degrees. One thing, I may have lost some weight!

It’s nearly the weekend and I am so looking forward to switching the alarm off and catching up with some sleep.

I’m slowly getting through a stack load of images from the other day in Whitby and also from an art exhibition that I went to as well, plus a few more sunsets. One day I’ll catch up with all my editing. My online shop has taken a little bit of a back seat and I have an exhibition in October to arrange.

Whitby lighthouse – Photography Sue Butler

Grasses – Photography Sue Butler