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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Getting out early

Woke up before 7.00 surprisingly rested and refreshed - having spent months/years permanently exhausted from sleep deprivation there's no way I take it for granted when I wake up knowing I've had a decent sleep.  Clear blue sky, sun shining - and the rest of the house still deeply in slumber.  I made a snap decision to go out and by 7.20 I was in the campervan.  This is the first time I've slipped out so early and I was pleased how quickly I could pull the makings of breakfast together and load the fridge in Bill; had a shower before bed so a quick flannel and toothbrush sufficed for ablutions!

20 minutes later I was parked at our favourite spot in Rannerdale and the first mug of tea had a great view:



That's better - no van in the way!


The EXIF data says 7.57am - what a sky 🙂



After a quick breakfast I loaded up the Canon and went for a walk.  I reckon the bluebells will be at their peak in a few days if this lovely weather continues.











There are no more photos because

*   even though it was early there were too many flippin' people about,
*   sadly the Lake District and the bluebells are far too popular these days for their own good,
*   to protect the bluebells from too many idiots tramping all over them posts, rope and signs have been erected all over the place
*   there are more people & vehicles & bicycles on small roads than they were ever designed for, and most of the drivers are only used to motorways and dual carriageways and have absolutely NO idea how to handle country lanes.
*   the car parking areas are woefully insufficient so people park on soft verges and ruin the ground,


- and I don't want any of the above in my pictures so I put the camera away!

Grumble over because I still had a lovely visit and a brilliant day, I was home by 10.00am and spent the rest of my birthday quietly in the garden.  We're very, very glad that we got to know the Lake District 30 years ago when it was far less busy and spoilt than it is now.  We are also very glad that there are still lots of quiet and lovely places which most visitors never get to, and we know where they are!





14 comments:

  1. We love the New Forest because it’s so big and we can get away from people. BUT we always follow one rule and never go anywhere on a Bank holiday, too many people.

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    1. Same here Marlene, always stay home at Bank Holidays :-)

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  2. What gorgeous photos, I could quite happily live in or near a place like that and I don't blame you for going out early on such a lovely morning :) I know what you mean about not wanting people or certain things in your photos - I'll often stand for ages waiting for a car or person to get out of shot for one of mine, or I'll wander round to find the best angle to miss certain things. I know the Lake District is very popular but it's a shame some people have to spoil things :(

    A belated Happy Birthday too, I hope you enjoyed the rest of your day :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, it is rather wonderful really and I'd hate to live anywhere else :). If weather and my sleep patterns co-operate I might pop out about 5.00am later in the week, but if not then I will not fret about it.

      I knew you would get a chuckle out of not wanting people in your photos, you'd smile if you knew how many people were just outside the compositions I framed yesterday! I blame Alfred Wainright - he said he didn't want to change the Lake District but if that was true he would have stopped his books at the second one once it was obvious how popular they were going to be.

      To quote Joni Mitchell "They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot".

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  3. Some beautiful photographs Jayne. The Bluebells are looking gorgeous. Thank goodness for early mornings and the places tourists are less aware of. X

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    1. Thanks Jules, even though it was early (and therefore a bit nippy) there was still a faint scent coming from the blooms which was lovely.

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  4. A belated Happy Birthday to you Jayne. I don't blame you for your early start and your photos are lovely. It must feel very good indeed to get away from the tourist spots.

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    1. Thank you Eileen, the advantage of local knowledge! At least we don't have 'no dog beaches' like you have t contend with.

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  5. Happy Belated Birthday, dear girl! Glad it was a splendid day.

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  6. So glad we got to see what you gazed at while eating your birthday breakfast, especially after my lovely email. I had hoped you'd take some photos. The post can be amazing at times, but downright "slow" too, when you are waiting for something. The bluebells look stunning already & maybe one day I can see them for real, but we aren't usually there at the right time of year. Thanks for sharing & take care.

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    1. Hi Susan, knew you would enjoy these, and recognise the lake. Glad the emails are arriving OK now :-)

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  7. A belated happy birthday. I’d never manage to sneak out unnoticed. I am lucky if I manage just one foot out of bed before I’m asked where I’m going. I know what you mean about drivers on country roads. Driving down the middle with no regard to speed and expect everyone else to avoid them.

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    1. Thanks Sue. My 'technique' for these drivers is to pull over as far as ~ I ~ can where there's space, smile at them and just sit ..... it has worked so far!

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