AND BIRDWATCHING CAN IT WORK.
We set off from home at 6.30am the reason
being we wanted to combine both our hobbies of bird watching and fishkeeping.
Our first stop was at edge of Ambleside
on to Thirlmere here again we stopped to take in the views we had never been to
this area before so decided to pull in at the top of the hill where there is a
pull in and oh what views
After a short stay here taking the views we moved on
to Keswick had a run around the one way system and back on to the main road and
on our way.
Now we arrive at our first major destination Mirehouses overlooking
Bassenthwaite Lake to see the Ospreys which are breeding in the wooded area across
the lake. We were to allow ourselves about an hour and half here as we were told
it was about 20 to 30 mins walk up a rather steep incline to get to the viewing
station. They were not joking about the steepness it sure was but in fact it only
took about 15 mins to get there.
At the station there were plenty of helpers
to show where the Ospreys were nesting but unfortunately you were unable to get
any photos owing the mist and the long distance had they been flying we would
have got some good pictures.
Our next surprise was a Red Squirrel was sat
up in one of the pine trees without a care in the world, one of the wardens threw
down some food.
Time was by now getting on and it was time to leave this wonderful
place, with just time for a quick cuppa at the café at the bottom of the
hill. The scones can be highly recommended here along with the carrot cake and
apple pie and fresh cream yummy
We arrived at Workington show first person we saw was
John Cowan who was busy unloading his fish and was very surprised to see us there.
Next was our friendly Yorkshire lads the Critches what a greeting we got
from them "What you doing here" usual friendly banter went on most of
the day it was a nice friendly show. Other travelers were Roy Johnston, Ray, Ian
and Mick all from Bradford who sat with us all afternoon.
The auction conducted
by Steve Spencer had a good selection of fish and equipment in - even I bought
some fish 2 banjos and an ottocinclus. The Critch family had a very good day on
the show side winning Best In Show and seven first with Ian from Bradford gaining
second best in show and two first a second and a third.
There were 109 fish
on the bench and 12 lots in the auction the show was judged to FSAS rules.
By 4.00pm we were on our way back having thanked the Workington members for a
truly wonderful afternoon and saying goodbye to all our friend
We came back Windermere had a walk around took
photos of the lake and then wound our way back to Carnforth and Warton Crag to
see the Peregrine Falcon which we have been keeping an eye on over the past couple
of months, the chick will soon be fully fledged and away.
By this time we are getting pretty hungry so we went down
to Morecambe for a meal. A wander down to the jetty to see if any more birds about
then set off for home about 9pm in wonderful light arriving home at about 10.45
Finishing off a wonderful day 296 miles in all.
Sue and Arthur