Family holidays are a lot of fun for us at the moment because our teenagers (well one of them turns 13 tomorrow) are able to walk miles and stay up late and can still get up in the morning! Our daughter has wanted to do ‘Go Ape’ for years and this summer was finally old enough and tall enough. ‘Go Ape’ is an obstacle course up in the trees. Dad went along too. our son doesn’t like heights so I stayed with him. I didn’t feel bad about not making him ‘face his fear’ as I think it’s up to him to decide to that when he’s ready.
This ‘Go Ape’ course was at Whinlatter Forest which is one of my favourite places. There are great walks and a cafe that sells the best homemade soup ever.
On one of the other days we made our way through Dodd Wood up to Dodd Summit. we had the place to ourselves. it was blowing a gale at the top so much so that you could barely stand up. the up side being that there were no pesky flies! The vies of Bassenthwaite Lake are amazing. There is an RSPB run Osprey viewpoint at Dodd and this year as well as seeing the ospreys we spotted a red squirrel. I have never seen a red squirrel before so was really delighted to get a picture.
Bassenthwaite Lake – Ospreys nest nearby.
To me red squirrels are Squirrel Nutkin from the Beatrix Potter book – all sailing to the island where the owl lives. This guy has found the food set out by the RSPB (Royal society for the Protection of Birds) staff. He must think it’s bounty from heaven. After he posed for his picture he was off burying his stash for the winter.
This all happened last week. We are now home and Art homework is being done, school shoes have been bought (a huge amount of money parted with!) and washing all done!!
more lake district photos tomorrow…