Another year nearly gone. Another year where other commitments have overtaken writing my blog. Let’s have a look at what has been happening in the village this year through photographs I have posted on Twitter (yes I do still have time to do that so to keep up to date you could follow @grasmerevillage).
Mixed weather this year. Long periods of sunshine during the Summer then torrential rain in Autumn. Rushbearing Day was beautiful. Grasmere Sports Day was wet, wet, wet.
Our newly rendered church tower looked good in the sunshine, as did our new Farmers Market, which has proved a great hit with locals and visitors alike.
The weather in Grasmere this Autumn has been stunning. This week the weather changed and many parts of the village are flooded. Snow is forecast for next week. It would be easy to forget the beautiful days we have had in September and October so here are a few images.
Reflections on the mere have been amazing. Even when the early morning mist hangs in the air.
The Island in the middle of the mere a symphony of Autumn shades.
The entrance to the village a riot of colours too.
And Grasmere Daffodil Garden looking lovely at any time of year.
The weather however took a turn for the worst this week. It started with excitement as the first snow on the higher fells was spotted.
It then deteriorated as the rain arrived, and it rained and rained. Several weather warnings were in place and it looked like the river might burst it’s banks. The floods however came from the ground being totally saturated and newly formed rivers flooded in to the village.
The Sports field end of the village was affected and the Daffodil Hotel was flooded.
The centre of the village near the garden centre was awash.
Getting in and out of the village was a trial for anyone that had to.
The river is still high and the rain continues, lets hope things settle down soon. Thanks to Mountain Rescue, Environment Agency, Police and Fire Brigade among others who I saw helping to keep everyone on top of things.
October in Grasmere has been an amazing month for rainbows.
The beautiful weather we had over the summer has led to sunshine and showers and with the showers, rainbows. Lots of rainbows!
Early morning has been beautiful too. Great cloud inversions looking towards the mere.
and once the clouds dispersed a little, wonderful reflections.
October in Grasmere also means Autumn Festival and thoughts of Harvest. It was pouring down this morning but this display in the entrance to St Oswald’s Church brightened up the morning.
Crossing the road at Church Stile I noticed the National Trust shop was looking very Autumnal too.
Halloween is also fast approaching and in College street the Herdy shop was brightening up a rainy day.
Lucia’s Takeaway had been busy with their own personalised pumpkin.
and at National Trust Allan Bank it was pumpkin central as they were having a pumpkin trail over the half term holiday.
Cocoa Hearts chocolate shop had lots of people sheltering from the rain making chocolates to take home.
and a witch seemed to have taken up residence in the Good Bag shop next door.
So despite the rain, Autumn is a great time to be in Grasmere, and when the clouds part…..
the views can be truly spectacular.
So keep an eye open for rainbows, and Happy Halloween everyone.
What mixed weather we are having this Autumn. Torrential rain, then warm days and sunshine, and as I write this we are having hailstones, rain, then sunshine. No wonder we talk about the weather so much!
One of the most popular walks from Grasmere is to Rydal water and back and Autumn is one of the best times to do this walk whatever the weather.
Trees are changing colour and the hedgerows are full of blackberries.
Mushrooms are everywhere, so many varieties and more than I can remember seeing for a long time.
The first tree that changes colour in Grasmere every year seems to be the one in Grasmere Garden Centre beside the church.
Grasmere daffodil garden with it’s pathway of visitors names is littered with falling leaves, getting ready for Winter rest before bursting into bloom again in the Spring.
People are making the most of the last of the lighter evenings.
There were a couple of people swimming in Rydal Water when I went past.
It was a perfect evening for it. I contented myself with opening conkers while I watched them. Much less energetic!
The evening light was starting to fade.
So just time for a few more photos before heading for home.
Autumn in the Lake District, Given the right weather you just can’t beat it.
Written on a Macbook. Some photos taken with iPad. RIP Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011
As we seem to be experiencing an Indian Summer in Grasmere at the moment, the temptation is to get up and out as early as possible for a walk before the crowds descend. That was my plan this morning, however it seemed I was not alone in that idea.
As I came round Penny Rock to walk round the Lake there on the shore were a literal row of photographers (what do you call a collection of photographers? In this case a negative seems appropriate).
Now if anything is going to make me self concious its a row of tripods with high tech cameras while I “point and shoot” with my little Cannon Ixus 850.
Plenty of room for all of us though so decided to head up Loughrigg Terrace for a higher view point, and you know I never saw another soul from then on.
Looking to the left, Rydal came into view. Every valley has it’s own little micro climate and Rydal had it’s own little cloud above it.
The sun was up now and I had reached the top of the terrace. What a view, glad I had my flask with me. Can’t beat the first coffee of the day on top of a hill!.
Now I am going to get a bit poetic here. I love to read “The Grasmere Journals” written by Dorothy Wordsworth when she lived at Dove Cottage in Grasmere. Today’s entry for 11th October 1800 says “The colours of the mountains soft and rich, with orange fern”. And that describes the scene perfectly.
A final look at the view and time to head downhill, still thinking about Dorothy Wordsworth and her Journals.
On 12th October 1800 she wrote ” Beautiful Day. We walked before tea to observe the many coloured foliage the oaks dark green with yellow leaves – The birches generally still green, some near the water yellowish. The sycamore crimson & crimson tufted – the mountain ash a deep orange – the common ash Lemon colour but many ashes still fresh in their summer green”.
It was still only 8am and when I got back down to the shore there wasn’t a soul about, the lake was all mine again.
Peace perfect Peace.