I should have taken the photographs I wanted on the good weather day, but sometimes I just want to be in the landscape, not recording it - do you feel like that too? The day we had to leave it poured and thick cloud obscured the lovely countryside, so a word picture will have to do!
This area of Cumbria, just north of Kendal in the English Lake District, is very attractive. Bumpy rather than mountainous, it has a coarse texture, the warp and the weft of it so stony, with small fields of green velvet-smooth grass, close shorn by hundreds of close-shorn sheep. The borders were edged with wiry harebells so blue and so fine....From the balcony of Lapwings Barn we could actually hear the sheep graze! (We saw no lapwings, sadly.)
We chanced on the Graham Sutherland exhibition at Abbot Hall Gallery, then drove through his brilliant sunshine and shadowed green lane paintings on the way to Windermere (bustling, thriving) and to a nice meal at the National Trust owned Tower Bank Arms at Sawrey, near Hawkshead.
I love these little short breaks, refreshing to mind, eyes and spirits.